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In this week’s installment, Howard finally manages to upgrade his scooter to a car, and ends up being assigned Sheldon’s parking space at the University, much to the latter’s dislike. Sheldon tries to pick a fight with Howard, who uses the excuse that as he isn’t using it, someone else should. To make him understand how this feels, Sheldon takes Howard’s Iron Man helmet and wears it at work with the same excuse – you aren’t using it so someone else should.
To retaliate, Howard sits on his spot naked with only Sheldon’s laptop to cover his modesty, causing Sheldon to enlist Amy in painting over Howard’s nameplate at the parking space. As a way of making sure that Howard can’t park there, Amy puts her car in his place, which ends up being towed. When Amy complains to her friends, Bernadette proudly owns up to being the perpetrator, causing Amy to swing for her, and Penny breaks the fight up with her face.
Eventually, Amy and Bernadette realise how ridiculous the situation is and decide to call it quits. Sheldon, however, tries to do work in the car parking space until Howard tries to run him over, which puts pressure on Leonard to try and mediate. This fails, and Sheldon ends up naked in Howard’s car. Eventually, Raj manages to resolve the situation by forcing the two together, where it is agreed that Howard can use the car park space until Sheldon gets a vehicle, or a Batmobile.
This is the most childish episode of The Big Bang Theory ever, and there are probably siblings up and down the country having fights like this as we speak, but that did not detract from the hilarity. As always, it is the acting that forces you to laugh; Bernadette is so poker-faced about the tow-job, and the guys getting naked just manage to hold it together, but we bet there are some cracking out takes for this episode.
The fact that Amy and Bernadette are so gung-ho about defending their men is really endearing too, and it is interesting that all three of the couples play the same role in each argument – Bernadette and Howard taking the space, Amy and Sheldon defending it, with Penny and Leonard mediating the arguments.
The one downside of this episode is that it is painfully clear how irrelevant Raj is as a character if he can go through the entire episode saying very little, to appear at the end and magically solve everything; although another interpretation would be that this is a sign of a truly important character, as he can sit back and watch everyone screw up their lives, but it is him who resolves everything with just a few words. Either way, Raj’s absence is noticeable and that isn’t fair on him, or the actor playing him – this show is verging on being a little too couple-centric.
Although childish humour isn’t always our thing, this episode works well, and we want to see more of Bernadette being evil, because it is SO funny.
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