In the run up to Christmas Day, and right up to Boxing Day today, have found myself once again captivated by the wit and humour of the North american sit-com on CBS, THE BIG BANG THEORY. Am now up to speed, having finished viewing the last episode aired earlier in December  from ongoing season 7, which is Episode 11 entitled “The Cooper Extraction”.

For those unfamiliar with the central plot of the series, the show is centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California: roommates Doctors Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, who are both brilliant physicists working at Cal Tech in Pasadena, California. They are colleagues, best friends, and roommates, although in all capacities their relationship is always tested primarily by Sheldon’s regimented, deeply eccentric, and non-conventional ways. I guess that Sheldon has some form of Aspergers Syndrome, or other on the Autism Spectrum, that gives such folks their beautiful minds.

Leonard and Sheldon (occasionally called affectionately Lenny and Shelly) are also friends with their equally geeky and socially awkward friends and Cal Tech co-workers colleagues mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Dr. Raj Koothrappali. The foursome spend their time working on their individual work projects, playing video games, watching science-fiction movies, or reading comic books. As they are self-professed nerds, all have little or no luck with popular women.

When Penny, a pretty waitress and an aspiring actress originally from Omaha, moves into the apartment across the hall and next to Leonard and Sheldon’s, Leonard has another aspiration in life, namely to get Penny to be his girlfriend (which he does as the series develops over the ensuing sit-com seasons).

The geekiness and intellect of the four guys is contrasted for comic effect with Penny’s social skills and common sense.

Over time, supporting characters have been promoted to starring roles: Leslie Winkle, a physicist colleague at Caltech and, at different times, a lover of both Leonard and Howard; Bernadette Rostenkowski, Howard’s girlfriend (later his wife), a microbiologist and former part-time waitress alongside Penny; neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler, who joins the group after being matched to Sheldon on a dating website (and later becomes Sheldon’s girlfriend), and Stuart Bloom, the cash-strapped owner of the comic book store the characters often visit.

“The Cooper Extraction” – spoiler alert

Well, can’t restrain myself from sharing the plot summary: Sheldon goes to Texas for his sister (Missy) since she is having a baby. While Sheldon is gone, the gang imagines their lives without Sheldon in it. At first, I thought I was going to see yet another producers’ mishmash of cuts and edits from past episodes’ instances of highlighted relevant incidents, to merely create a Christmas themed special, but luckily it turned out not to be the case!


Extended Plot

Rushing down snow covered hills, Amy and Penny are video skiing. Amy is winning because her center of gravity is very low; she is built like a pyramidLeonard sprained his ankle playing. While Penny wants him to go to the hospital, Leonard refuses to go into the ER with another video game injury. Sheldon enters the living room and turns down chance to play since he is on is way out to Texas.

He is leaving immediately. Leonard inquires if someone is sick. It seems that Sheldon‘s sister is about to have a baby. Penny brightens up and is happy for the new Uncle Sheldon. Sheldon tells everyone that he is going to be Uncle Dr. Cooper. Amy wonders why nobody knew that his sister was pregnant. Sheldon also didn’t mentions his brother‘s kidney stones. Did people want to know everything that was coming out of his family‘s genitals? Sheldon is going to fill in for his brother-in-law that was in a horrible motorcycle accident. Sheldon feels that the is lucky since he doesn’t have to be there for the blessed event. His sister Missy is due the next day, but since it took her six years to get through high school, Sheldon doesn’t know how long it’s going to take. Amy offers to give him a ride to the airport, but he doesn’t want to inconvenient his girlfriend. He does turn to Leonard and tells him that they have to leave in ten minutes.

Everybody minus Sheldon are together for a tree decorating Christmas party. Since Sheldon is absent, so are all of his tree decorating rules including the required spacing of the ornaments. Both Star Trek and Star Wars ornaments can now be on the same branches. The fact that Howard is enjoying trimming the Christmas tree might cause his mother to have a heart attackBernadette then takes the opportunity to photograph Howard trimming the tree. Penny is a little short of funds this year so her Christmas present is going to be giving him herself, which is what Leonard got last year and last night. Stuart then joins them as Amy’s computer notifies her of an incoming video chat  from Sheldon. He thinks that they are so thoughtful that they have a Christmas party after he left since he isn’t into Christmas. His sister has been in labour for an hour and is having a home birthRaj points out that many women want to give birth at home in a warm comfortable environment. Sheldon feels that she will also turn her bedroom into an amniotic Slip and Slide. Sheldon then gets called away to have a family picture taken because his sister is fully dilated and there is no blood yet.

Early Christmas present.

Raj wants to know if Amy would want Sheldon there if she was having a baby. Penny breaks in that she doesn’t think Sheldon will be there when they make the baby. Bernadette brought over the holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” to watch. Neither Raj nor Stuart have seen it. Amy describes the movie as being at Christmas time, Jimmy Stewart is really depressed and wants to jump off a bridge and kill himself which is pretty much Stuart’s life story. Bernadette then adds that he gets to see what life would be like if he never was born. Penny wonders if anyone ever considered life without someone. Leonard asks, “Knock..knock..knock…What do you think?…knock..knock..knock… What do you think?…knock..knock..knock… What do you think?” doing Sheldon’s knock. Amy points out that despite the jokes they make about Sheldon, none of them would be there if it wasn’t for Sheldon. None of them would know Amy. Bernadette would never have met Howard. Leonard would not have beendating Penny. Leonard disagrees because he has been going to The Cheesecake Factory for years and he could have still {picked her up causing everybody to laugh. Penny then explains what would have happened. Howard, Raj and Leonard are having a meal and Leonard tells them that he is going to finally ask her out. Penny comes over to ask what

