This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Big Bang Theory, including last night’s 7x15, “The Locomotion Manipulation.” Enjoy!
It’s February, and that can only mean one thing for Sheldon and Amy: the annual state of the relationship summit. Sheldon has yet to find an acceptable nickname for Amy, and there’s still the matter of Valentine’s Day. Amy plans for them to spend the big day at a bed and breakfast in Napa Valley, but Sheldon hates every word of that sentence, including “in, at, we and a.” Point Sheldon? Nope, Amy’s already got this covered.
Howard and Bernadette will be going with them, so they won’t have to eat with strangers. Sheldon can have his own room so people won’t talk about him sharing with Amy, and one without a claw footed tub, so he won’t feel like he’s bathing in a monster. Even so, how will that be fun? It’s a point for Amy here, because she has an ace in the hole. They’ll be dining en route on an authentic vintage train.
Penny and Leonard will stay home, as Leonard doesn’t think it’s a good idea to take Penny to the place where wine comes from. Penny would be offended if she didn’t already have a buzz going. This is a perfect arrangement for Raj, who asks the pair to watch his dog, Cinnamon, while he’s booked time at the big telescope. Unfortunately for Cinnamon, her sitters return from a bout of impulsive lovemaking in another room to find Cinnamon has eaten Leonard’s box of chocolates, and it’s off to spend Valentine’s night at the vet.
On the train, Amy despairs of a romantic evening, as Sheldon deserts her for the company of another train enthusiast. Why, she asks her friends, does she even try? Bernadette tries to boost Amy’s spirits by pointing out that Howard was a fixer-upper when she got him, and now he’s been to space. Bernadette and Howard then slip off for some romance of their own, and Amy has had enough. She demands that Sheldon’s friend leave them alone.
Sheldon objects as his new friend departs. Did Amy mean it when she said she wanted a trip they could both enjoy, or did she only arrange the train voyage so she could trick him? Amy insists she deserves romance and this was the only way she could think of to get some. Her words are fuel to the fire of Sheldon’s indignation. Amy wants romance? Fine. He’ll give her romance. Wine is romantic, he declares as he swigs a glass, and so is staring into each other’s eyes. How about kissing? He leans across the distance between them and plants a mocking kiss on Amy’s lips, but then the Valentine’s Day miracle kicks in; Sheldon moves closer. Dumbstruck, Amy can only manage to tell Sheldon “that was nice.” Instead of a snarky comeback or hasty retreat, Sheldon invites Amy to come back to the engine room with him, and Amy agrees.
It’s romance for everyone in this episode, as an impassioned Raj storms into the vet’s office, announcing himself as Cinnamon’s owner, father, soulmate, and if anything happens to Cinnamon, the vet’s worst nightmare. Impressed with Raj’s devotion to his dog, the vet makes an exception to her policy against allowing owners in the back and the two are gone long enough that Leonard and Penny are ready to leave. Cinnamon’s good to go home, and the note the vet, whose name is Yvette, hands to Raj contains a very special instruction indeed—her phone number. She’d been dreading the holiday, but Raj’s company was exactly what this doctor ordered. Raj wastes no time in making that call.
When Sheldon finally makes it home to the apartment, he gives Leonard the highlights of his trip. Sheldon made a new friend who loves trains as much as he does, he kissed Amy on the lips, and the train’s conductor was an excellent banjo player, despite having only nine fingers. Leonard needs a moment to sort things out. Were all of those things of equal importance to Sheldon? Sheldon can’t answer that without additional data, but where is he supposed to find more nine-fingered banjo players? Here’s a hint, Sheldon; now that Amy’s had a taste of sweet Sheldon loving, she’s not about to give up.
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