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The Big Bang Theory Review: A Tiara Saves the Day

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After the disastrous last episode of 2011, The Big Bang Theory busted out the laughs with "The Shiny Trinket Maneuver." Fans have been clamoring for some Sheldon and Penny moments and they were finally answered here.

The addition of Amy and Bernadette to the show has been hit-or-miss this season, but they were used to perfection tonight. I wasn't sure how realistic the new boyfriend-girlfriend status between Sheldon and Amy would be, but despite their dating agreement, problems were sure to arise.

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On their monthly Thursday date, Sheldon showed little regard for Amy's announcement that her research was being published. This was a bit surprising since he's big on titles and achievements. It revealed how dismissive he is of her profession. That isn't going to bode well for their relationship.

But it led to one of the funniest moments ever on the sitcom and certainly the funniest Amy moment. Her excitement over getting a tiara was over-the-top, but absolutely precious. This is the Amy I hope we see more of, rather than the annoying one that shows up too often.

This scene worked so well because the build-up to it came from Sheldon going to Penny for help. While we didn't get to see the tiara purchase, Sheldon's response that it "may have been too much" said all that needed. Plus, he had the pocket watch!

While the Sheldon-centric story was my favorite of the night, the Howard-Bernadette relationship trials fit in well. Bernadette has grown as a character, from the cheerful and happy girlfriend to an opinionated companion. Prior to the engagement, Bernadette was the happiness in a scene, now she comes across as strong in her convictions.

When Bernadette faced down the kids at the magic show, I almost lost it. The stare down and threatening "no cake," was so unexpected that it made the moment. And the milk going down Howard's pants was chuckle-worthy, too. Poor Howard.

The resolution of their fight was not nearly as comedic as Amy's gift, though. Howard's always been sensitive to Bernadette making more money than him. Is this the end of the discussion or will it come back up? It's probably over for now. They overcame the pre-marital conflict when Bernadette compromised about having kids. And how about the condom coming out of her ear trick!

This is a example of how The Big Bang Theory can get the relationships right. The scenes and character groupings transitioned perfectly and each had their moments. By the way, did you know that there really is a Jenga Donkey Kong game? It's going on my wish list!

Amy's excitement about getting a tiara and being a princess was my top moment of the evening. What was yours? Not sure? Refresh your memory with our Big Bang Theory quotes section!

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Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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i like the show last night amy with the tiara was so funny.i am so gld we saw amy just at the beganing and the end was good lets keep that up

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Amy's performance was some of the best acting on the show thus far. Her response was pure Amy and now Perhaps she and Sheldon can move to the next level (out at 1st).

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Bernadette said that but that doesn't mean she loves kids, that part of the episode was my favorite off all.

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I am a huge fan of the Big Bang Theory but I noticed a big mistake in this episode. In a past season of the show the episode 'The Einstein Approximation' Bernadette says she has experience dealing with small children as her mum ran an 'illegal daycare centre in her basement'. This episode was about her not being able to control and like children. Am I the only one that noticed this? :S Got to say I loved the Shamy moments in this episode though.

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Sheldon and Leonard scene after Sheldon comes home from his date was funny.

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Finally! I hadn't laugh that hard since a looong time with this show. The koala cae, the digital saloon, the hopping, Amy recognizing the koala face, the tiara!!! This one goes in my top five, maybe my top three. I liked the b-story with Bernadette and her dislike of children. How she stared them down XD This episode was freakin awesome, and I hope we'll get more of that in future episodes.

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Awwww...how I wish I can tell 13 year-old Amy that it "does get better", too!

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I loved Amy's reaction to the tiara but what I loved even more was the fact that it's obviously Sheldon who picked it and stuck to his choice even Penny tried to tell him it was too much.I guess he's boyfriend material after all,at least for Amy.
This Howard/Bernadette script is just inching us ever closer towards why Raj will eventually end up with her.Howard is too insecure to adapt to not being a breadwinner however Raj is rich enough that he and Bernadette could afford a full-time nanny and Raj comes from a culture where having servants take care of children isn't stigmatized.They can both work and have a family life.

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I'm so in love with Sheldon =)
And I can't believe that I actually like Amy. In the beginning I was really annoyed by her, but now, I can't imagine this show without her!
And about Bernadette and Howard, I think there will be more talk about kids, but I must say, I understand her...

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I agree: Amy's reaction to the tiara was priceless. In fact, it was the only part I really laughed at. The rest of the episode was mediocre. I thought Leonard and Penny were supposed to be reassessing their relationship this year. What happened to that? I do hope Sheldon eventually gets a clue and realizes that he's better off with Amy than without her. Someday, he's going to get some coitus, and he's going to figure out what life's all about.

The Big Bang Theory Season 5 Episode 12 Quotes

Sheldon: Oh, I see why you're confused. No, her news sounded important, but what your forgetting is it was an achievement in the field of biology. That's all about yucky, squishy things.
Penny: Honey, she's upset. You're her boyfriend. You have to at least try to be excited by the things she's excited by.
Sheldon: What if they simply don't excite me?
Penny: Well, just smile and think about koalas.

I'm telling you dude there's a seat on the Hogwart's Express with your name on it.

Raj
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