New frenemies were made on The Big Bang Theory season 8, episode 4 “The Hook-Up Reverberation.” While the guys contemplated a big financial decision, Penny deals with the tension between her and Raj’s new girlfriend. Read our recap for full details on what went down and make sure to leave us your thoughts at the bottom!
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Raj brings his new girlfriend Emily over to Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment to meet his friends. Earlier that day, Sheldon commented to the guys that those in romantic relationships often lose a few friends because of it. Raj denies that anything like that could happen in this situation, but then tells the guys that they’ll all be dead to him if Emily doesn’t like them.
Penny senses a strange tension between her and Emily and later discusses it with Bernadette and Amy who tell her that it’s probably nothing. Emily agrees to let Penny test her sales pitch on her at the hospital. When Penny arrives for their meeting, she notices that Emily seems irritated. She confronts Emily about any issues that she might be having with her and, with a little prying, is learns that Emily is uncomfortable because, as Raj had told her, Penny and him had hooked up in the past.
Penny is furious with Raj for telling Emily about their hook-up, even though they didn’t have sex. She decides to invite the new couple to her apartment to smooth things over. When Emily and Raj leave, Penny and Emily both quietly comment, from opposite sides of the closed door, that neither of them liked the other.
The guys reluctantly shop at a new comic book store, since Stewart’s burned down last season. While they can get everything that they want, they comment that the don’t like their new regular hang out. But, all seems lost because the insurance company didn’t give Stewart enough money to reopen his store. Leonard suggests that the four of them put up the rest of the money so that Stewart can get his shop open again. Each of them is excited at the prospect of owning a comic book store, but Howard has alterior motives for wanting to contribute. Since Stewart moved in with his mother to take care of her, the two have formed a strong bond, with Mrs. Wolowitz even buying Stewart premium cable channels.
Leonard, Howard, and Sheldon each talk over their potential investment with their significant others. Leonard approaches the subject with Penny, who seems confused about the idea of discussing financial matters with each other, but slyly admits to huge amounts of credit card debt.
Before Howard can tell Bernadette what he wants to invest in, she shoots him down. Sheldon tells Amy about the idea, but warns that any negative reaction could damage their relationship. Amy doesn’t seem to like the idea, but reluctantly tells Sheldon what he wants to hear.
When Howard and Bernadette go to Mrs. Wolowitz’s house to tell Stewart about their plans to invest in his store, Stewart tells them that Mrs. Wolowitz already gave him the money that he needed. Howard is not happy about this news one bit and tells his mother to rip up the cheque.
At the end of the episode, the guys are ultimately disappointed about not being able to co-own a comic book store, but ironically enjoy their own version of such a thing while they sit in Sheldon and Leonard’s living room reading comic books and eating junk food.
The Big Bang Theory season 8, episode 5 “The Focus Attenuation” will air Monday, October 13 at 8PM EST on CBS.