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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I LOVED this episode! My favorite part - how to choose one? - was when Bernadette was giving Howard tips on how to speak to her father! OMG! And Penny telling Howard to sign the prenup - all the women of the world had a meeting, and decided Bernadette is the only one who will have him. I love Howard. I love them all. And I agree with those writers above about Penny and Leonard taking it slow. Brilliant to have them *getting back together,* because, really, who doesn't want that? It's more interesting that they aren't the focus of the show. Amy with the tiara a couple of weeks ago was kinda dorky - but PRICELESS MoxieGirl44
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Sheldon actually apologized on his own. For him that is a big step toward maturity. I really like 'Shamy', it would be nice to see how these two work out. Yes, I noticed Amy was a little less monotone than normal. Could be that hanging out with Penny and Bernadette has made her loosen up a bit. I'm waiting for the wedding episode, I predict that Amy will become a full on fox for the wedding (hair, makeup, dress) and that will make people take notice.
I am sooo in love with the Penny/Leonard interaction. I like that they're taking it slow, but it was neat to see them talk about "getting married". I hope the writers do something to speed up their courtship, Leonard and Penny belong together.
And Please!! can someone please get Raj a girlfriend?


i got to say for far i like the 2nd half of this season a lot better then the frist half. i am not an amy fan. but i did like her last night when she stood up to sheldon. i also like it when penny tod howard to sigh the penup. i so glad the howard and lenard had some growth this seasin.


Hilarious! Loved the whole episode!
ShAMY they ruled this episode totally! Specially Sheldon! Raj was amazing as always, his funny little jokes! It's nice they don't force the Lenard Penny storyline!


Dare I say Sheldon is becoming more human??? Albeit slowly, I think it is happening lol


Amy was good. Usually a lot of Amy is bad. Good to see Sheldon called on his attitude and behavior.


Oh Sheldon!! You were the star of this episode!!
The lab scene was the best


Anyone else notice that Amy seemed to have lost her monotone in this week's episode, both in the lab and earlier with Bernadette and Penny in Penny's apartment?

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