The Big Bang Theory "The Monster Isolation" Review: Yay, a Story for Raj!

The Big Bang Theory S06E17: “The Monster Isolation”

Aww, you guys, Raj got a real story all to himself this week and it was sweet and it had Kate Micucci (Raising Hope, Scrubs) being, well, Kate Miucci—which was totally okay. “The Monster Isolation” picked up immediately following Raj’s grand speech and hasty departure from the comic shop’s lonely hearts V-Day party last week, catching up to him and his date at a coffeeshop where Raj was using his words and only slightly coming off as a total creep. It looked like a win-win for both Raj and his super-shy date... until she climbed through the restroom window and fled the scene. Cue the angst spiral, complete with determination to never leave his apartment again—and being perfectly capable of doing just that through the wonders of internet commerce.

To their credit, his friends came to the rescue and tried to talk him back into wearing pants and showering regularly, but the dude’s heart was broken, again, and this time after an experience that showed so much growth and promise. Sure, he ditched the comic shop gang as soon as a woman came along and stuttered out her interest, but the speech itself WAS thoughtful and touching and if Lucy hadn’t showed up, I think Raj would have embraced his words and ended the night on a positive.

I’m delighted to report, though, that Raj still got something close to a happy ending, for now. Given how sparingly Margo Harshman appears as Alex, it’s hard to say how much of Micucci’s Lucy we’ll see on a regular basis. After apologizing for ditching Raj and explaining that it wasn’t a reflection of how she felt about him, but rather a desperate way to cope with her anxiety issues, Lucy agreed to go on at least on more real date with Raj. I really like Lucy, and honestly, Raj as the creepy, socially inept, hypocritical single nerd was getting a little old. This has been a great season on The Big Bang Theory for advancing the love lives of its core characters and it’s only right that Raj gets his turn. Given what a genuinely good fit Lucy appears to be with her own social baggage and her determination to overcome her anxious tendencies, it appears that the writers have finally decided to approach Raj’s love life seriously and I am so ready.

Meanwhile on Fun with Flags, Sheldon inched ever closer toward “normal” when Penny used her guest spot on Sheldon’s web series to help Sheldon be more “open” and “natural” with his body language. Penny is no stranger to trying to help Sheldon, but Sheldon hasn’t always embraced her direction so easily, and even though he ended up overdoing it with the open body language (I thought things were going to get weird for a second there), his effort was real, as was his sincerity when he thanked Penny for her insight. Amy had to force him to act and say “thank you,” but the gratefulness wasn’t something that Sheldon had to fake. It may have taken six seasons, but The Big Bang Theory is finally allowing its two most openly oddball characters to evolve and as a result, the most recent stretch of episodes have been legitimately entertaining AND enlightening in a way we haven’t seen in awhile. I’m starting to care about these characters again and it’s a really great feeling.


What did you think of “The Monster Isolation”?



The Stray Observation Addendum


– One-liner of the night: “Spread your legs. Invite them in.” —Sheldon

– Amy and her chain-smoking animal friends were hilarious, “MOMMY’S ON THE PHONE!”

– LOL at Sheldon’s patdown before Penny’s play. I was disappointed by the lack of an old-school brick Game Boy, though the Etch-a-Sketch was a nice touch.

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Raj is gay; point black on the dotted line, period. where's the evidence? he is not comfortable around women AT ALL. not even women that are unattractive. he has to drink in order to lighten up around them. he is only comfortable around men. HE IS GAY.
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Well, in season 3, Leonards mother said he has Selective Mutism, which is a diagnosable psychiatric disorder. And his willingness to date a woman (he has slept with a few) is not really a sign that he's gay. Maybe a little bisexual but I think his preference is with women.
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Well reading through the comments I am the only one who skipped the scenes with the new chick? I instantly hated her stupid appearance and annoying voice. I was so glad to see her escape from the bathroom and run away, too bad, bitter dissapointment later on. This one is going to stay for multiple episodes. Aargh. I had the same with Prya, hated her from the start and was so glad to see her go.

