'The Big Bang Theory' recap: Showtime!

As any true Big Bang theorist will tell you, some of the show's very best episodes orbit around the twin stars of Sheldon and Penny. Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco have maintained deft control over their character's priceless chemistry, never letting it tip too far towards curdled contempt or cutesy will-they-or-won't-they "romance." The episode last season whenSheldon had to help an injured, and naked, Penny get dressed before taking her to the ERis a perfect example of that balance. Last night's episode was another. And we'll get to discussing Sheldon and Penny in good time. But what I really want to talk about right now is Raj.

There was a moment last night's when my boyfriend turned to ask me a question I imagine many of you were asking yourselves or your own significant others at that same very moment: "Wait, is Raj coming out?" The moment, of course, was after Leonard commented on how broken up Sheldon was over being ridiculed by his students for a guest lecture Sheldon didn't even really want to give. "I know the feeling," sighed Raj. "It’s like accidentally walking into a gay bar and then having no one hit on you." Between that joke,the front yard/back yard joke from two episodes ago, and Raj and Howard puckering up last November, and you could easily be forgiven for wondering if the writers were slowly inching our beloved Dr. Koothrappali out of the closet. Read More...



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