Posted October 17, 2012 by Robert Burris in Movies & Video

The Big Bang Theory Review: "The Higgs Boson Observation"

“Lots of questions remain, and that’s reason enough to keep watching The Big Bang Theory.”


The plot was a little on the light side this week. At the outset we are given a quick description of the Higgs’ Boson experiment, which was recently proven with the aid of the Large Hadron Collider. This spurs Sheldon to seek his own “big” discovery.

This episode introduces us to a new character: an assistant for Sheldon named Alex Jensen, played by the very beautiful Margo Harshman. She seems very interested in working for Dr. Sheldon. She compliments his brilliance and this little exchange occurs. Sheldon: “Flattery will not get you this job, Ms. Jensen.” Ms. Jensen: “It’s not flattery if it’s the truth.” Sheldon: “Oh, well, thank you. Welcome aboard.” I will say that it’s always funny seeing Sheldon interact with new characters. Alex is hired by Dr. Cooper to help him search through notebooks from his youth in an attempt to find potentially Nobel Prize worthy work. I sort of feel bad for her, working for a crazy person, forced to read his stool diaries.

Alex Jensen’s character is really just used as a plot device to further the Penny/Leonard relationship, so I doubt she will stay. I think this is largely dependent on how the writers continue to use her in the group’s interactions, and how her help furthers Sheldon’s pursuit for the Nobel Prize. I also wonder if Sheldon will ever get what he wants, and so obviously deserves.

Penny starts to admit her feelings to Amy while on the way to confront Sheldon about his new “female” assistant. When they catch Leonard and Alex Flirting in the cafeteria we get to see her become really jealous and this leads to some hilarity in the next scene.

Howard is still in space but he’s going crazier with each passing day and his trip home is now delayed. He’s afraid he will end up like the dogs they left up there in the 60’s but his lovely wife is doing everything she can to keep him sane.

“Amy Farrah Fowler was spot on in this episode.”

Amy Farrah Fowler was spot on in this episode. From comparing an eyelash curler to a tool used by Tinker Bell’s gynecologist, to marking her “territory” throughout Sheldon’s office with her scent and saliva. I haven’t given up on this show yet but it’s not exactly what it used to be. What do you guys think? Is Alex here to stay? Will Sheldon ever win a Nobel Prize? Will Penny and Leonard be the next to Marry? Will Howard make it home safe? Is Raj being phased out? He wasn’t in very much of this episode. Lots of questions remain, and that’s reason enough to keep watching.


The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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Robert Burris

I’m a Denver resident with over 20 years of gaming experience. I love all things Geek! A typical weekend for me involves lots of music listening, TV watching, movie enjoying, and video game playing. I hope to make an impact on the industry that will lead to more enjoyable experiences for the video game players.