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The Big Bang Theory Review: The Escape Hatch Identification (Season 10 Episode 18)

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Tales of Raj’s financial independence continue on The Big Bang Theory Season 10 Episode 18, “The Escape Hatch Identification,” as Raj realizes he cannot afford his apartment and needs a new place to live.

It probably comes as a no surprise to anyone that the obvious place for Raj to move into is Sheldon’s old room in the apartment now shared by Penny and Leonard.

After some initial hesitation, that is exactly where he ends up, and I cannot wait to see how long Raj will actually remain part of the household.

“The Escape Hatch Identification” also digs into the struggle Sheldon goes through as he learns that Raj will be moving into the very room he resided in even before he met Leonard and the rest of the gang.

I assume that most of us have experienced that weird mixture of feelings that can accompany saying goodbye to a house or a room that holds many memories. I certainly felt like I was able to identify with the things Sheldon goes through, and the fear that might come with losing something that you thought you could return to if things went wrong.

When I left home for college, my old room was pretty much instantly turned into a room for my younger brother. While I never expected my parents to keep my room as it was, it was extremely weird to come back home during the holidays, and see how much things have changed.

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And while I know I will always be welcome back home, that room will never be mine again.

It will be interesting to see whether Sheldon continues to struggle with the new arrangement and with the idea of Raj living with Leonard and Penny. Things have been going fairly smoothly for Amy and Sheldon, and there’s a part of me that keeps thinking that before the end of the season something big will happen between the two.

Of course, there is a possibility that this “something big” could be something positive, but I am not ruling out the idea of possible relationship problems.

Like Sheldon, also Raj is forced to think about his life and the decisions he has made. He is out of money, in debt, and perhaps understandably humiliated by the state that he finds himself from.

Throughout the show, Raj has exhibited signs of a lavish lifestyle, and I am really looking forward to seeing how he continues to get used to his new reality.

While I do love the storyline of Raj becoming more independent, I must admit that there’s this little voice in my head that keeps telling me that Raj still has the possibility to return to his previous lifestyle, because most likely his father would just continue to pay for his stuff if Raj would ask him to do so.

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So yes, Raj is struggling at the moment, but at the same time, it is important to remember that he is privileged in a way very few can identify with. 

Leonard’s mother, Beverly, played brilliantly by the great Christine Baranski, plays a role in how things wind up on the episode. I have loved Beverly ever since the first time she made an appearance on the show, and while it would be difficult to imagine her as a series regular, I do love these little glimpses we see of her once in a while.

As said, I am really looking forward to seeing how the day-to-day life of Leonard, Penny, and Raj as roommates shapes up to be.

Stray thoughts:

  • Amy and Sheldon also get themselves a “roommate” by the end of the episode in the form of a life-size Batman statue.
  • I usually don’t like Stuart at all, but I think is fairly hilarious on this episode — the kind of life he lives is something I could try for a couple of weeks.

What did you think of this episode of The Big Bang Theory? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS.

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Milka Väinämö

Milka holds a BA in film studies and is currently working on her master's thesis, writing about what she truly loves: American sitcoms. When she's not watching Netflix and adding names to her never-ending list of kickass lady heroes and fictional boyfriends, Milka's probably obsessing over ice hockey, hanging out with her dog or blogging about books. Her favorite shows include Parks and Recreation, The Office, Gilmore Girls, Community and Arrested Development. Milka also writes for The Leaky Cauldron, a Harry Potter fansite.

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