Amazed Rabbits

So my wife JJ and I are watching The Big Bang Theory these days. We’re on season three now.

Last night we saw an episode that really tickled my weird sense of humor. This bit in particular: “If I could speak the language of rabbits, they would be amazed and I would be their king. I would be kind to my rabbit subjects…at first.” —Raj Koothrappali

What’s funny about this bit—aside from the ridiculousness of the whole notion—is the phrase “they would be amazed.” For me, that amazed bit is the real heart of the joke, not the overtly humorous “at first” that ends it.

I’ve been thinking about this “amazed” bit on and off all day. Why is that so funny to me? Maybe it’s the image of these slack-jawed, wide-eyed bunnies, stopping mid-chew to stare at Raj as he speaks to them. They’re thinking, “holy crap, that human can talk.”

But I wasn’t picturing that when I first saw the scene. I think “they would be amazed” is inherently funny, but I don’t know why.

Amazed rabbits. Sounds like a great name for a band.