'Big Bang Theory' Season 3, Episode 19 Recap: Evil Wil Wheaton returns

When Wil Wheaton first appeared on The Big Bang Theory last fall as an odiously underhanded version of himself, I predicted the former Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation would return to the show as Sheldon Cooper's official Worst Enemy. I had no idea, however, that Evil Wil Wheaton would be this evil, widening his path of destruction to include not just Sheldon, but Penny and Leonard's fragile romance as well.

Yes, it's official: Penny and Leonard's season-long courtship is seriously on the rocks. After Penny managed to pull off an unambiguous, post-coital reference to The Empire Strikes Back (just in time for its 30th anniversary, too!), Leonard was moved to attempt an unambiguous, post-coital declaration of love for her, i.e. 'I love you.' Penny's response: 'Oh. Thank you' Not good.

What was good was the mini-aria of awkwardness Kaley Cuoco spun out of that moment some of the best comic acting she's delivered all season. From that point on, though, the (possible) beginning of the end of Pennard was more laden with soft dread than hard belly laughs, even in the face of all the writers' attempts to wring the funny out of Leonard's panicky hurt and Penny's unsettled guilt. You could just feel the sword of Damocles dangling over these two, and Evil Wil Wheaton was all too happy to cut the single horse hair holding it up.

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