bbt feb16 cbs 'The Big Bang Theory': Sheldon's no Jeremy Lin; Is Penny the Artful Dodger?If there’s one thing we learned from Thursday’s (Feb. 16) episode of “The Big Bang Theory,” it’s to be careful of what you wish for because you just might get it. Also we learned that Sheldon (no surprise here) has no athletic talent whatsoever.

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Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and one of his many nemeses, Barry Kripke (John Ross Bowie), both have their eyes on a recently-vacated corner office. It offers everything a CalTech scientist should probably fear: natural light and windows that open. But going against their instincts, each decide they must have it. With neither willing to back down, this ultimately means the two choose to compete for the office.
With Harvard alum Jeremy Lin showing his domination of the NBA, one might extrapolate that geniuses Sheldon and Barry could have some deftness on the basketball court too. Well, sadly, they do not. So when a one-on-one game goes nowhere, as do a number of other roundball-related contests, they ultimately settle on who can bounce the ball the highest. Sheldon, who appears to understand gravity and Newton’s laws of motion better, wins the competition and the office. This leads to a series of other problems including having his head stuck in the wall.

Penny (Kaley Cuoco) has her own problems when Amy (Mayim Bialik) decides to give her an over-sized (and over-priced) piece of artwork reflecting their friendship. The painting is somewhere between gaudy and atrocious. Of course Penny fears how Amy will react if she throws it into the dumpster. Penny tries to worm her way out of the problem, but Amy’s too smart/naive and the painting stays.

It was a perfectly passable episode, although it didn’t advance the Penny and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) reunification nor did it discuss anything related to Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette’s (Melissa Rauch) pending nuptials. Let’s hope they revisit that soon.

On a scale of 1-to-Pi, Thursday’s episode was Euler’s number, or a 2.718.

Posted by:David Eckstein