The Deception Verification

by Alan Rapp on September 28, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Deception Verification
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“He says you’re the succubus who led his friend astray.”

The Deception Verification

Leonard (Johnny Galecki) returns home a few days early in order to spend time alone with his girlfriend, but when Sheldon (Jim Parsons) soon becomes suspicious that Penny (Kaley Cuoco) may be cheating on his best friend with a new suitor he and Amy (Mayim Bialik) begin snooping. After discovering Leonard’s deception Sheldon is sufficiently miffed. It’s a good thing he doesn’t hold grudges. Oh, wait…

The episode’s (rather lame) B-story involves Howard‘s (Simon Helberg) accidental exposure to large amounts of estrogen leading to multiple emotional outbursts and to Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) walking in on an awkward moment between Howard and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) that her husband (or the show’s writers) can’t possibly explain.

Much like the season premiere, “The Deception Verification” offers a fine main story but suffers from other tired plotlines that simply aren’t funny or entertaining. The Sheldon/Leonard/Penny storyline works well enough, and ropes Amy in without it seeming forced, but Howard’s over-the-top female moments (even though the solve Leonard and Sheldon’s argument) feel lazy and cheap with jokes that fall mostly flat.

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