The Big Bang Theory "The Love Spell Potential" Review: Let's Talk About Sex... Dungeons & Dragons-style

By MaryAnn Sleasman

May 10, 2013

The Big Bang Theory S06E23: "The Love Spell Potential"

When Amy broke a TSA worker's nose during a pat-down at the airport and landed herself on the No Fly list, the ladies' awesomesauce weekend in Vegas ended prematurely... and they wound out with front-row seats at the guys' D&D night. The situation could have been bad. And it definitely got awkward. But like so many things that happen on The Big Bang Theory, there was love among the awkwardness—not that there was ever any doubt. 

Okay, there was a little bit of doubt. 

After a somewhat lackluster-aside-from-the-wonderfulness-of-Bob-Newhart return to the worst aspects of TBBT in last week's "The Proton Resurgence," this week's quest  in "The Love Spell Potential" pulled us back into the sudden love of character development the show has apparently developed during its sixth season. Raj ditched game night with Howard, Leonard, and Sheldon early on, and sure, his departure was a humorous jab at the stereotype that dudes who play Dungeons & Dragons don't get laid, but it was also symbolic of just how much effort and care Raj is putting into his relationship with Lucy. He's invested in it not just because he's desperate for a ladyfriend, but also because he genuinely likes Lucy as a person as opposed to the personification of an idea. The pair talked over drinks, and Lucy admitted that some of her greatest frustrations with regard to her anxiety are her inability to tell her hairdresser that she doesn't like bangs and her terror at the thought of sending food back to the kitchen at a restaurant (though that last one is a totally valid fearRaj).

Lucy's endless neuroses put Raj in the odd position—for him anyway—of being the more "functional" one, but his eagerness to help Lucy overcome her nerves backfired when his insistence that she send her funky crab cakes back to the kitchen overwhelmed her and sent her right back out the nearest restroom window. Despite the general failure of the experiment, on the positive side of things, Lucy called Raj for help when a locked gate trapped her in the alley she ended up in—even though it meant admitting to him that she ran away again. It was a marked improvement over that time she ran away and just let him think she dumped him because she was too scared to face him again. They even kissed! Sort of! 

Our other hopelessly hopeless couple, Amy and Sheldon, ended up having a delightful evening at Leonard and Sheldon's apartment despite the initial reluctance—from both the men and the women—to include the women in their D&D quest. Sheldon in particular took the broad changes to their usual format in stride; not only did the ladies join the fun, but Howard replaced Leonard as the dungeon master, the die-rolling responsibilities were shared, and the group's imaginary world was brought to life with sound effects and some delightful celebrity impersonations from Howard.

All in all, it seemed like a pretty pleasant evening... so leave it to Penny to muck it up: "YOUR CHARACTERS SHOULD HAVE SEEEEX!" Drunk on Penny's pitcher of boozy magic potion, everyone quickly and enthusiastically agreed because LOL Amy and Sheldon doing it is teh funniez. Somewhat surprisingly, Amy wasn't thrilled with the idea. 

When Sheldon got off the wild ride of knocking on his own door, Amy explained that she didn't want their characters to have sex in the game because it would only be for the amusement of their friends, "They think our relationship is a joke." 

For a while, it seemed that TBBT itself thought of Sheldon and Amy's relationship as a joke. Amy's seeming obliviousness when it came to the reality of an intimate relationship with Sheldon and her apparently unwavering faith that SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY HE WILL LOVE HER provided ample laughs for people who enjoy laughing at the misfortunes of unconventional women—which is honestly rather problematic and gross but in the name of not getting into that argument, I'll just say that despite past transgressions, I do think that the show has generally made a good effort this season to address its flaws, and it's come a long way. Sheldon and Amy's frank discussion of what their relationship is illustrated that progress beautifully. 

Amy is the butt of a lot of jokes on The Big Bang Theory, and her friends poking fun at a very personal aspect of any relationship, including the one between her and Sheldon, was the final straw. She's not nearly as oblivious and blind as she's sometimes been portrayed in the past, and for the first time, her belief in Sheldon was shown to falter—and not because they've been dating for years without having sex. It wasn't about the sex at all, really, and thank heavens it wasn't about the sex, because for one brief and horrifying moment I was worried that we were going to end up with a reluctant Sheldon doing the deed solely to appease Amy—which would have been a whole new flavor of problematic and gross to lament. 

