“The Big Bang Theory” is the ultimate comfort food. With every episode, you can always expect to chuckle a lot, laugh out loud a few times and just have fun with these group of nerds and their unbelievably patient significant others. Episodes like the “The First Pitch Insufficiency” perfectly capture what this show is at its core: Inoffensive comedy that doesn’t require much brain power, but still rewards those willing to stick with its episode-long jokes.
Every successful television show’s worst fear can be summed up in two words: sophomore slump. I was initially nervous that after such a spectacular first season, there was no way “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” could do better. It was simply expecting too much. The second season premiere, however, did not disappoint, proving that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is still one of the best comedies on television.
I had to keep pausing it to watch “The West Wing” clips on Youtube to remind myself that, yes, it is possible to make something like the U.S. State Department feel personal, compelling and human. (Remember Sam tearing up, telling Donna about the people “who gave the last full measure of devotion, of fidelity?” Or Toby Ziegler getting riled up over whatever?)
This episode was not quite as eventful as the premiere but calmed our nerves after last week’s heart attack. Thank you for your for caring about our blood pressure, writers. But the journey wasn’t easy. Let’s check in with our characters.