The Big Bang Theory

Season 4 Episode 24

The Roommate Transmogrification

17
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 19, 2011 on CBS
8.0
out of 10
User Rating
442 votes
7

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Episode Summary

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Hearing Star Trek sex games between Leonard and Priya sends Raj to live with Sheldon. Bernadette's earning her Ph.D makes the guys mock Wolowitz for not having one even more.

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  • Origami Napkin Swans

    9.5
    Now that was a finale! Not a single thing I was pretty certain was going to happen did, except Pria and Leonard being on the rocks. It was entertaining in the right ways and shocking/dramatic in the right ways. I feel like it's just bumbled along for a number of seasons but this, this was great. Full of purpose and direction. Let's go, season five.
  • Season 4 Finale

    7.5
    Well we got a pretty shocking ending to the season to say the least. The Big Bang Theory has clearly gone downhill but this was a quite satisfying finale. I really did not expect Raj & Penny to hook up. That is something I really never thought would happen.



    Now I'm looking forward too the future dynamics that arise because of this. Woo-hoo for Priya moving back to India! I'm sure everyone enjoyed that. Also the Bernadette & Howard relationship is in trouble; I personally am not a fan of this pairing, so I honestly hope they break up and Bernadette fades out like Leslie did.



    I felt like we could have used more Amy in the episode, but I'm sure a lot of people will disagree with me on that one. The closeout scene was perfect, really got me pumped for the fifth season. Hopefully the show proves to be better next season. Good finale.moreless
  • About what I expected for a season finale since this show is starting to look more and more like Friends meets Two and Half Men more and more this season...

    7.0
    1.*sighs* I knew Priya wouldn't last: just like with Friends and all other comedies where love starts to take center stage, there were signs that even though this girl was overall 'okay' and nice for the character she was paired with, her little 'quirks' would be enough to make the audience not like her and more to the point, prove as good 'reasons' for her departure, when and if it happened. (Like the episode where Sheldon had to join 'Girl's Night Out'. Fans really started hating her (if they didn't already for getting in the way of Penny/Leonard--even though Penny has done FAR more to ruin it than anyone else) because she had the nerve to challenge the roommate agreement (which is honestly, very out of hand and one can't honestly blame her since he's dating Leonard...) but more to the point, mess with Sheldon, the show's most favored character. I knew she was doomed since then on. I'm not surprised how it ended for her either: I expected her to go out looking like the bad guy (not loving Leonard enough to be honest with her parents and being overall embarrassed about dating a white guy when that shouldn't matter).



    2. The ending only made me groan. Yet MORE unnecessary drama headed for the Penny/Leonard saga. Quite frankly, I'm getting tired of the 'will they/won't they' BS with this pair and the overall hypocritical stance Penny ends up talking more often then not. (It's okay for her to date/sleep with/see other guys but the moment Leonard does, she looks down on him or gets upset.) The way the two are written is just annoying to watch and quite frankly, after the crap that was Ross and Rachel on friends, I'm not so sure I want seasons on end of this crapola from another, particularly far more fun and entertaining show. 3. What's up with this show becoming less about the fun humor and misadventures between nerds with 'light' love drama (mostly thanks to Penny and Leonard) and more of a center focus on the drama and love via romance and relationships? Amy is the only one of the new girls that seems to have a true 'nerd' vibe to her that matches the old tone of the show and makes her a welcome addition. 4. Speaking of the love drama: I find it annoying that the show seems to be grasping at ways to FIND love drama just for the sake of it: what's with the Bennie/Howard BS in this episode? It's like they went out of their way to make drama for that couple, which sucks since (I may be in the minority) I rather like Bennie and am quite happy she came along, as Howard's women chasing got old, fast.



