For the second week of Kaley Cuoco's absence from The Big Bang Theory, Leonard continued to take the leading role reins from the normally dominate Sheldon.
This week, TBBT took a page straight out of the generic sitcom book and had Leonard sleep with Raj's sister, Priya (Aarti Moon), behind Raj's back. However, rather than lead to a possibly hilarious episode between the two rarely paired characters, it instead became a Leonard-Sheldon adventure.
It's as if TBBT is playing it too safe on its new Thursday 8:00 pm timeslot and has to keep going to their go-to guy, Sheldon. This time, Sheldon couldn't keep a secret unless he came up with a good alibi in the form of "The Irish Pub Formulation."
We're all about Parsons and he certainly brought plenty of humor to the episode, but we just can't help but feel like this show always has more potential. This episode didn't take advantage of the truly nerdy aspect of the character, and like we said earlier, didn't take advantage of Raj in the story.
All that said, the scene where the guys all were apologizing for various pranks they pulled was one of the funniest in the show's history. Just goes to show, even when they play it safe, we can sit around and watch these guys spit out The Big Bang Theory quotes and have us laughing.Kaley should be back next week and we can't wait to have our Penny return. Sometimes, you don't realize what you had until it's gone. Turns out she was a vital element to the show.
So what do you think? Has the show been living up to its potential of previous seasons? Are we expecting too much from a sitcom?
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