The Big Bang Theory Review: Sheldon's Going to be a Mommy!

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Even though Leonard and Penny are no longer a couple, we got to see them hang out in "The Ornithophobia Diffusion ."

Their non-date was comedic gold because the little things they secretly did while dating came out and were discussed. the biggest of which was Leonard's submissiveness to Penny. He would do whatever she wanted in order to make sure he got sex.

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Looking back on their relationship, he was so happy to be dating her that he did what she wanted for fear that she would realize she was too good for him and break it off. It was an unequal partnership that was doomed from the beginning.

For the first time, Leonard was himself with Penny. Given her continual mooching off the guys, the look on her face when he demanded $11 for her own movie ticket was hilarious. That was the moment that they began their path back to each other.

During their non-date, they were actually honest about their feelings because they had nothing to lose. It came across as two exes outing the other's quirks, especially at the bar, but really it was setting up the framework for a healthy and equal relationship. Whether that ends up being a friendship or a romance, we will have to wait and see.

While Penny and Leonard were working out their dirty laundry, Sheldon was getting over his fear of birds. The combination of these two stories made this one of my favorite episodes this season.

Unlike some of Sheldon's quirks, this fear was based on real traumas growing up. Though, in Sheldon-style, he handled the situation in all the wrong ways. It was nice to see he enlisted Amy's help instead of 911 when the bird got in the house. Bernadette and Amy's kind but forceful method with Sheldon surprisingly worked.

I didn't think it would at first, but as is Sheldon's nature, he lives in the extremes: from hating and being fearful of the blue bird to falling in love with his lovey-dovey animal. It was too good to last. The question is: will the egg be back next week or is that a storyline that will just disappear like so many others on this show?

I'd like to see the egg return. The bird brought out Sheldon's humanity and, for Amy's sake, perhaps a baby bird is what he needs to help him mature regarding their relationship. I don't see her sticking around indefinitely waiting for him to advance beyond the cuddle stages.

Do you want to see Penny and Leonard back together? How about Sheldon and his baby bird egg? Ponder those questions and then check out the best Big Bang Theory quotes from this week!

Concluding side note: For those of you interested in the bird, Bill Prady tweeted that Sheldon's blue jay was really a black-throated magpie jay. So there you go.


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sheldon is the best , he's so unfeeling and funny in his own messed up little way


@ fred: Thats bullshit ; )Sorry but the show would be over if sheldon wouldnt change! There is nothing more annoying then comedys always stay the same. I want sheldon to change a little bit, and believer me he will NEVER EVER be normal. But if you wanna watch 10 season without change, watch the simpsons or two and a half man!!!


Whats with Cooper's wig?


@spinder is right and the fact that their opinion is fairly unbiased seen as how they just started watching and just got caught up on all the seasons proves a point - Amy's character has destroyed the show! Season 4 took an awkward turn and didn't work, so why are trying to make it work in season 5. the show is broke and if it's broke fix it! Which brings me back to season 3 when it wasn't broke - if it isn't broke don't fix it! Why are they trying to give Sheldon a girlfriend? that whole idea is stupidity at its best (or worst??). Get rid of Amy and get the show back to how it used to be! I can't even watch it anymore. When the next episode airs i'm going to protest by turning it off and putting on the Season 2 DVDs!


@spinder and all the other comments on the first page - I agree!! Season 4 took on the ambitious step of turning the show a new direction and it has FAILED!!! Amy relationship with Sheldon has taken the place of Penny. The most memorable scenes in this entire series are with Sheldon and Penny. Remember when Penny dislocated her shoulder, or when she had to drive Sheldon to work? How about the time when she became additcted to online games or when Sheldon slept over when he was sick? Those were the best episodes ever and nothing with Amy in the pitchure has come even close to being that funny or endearing. Chuck - listen to the fans and get rid of Amy already... We are tired of telling you!! And to whomever said this season is about personal growth for Sheldon - we all know that, that's why we're all complaining. If Sheldon becomes normal than the show is over. Let's get back to Sheldon being Sheldodn and the 4 guys hanging out with Penny and Raj and Howard doing ridiculous things to pick up women. That's when people enjoy watching !


i just more of the guys and penny and less very less of amy heck no more amy please and bernadette here and there and more of sheldon and penny and get rid of amy before she ruins sheldon


i want more of sheldon and penny. thhey alwys bring an smile to my face. i like the sheldon vs the brid. please let see the egg. and can we just one show this sesaon of the guys and penny and thats it. i miss those shows alot


I also miss the geeky intros in the first season's episodes. While I understand the characters need to evolve, I miss the special geeky touch of the show. I'm happy that we at least got more Leonard this season, and especially in this episode. I loved Leonards and Penny's banter before they got together, and I'm happy we got at least a bit of that, before went Sheldon-centric.


Pennard all the way


I also miss Penny's interactions with Sheldon .I like Amy but in a lot of ways she's more messed up and even less aware of other people's reactions than he is so while she might seem to help if Sheldon did everything she wanted his life wouldn't be any better.She's too clingy to be funny.And after seeing her be physically attracted to that idiotic Zack ,I think she only wants Sheldon because he's available.He can do much better than her even without changing a thing about himself.

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The Big Bang Theory Season 5 Episode 9 Quotes

Penny: And,remember he's more afraid of you than you are of him.
Sheldon: That doesn't help.
Penny: No, I was talking to the bird.

Leonard: Star Wars on Blu-ray.
Penny: Haven't you seen that movie like a thousand times?
Leonard: Not on Blu-ray. Only twice on Blu-ray.
Penny: Oh, Leonard.
Leonard: I know, it's high resolution sadness.