While at dinner with the gang, Raj comes up with the idea to have the group participate in a scavenger hunt. The idea brings back memories for the scientists as they participated in similar events while in college. The group agrees that it sounds fun and agree to take part.
Raj sets up the rules – the friends will be faced with a series of ten puzzles. Each puzzle leads to the location of the next which, ultimately, will lead to a golden coin. Whoever finds the golden coin first, wins. The teams are established: Penny/Sheldon, Howard /Amy, and Leonard/Bernadette.
Penny and Sheldon are immediately at odds. Penny quickly figures out the first clue but Sheldon insists upon seeing the puzzle through to its completion. The pair works together on the subsequent tasks, but Penny quickly loses patience with Sheldon’s leisurely pace in the game.
Bernadette, who is super competitive, urges Leonard into action. Determined to win, she goads Leonard into action by telling him lies, yelling at him, and taking control of the car to get to their destination first. Leonard, who worries he might have offended Penny by not wanting to pair with her, is irritated by Bernadette’s compulsive need to win.
Howard and Amy, surprisingly, work well together. After realizing they’ve spent very little time together without their significant others, they find they both share a common interest: the music of Neil Diamond. They halfheartedly work on discovering the clues opting, instead, to sing along to music and have a great time.
So who wins the game? Raj rigged the game so that everyone won. As one might imagine, that does not settle well with Penny and Bernadette and Raj ends up running from the apartment screaming that he only meant to do something fun.
Howard and Amy, meanwhile, pair up and sing karaoke to, you guessed it, Neil Diamond.
High points of the episode:
- Amy and Howard interacted well together which was a nice change of pace.
- Raj's introduction to the scavenger hunt.
- Stuart's reaction to not being invited to participate.
Low points of the episode:
- Wouldn't it be more believable that Sheldon would want to win and prove his intellectual superiority in the group? He is meticulous, but it's hard to believe he'd move at a snail's pace with so much at stake.
- While it was nice seeing Stuart, it brought up the point that the character of Stuart is not being fully utilized by the writing team. It would be nice to see him brought back to interact with the gang a bit more.
So what did you think of this episode? Whose actions surprised you most? Who did you think would win?
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