However, Amy understands Sheldon. Sometimes she does want more from him—which is totally okay—but she also understands why their relationship is what it currently is. When she asked Sheldon if they would ever be intimate, Sheldon explained that before Amy, he had absolutely no interest in intimacy with anyone ever... but now he's open to the idea at least enough to not rule it out of his life entirely. Despite Sheldon's issues, Sheldon gets Amy, and Amy gets Sheldon. She understood his statement for the olive branch that it was and she understood that while their progress toward intimacy has been moving at an incredibly slow pace, progress has been made—which shows that Sheldon is trying and that he does truly care about her. For all of her unchecked arousal that sometimes manifests itself in creepy, creepy, oh-so-creepy ways, Amy understands that sex and love are not the same thing. 


Since it wasn't the act of making their D&D characters have sex that bothered Amy so much as it was their friends' sentiments, the decision to have Sheldon and Amy finish the round in the privacy of Sheldon's bedroom was a nice gesture from TBBT's writers, in that it drove home the point that Amy and Sheldon's sex life is just as personal and valid as those of any of the other couples without being forced to turn the act of RPS (role-playing sex) into either a completely serious or a completely comedic activity. Because even real sex can be both. And let's face it—when/if Sheldon and Amy ever get to the point of real sex in their relationship, it's totally going to be both. 



THE STRAY OBSERVATION ADDENDUM

– One-liner of the night, "I got a brand new bikini so drinks at the pool are on on these." 

– Simon Helberg's impressions were pretty great. Which one was your favorite? Nicholas Cage Tree was pretty great, but I think I'm leaning toward Dragon Christopher Walken. 

– "This isn't alcohol. It's a magic potion that makes me like you." 

– Leonard constantly using Zachary Quinto as Spock against Sheldon and his hatred of change is brilliant. 


What did you think of "The Love Spell Potential"?

  • Comments (123)
Add a Comment
In reply to :
  • SarahMartins Jul 15, 2014

    Thanks to Dr. Trust
    My name is Sarah matins. I am from Dubai i am here to spread the entire work of a real spell caster called Dr. Trust who just helped me to retrieve back my union with my husband and make our relationship very stronger and brought joy and happiness into our marriage. I have been scammed by a lot of fake spell casters but i was later introduced to Dr. Trust by a friend named tucker stacey to this great man who help her to restore her relationship back with his husband.He also help me and wipe away my tears. So viewers of this wonderful testimony who wants to contact him like:ultimatespellcast@gmail.com
    1. GETTING YOUR EX LOVER BACK.
    2. DIVORCE SPELL.
    3. WINNING LOTTERIES.
    4. BREAKING OF GENERATION COURSE.
    5. GETTING OF JOB.
    6. CHILD BEARING.
    7. MONEY SPELL.
    8. CURING OF HIV AND MANY MORE.
    9. HERBAL CARE.
    10. BEAUTY SPELL.
    11. BUSINESS CHARMS TO ENQUIRE MORE CUSTOMERS AND LOT'S MORE..
    So brothers and sisters i have tested this man DR. Trust and i have found that he is real and genuine. i am now the happiest woman on earth today, Contact his via email id and be joyful in your life.(ultimatespellcast@gmail.com or ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com Tel:+23481566885231).
    More gratitude and thanks to you again the great DOCTOR.

  • FrankJames8195 May 10, 2014

    I NEVER BELIEVED IN LOVE SPELLS UNTIL I MET THIS WORLD'S TOP SPELL CASTER. HE IS REALLY POWERFUL AND COULD HELP CAST SPELLS TO BRING BACK ONE'S GONE,LOST,MISBEHAVING LOVER AND MAGIC MONEY SPELL OR SPELL FOR A GOOD JOB.I'M NOW HAPPY & A LIVING TESTIMONY COS THE WOMAN I HAD WANTED TO MARRY LEFT ME 2 WEEKS BEFORE OUR WEDDING AND MY LIFE WAS UPSIDE DOWN COS OUR RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN ON FOR 2YEARS... I REALLY LOVED HIM, BUT HIS MOTHER WAS AGAINST US AND HE HAD NO GOOD PAYING JOB. SO WHEN I MET THIS SPELL CASTER, I TOLD HIM WHAT HAPPENED AND EXPLAINED THE SITUATION OF THINGS TO HIM..AT FIRST I WAS UNDECIDED,SKEPTICAL AND DOUBTFUL, BUT I JUST GAVE IT A TRY. AND IN 7 DAYS WHEN I RETURNED TO USA, MY GIRLFRIEND(NOW WIFE) CALLED ME BY HERSELF AND CAME TO ME APOLOGIZING THAT EVERYTHING HAD BEEN SETTLED WITH HIS MOM AND FAMILY AND SHE GOT A NEW JOB INTERVIEW SO WE SHOULD GET MARRIED..I DIDN'T BELIEVE IT COS THE SPELL CASTER ONLY ASKED FOR MY NAME AND MY GIRLFRIENDS NAME AND ALL I WANTED HIM TO DO... WELL WE ARE HAPPILY MARRIED NOW AND WE ARE EXPECTING OUR LITTLE KID,AND MY WIFE ALSO GOT THE NEW JOB AND OUR LIVES BECAME MUCH BETTER. IN CASE ANYONE NEEDS THE SPELL CASTER FOR SOME HELP, HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS;okutemple@hotmail.com ......HOPE HE HELPS YOU OUT OUR OPPORTUNITY ... CONTACT THIS GREAT SPELL CASTER VIA EMAIL:okutemple@hotmail.com

