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The Big Bang Theory Review: The Vengeance Formulation

As you know, tonight's episode of The Big Bang Theory is the much promoted special appearance by Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) in Howard's tub. Of course, as we also know, she's about as real to him as Cylon Number Six was to Gaius Baltar in the original BSG. Or less. Actually, I'm not really sure what was going on with that Six just yet.

CBS was kind enough to send out screeners in advance of tonight's episode, so we could see what all the hoopla was about, and how Howard's encounter went with "Starbuck." So, if you don't want to know anything more, you might want to avert your eyes now.

Don't worry, I'm not going to spoil the best parts of the episode, because it really does come together nicely in the end, with both storylines. It's about a 50/50 split between Howard's dating a nice woman from The Cheesecake Factory and a battle of the pranks between Sheldon and his arch-nemesis Kripke. It's still funny to me when Kripke talks and drops those Ws in the place of Ls and Rs. It's a juvenile little thing, but it's still hilarious.

As was his prank of filtering helium into Sheldon's office during a big-time interview with NPR. But that was nothing compared to Sheldon's follow-up when Raj and Leonard convinced him to get back at Kripke. Believe me, it's better than a whoopee cushion. If this were a drama, I'd say it might have dire consequences for all involved, but comedies generally keep it pretty light.

Sackhoff's appearance was a lot of fun, and you could tell she was having a blast playing the pouty, sex-kitten fantasy to Howards "alone time" in the tub. It was a short appearance, but she apparently had a lasting impact on him. We got some interesting insight into Howard's way with the ladies, as well as his insecurities in general.

The introduction of Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) as the woman of Howard's affections, for three dates now, got me thinking about how a new relationship like this could really shake up the dynamics of our core group. As Howard's about the only one who might get it together to get a real girlfriend any time soon, I'm going to be hopeful that that's the plan. Even temporarily, the problems it would cause with Raj woudl be hilarious.

But before we can get to that, he needs to work through his issues, and it looks like he wants to because he's got his fantasy women helping him realize what they were. Had his mother not interrupted the "session," he might have even had a breakthrough.

When word of Sackhoff's appearance first surfaced, she indicated she'd kind of get a kick out of recurring the character as a voice in Howard's mind, again much like Six in BSG. After seeing her in action, I think it could be a hilarious bit. I wouldn't want her there every week, but at pivotal moments in his life, it'd be a treat to see her pop up. They could even make it surprise appearances, like JT on SNL.