The episode was great however, loved the thank you knock knock scene, and everything else, except the scenes with goofy new chick and raj, horrible, absolutely horrible.
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This one didn't do a lot for me, besides Amy's line about getting removed from the project and Sheldon and Penny making "Fun with Flags".. still my favorite comedy by a mile but this one just fell flat to me.
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Raj in his whitey tighties was a little disturbing, but we're all happy that he's finally getting out of the single sad sack role. I hope they give Kate Micucci some interesting quirks that blend well with the group, like when they revamped Amy's character to want to be BFFs with Penny, best character move they ever made.
Also, is this the first time we've seen Penny actually act besides that hemorrhoid commercial? Is this foreshadowing to getting her out of that horrid yellow cheesecake factory vest? Definitely overdue.
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It was a play from her acting class, right? So it's not really a job, more like a exam.
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Still, I hope it leads to something else for her character.
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Really liked the Raj part this time. I think, it's the first time in all those years of TBBT that Raj talked to a woman. that he couldn't talk to her without alcohol (excluding the three girls in the group, who know already). I had to laugh so hard when Amy described why she was fired from the project "You can get animals addicted to a harmful substance, you can disect their brains but you throw their own feces back at them and suddenly you're unprofessional."

Also, the Rubics cube in Sheldons pants :D
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Raj finally has a chance with a woman!!! Hallelujah lol!!! What makes it better: she has her own problems too!!! I like that TBBT gave him someone to think about. This episode, once again, was hilarious to me. Adding Amy and Bernadette as regulars is still a genius move to me. Amy with those monkeys had me rolling lol!!! I also loved Bernadette's "Red Lobster" line. Sheldon has come a long way from six years ago, and him not only giving props to Penny's acting chops but also guest-starring her on his show was great and funny. Love, love, love this show!!
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When Raj finally get a girlfriend this show will have absolutely nothing in common with the show that started some years ago. I have no problem with the idea that Raj gets a girlfriend, but the storylines are thin as it is. It used to be the guys and Penny or the Sheldon and Penny for one and the guys for other. Now you juggle, Shamy, Leonard and Penny, Bernadette and Howard and Raj has a few lines here and there. There is no more room for a fourth couple. It can't always be guys/girls night out.
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the show i heard is ending next year so your worries will be over.
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Totally agree. Sheldon's interactions with Penny always make the most laughs.
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Well they have to have some character growth and development. In real life friends change, get married, move away, have kids...etc. Keeping the characters and situations the same as to when the show started isn't realistic and would be boring. Howard on the space station earlier this season was different, plus they had an ep of Leonard, Penny, Sheldon and Amy having a game night that was funny- so they do mix it up.
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"When do they get to the part about streetcars?"
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Great review and I love how the characters are continuing to slowly grow/develop.

Bernadette cracked me up with the "red lobster" comment and how they were all thinking it but she was the only one with the courage to say it and nice to say it when Raj wasn't there. Funny/Cute!

Amy cracked me up with her monkey interactions. I'm pro-animal but I could still laugh at that scene.

Sheldon is awesome and I can't get over how much he looks like Data when he was recording the flag show. I love his interactions with Penny and his interpretation of "openness" had a cheap soft core porn vibe that was hysterical considering his character.
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THE GOOCH! Man did she play her standard character, right on the money! I was surprised she wasn't put off by Raj, he was kinda worse than normal on that date and was juuuuust about to pull out of the nosedive when she bolted. If they put Raj and her together on a permanent basis, I hope it's really slow and awkward and misfires a bunch.

I liked this episode, but it was very uneven, both in premise and pacing, and I found Amy's schtick out of character and flat.
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no, we are tired of you, go away.
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Favorite Raj lines of the night: "Just a sec. Oh who says just a sec, I hate myself!"
"Can you at least tell me what went wrong? It's okay I can take anything, unless it's something I did, or said or am. Cause those are like my buttons."
Lucy: I don't even like comic books
Raj: Yea me neither
Lucy: Then what were you doing there?
Raj: I lied I love them
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I really hope they do something with Penny's career. I think her move from a Cheesecake Factory waitress to an actress in some B- or C-level movie, TV show or sitcom would bring a nice change of scenery and a new area for jokes.

I mean, how great would it be if Penny got a bit part on some sci-fi show and how her attitude towards it (a paycheck) would differ from the guys (who all care about series continuity & science realism)?

