TV Review: The Big Bang Theory 8×21, “The Graduation Transmission”

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Last night, we learned that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who call tech support and those who make fun of the people who call tech support. Unfortunately, these geniuses, one of which includes an MIT graduate in engineering, realize they fall under the latter category. Raj has just purchased a new hi-tech drone, courtesy of his dad. It’s a drone that streams HD video straight to your phone while it’s flying. It’s pretty sweet, and Howard is left wondering where this toy was five years ago. Still, for all the high technology the drone has, there’s a glitch in the system that trumps two PhD’s and a Masters in engineering. Droids: 1 Humans: 0

While Sheldon and Howard are playing with the drone, Raj catches up with his father via Skype. His father has just found out that Raj has spent a whole month’s allowance on said “toy helicopter”. In order to teach his son a lesson, he decides to cut him off completely, meaning no more monthly allowance. That’s too harsh, so Raj suggests an alternative punishment. He can learn responsibility by taking care of an egg for a week. He almost fools him, but his father is bent on using tough love. As Kevin Hart says, Raj is gonna learn today!

During his life lesson, Sheldon and Howard are still trying to figure out how the aircraft works. There’s a lot of initiation, calibrating, and toggling that is, at first, delightful for the boys, mainly because they get to speak as if they’re operating a real drone. However, they soon tire, and Howard decides to put his engineering skills to the test, and open the thing up and fix it himself. He’s an MIT engineer graduate, so he’ll wipe his rear end with warranties…except of course AppleCare. That pays for itself in the long run.

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So, there they are, staring at tons of little gadgets and pieces  of parts that not even Howard know. Although, Howard is unfamiliar with the intracacies of the drone, he’s an expert at fooling Sheldon, so much so that Sheldon has lined up another toy for Howard to fix next. We learn that one of his train pieces has gone bust, and we also learn that locomotive smoke is the second leading cause of death among train aficionados. If you’re thinking the first is suicide, you’re wrong. It’s actually obesity. After Sheldon’s interesting fact of the day, Raj enters and freaks out over the mess on the kitchen table. He came back to the apartment with every intention of returning the drone, but now that seems unlikely.

After his panic attack, he decides he is going to start acting like a man. If he can’t get money from his daddy, then he’ll have to get it elsewhere…from his mommy. He phones his mother, and plays the child of divorced parents card, and ends up getting an even bigger allowance than before. All is well, except for the fact that they couldn’t figure out how to fix the drone. Bernadette finally suggests they call tech support, and in return, they all gasp at such a proposition, but it’s their only hope now that they’ve become useless old men who don’t understand modern technology. Just as we’re about to break out our tiny violins to accompany their tale of woe, the drone lights up! It’s working! However, it seems to have gotten a mind of it’s own, flying straight at anyone who moves. Droids: 2 Humans: 0

Across the hall, Leonard is prepping for a high school commencement speech he’s giving to the graduating class of his alma mater. Originally, the plan was to fly to New Jersey with Penny, and show her his old stomping grounds…and the exact ground where they used to stomp him. Due to a storm on the east coast, however, they have to stay put and cancel their flight. He’s upset about the cancellation, especially since he worked so hard on the speech. Since this is the age of technology, the school lets Leonard give the speech via Skype. Penny goes out and buys him a cap and gown. The only cap and gown she was able to find was at the sexy store, so Leonard is sporting the sexy graduate look, baring his beautiful, hairy legs for the world to see.

In the end, the speech is nice, filled with inspirational quotes about the future, but even he is bored of hearing himself, so he opts to give the students real talk. He confesses that he hated high school. He was always invisible, but it was in those invisible moments that he became himself. So, he encourages those outcasts to be weird, to be invisible because it is those hidden moments where they build a robot or play the cello, that they are becoming interesting individuals that will one day capture someone’s attention. As for the cool kids, they’ve seen their best days. Sorry not sorry!

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Best Bazingas!

“If you’re bathroom floor counts as a carry on, you’re packed.”—Sheldon

 

“Aren’t you afraid of being blinded?”—Sheldon

“How would I be blinded?”—Leonard

“At the end of the ceremony, all the students throw those pointy hats in the air. It’s all pomp and circumstance until someone loses an eye.”—Sheldon

 

“Ooh do you own a T-shirt cannon?”—Raj

“Why would he own a T-shirt cannon?”—Howard

“I don’t know. Why do I own one?”—Raj

 

“Are you still dating that dermatologist?”—Raj’s father

“If you could feel how soft my skin is, you wouldn’t have to ask.”—Raj

EPISODE RATING: 9/10

Alejandra Torres is a 21 year old from Miami, Florida. She graduated from Florida International University with a degree in English Literature. She loves books, television, and movies. Some of her other favorite things include: leftovers (food—not the show), cookie dough, and her pet poodles, Benji and Bella. She hates Miami traffic but loves XM radio, so basically, it’s complicated. In a battle between contacts or trendy, oversized glasses, the latter wins because lets face it, contacts are a lot more dangerous than some people might think. Her latest binge victim was Parks & Recreation. She “literally” got through six seasons faster than the Millennium Falcon kicks into warp speed. Her favorite shows include: Game of Thrones and Pretty Little Liars—because it doesn’t matter whether a girl is from Dragonstone or Rosewood, fashion is key.