Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Big Bang Theory - The Locomotion Interruption

Taking place 45 days after last season's finale which saw Sheldon (Jim Parsons) rebel against change and decide to leave home to ride the rails, "The Locomotion Interruption" finds the scientist at his wits ends after being robbed of his valuables, dignity, and his pants, and forced to call Leonard (Johnny Galecki) for help. Taking Amy (Mayim Bialik) along with him, Leonard drives to Arizona to bring his friend home on what proves to be a pair of uncomfortable car rides both to and from the copper state.

The season premiere includes a pair of B-stories. While Howard (Simon Helberg) reacts badly to discovering that Stuart (Kevin Sussman) is still living in his mother's house long after he recuperation if finished, Penny (Kaley Cuoco, with a brand new hairdo) allows Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) to arrange an interview for her as a pharmaceutical salesman. Although the interview doesn't go well, Penny finds some common ground with Bernadette's boss (Stephen Root) on the bossiness of their mutual friend.

Explaining a bit about Sheldon's journey to, but not out of, the many train stations he's visited over the past few weeks, the season premiere resets the show's status quo with a few notable changes. Penny and Leonard are now living together. Penny's move away from acting feels a bit more permanent. And apparently Stuart's odd relationship with Howard's mother will continue (despite how much the thing angers Mrs. Wolowitz's little matza ball).

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