“The Big Bang Theory” Season 8 Episode 13 “The Anxiety Optimization” will air on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. on CBS. Sheldon needs his friends to make him miserable in order to gain some progress at work, while Howard makes Raj miserable with this game he invents. Before we get into the details, let’s go back to what happened in the last episode, as it’s been awhile since the show aired a new one.
In “The Space Probe Disintegration” (air date: Jan. 8, 2015), Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Amy (Mayim Bailik) took control of what they should do with their boyfriends this time around. It didn’t involve playing geeky games, but more along the lines of what girls liked doing best: shopping!
As they tried out clothes, their boyfriends, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons), sat and talked while waiting for the girls. But the boys’ conversation led to a confrontation after Leonard commended Sheldon for giving in to the girls’ whims. Sheldon took offense that Leonard seemed to suggest he was very hard to be around with.
This further led to the boys opening up about their feelings of fear and resentment. Sheldon admitted that he’s not yet really ready to compromise with Leonard, who wanted to move in with Penny already. In the end, the boys think that the best course of action would be to take this one step at a time. Leonard slept at Penny’s place that night, with Sheldon a few feet away, sleeping on her couch.
Meanwhile, Howard (Simon Helberg) wanted to appease his best friend Raj (Kunal Nayyar) who was getting worried over a space probe he worked on in the past. It was now landing on Pluto, and the agony of waiting for whether it would work successfully or not was eating him.
They drove around the city to calm Raj down and ended up at a church. Howard didn’t realize that his best friend would call upon his faith during desperate times, and it surprised him. Raj, however, didn’t really have anything to worry about as his space probe worked fine.
Spoiler Alert: “The Big Bang Theory” Season 8 Episode 13 “The Anxiety Optimization” will air on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. on CBS.
In this episode, Sheldon is on the verge of achieving a breakthrough for his work, but then he starts to feel that the reason why his progress is going so slow is because he has become too comfortable in his lifestyle. So, he asks his friends to make things more challenging for him. Specifically, they need to make him miserable because only then will he be able to come up with great ideas, like most geniuses do.
Meanwhile, Howard comes up with an interesting game that makes Raj really embarrassed. The episode will feature guest star Laura Spencer as Raj’s girlfriend Emily, so this will get really interesting for the couple.
The episode is written by Eric Kaplan, Maria Ferrari and Adam Faberman, with Mark Cendrowsi as the director.
You can check out photos from this episode as posted on Spoilers Guide.
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There you have it with the details on “The Big Bang Theory” Season 8 Episode 13 “The Anxiety Optimization,” which will air on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. on CBS. Check out the teaser to the episode in the video below.
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