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Hunt With The Big Bang Gang In The Scavenger Vortex

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10/04/2013 10:42 am
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Hunt With The Big Bang Gang In The Scavenger Vortex

Abbie Bethell

Staff Writer

Last week we were treated to not one but TWO episodes of the hit comedy. Sadly, this week we only got one episode, but due to the high-standard of the episode, one was enough. After Leonard’s controversial return to Pasadena in last week’s episode, ‘The Scavenger Vortex’ displays a funnier, more relaxed environment as the group split off in their twos picked at random (Sheldon & Penny, Howard & Amy and Bernadette & Leonard), to take part in a scavenger hunt, organised by Raj. This is the best episode of TBBT I’ve seen in a long time, definitely a new favourite. I liked how they paired up the characters with the person they interact the least with (except Penny & Sheldon – but I love that pairing!). Whilst having dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, Raj asks the rest of the gang why they didn’t turn up to his dinner and a murder mystery party. Without saying those actual words, they all basically say that his parties are lame. In between a few jokes about Princeton being a “good” university, Raj suggests they do a scavenger hunt. The gang all agree as it sounds quite fun. Back at Sheldon and Leonard’s place, Raj creatively presents the concept to the group, they are told to work in twos. Bernadette suggests couples, to which Leonard (who’s with Penny – the only non-scientist within the group) suggests they “shake it up a bit”. Penny takes offence to Leonard saying that, turning to Amy who also kindly declines her partnership, saying they should pick names out the hat. It was strange seeing Amy reject Penny as she always seems like she’ll do anything to spend time with her “bestie”. So partnered off we have; Penny & Sheldon Howard & Amy Bernadette & Leonard Used to spending more time together than the other pairings, Penny and Sheldon work as a great team together…kind of. Take the first task for example. This task is a puzzle. Halfway through Penny realises the answer is the comic book store and gets up to run out the apartment. Sheldon, not so convinced, decides to do the whole puzzle, just to check there isn’t a sign in the window saying to go to the train shop, thus costing them precious time. After a few challenges, a very well-organised Sheldon and Penny end up at the bowling alley, and it just so happens Sheldon was very prepared having a bowling ball handy in his bag. They work together well, Sheldon’s mathematical and scientific skills are perfectly matched with Penny’s observant eye, so that they end up at the hunt’s end where they meet Raj who presents them with a coin (the prize). Next we’re on to Bernadette and Leonard – a couple we have barely seen interact since Melissa Rauch was brought in to the show. We know Bernie has a bit of a temper with Howard, but boy, when she’s competitive there’s no stopping her… poor Leonard finds out the hard way! Over the course of the hunt, the couple endure many (many) arguments, which results in Leonard being upset thinking that he had upset Penny; Bernadette implies Penny sometimes calls him a ‘ninny’ to which he’s surprised and mad. Somehow, despite their mismatched pairing, they get to the end as well. Leonard questions Penny about his nickname, but she doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Apparently it turns out Bernadette was lying – I could tell from her sneaky little self that she was making that up…anything to try and win, eh? They turn up at the apartment the same time Penny does (Sheldon is washing his clothes), and Raj presents them a coin each. Saying he wanted them to all be winners, he confesses that he planted a coin in each of their pockets from the beginning. Penny, finally feeling like she’d won something only for it to be taken away, tells Raj to “run…to India”. Finally, our last couple, Amy and Howard. They stole the show for me. On paper, they aren’t similar in any way, however, when they’re paired up they start talking about their interests, both have a mutual admiration of Neil Diamond. Once they find this out, they practically abandon the scavenger hunt and all we see from them is duets in the car, “Sweet Caroline” was my personal favourite. They didn’t just sing either, they did the movements too! Amy says there’s a Neil Diamond concert on next month and they both decide to go (wish we’d seen that on-screen). In the final scene, we see the two doing karaoke at the Cheesecake Factory – so funny. Such a great episode of TBBT. I really enjoy the episodes where they’re all together. It doesn’t happen much which is probably why they are so special and done to such a good standard, but then again, all seven actors working collectively, why am I surprised?! Tune in next week for the fourth episode of season 7 – as always we’ll be recapping the show for you in case you miss it or just want to relive the hilarious moments! Highlights: -        “I’m sorry, are we really doing this or are we tricking Koothrappalli again like we did with the dinner party” – Sheldon -         “Do you know how filthy those bowling balls are, I may as well stand on the corner and give away free rectal exams” –Sheldon -        Raj’s dance scene at the beginning -        Sheldon’s amusement at Raj’s tricks - “he’s a born showman” -        “You think I’m gonna be a liability, even though I just used liability correctly in a sentence” – Penny -        Bernadette’s constant yelling at Leonard -        Howard and Amy singing “Sweet Caroline” in the car -        “My brain is better than everybody’s” – Sheldon Cooper channels Jim Carrey -        “(About Penny) I wish I had a man like that on my team” - Bernadette


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