The Big Bang Theory Shows Us A New Side Of Raj Koothrappali


Over the years, Raj Koothrappali has been one of the more one-dimensional characters on The Big Bang Theory. Hopefully, his confidence from the latest episode will stick and change him into something new and fresh.

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In the beginning of “The Confidence Erosion,” Raj Koothrappali comes over to meet Penny for some wardrobe advice. Both of his choices are terrible, which leads to him wearing an all-black, mortician-like suit.

He didn’t get the job, but he did get some perspective on his circumstances.

The New And Improved Raj Koothrappali 2.0

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Later in the episode, Raj Koothrappali spoke with his father and came to the conclusion that Howard Wolowitz is giving off too much negative energy. Raj made the difficult decision to stop hanging out with his best friend.

In the end, the decision gave Raj new confidence and the ability to succeed. In many ways, the new Raj Koothrappali is almost like a superhero. Not only does he dress better, but he’s also smart enough to speak to women.

Raj Koothrappali lands a new job and a new date. But what will this mean for his friendship with Howard Wolowitz?

Choosing A Friendship Over Success?

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A confident Raj Koothrappali is something we’ve never seen before. In the past, he’s taken drugs to make himself appear confident, but it was really just arrogance. This led to him dropping his pants in a local coffee shop and waving too often.

Avoiding Howard Wolowitz is better for Raj in many ways. Not only is he more confident, but he appears to actually be happier. Confidence and joy are two things that shouldn’t be avoided to keep a friendship.

That said, Raj has a tough decision to make. He can either keep moving forward in his career, and possibly his love life, or he can reconcile with his best friend. The real decision, therefore, should be within Howard.

Howard should want his friend to be successful, so he’s going to need to stop being so mean so Raj can have the best of both worlds.

Do you think Raj Koothrappali can keep up this level of success?