Friday, April 27, 2012

The Big Bang Theory - The Stag Convergence

As the guys throw Howard (Simon Helberg) a bachelor party Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) gossip and put together gift bags for the wedding. Although the stripper-less party is something of a bust, things pick up when a drunk Raj (Kunal Nayyar) begins telling embarassing stories about the groom to the whole room which special guest Wil Wheaton decides to upload to YouTube.

Bernadette is incensed after seeing the video and begins to have second thoughts about marriage after learning about Howard's checkered sexual past which includes borderline incest with his second cousin, the prostitute Raj and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) bought him in Las Vegas, and "group sex with a girl dressed like a children's cartoon."

While both Penny and Amy both have trouble comforting their friend (who is even angrier when she realizes Penny knew about Howard before she introduced the two of them), it's Howard, an unlikely source to be sure, that shows up to say exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.

Although mostly an excuse to give Howard and Bernadette a reason to fight, the episode reminds us how far Howard's come over the last couple of years. Much of the bachelor party humor falls flat but the episode includes a couple of fun moments such as Sheldon (Jim Parsons) being miffed to learn Wil Wheaton is also friends with Howard, and Penny's attempts to soothe Bernadette which turn into blaming her friend for staying in a relationship Penny didn't think would last past the first date.

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