The Big Bang Theory (S09E17) “The Celebration Experimentation”

Review: First of all, congratulations to the cast and crew of The Big Bang Theory on 200 episodes! That is a big accomplishment, and definitely worth a celebration.

In this 200th episode, it’s Sheldon’s birthday. He has never wanted to celebrate it, and this year is no different. But thanks to Amy, we get a bit of backstory on why that is. First of all, the people Sheldon invited to the birthday parties when he was a kid would never show up because they didn’t like him. To be fair though, he didn’t like them either so that wasn’t that big of a deal. However, the people his twin sister invited were always mocking him, and even told him one time that Batman would come to his party, but “the closest thing to Batman I saw, was when a robin flew into the window”. Amy eventually convinces Sheldon to let her organize a party, things are different now because he has a nice group of friends who will be there to celebrate with him. As a present, Leonard has the idea to let Batman come to Sheldon’s birthday, to make up for his childhood party, and they invite Adam West.

When the day of the party is there, the girls are at the apartment getting the decorations ready while waiting for the guests and the guys are picking up West for the party. When everybody is there (guests of the party are Stuart, Barry Kripke, Leslie Winkle, Will Wheaton, Beverly Hofstadter and of course Adam West), it’s time for the party to start. When Sheldon comes in and thanks everyone for coming, he gets overwhelmed by it all and runs into the bathroom, which leads to the best scene of the episode: Penny follows him into the bathroom and responds empathetic to his reasons for not wanting to go back to his own party. The talk that follows shows how much both characters have grown over the past 9 years, and Penny gets Sheldon to get out of the bathroom by explaining to him that everybody out there cares a lot about him. I have always loved the sweet dynamic between the two, and this week’s episode proved that again.

When Sheldon gets out of the bathroom, all the party guests give speeches about him. This scene was very sweet as well, it was nice to hear what everybody had to say about Sheldon. But the best speech of all came from Stephen Hawking, who, over the computer, sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.

Adam West was a special guest star in this episode, but they did not use him a lot. Especially once he was at the apartment, there wasn’t much to do for him. However, he did have some funny punchlines and it’s probably better to underuse a guest star like this than overuse him. I thought it was very funny that they actually let him rank the different Batmen.

At first I was kind of disappointed at the end of the episode. I don’t know why, but I think my expectations were too high. But when I rewatched it, I thought it was actually pretty good. However, I still didn’t laugh as much as I normally do, but the great talk (and the hug later) between Sheldon and Penny really made up for that to me!

Rating 8.5/10

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