Even though the comedy hit show “The Big Bang Theory” has a cast of geeky nerds as their lead characters you don’t have to be a nerd or a geek to enjoy watching the antics of Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, Raj and their ‘normal’ and beautiful neighbor Penny. Leonard and Sheldon are physicists and roommates while their best friends Raj and Howard are scientists at CalTech. Penny is the girl-next-door with an average IQ which baffles Sheldon but Leonard sees lots of possibility in her. The guys hang out at Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment playing games such as Klingon Boggle or shooting rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock to settle an argument. (See instructions below.)
In The Apology Insufficiency, Howard informs the gang he has a chance to participate in the new Defense Department’s top secret laser satellite operations, but first he has to get a new security clearance so they will all be interviewed by the FBI. This concerns Raj because he has brown skin and talks funny therefore the government may see fit to deport him just because of those attributes. Stunning FBI Agent Angela Page knocks on Raj’s door first but we all know that Raj gets tongue tied and cannot talk to women while sober. So Raj scrambles around looking for some alcohol to drink, comes up empty but finds some rum cake in the fridge. That seems to loosen his tongue enough to answer the questions she has about Wolowitz.
Meanwhile, Leonard has vowed to be a smooth operator the next time he meets a beautiful woman. That woman just so happens to be the FBI agent who tracks him down in his lab. Instead of talking about Wolowitz, Leonard whips off his glasses and uses his new pick up line on her, “You are beautiful. You pop, sparkle and buzz electric. I’m going to pick you up at 8 and show you a night you will never forget.” Angela in turn asks Leonard if she could bring her six-foot, 180 pound Navy Seal husband with her on their ‘date.’ Leonard is embarrassed that he didn’t see her wedding ring because he had taken his glasses off to look cool.
Lastly, Agent Page visits Sheldon at home. When Leonard spots her at the door, because of his earlier encounter with her he runs and hides in his bedroom. Sitting on the couch, Sheldon begins to ask her why the FBI has not followed up on certain situations that have involved him in the past. When she asks about Wolowitz, Sheldon informs her of when Howard broke his Blu-Ray disc holder; when he hacked into his WOW game and changed his avatars’ name from Sheldor to Smelldor; he refuses to pay overdue fines on books Sheldon has lent him; he crashed the Mars Rover when trying to impress a girl; and he recommended he go see the third Matrix movie because “it was just a as good as the first.” Agent Page wants to know more about the Mars Rover but Sheldon does not want to talk about the Mars Rover because talking about it may show Wolowitz’s culpability in the destruction of government property worth millions of dollars.
Needless to say, Howard did not get his security clearance.
It was a no-can-do from Agent Page when Sheldon goes to her office to try to recant his statement. He doesn’t understand why the FBI is picking on his friend Howard when there have been serious situations in the past such as the time Leonard almost gave away rocket secrets to a North Korean spy and he was never investigated. (Agent Page takes note of that.)
Sheldon tries to apologize to Howard for his slip of the tongue, but Howard will not accept his apology. Therefore Sheldon follows up with giving Howard a gift in which Howard responds a gift can’t fix what he did either. None-the-less, Sheldon wants him to have it. When Howard looks in the bag he finds a couch cushion. It is a symbolic gesture from Sheldon that he is giving Howard his special sitting spot on his couch that no one ever gets to sit in. I mean no one! Ever! Howard is touched and accepts Sheldon’s apology.
When the gang returns to the apartment, Howard sits in Sheldon’s special spot for an amazing 94 seconds before Sheldon runs him out if it.
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8:00pm on CBS.
“If if’s and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas.”
The Big Bang Theory Cast
Sheldon Cooper – Jim Parsons
Leonard Hofstadter – Johnny Galecki
Howard Wolowitz – Simon Helberg
Rajesh “Raj” Ramayan Koothrappali – Kunal Nayyar
Penny – Kaley Cuoco
Special Guest Stars in “The Apology Insufficiency”
FBI Agent Angela Page – Eliza Dushku
Himself – Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of Hayden Planetarium in NYC – *Dr. Tyson demoted Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet which makes Sheldon very unhappy.
A Big Bang Note
Do you ever read the white page that comes up at the end of every episode? I do. At the end of this one it suggested that Penny will be MIA in some upcoming episodes because she had been hurt while horseback riding, so I did a little research.**Sure enough Kaley Cuoco did break her leg while horseback riding back in September and will miss filming some episodes.
***The Rules for Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock
Rock crushes Scissors
Rock crushes Lizard
Paper covers rock
Paper disproves Spock
Scissors cuts Paper
Scissors decapitates Lizard
Lizard eats Paper
Lizard poisons Spock
Spock smashes Scissors
Spock vaporizes Rock
Variations: The basic mathematical principles at work allow for any odd number of possible weapons to work, provided each weapon can beat exactly half the others.
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