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'Big Bang' recap: Guess who's going to man up?

April 1, 2011 | 12:14 pm

You know that drowsy feeling you get after the first 10 minutes of a really bad animated children’s movie -– somewhere between sleep and death? That’s the feeling I got at certain moments of this week’s episode. So Sheldon’s game account was hacked? Big deal. If I could care less, I would cease to exist.

Of course, the producer and writers turn the situation into an examination of manhood in the 21st century. If this is what is to become of the Comic-Con generation, maybe we’re all headed for extinction. This show has some funny lines, most of them delivered by Kaley Cuoco, the only non-alien among the big cast. She seems to have her character figured out, and I’m not sure that’s the case for most of the others. And, more and more, does Jim Parsons remind you of a damsel in a Tennessee Williams play? The guy’s got comedy chops, but I’m not sure how well that character wears. He’s like a dude on a hot tin roof.

Best line, by Cuoco, on her first visit to a beach with Leonard: “He was so phobic about stepping on medical waste, I had to carry him to the water.”

She also had the best moment in the episode. After warning the guys, “I’m gonna show you how we finish a quest in Nebraska,” she confronts the cyber thief in a way men used to, with a swift kick to the cha-chas. Take that, Todd Zarnecki.

Guess we’re building toward some sort of Penny-Priya showdown at the end of the season. Now, that would be a fight.

--Chris Erskine

Photo: Kaley Cuoco, left, as usual, the best thing about "The Big Bang Theory." Photo credit: Chuck Zlotnick / CBS