The Allowance Evaporation was a simple, straightforward episode of The Big Bang Theory. In a nutshell, Raj has decided to stop letting his father pay for everything and Sheldon has learned (kind of) not to share the intimate aspects of his relationship with Amy with just anyone.
Raj’s dad (Brian George) made an appearance by Skype and shocked Raj with the news that he’d given up on trying to arrange a marriage for him. Raj, offended by his father haven given up on him in any way, gets a second shock when Daddy suggests that Raj’s dependency on his father is a turn-off to women. It doesn’t take long for the group of friends to convince Raj that his dad might have a point, so he tells his dad he won’t be accepting any more money for his car, apartment, credit cards, etc.
Meanwhile, Sheldon and Amy are out for date night when they encounter Bert (Brian Posehn) in the midst of being stood up by a girl he met online. Sheldon accurately identifies that Bert is feeling sad and invites him to join them for dinner, but things soon go wrong when Bert reveals to Amy that everyone at the university knows that she and Sheldon only have sex once a year.
Amy is justifiably mortified and gives Sheldon the silent treatment for most of the rest of the evening. He responds by making a diagram of radiating circles of privacy, with his and Amy’s names alone in the inner circle. Amy, softened by his effort to understand what he did wrong and plan for getting it right in the future, asks what the tiny dot within the innermost circle is, and Sheldon reveals that that represents the thoughts he keeps entirely to himself.
Amy is surprised to learn that Sheldon has any secrets, so she begs him to share one– especially after he confesses that his secrets are a little naughty. If you were hoping that would mean sexy, as Amy definitely was, you would have been disappointed. The naughty secret he’s been keeping from Amy is that he’s had his driver’s license for two years but kept it a secret because being chauffeured around makes him feel important.
Special props to Chuck Lorre for the end card on this episode, a spoof of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, in which he says (among other things): “Men covet the divine. And what is more transcendent than the power to create life. To have power over a woman’s body is their misguided attempt to have power over god. To be god. With this in mind, keep an eye out for the man who builds golden temples so people may worship him. Having a Canadian passport is also not a bad idea.”
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