The Table for Polarization was an episode centered on change, and how each one of our favourite peeps from Pasadena deals with change when it creeps into their lives. We open with the guys poking fun at Raj’s accent, mainly the way he says mustache, when they realise that there’s no longer enough space for them all to sit together and eat. Bernadette throws the idea of them buying a dining table out there. Bad move, Bernie. Sheldon ain’t happy with that.
Leonard wants to move the desk from the area of the flat they don’t use, and put a dining table there, an idea that sends Sheldon cleanly up the wall. He obviously doesn’t like change, and has pretty strong views on their desire to get a dining table. So much so, in fact, that he boots up his old computer (that runs on Windows 98) and starts installing all the updates he hasn’t made since it came out.
Howard and Raj are hanging out when Howie gets a call from NASA. They tell him he’s needed on the International Space Station to make some repairs, and of course he said yes. Bernie’s not that happy, because she remembers all the problems Howard had, and how he was actually pretty scared of being out there. He pushes it to the point of an intervention, and when he finds out he’s got to go through the training again he purposely ruins the medical to get off.
Sheldon tries to break up with Amy, who cleverly gets around it, and almost manages to get Sheldon to agree to move in with her when he has a fit of rage. Sheldon blames the whole thing on Penny, only to find out how much being with Amy has changed him as a person. Of course, Sheldon freaked out proving again that he’s not alright with change.
The episode might have been all about change and how it affects the group of guys, but in reality, even after getting the table in the flat, they’re still all sitting around in their usual places. No change there. It’s going to take a while for Sheldon to accept the table, but let’s face it, it would have been a bit weird for them to move places and eat at the table. Sheldon’s still very much wearing the pants in his house. No one can defeat the roommate agreement!