The Big Bang Theory comes back from its mini hiatus with an episode that it’s all about honesty. ‘The Solder Excursion Diversion’ sees Sheldon confessing a big secret to Amy, while the rest of the gang, or half of it, works on a guidance system.
WARNING: This review contains spoilers
Over the seasons, one of the main characteristics of Sheldon’s personality is that he is afraid of change. Many times, his obsessive compulsive disorder is played for laughs, from his fear of germs to his obsession with always seating in the same spot on the couch. For the first time in the series, ‘The Solder Excursion Diversion’ addressed this issue from a more real and emotional perspective as Sheldon takes Amy to his “fortress of shame”, a locked garage where he leaves everything he’s ever owned. Sheldon is actually aware that this is a problem, to the point that he’s ashamed of himself for being so obsessed with keeping materialistic things. Once again, Amy proves that she’s not only an excellent romantic partner, but also a very good friend. She knows that Sheldon is flawed, but she doesn’t think any less of him for that, nor does she ever pressure him into changing. Even if the overall thing still had its comedic moments (like Sheldon not throwing the golf ball away), it was very interesting to see Sheldon being upset over how extreme his obsessions can get, and it definitely helped a lot in building a character that is already getting a lot of progression these past couple seasons.
Meanwhile, Howard and Leonard ask Penny and Bernadette for help with their guidance system. Shortly after, the boys leave to get more solder, but it quickly turns into them bumping into a test screening for Suicide Squad. The girls find out about this through Raj, who has joined them because he feels left out. They plan to play along with it only to bust them later. Unfortunately, or not, Howard and Leonard decide not only to tell the truth, but actually bring them some flowers and take them to dinner, which upsets Raj because it felt “anticlimatic”. I would have actually liked to see what made Howard and Leonard change their minds, especially since they came out as particularly mean when they talked about lying to them in the theatre. And I also wonder how seriously we should take Howard when he said that he lies a lot.
What could have been just another silly episode dealing with Sheldon not wanting to get rid of his old computer became a much more emotional experience. In fact, I believe this is the first time that we could sympathize with how afraid Sheldon was of change. Sheldon’s laptop has been a part of the series since Season 1, and it’s safe to say that we’re all going to miss seeing that maroon Alienware laptop. It’s hard to let things go, but hopefully, with “baby steps” and the help of Amy, he will learn how to do it.