The Big Bang Theory: “The Escape Hatch Identification” Review
**CINNAMON-Y SPOILERS BELOW**
In all my traveling the last few weeks, I missed out on Episode 17, but as soon as I see it, I will be making a review of it! In the meantime,
My Top Ten Thoughts on The Big Bang Theory - Season 10, Episode 18:
10. Raj and the “Art of the Deal”:
Raj, out of money and unable to stay in the apartment he’s at, hunts down a place to stay, asking both Howard and Leonard. In a somewhat funny exchange, Raj basically gets the scoop on which place to stay would be more suitable. I liked parts of the back-and-forth at first, but Raj when he’s super self-centered wears thin on me. Luckily, he chose what any sane-minded person would and decided to stick it out with Penny and Leonard.
9. Who’s the worse friend?
Equally frustrating at times is that Leonard and Howard seem less than enthusiastic about their friend staying with them. I understand they’re both married and have their own lives, but I would let my friend stay with me in an instant…they both seem to drag their feet, and man, even Sheldon completely ignores and avoids the notion altogether. Though, I can see why Raj would NOT want to live with Amy or Sheldon…
8. Amy says no to the Life-size Figurines…for now…
I love that Amy has gone back a little bit toward her attitude of not catering to Sheldon’s every whim. She helps ground him and allow him to work through his emotions. We see this in the opening and then later on, when it’s more crucial, but more on that below.
7. Sheldon is still Sheldon:
Sheldon still has problems with Raj staying in his old room, which become apparent in his first encounter with a temporarily-moved-in-Raj at the apartment. I also like that we learn something else about Sheldon, in that he has a deep fear of Cinnamon! That part was so cute and funny, the fact that Sheldon was in constant fear of Cinnamon’s adorable wrath. Has it been established that he was afraid of dogs before? I know we had birds, but dogs?
6. Stuart’s Negan Bat!
The zombie apocalypse was a major thread in this episode, with Sheldon talking about what order he’d “eat” his friends in, and of course: Stuart’s self-defense weapon, which naturally is Negan’s “Lucille.” I love the actor that plays Stuart when he “lets loose” and is just wild. This moment was no exception. You’d think Howard and Bernadette would be used to people randomly waking them up out of nowhere by now.
5. Stuart’s “Retirement Plan”:
Stuart sounds a lot like my brother in the scene where he basically tells Raj he’s going to live with Howard and Bernadette…forever. “This is my retirement plan.” Stuart’s character can be shameless, but I kind of love it when he is.
4. Beverly’s Face Time:
Beverly’s character is that devilish pot-stirrer that brings just the wrong amount of bad advice for the characters. This episode is no exception, as her advise nearly starts a relationship breakdown for Shamy and Lenny…Thankfully, it doesn’t, but Beverly is just as wickedly humorous and charming, even if she’s off filming The Good Fight and can just cameo via Skype.
3. No Lenny Fighting! Yay!
As I said, luckily, Beverly’s “advice” does not take flight and our main couples stay together and barely have a tussle. I’m personally grateful for this…I HATE seeing Lenny fight, because their arguments tend to go nowhere. Leonard actually calls Beverly out and the two work out their situation like adults; yay! I did love hearing Sheldon tell Raj, though, “If you cry while they’re fighting, they’ll take you to McDonald’s.” Sheldon knows how to play the system.
2. Raj Settles Finally Makes a Choice:
After talking it over with everyone, Raj decides to stay with Leonard and Penny. I’m so happy for this for two reasons: 1. It gives us a new dynamic to work with. In the past, any time that Raj has gotten between Leonard and Penny, it’s ended on not the “best” of terms, but it’s made Lenny’s relationship stronger and Raj a more dynamic character.
And 2. Raj isn’t cutting in on Howard and Bernadette. Stuart has those two busy (and Bernadette’s sass coming out helps show it), so it’s probably better that Raj stays somewhere else for now.
1. Sheldon’s Quirks and Amy’s Reassurance:
Sheldon really respects Beverly’s character, so for a moment, I was worried he would take her advice more to heart and it would cause conflict between Amy and him. However, I was thrilled to see that he worked out the problem and concerns with Amy, despite the conversation going towards The Walking Dead, which Amy did not seem to appreciate like Sheldon. The two act more and more like a couple, without overtly losing their personality traits. Though…Amy, you really did slip in letting him get that life-size Batman statue. Will it stay in the apartment, though? Only the rest of the season will tell.