  • realcomment58 Mar 10, 2014

    i' m Raj Chandrakant, Kent, from England. I have been married for 8 years, and my marriage was great, but after years our romance was going down everyday. There was no romance. I was scared that some one else could get in between.Then i contact Dr Obodo at templeofanswer@hotmail.co.uk and he helped us out. In just weeks, passion, and romance was again in our house. Our marriage is stronger than ever. Thanks a lot Dr Obodo

  • kitemonica3 Jan 22, 2014

    I have be married for nine years my husband and i where living happily and just two months ago my husband ment his ex girl friend whom he had in school days and all of a sudden he started dating her again and he never cared about his family again all he does is to stay late at night and when he come's back he will just lie to me that he hard some fault with his car,there was this faithful day i caught the both of them in a shop,i walked to them and told the girl to stay of my husband and when he came home that evening he beat me up even despite the fact that i was pregnant he was just kicking and warning me to never point a finger on his girlfriend again,i have suffered too much in the hand of a cheating husband but thank to Dr.Okalo whom i got from a blog site after a long search for a real spell caster i was so happy that he fufilled all what he said in just less than three days after the spell was casted they quareled and he broke up with the girl and his senses are fully back and he now care and love me like he have never done before and if you are their suffering from a broken marriage or your husband or ex cheats? you can email (Choosenlovespell@gmail.com) his spells are pure and very powerful without any doubt.

  • khalanneal3 Dec 23, 2013

    my ex-boyfriend dumped me 8 months ago after I caught him of having an affair with someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me. I was so confuse and don’t know what to do, so I visited the INTERNET for help and I saw a testimony on how a spell caster help them to get their ex back so I contact the spell caster and explain my problems to him….. he cast a spell for me and assure me of 3 days that my ex will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my peter came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that, we are about to get married. Once again thank you Dr Trust spell, you are truly talented and gifted contact his email: ULTIMATESPELLCAST@GMAIL.COM or Ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com

  • blendapark1 Nov 30, 2013

    I want to use this opportunity to tell everyone about Dr Shiva of reunitingexspell@yahoo.com on how he help me reunited with my husband after 2 months of divorce.My husband divorce me because he saw another woman in his office and he said to me that he is no longer in love with me anymore and decide to divorce me.I seek help from the Net and i saw good talk about Dr Shiva and i contact him and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me which i use to get my husband back within 2 days.If you need his help Email him at reunitingexspell@yahoo.com

  • kitemonica3 Jan 09, 2014

    I have been in bondage ever since my ex leave for another woman, It was really hell for me and everybody told me to forget about him but i could not because i love him so much, Things get worse until my friend introduced me to this great spell caster Dr. Kalo who have save so many life and relationships and i contacted him through his email (Choosenlovespell@gmail.com) i explain everything to him and he cast a spell for me immediately after three days, everything turn around and my boyfriend come to me on his knee begging for forgiveness that i am the one and only woman in his life now. i was surprise i have never seen such a miracle in my life. I am so thankful to this man and i will forever publish his name Dr Kalo

  • brianm87 Oct 28, 2013

    go Sheldon go on! :D

  • Yaspaa Sep 04, 2013

    Loved this episode, and after hearing many Walken impressions I'd have to go with Cage, lol. Nice quote choices, ha.

  • skokeloor May 21, 2013

    To me, that moment between Sheldon and Amy in his bedroom was the cutest scene ever on TBBT. Go Shamy!

  • ionee24 Jul 04, 2013

    I'm still trying to figure out what 14 stands for...

  • spklvr12 May 16, 2013

    I honestly don't want Sheldon to have sex. It just doesn't work for me and doesn't feel true to his character, who has consistently referred to sex as unhygienic. Anyway, it's so rare for a show to leave a character asexual, like it's some horrible thing.

  • See More Comments (43)