Okay, folks, if you don’t already know, you’re probably not a reader of this blog from way back. I’m a geek. I’m a big-time geek. I’m a Browncoat, I frakkin’ hate toasters, Scorpy and Harvey–I hate to love ‘em, Mr. Spock is my wingman, my best friend is a Wookiee and I’m homeless since my home planet of Gallifrey was destroyed somewhere in the Pegasus galaxy.
My heroes are Wil Wheaton, Bruce Campbell, and Neil Patrick Harris.
I’ve played D&D for 15 years, I love board games, and I’ve sat around with friends and had lengthy end-of-the-world discussions involving certain scenarios and what we would do should the zombies finally attack.
After all this, it shouldn’t be too far of a stretch for you to realize that one of my two favorite sitcoms is…you guessed it…Big Bang Theory.
If you’re not familiar, it is a show about 4 best friends, each a genius, each a geek, and their social ineptitude when it comes to dealing with people. You have Raj, the man from India who cannot even talk to women unless he’s drunk, Wolowitz, who likes to think he’s a ladies’ man (when he’s anything but), Leonard, who’s had a crush on Penny in 4B since the start of the show (who, of course, is a total hottie), and you have Sheldon, a man who is so far removed from society that he’s almost childlike in the way he deals with the world.
In all the seasons of BBT, we’ve never seen Sheldon “fall in love”. The seasons have revolved around Leonard, some shows involving Wolowitz, some with Raj, and yes, some with Sheldon, but as Wolowitz has finally found the one girl who can put up with him, I’m thinking perhaps Sheldon should have some time to shine.
You see, Sheldon is my favorite character on the show, and is arguably why the show is so wildly popular (aside from the geeky references you either get or you don’t). People tune in to see what he would do next. He seems perfectly happy in his own little world, and needs to have things “just so” in order for his world to flourish. NO ONE can dare sit in HIS SPOT on the couch. Every day of the week is a certain take-out meal from different restaurants. He’s got some OCD going on in there, but he’s such a lovable character, like a young child you just want to take under your wing and protect from reality (even though he’s a grown man).
My point? Well, I would love for the show to grow a bit. And by grow a bit, I mean take the focus off Leonard and Penny, Wolowitz and Raj and let Sheldon have a love interest.
True, they would have to tread lightly. As I’ve stated before, Sheldon is somewhat a fragile snowflake, but if done right, I think they can pull it off. Obviously, she could not be a genius. I don’t believe Sheldon could be with a woman “on his level”, as by his very nature, he has a certain arrogance that yes, he really does know what he’s talking about. I don’t think they should give Sheldon a hottie, as Leonard is the one who went this route. I don’t even believe they should give him a woman who is a little socially inept herself, like the girl they gave Wolowitz.
No, what Sheldon needs is a GEEK. And here’s how I’d do it.
The guys hang out regularly at the comic shop. This is where he should meet her. And I think she should work there. The guy who owns the shop could hire a new girl, and she could help Sheldon find some rare and obscure comic. They could even have a comic-off, meaning “quizzing” each other on their knowledge of comics.
Eventually, she becomes friends with the group, and the guys know Sheldon obviously likes her. Imagine the comedy gold right there. The awkwardness of his clumsy courtship, the way she’s willing to put up with him and his quirky-ness. Knowing Sheldon, he might try to give up or think he’s not worthy, or just plain not know what to DO. And then you have Wolowitz giving him pointers on how to score with the ladies (OMG, I’m laughing even now), Penny telling him what women want from a man (and Sheldon failing miserably at being a white knight), Leonard telling him to just go for it if he really likes her, and Raj, well…maybe her geekery would be cause enough alone for him to like her, so they can have another player on Halo night (assuming Wolowitz bails due to his new lady love).
I just love Sheldon. I think he’s quirky, but he’s so dang adorable. Since I am also a fan of romance (orly?), I often think about what kind of woman would put up with him. He’s obviously not “dead”, since he managed to get to second base with Penny (not romantically, but she was injured and needed help getting dressed from a fall in the shower) so c’mon, Bill Prady and the writers of the show. Give us a Sheldon love-interest! He gets the shaft so often that I feel the poor guy needs a happy ending of sorts, in more ways than one. And just imagining THAT alone makes me giggle.
Will we ever see Sheldon find a woman, other than Penny, who will sing him Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty? Please, please, pretty please?!?