The Holographic Excitation

by Alan Rapp on October 27, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Holographic Excitation
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“Two weeks ago I was an astronaut.”
“Yeah? Well now you’re a Smurf.”

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As Halloween rolls around the gang gets ready for comic books store’s annual party which Raj (Kunal Nayyar) agrees to help Stuart (Kevin Sussman) pull off this year. Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) attempt to find the perfect couple’s costume for their first Halloween together. Meanwhile, the group grows tired of Howard (Simon Helberg) constantly steering every conversation back to his NASA experiences, whose hurt by the fact that they don’t want to hear him talking about the biggest event of his life and isn’t ready to go back to being plain old Howard so quickly.

In the episode’s B-story, after receiving advice from Amy and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) to take more interest in her boyfriend’s work, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) shows up at Leonard’s lab where her surprise at learning about his cool experiments leads to a new spark in their relationship and some unexpected semi-regular office nukkie for the nerdy physicist.

It’s nice to see Penny finally take an interest in Leonard’s work, and the need to shut Howard down about his constant gloating about his NASA experiences certainly fits in with the established characters (and the ending credits sequence is certainly a nice touch). The real fun, however, comes at the party where we get Penny and Leonard as a sexy cop and Albert Einstein, Stuart as Willy Wonka (or possibly the Mad Hatter), Howard and Bernadette as Smurfs, Raj’s as Indian Jones, and Amy and Sheldon as Raggedy Ann and Raggedy C-3PO.

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