The Extract Obliteration

by Alan Rapp on November 3, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Extract Obliteration
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“What does Sheldon Cooper and a black hole have in common?”


Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) excitement over Stephen Hawking accepting his invitation for a friendly game of Words With Friends soon becomes an obsession when Hawking suddenly stops playing. Based on Howard’s (Simon Helberg) experience with the scientist, Sheldon believes the he was beating him so soundly that Hawking decided to move on to other pursuits. However, when given the change to throw the game to cement his friendship Sheldon has a crisis of faith.

Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) discover Penny (Kaley Cuoco) is taking a history class at the local community college that she doesn’t want Leonard (Johnny Galecki) to know about. After breaking the news to her boyfriend, Leonard sneaks a peak at her term paper and is frustrated to discover it’s not as good as he hoped.

His solution of rewriting her paper for her doesn’t go so well in the harsh light of day. Much to his surprise Penny is able to get a passing grade on her own paper, but as the episode comes to a close it’s revealed she had a little help from her besties (who have just been drafted into helping her do all her future homework as well). The episode’s humorous final scene also gives us a conclusion to Sheldon’s game with Hawking, and reveals the Hawking’s petty sarcastic side – much to Leonard’s delight.

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