The Big Bang Theory is back from its summer hiatus for a whole new 7th season starting with 2 brand-new episodes. So how’s everybody doing since Leonard’s departure? How’s Raj dealing with his ability to speak to women when sober?
The episode 1 “The Hofstadter Insufficiency” deals mainly with Sheldon and Penny working through Leonard’s absence. It starts with Sheldon calling Leonard because he can’t choose between Back to the Future 2 and 3 when he hears a strange noise thinking it’s the Kraken. It happens to be the Kraken which grabs Leonard before Sheldon suddenly wakes up from his nightmare.
He immediately goes to Penny’s to have some company because he is missing Leonard. The two of them start to spend a few times together which includes playing 3D chess at Sheldon’s apartment because he uses to play with Leonard. Finally Penny calls Leonard who is actually having the best time of his life; indeed they’re having a party on the boat at 5am.
Disappointed they both decide to share some “secrets” about them (in Penny’s case it’s quite revealing). Penny admits that when she arrived in L.A she got a topless role in a low budget horror movie. It happens that Sheldon and Leonard saw it; they found it about 5 minutes after she moved in
Meanwhile, Raj is still having a hard time accepting his break-up with Lucia. So Howard proposes him to attend a party at the university during which Raj actually starts to talk with Ms. Davis. Surprisingly, it ends pretty well for Raj who is really a nice romantic guy with girls when he is not drunk.
Talking about drinking, Amy and Bernadette are away to attend a scientific conference. The two girls go to the bar where some men offer them free drinks they happily received because for once it’s not because Penny’s there. By the end of the evening, they both talk about the man they sometimes desire to have. Funnily it leads them to realize their taste in men isn’t that different.
The episode ends with Leonard showing the low budget movie Penny played in proudly telling them she is his girlfriend.
The episode 2 “The Deception Verification,” shows us that Penny and Sheldon actually enjoy their time together but when she comes back home, she has a great surprise: Leonard is back earlier than planned. Wanting to have some time alone with her, he tells Penny not to tell Sheldon he is back.
But hiding Leonard is apparently quite tricky, as Sheldon is really accustomed to spending time with her. Coming to her apartment to have dinner with her, he notices 2 glasses of wine and some Chinese take away boxes…in the garbage, leading him to think she is cheating on Leonard. Soon he talks about it with Amy and both of them investigate before discovering the truth. Unsurprisingly, Sheldon is quite mad at his roommate but quickly he gets over it.
At the same time, Howard is having some emotional issue due to a chemical in a cream he used leading us to one of the weirdest but funniest scenes ever. Howard thinking he gained some weight shows his “breast” to Raj. You have to see it to believe it.
At the end, they all join for their usual group diner and a sober Raj admits he missed those moments. Surprised, Leonard wonders why nobody told him about Raj’s new talking ability and Howard cries “I can’t believe we forgot to tell him.”