The Big Bang Theory Review: Trembling with Confidence

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Who is Sheldon? Last week, he was demanding and incredibly unlikable. This week,  well ... he was pretty much the same. Unlike with Leonard, Amy was able to put Sheldon in his place and that was quite a blast to watch.

I've enjoyed Amy in small doses, but when she has had a major storyline it has been too much for me ... until now. Sheldon has a habit of being the center of attention and requiring his friends to adjust to his every whim. But, not with Amy in the biology lab. She put her foot down and he gave in. You have to love Amy for that!

Sheldon in the Lab

Well, of course, he complained along the way, but he did everything she asked. Even better than that was Sheldon's realization that he is not perfect and all-knowing. He has always knocked Amy's field of biology, but when he was given the opportunity to cut into the brain -- he shook and shook and cut his own thumb! Then ... passed out! HA!

When he passed out the first time, it was a bit shocking, but when he passed out the second time at the Cheesecake Factory -- I laughed so hard! Oh, Sheldon. The only thing better was Sheldon going back to Amy's lab and groveling for her to forgive him. I'm not sure that we've ever seen those puppy dog eyes before. He looked like he was sorry even if he couldn't verbally express it, until he finally just said, "Sorry."

Sheldon wasn't the only one with girlfriend issues, Howard was faced with the decision of whether to sign a pre-nup. Only he found out about it through the "nerd-vine," rather from Bernadette herself. In a way, it was probably better that she wasn't the one to tell him. It gave him time to process it before having a conversation with her. He isn't the best communicator when blindsided.

Overall, the stories and the jokes worked for me tonight. I actually laughed out loud (yes, I'll admit it.) more in this episode, than I have in a while.

Other "The Vacation Solution" highlights:

  • Physics Mad-Libs -- Sheldon's laugh cracked me up. He definitely has his own sense of humor.
  • Leonard singing along with the Black Eyed Peas. He needs to have alone time in the car more often.
  • Sheldon's Scooby Doo reference on how to sneak into the office by pretending to be lobster traps. Odd, indeed.
  • If a dictatorship means forced vacation, especially, paid and all the time ... I'm in!
  • Leonard and Penny's walk down to the laundry room talking about pre-nups -- what a thought! Can you even imagine Penny a famous movie star and Leonard the stay-at-home dad? Possible spin-off when show ends?
  • Based on Bernadette's description of her father, we must meet him soon! Oh, can you imagine the meeting between him and Howard's mother? We must see this!

Take a minute to check out the The Big Bang Theory quotes from tonight's episode, then share your favorite moments in the comments.


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Why can't Penny and Raj be together? I liked them. It was like the writer's lost their balls on that one. Here's another idea, instead of giving us recycled Leonard and Penny - how about more Shenny?? PLEASE!


I have stooped watching this season, because the writters are giving us garbage. Sheldon is still a horrible arse and Raj still alone!? in the 5th season i thought the writers would fix all thate etc.


Great to see a voluntary/non-coerced apology from Shelly.


Yes, I can see Penny as a movie star. She gets her big break first in a TV sitcom where she lives next door to some nerds......


Great episode! I love, love, love how Amy wouldn't back down and take an insincere apology from Sheldon. And I love that he knew he was wrong and actually forced a sincere sorry from his lips. I adore Sheldon and am glad to see he's actually growing.

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The show was really funny. Leonard singing in the card was too funny and when sheldon was dissecting the brain. Ha! Good show, need Raj to find a woman.


Talk about personal growth: this was the first time I recall Sheldon has ever offered a sincere apology to anyone without being forced into it by his mother. In the past, he hasn't cared what anyone thinks of him, but it's obvious he genuinely cares for Amy and wants to stay on her good side. Good for Amy. Good for the show. My favorite scene, however, was the walk to the laundry room. Leonard and Penny have an real chemistry, and they can be quite funny together when they're not hung up on their insecurities. From the way Bernadette described her father, he sounded much like the character Stacey Keach played in Two and a Half Men (though without the gayness). I'd recommend Keach be cast in the role.


It was fun to see Sheldon and Amy deviate from their standard (and somewhat stereotypical) characters this week. Both of them became a little fuzzy around the edges and the interaction seemed almost normal. Amy demanded a real apology and showed that she was the queen of her lab and, surprise, surprise, Sheldon actually listened and responded. Bernadette's request of a pre-nup is the least of the problems this couple faces. Howard has told her over and over that he expects her to pick up where his mother leaves off...taking care of his every need. I can't see an independent woman like Bernie putting up with that. I don't think this marriage will actually take place, but we'll see.


I dunno if anyone else felt it but, man it bothered me to see Sheldon in there without gloves on...then he cut himself! Especially since Amy works with diseases like syphillis and mad cow.


I loved this episode but seeing Sheldon go back to the lab and be forced to give a real apology because Amy wouldn't settle for anything else was wonderful. He really likes her.
The pre-nup storyline made me think less of Bernadette actually. I'm all for them, to protect heirlooms and properties that have to stay in your family or be passed on to your children, but I think that it's petty when the only reason a person brings up for getting one is that they suddenly have a better paying job than the person they're engaged to. She's had that job for what, 6 months? In this economy, if she gets fired next week, will she want the pre-nup torn up? That was uncomfortably tacky.As desperate as Howard is to be with a girl, I'd dump her. Maybe she'd like Raj better if money means so much to her, although from what we've learned about his family's fortune,HE'D be the one demanding a pre-nup.

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