Big Bang Theory: The Egg Salad Equivalency
by Kevin Rigdon (@pralix1138)
I’ve been trying to come up with the fewest possible words to sum up the newest The Big Bang Theory episode, “The Egg Salad Equivalency,” and I think I’ve come up with a good combination of words that will summarize it nicely. Here they are: giant Jenga, egg salad, diseased genitals, and sexual harassment. Yeah, you may be right. A little context might be in order.
We start with Leonard and Sheldon playing a rousing game of Giant Jenga. If this were an actual game, I’d love to play it; assuming, of course, that I could find somewhere to store all those blocks. (If you know where to get these, leave it in the comments.) In the midst of the game, Alex, Sheldon’s attractive assistant, stops by to pick up some transcription, the latest edition of “Sheldon After Dark,” which is basically Sheldon talking in his sleep. As Sheldon disappears for a moment, Alex seizes the opportunity to ask Leonard out, causing him to knock over the massive Jenga construct.
Not sure how to deal with this development, Leonard seeks advice from the worst people on the planet: his friends. Surprisingly, showing some serious growth from the Wolowizard of yesteryear, Howard actually keeps mum, while Raj pouts that he was on his way to asking her out. The least helpful response is from Sheldon, of course. He’s quite confused over Alex’s attraction to Leonard’s “pasty, androgynous brand of sexuality.” Further muddling the matter, of course, is that Leonard likes the idea of this little encounter. Here’s an interesting little development. I think most people are flattered by the idea that an attractive someone is, to quote Leonard, “sniffing around the goods.” In some cases, this is the spark that will start a session of less-than-faithful behavior of the highest order of jackassery. At other times, like Leonard, it’s just a boost to the ego and will go no further. It’ll be interesting to see if this situation moves from the latter to the former.
Undeterred by Leonard’s inaction, Sheldon calls a meeting of “Sheldon Cooper’s Council of Ladies,” complete with commemorative t-shirts. The council, consisting of Penny, Bernadette, and Amy, has been summoned so that Sheldon can ask how to deal with Alex’s attraction to Leonard. Of course, he uses fake names for everyone involved, Ricardo Shillyshally (Leonard), Tondalaya Dellaventemiglia (Alex), and Einstein Von Brainstorm (Sheldon, naturally), but they’re on to him fairly quickly. Amy suggests using cocaine-addicted monkeys to deal with Alex, Bernadette suggests a talking to, and Penny’s insecurities come rushing to the fore.
Sheldon does indeed decide to talk to Alex even though he’s not happy about it. He proceeds to tell her that like all women, she’s a slave to her ovaries, and compares her to an egg salad sandwich on a warm Texas day, “full of eggs and only appealing for a short time,” and shows her pictures of disease-ridden genitalia in an effort to get her to focus more on work, and less on Leonard. Naturally, she files a complaint with Human Resources. This is the part that I don’t get. Alex has been around Sheldon for a while now, knows that he has no social skills, and should know that he’s not trying to be offensive, insensitive, or derogatory. He’s being Sheldon, for crying out loud!
Having been called to the Human Resources department for the supposed inappropriate conversation with Alex, Sheldon is confused as to why he got called in, and so throws Howard, Raj, and Leonard under the bus for all of the inappropriate things they’ve done, including building a six-breasted sex robot. Howard, of course.
But Leonard has another problem. He has to convince Penny that she has nothing to be worried about. This is a nice little twist, because Penny is the insecure one for a change. To quote Mrs Cooper, “You never think about it going the other way, do you?” This is something we don’t think about too often: even those who are considered physically attractive have insecurities. Penny gets worried about losing Leonard to someone smarter. Now, we all know that she can go out and get somebody else, probably the same day, but she doesn’t want anyone else. She loves Leonard, and someone else’s interest in him makes her insecure.
It seems the gang in Pasadena are growing up. In “Egg Salad,” there are no slutty trolls under bridges, or use of military aircraft and satellites to find houses with models. The “Skank Reflex” seems to be a thing of the past. Sheldon even seems to like having Amy around. However, there is one guy that still needs to progress: Raj. Here’s to hoping that 2013 will be his year.
Rating 4 out of 5 stars