The Big Bang Theory Review: A Painting and Basketball

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How crazy was that picture that Amy got for Penny? What would you do if you got a gift like that? Wow.

Amy's sentiment was spot on, but the gift... not so much. When we first met Amy she was annoying, but through her friendship with Penny and Bernadette she has opened up and become sociable.

Pretty Painting

Amy may not be the mousey wallflower anymore, but she certainly still has a unique charm. Yes, that's a nice way to say she can be odd and even creepy at times. Her infatuation with Penny has always been off, but after being friends for this long, she needs to get over her Penny crush. It is past any inkling of cute.

Given the manly interpretation of Penny in the painting, I can only imagine what the original nude version looked like. At least Amy realized that was over the top, which is a step in the right direction.

While Penny and her friends will continue to have to look at the piece of art, it was thankfully placed off camera so we won't be bombarded with it each week! I was a little disappointed we didn't get to see a reaction from any of the guys, in particular Leonard.

While the girls were dealing with the painting and watching Grease, the guys were occupied with a competition for the newly vacant office at the University. After practically assaulting President Siebert at the urinal, Sheldon and Kripke were left to settle the office battle themselves.

I've mentioned before that I haven't really enjoyed the Kripke character, but both times he has appeared this year have been great. At some point, I need to go back and watch some of his earlier appearances and see if his character has been toned down, better utilized, or I've just grown used to him.

The decision to settle the office battle through basketball was ... brilliant. The mention of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock was the perfect callback, but even better was Sheldon explaining the game over and over and over again. Kripke should have won the office just for tricking Sheldon!

Did Leonard not realize how bad Sheldon and Kripke would be at basketball? The never-ending battle - where neither participant could win! Everyone can at least bounce a ball, right? And, with that, Sheldon was the winner. Or was he?

He had more problems with that office than different methods of trying to win the office. If the previous occupant was anything at all like Sheldon, perhaps it was the office that made him lose his marbles ... and clothes! The office made Sheldon crazy - the freezing temperature, a hole in wall, wind chimes, singing birds and a noisy geology lab upstairs.

How long with Sheldon last? Well, that is if he ever gets his head out of the wall! Butter, anyone?

"The Rothman Disintegration" wasn't one of my favorite episodes, but it definitely had funny moments. Check out some of the best The Big Bang Theory quotes from it now. Then, stop back and answer this: which was creepier: Sheldon and Kripke in the bathroom with President Siebert or Amy's painting? What's your take? I still can't decide.


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Leonard taking a picture of Sheldon stuck in the wall then sitting down to text to or post on FB was funny.


What a great episode!! The guy's part was my favorite! I've gotten used to Amy by now but this was creepy!!! I agree that it's sad the boys and girls didn't interact! I would love to see more Leonard and Amy scene! I mean, they're both close to Sheldon and barely interact! With the girls now in numbers, it could be great to mix them all sometimes! Not romantically of course but I think it would be great!


I laughed out looud several times. Sheldon trying to play ball was great. The offie thing was cute with all Sheldon's problems with it after he won. The picture thng was creepy. I'm glad it's not on the orginal wall so we won't have to see each week. Can't wait to see what Leonard will say when he sees it. Sometimes you have to wonder when Amy is coming from.


I don't think I can ever get enough of rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock. Or of hearing Sheldon explain it. That's some brilliant writing right there.


Odd episode, because the boys and the girls never interacted. It;s almost as thought TBBT has split into two sitcoms. I found myself not caring about the b-ball game and wanting to get back to Amy and Penny. I still think Amy is the most engaging character, even if her girl-crush on Penny is over the top.


Overall I thought it was funny, but Bernadette and the "bye real Penny and bye Transvestite Penny" was the best line of the night....Sheldon explaining rock paper scissors was a hoot too!


Funny episode but I miss Penny's interaction with the guys.


the basketball scene was hilarious ! ,,
other than that the portrait thing was kinda boring !,,i don't really like amy !,i don't hate her either ,! sometimes she can be funny like with the tiara ! but sometimes she can be really annoying like in this episode!


The basketball bit was so funny I almost peed my pants!


what a dreadful article - do you have any real opinions?

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The Big Bang Theory Season 5 Episode 17 Quotes

Before I met you, I was a mousey wallflower. But look at me now. I'm like some kind of downtown-hipster-party girl with a posse, a boyfriend and a new lace bra that hooks in the front of all things.


I'm glad men are wearing hats again. They are so distinguished.