“The Big Bang Theory” Season 8 Episode 10 “The Champagne Reflection” aired on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. on CBS. Sheldon decided to shut down his web series “Fun with Flags.” Meanwhile, the boys cleaned up a dead professor’s office, and Bernadette dealt with a personal issue regarding her attitude. Find out what happened in this episode in this week’s recap.
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) was retiring “Fun with Flags,” which has been featured more than once in the show in the past seasons. With a full-time career, a popular internet show and a girlfriend, Sheldon was having a hard time balancing all three, and so the internet show had to go. The web series had a good run with 232 episodes — actually, 233, but Amy (Mayim Bailik) apparently forgot to record the Fourth of July special, and Sheldon does not make her forget this.
As part of doing their restrospect, Sheldon and Amy prepared a highlight reel, which featured Amy as a kangaroo, Kripke playing “Flag or Not a Flag” and Sheldon as Betsy Ross, wearing a dress and a wig. LeVar Burton, who once appeared in Sheldon’s web series, was also the special guest in its finale.
But the clincher was Sheldon’s emotional sendoff.
Sheldon: Hosting this show has been one crazy ride. But with all its ups and downs, I wouldn’t give it up for the world, except for now when I’m giving it up.
He showed his viewers one last use for the white flag, and he could not help but breakdown in front of the camera. Amy remarked that this moment was beautiful.
Sheldon: If you didn’t press record —
Amy: (shouting) I PRESSED IT!!!
While this was happening, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) was greeted by Dan, her boss, at an office party and invited his third best sales person to sit with him. But she was waiting for Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), who was parking the car. Dan wasn’t thrilled to learn that the “vicious little blonde” was coming. Viewers already know how Dan felt about Bernadette from an earlier episode, and apparently, it has gotten worse since. In the last company picnic, she bullied Dan’s grandson; and when told by Penny about it, Bernadette denied she was that way.
Penny: I know what a good person you are, but sometimes people think you may come off a little harsh.
Bernadette: What?! I’m like the sweetest person I know. I should be in a tree, baking cookies.
Bernadette said she was raised by her father to not take crap, but Penny explained to her the difference between being mean and being tough. Realizing that she had been behaving badly, Bernadette started to cry, wanting to leave the party. Dan saw this and felt bad. They seemed to patch things up in a way that favored Bernadette. The vicious little blonde was manipulative!
Meanwhile, Raj (Kunnal Nayyar), Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Howard (Simon Helberg) were tasked to clean out Professor Roger Abbot’s office. The latter died, and there were tons of paper work they needed to go over as this could be important for science.
As they were cleaning, they found a bottle of wine from 50 years ago. It was a gift from the professor’s mother, with a note that said he should open the bottle when he makes his first major discovery. Leonard remarked that it was sad he never got to open it, when he dedicated years of work to finding a major breakthrough.
So how will they be able to go over the paperwork with all the numbers? Leonard and Howard thought maybe they could use a supercomputer for the data decryption, but Raj’s idea was simpler and quicker — talk to the co-worker, Professor Sharp. He could provide some clues to the journals.
True enough, Professor Sharp had the answers. The data was not for any major science discovery. The late Professor Abbot was actually counting calories and keeping a food journal. Those were the piles of papers in his office.
Going back to cleaning, the boys were a little sad that Abbot never made any significant scientific contribution. They made a pact, as suggested by Leonard: should anyone of them achieve a breakthrough, they will open the wine bottle as a toast to the professor. The other boys liked the idea and even liked it better when Leonard suggested they should rub their success in Sheldon’s face.
But then, not a few hours later, Sheldon opened the wine bottle when Leonard arrived home. Because of one comment from his web series follower, Sheldon decided to revive “Fun With Flags.” Thanks for the wine, Leonard!
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And there you have it for the recap on “The Big Bang Theory” Season 8 Episode 10 “The Champagne Reflection,” which aired on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. on CBS. Check out the video below for the episode highlight.
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