    5. ...Thank goodness for Sheldon. In an otherwise declining stance and meaning the show once had, he's the only guy that seems to be sticking to the status quo. Even with the addition of Amy, who I thought I wouldn't like, he still is good ole Sheldon and their interactions are actually funny and interesting considering the pair are so abnormally intelligent and nerdy. 6. What's with Raj becoming more and more of an A-Hole lately? What, with Howard toning down thanks to Bernie, did he decide to step up and take the role? I can sort of understand when it comes to Leonard, since Priya is his sister (and even then, it got out of pocket sometimes) but seriously, the whole Bernie thing and his overall demeanor--this really sucks because he was one of my favorite characters in the show. And I'm sure with the entire thing with Sheldon liking him more as a roommate and sleeping with Penny, it's only about get worse, more so between him and Leonard. The show is about to take a more drama filled turn and quite frankly, it sucks.moreless
  • Very interesting.

    10
    All in all, I loved it, especially:



    * The jaw-dropping surprise ... though it was expected judging from its previous scene. Too Monica and Chandler in my book.



    * Cliffhanger(s).



    * The opening scene - love their wit and Sheldon's fitting (by mere serendipity) remarks, which are funny because they're true.



    * The way Penny's each time more merged with the group ... in more ways than one. You can tell how close they are to each other.



    * It was pretty much an ensemble - they all got screentime and appropriate storylines, and wonderful interaction.



    * Nice to see how much Leonard had to put up with, sometimes you take those things for granted ... oops, I just started wondering what Saw trap would Sheldon be put in ... but I digress...



    But there are some things I didn't like, TBH (which aren't sufficient to give the episode less than its well-deserved ten, though), such as:



    * Amy being reduced to a laptop character, just like Raj's parents. It's getting old.



    * 'Heard but not seen' stopped being funny since Maris (Frasier), to say the least.



    * Why doesn't Howard simply GET a PhD? He can make enough time and he can surely pay its tuition - what sort of expenses does a man who lives with his mum have?moreless
  • Penny: Hey, Sheldon, did you change your Wi-Fi password again? Sheldon: Yes, it's "Penny, get your own Wi-Fi." No spaces.

    9.0
    SOooo, Bernie gets her PhD on microbiology, making everyone mock Howard even more for not havign one. And it gets worse when she gets a very lucrative job and buys nice stuff for Howard like a rolex (Bernie: I just want my baby to have nice things).



    Meanwhile Pria is videochatting with her parents so she tells Leonard to hide in the room, but when he overhears that she is moving back to India in some weeks, he spillsd the beans on her parents, and she leaves the apartment. Meanwhile2 Raj moves in with Sheldon cause he dislikes overhearing Leonard & Pryia. Sheldon is skeptical at first but then loves the way of life of his new roommate. Penny joins in for dinner, and drunkly tells Raj she regrets breaking up with Leonard, and then sleeps with Raj.



    The next moring Sheldon finds Leonard on his couch, and tells him he doesn't want him back, Howard appears to talk with someone about his relartionship problems and then everyone sees Raj & Penny come out of the room togehter, and that's were they leave us till fall.



    Title Reference: RaJ & Leonard switching apartments.



    Overall: It was a pretty gtood episode. I like the fact that every relationship is in trouble, leaving us wondering all summer. Shedlon was at his best here too. So yeah, good finale. 9/10.moreless
Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki

Leonard Hofstadter

Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons

Sheldon Cooper

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

Penny

Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg

Howard Wolowitz

Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar

Rajesh Koothrappali

Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch

Bernadette Rostenkowski

Carol Ann Susi

Carol Ann Susi

Mrs. Wolowitz

Recurring Role

Aarti Mann

Aarti Mann

Priya Koothrappali

Recurring Role

Brian George

Brian George

Dr. Koothrappali

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Sheldon hands Raj a roommate ID, the ID features a logo of "a gold lion rampant on a field of azure" similar to the apartment flag featured during flashback scenes of "The Staircase Implementation".

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (ordering at the Cheesecake factory)
      Priya: I'll have the shepherd's pie. Leonard, do you want to split it with me?
      Penny: No, no…
      Priya: Why not?
      Penny: You know, milk in the taters, milk in the gravy, Parmesan crust, your lactose intolerant boyfriend will turn into a gas-filled Macy's day balloon! (everyone laughs)
      Sheldon: Not quite accurate. Macy's day balloons are filled with helium, whereas Leonard produces large amounts of methane. (everyone laughs, then Sheldon joins in)

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