It would mirror the fact that Sheldon is supposed to be a science genius while I've heard Jim Parsons admit he knows nothing about science.
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Penny with a recurring role on a sci-fi show is an excellent idea. I think of all the characters Penny is the only one that hasn't grown. All the others have grown socially or career wise, but Penny is the same since the start.
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luv it! can't wait to be shown here next week
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wait.. you mean you read the review with all the spoilers before watching it??!!!
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yes. i love spoiler alert....
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"One-liner of the night: "Spread your legs. Invite them in." —Sheldon" -- Pretty much that line made my day. Penny + Sheldon are magic together. I also enjoyed "please welcome my friend, neighbor, and flag virgin; Penny" XD

Looking forward to next one! Amy was great too! Sheldon + Penny <3333
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I am really happy that TBBT is finally doing something about Penny's career. Now writers of this amazing show, here's an idea; Penny finally makes it to hollywood by getting a lead role in a medical/science show and her show hires Doctor Sheldon Cooper as a scientific consultant! .... Just imagine the possibilities!
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Not that I don't like Penny, but I disagree. Most people who go to Hollywood don't ever end up making it, so it's a lot more realistic that it she continues to struggle and work in a regular job. I would rather see her finish college and get a better job.
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You are right that it's more realistic if she can't make it to hollywood, but I only said it would be a nice change for the show.
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"The Big Bang Theory is finally allowing its two most openly oddball characters to evolve and as a result, the most recent stretch of episodes have been legitimately entertaining AND enlightening in a way we haven't seen in awhile". Couldn't agree more!
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TBBT just keeps on rolling, another great episode.

I think Jim Parsons has done wonders with Sheldon and his journey into normalcy (or at least as normal as Sheldon can be). The growth has been substantial, but Sheldon (for the most part) is still Sheldon.
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Sheldon would want it pointed out that "normalcy" isn't a word.
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His selective understanding of grammar bothers me. He is always correcting others while making plenty of his own errors.
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The pat-down scene was kind of deja-vu for me, from when I used to have to go to my sisters dance shows or plays, and how if a gave something up to easily, my mum just knew that I had something else, which just made that scene 10 times funnier for me.
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Raj running down the street for the number.....uncomfortable! Couldn't he have just called? He is right he has some serious mental problems...I LOVE HIM!!
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Raj talking how pathetic,crazy,etc. stuff to win a girl was really funny. Which left me confused...he talked same at coffee shop,so Lucy should stay with him on their date. I thought at first she left,because he was talking crazy-like:D NItpicking here...yeah they are giving Raj development. They are stepping up for everyone in this last episodes. I love it:D

On one side I get Amy and all those monkey addicted jokes(because they are funny),but in real life I am strongly against any animal abuse and any kind of tests on animals!

I missed some Fun with flags...and what a comeback:D
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I love Kate Micucci....that is all
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I always wonder who watches Fun with Flags? Raj in his underpants eating lobster is whoa! did not see that one coming.
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This was a very cute episode, and I can't think of another word for it than cute. I am actually looking forward to the idea that now that Sheldon knows Penny is a good actress that he becomes like a overbearing stage mother to her for no other reason than tense Sheldon/Penny interactions which are the funnest of them all.

Randomly...is Amy unemployed now or just moved to a different area of research? I was a little confused.

I liked the Leonard/Howard/Bernadette drop in on Raj a lot. I especially liked how we got a full range of Bernadette in the two minute scene.

And isn't this odd, Raj and Winston getting a full storyline this week? Next time Winston gets the A plot though...
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The tobacco project was winding down anyway.
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Who is Winston?
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Winston's from New Girl.
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Oh, okay. Thanks.
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Amy was probably just moved to a different research project. The lab I work in has 6 or 7 main projects and a bunch of side projects that could turn into major ones going at any one time. So it would seem more likely that they just put her on a different one than actually fire her.
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Thanks, I wasn't sure how that whole thing would work.
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You totally read my mind with the lack of the old school gray brick gameboy. I really though they'd have used that one. Great review.
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My guess is that the prop department didn't have one.
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i don't know how they went 4 seasons without Amy she's the funniest one on the show she even beats sheldon by a little
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Mayim is hilarious when BBT ends they should give her her own show.
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Absolutely! She is fantastic!
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Amy joined at end of season 3. What I wanna say is,that she was part of cast in season 4. This aside, I agree with you...Amy is the best. Can deliver any emotion and has crazy funny scenes and statements.
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I agree. I am a huge AMY fan. I look forward to her every week. She really adds to the mix.
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