For a sitcom that delivers what it promises week in and week out, The Big Bang Theory doesn't get as much ink around here as it should. True, it isn't as daring as 30 Rock, hilarious as Modern Family, or outlandish as Community. Yet The Big Bang Theory serves its purpose as consistently entertaining comedy, even with its incredibly annoying laugh track.
But this week's episode delivered something special in the form of guest star Judy Greer, who continues to be a bridesmaid and not a bride when it comes to starring in a sitcom. Greer played acclaimed physicist Dr. Elizabeth Plimpton, a friend of Sheldon's who was staying with him for a few days, and she instantly felt like a long-lost part of the show.
Of course, to use Greer as a humorless dweeb would be a waste, so her character was written to her talents: Namely, playing a horned-up sex kitten with a penchant for role play and gangbangs. The thought of Leonrad, Raj, and Howard playing naked Twister with a female physicist is funny enough, but throwing Greer into the mix made it even better.
And that's the Judy Greer Effect: She instantly makes anything she appears in that much funnier. Just as she did on Arrested Development, where she played the boob-baring secretary Kitty Sanchez. Just as she did on Modern Family, where she played Phil's former girlfriend who couldn't wait to get him in the sack. Just as she does on Archer, where she plays Cheryl/Carol/Cristal, the admin with a runaway libido and a hankering for erotic asphyxiation. And just as she'll likely do next week, when she guests on How I Met Your Mother as one of Ted's dates.
But this guest-star stuff needs to stop. It's high time for Greer to land the coveted lead role on a sitcom that actually survives. I had high hopes for her 2008 sitcom Miss Guided, especially after the hilarious trailers, but that fizzled out due in part to the writers' strike.
Greer may be all over television these days, but we still can't get enough of her.