Flashback: Leonard asking Penny out at the Cheesecake Factory.

they want to eat and Leonard can’t even speak to her. He then walks over to her, introduces himself and tells her that there is something he has wanted to ask her for a long time. If she is not too busy he wants to know if she could tell him…where the restroom is. Penny remarks that he is too late looking strangely at him. Back in Apartment 4A, Leonard objects that he would not have wet himself though Raj and Howard think that she got the story right. Leonard did ask Penny out, but that could not have happened if he hadn’t moved in with Sheldon. Of course, Penny would never have been introduced Howard to Bernadette. Howard replies that he could have also met her when she was a waitress. Bernadette explains her version where she tells Penny that she finds Howard cute. Then she sees Raj feeding Howard a bite of his dessert and then cleaning off his mouth with a napkin and Bernadette changes her mind. Leonard then confronts Penny that she wouldn’t have done so great herself due to the type of guys she had been dating. In Penny’s apartment she is preparing food and in walks Zack Johnson who calls her babe. She asks if he paid the rent and instead Zack bought some magic beans. Then Leonard makes them both pee on themselves since Penny did the same thing to him. Sheldon calls back claiming that he has seen lady things that he shouldn’t. According to Amy, they don’t normally look like that. That is not the way to make people since its like some dirty magic show, describes Sheldon. People should not becoming out of people. Sheldon‘s mom calls him to bring a mop. Sheldon is distraught that he has two PhD‘s and is reduced to being the janitor of his sister’s birth canal.

A Leonard spoof of his imagination: Penny living with Zack. He bought magic beans!!

Sheldon sends everyone a holiday email including a picture from the birthing room that disgusts Leonard, Penny and Raj. Back to the “It’s a Wonderful Life” discussion, Penny would still have met Sheldon. Amy describes how without Leonard there, Penny would try and seduce Sheldon. Penny stalks Sheldon in the laundry room wearing her short shorts. She sunders over to him and asks if he is doing his laundry. Of course, because Saturday night is laundry night and he is in a laundry room. Sheldon tells her that her interference is justified which Penny thinks is so funny. Penny is going to do her dirty laundry as the dirty girl wearing them starts to undress. The real Penny wants her to stop, but the guys disagree. Now in her bra, Penny asks Sheldon what does he think. He finds her a tad asymmetrical, but nothing to worry about. Penny tells him that they are going to do it in the laundry room right now. Sheldon reminds her that he is saving himself for a bespectacled neurobiologist who has hair the color of mud as Amy tells the story.

Sheldon calls back from Texas saying that things are going better. His mother asked him to get some towels, so he left and went to “Bed, Bath and Beyond“. Missy then screams while Sheldon is on the phonewhich he finds very rude. Amy has now diagrammed the absent Sheldon premise and tells Penny that she would never have met comic book legend Stan Lee. Howard would have always known Raj and Leonard. Leonard never got an apartment with Howard because of his serious relationship with his mother. Bernadette again mentions that if they had not met, he would still be living with his mother. Howard tells his version, first he is taking his mother her lunch in her bedroom and

An Amy spoof of her imagination: Penny seducing the guy across the hall – Sheldon.

that she didn’t get enough food. Later he is seen feeding her, but she is still in the bedroom dead reminiscent of the mother in the movie “Psycho” with Howard now doing her voice. Howard is neutral on whether she starved to death or if he actually killed her. Leonard and Raj did not move in together because Raj thought he was going to be a ladies’ man. In Raj’s scenario, Leonard is living with him as Raj cooks dinner for a very heavy Leonard. Since he had no girlfriend, he compensated by overeating and Raj deep fried food. Then Leonard also makes Raj fat in the living together scenario. Then Stuart shows up fat have dinner with them and to be in someone’s story.

In Amy’s case, without Sheldon she is alone in her apartment crying over a cupcake and singing “Happy Birthday” to herself. Stuart shows up and blows a party favor in her face to be in another story. Sheldon is back reports that his sister had a baby boy. Sheldon was not sure he was going to make it, however his mother gave him some ice chips and his sister (in labor) kept giving him encouragement. He’s not going to go back because he finds the baby irritating since he has been crying his entire life. Howard tells him that the baby is already taking after Uncle Shelly. Amy tells him to return to be an intelligent role model for his nephew which Sheldon agrees with. They were amazed that Sheldon did exactly what Amy asked him to do. Even though Amy kept telling the gang the impact Sheldon had on them, he has had an impact on Amy too. Amy felt if that we’re really true she wouldn’t still be living alone. Leonard tells her that Sheldon cares for her more than she really thinks. Amy doesn’t believe him so he shows that her picture is on Sheldon’s screen saver along with Swamp ThingMadame CurieStephen Hawking, etc. Amy gets excited that Sheldon is really into her. And she doesn’t mind Madame Curie being there because she is already dead.

Howard imagines he eventually went “Psycho”, and did his mother in.

After Sheldon returns, Amy is walking up the stairs and staring at Sheldon. She tells Sheldon that she missed him to which he quotes Han Solo, “I know.” After Amy asks if he missed her, he replies that he would have liked her to be with him or had gone in his place. Amy also wonders how he felt holding his nephew hoping that he might want one with her someday. He looked into the blank innocent eyes of someone who didn’t comprehend anything he said which was like another day at he office for him.

Finally a fat Raj and Leonard are eating at the Cheesecake factory and again Leonard asks Penny out. She already has a boyfriend, a very suave looking Stuart. Of course, this was Stuart’s Christmas fantasy.

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The episode aired on December 12, 2013.

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