Last week’s episode of “The Big Bang Theory” placed the spotlight squarely on Howard.
On the night that he and Bernadette are to throw a dinner party for the gang, Howard’s doing some last minute “cleaning.” (Read: throwing things from the floor of the bedroom into the closet.) Bernadette tells him that they have to get the closet organized - and soon. Howard suggests they ask Sheldon to organize since he’s a “savant” when it comes to organization. Bernadette’s reluctant, but after Sheldon irritates her at the party she sends him to the closet to organize.
Sheldon rises to the challenge, whipping the closet into shape in a matter of hours. He’s confused on one matter, though: how to file a letter Howard received from his father years ago. Howard, aggravated that Sheldon read the contents of the letter, says that he’s not interested in hearing the details and that he would have done that years ago if he had been.
Later that night Bernadette and Howard talk. She asks why he’s not interested in reading the letter. Howard says that his father abandoned him and his mother and doesn’t deserve a second chance. He burns the letter.
Bernadette, meanwhile, is still curious. She, Penny, and Amy are all discussing the matter when Amy suggests asking Sheldon what he read. They corner Sheldon and he tells them what the letter said.
Meanwhile Raj and Leonard are planning a dinner party. Impressed by the Wolowitz’ shindig, Leonard and Penny, decided to throw their own. Raj suggests a “Moulin Rouge” theme, but Leonard wants something simple: just a little light music and finger foods. When Sheldon returns to the apartment Leonard asks for the details on Howard’s letter. Sheldon refuses, but then realizes the boys will just ask Penny, so he fills them in.
On the night of Leonard and Penny’s dinner party, Bernadette confesses to Howard that she knows the contents of the letter. Howard, in an angry huff, barges into the apartment to confront Sheldon – who quickly uses Amy as a human shield. Bernadette confesses that the entire group knows the contents of the letter. Howard admits that he’s slightly curious about the contents of the letter; he’s just conflicted on whether or not to read it. He leaves.
Bernadette goes to the apartment to apologize to Howard. He apologizes to her for running out on the party. Bernadette asks him to come into the living room for a surprise.
The entire gang is waiting for them. Sheldon says that, since Howard did express a slight interest in the contents of the letter, they will all tell a story about what was in the envelope. Of the six stories, only one will be true, but they won’t tell Howard which story is the truth.
They all offer up their version of what was in the letter. Raj suggested it was a Far Side birthday card in which Howard’s father said he loved him. Sheldon suggests it was a map leading to the treasure of One-Eyed Willie. (A reference to 80’s movie “The Goonies.”) Amy suggests that Howard’s father went to see his high school graduation and cried because he was so proud of him. Penny’s story was that Howard’s father had to leave him and his mother to keep them safe. Leonard suggests Howard’s father told him that family was the most important thing and not to throw it away, as he did. Bernadette says that there was a picture in the envelope with the caption, “Howard, my son, my greatest gift.” Sheldon asks Howard which one he believes is the truth. Howard says he wants to believe they’re all true.
Penny suggests going back to the dinner party and the gang agrees. Sheldon then tells them that the letter was not the most interesting thing he read the night he organized their closet. Bernadette’s diary was much juicier.
At the dinner party, Howard and Bernadette dance. Penny and Leonard reflect on the success of their party. Sheldon organizes Penny’s closet. He stops in to share a few tidbits about interesting things he found in there. Penny hustles him off, announcing the party’s over.
So what did you guys think of this episode? Would you have read the letter had you been in Howard’s shoes? Which of the six stories do you think was the truth? Sound off below and let me know what you think.
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