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<I>The Big Bang Theory</I>: Supernova of the Week

I was a bit concerned last week that my beloved Amy Farrah Fowler might earn this title every week, thereby making it like those sad Employee of the Month boards at the supermarket where one overachiever gets everything and then they throw a bone to some poor lowly bagger every once and a while so that their mom can be proud. But last night, Howard Wolowitz stepped up to the plate from the outset and carried this episode on his narrow, tackily clad shoulders. It was a great improvement from last week when he made me want to vomit by discussing his mother's bowel movements. I was impressed by his sign-language skills, the way he tried to dissuade Raj from overeating by telling him that he'd have his own bazongas if he kept up his insane intake, the fact that he was a fantastic wingman and that he had all of the best lines. Here are my favorites:

In Regards to His Wedding Registry
"Looks like I'm finally going to have that darling little earthenware asparagus dish I've always wanted."

On Leonard's Key to A Happy Long-Distance Relationship
"Playing nerd games with us and then taking a suspiciously long shower?"

His Qualms With Those Nerd Games
"We're playing dungeons and dragons and we walk into a dungeon and see a dragon? Isn't that a little on the nose?"

Even More Hidden Skills
"I don't want to show any more of your friends how I can fit in the booster seats."

On Raj Going In for a Post-Date Kiss with His Deaf Date
"I speak sign language. I don't read minds."

He Apparently Runs a Monarchy We Didn't Know About
"Yeah, but I'm the make-out king."

In Defense of Starring at Hot Girls at the Gym
"Bernadette doesn't mind where I get my motor running, as long as I park in the right garage."

You Can't Have Sex With Cheesecake, Can You?
"Try putting it in the microwave for a few seconds."

Some bonus love goes to the "vastly wealthy" Papa Koothrappali (who has an amount of money that is "about halfway between Bruce Wayne and Scrooge McDuck."), who wasn't impressed that Raj was showering his new girlfriend with gifts, not matter what he was getting in return. "I'm a gynecologist. I know exactly what she gives you."

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