'The Big Bang Theory' recap: Monkey Business

How you feel about last night's episode of The Big Bang Theory may rest at least in part on your feelings concerning the innate hilarity of smoking monkeys. I suspect I may be in the minority with this opinion, but the prospect of Sheldon Cooper alone late at night in the apartment of an inebriated (and randy) Amy Farrah Fowler does not really need a cute monkey toking on a prop cigarette in a cloud of CG smoke to be funny. In fact, up until the scene in question, this episode had all the makings of a top-notch Big Bang: Sheldon is outwitted (by Priya!), forcing him to go on a girls night with Penny, Amy, and Bernadette, resulting in ballroom dancing and ultimately Sheldon's first kiss with a girl (that wasn't his mom, sister, memaw, or an elderly nun suffering from heat exhaustion and requiring mouth-to-mouth). Now with all that packed into one 22-minute episode, did we really need a tacked-on sight gag of a monkey puffing on menthols too? Read More...



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