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"The Bakersfield Expedition"/S6E13

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 2:05 AM

By Dhruv Rao 


There have always been those episodes of The Big Bang Theory where both the plot and the sub-plot focus on a central theme; however, one of them just go ranting off in another direction. Thus, making the episode a complete failure. Maybe it's just me, but this episode is one of them. Although the three girls going "where no girl has ever been before" is a lame fact showed in the promo, the arguments about Thor's Hammer build up the spice in a bland episode. Meanwhile, the guys' plot is fully uncovered in the promo: their car is stolen. And that's it. A one-dimensional, dull and excrutiating plot with nothing much to offer as comedy. 


Modelling as Star Trek: The Next Generation characters, that's gold, but that's just a small fraction of the episode. It starts with Sheldon trying to imitate Leonard's voice while Penny realizes that her boyfriend has more and better makeup than her (these, too, are gold.) While they're driving towards the Comic Con, they have to listen to the jerk Sheldon's voice. I'm sorry, but that's just plebeian, which diminishes the overall grade. Ensuing, they spot a few mountains where the show was shot, and go and dress up over there, for the photo shoot. 


Finally, after bending my ear with the ho hum story, the plot culminates: the theft of the car. They decide to work as a team, Leonard in charge, and walk to a gas station or something close by. In other words, they get insulted in the cafe or dinner they go to, just another bore, while showing Sheldon as a jerk and a boor (Ordering four glasses of water for himself only.) The problem that arises here is that, if all their wallets were kept in the filched car, how did they pay? Moreover, how did Howard call his mother if nobody had a phone? Well, I would assume the diner had a telephone. Well, after all that fail of a plot, they return home in hope that maybe, jsut maybe, they've entered another dimension, or Thor's Hammer is a new nail polish color. If one would bore me to death, they would use this episode as bait. 


The girls start with brunch. However, the topic shifts to trying out a comic book. They try one at the comic book store, while being censored by nerds, geeks and other lifeless losers (No offense to anyone whose life is surrounded by comics). After the first reading, like one of my teachers said, "Let's give this a reading.", they think it's stupid, i.e. they're too high caliber for it. Per contra, they down-grade themselves by burrowing in on all sorts of abortive topics. As one of my other teachers said, "Loozer-s!"


All in all, the episode was another misfire, following the first one: The 43 Peculiarity. An exrutiatingly long one, with no reason. I know that they just won Favorite Comedy at the PCAs, but this episode shows that maybe they don't deserve it. 


Grade: D+





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