The Big Bang Theory Review: Nude Revenge Wiggle FTW

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Are mummies and zombies the same thing? Okay, what about this one from Raj:

If a zombie bites a vampire, and the vampire bites a human, does the human become a vampire or a zombie? Or a zompire? | permalink

Thankfully, "The Parking Spot Escalation" was not about zombies, mummies or vampires. Instead, it was all about a parking spot. Sheldon may not drive or have a car, but he didn't like it one bit when Howard was given his space. A hilarious battle began, which got even better when the women sided with their men.

Sheldon's Parking Space

Sheldon may have gotten his parking spot back in the end, but it was Howard that definitely won the war. Sheldon's idiosyncrasies led to the fight, but they also set up for him to get played to a greater extent. While Sheldon stole Howard's Iron Man helmet, spray painted his name back on the parking spot and left Amy's car in the spot, those paled in comparison to Howard's antics.

Howard hit Sheldon where it would freak him out the most. He started out a tad weak by taking Sheldon's diploma, but the follow up was classic payback. Sheldon's spot on the couch is close to sacred ground and Howard defiled it with his naked body. And, no, he didn't stop there. He used Sheldon's computer right on his naked lap. Ha! 

Of course, Sheldon tried to outdo his friend by getting into Howard's new car in the buff, but a birthday suit will never bother Howard the way it does Sheldon.

In the end, Raj convinced Howard to give the parking spot back to Sheldon to end the war. Not to be out "bigger person'd," Sheldon agreed to let Howard use the spot until he learned to drive or got a Batmobile. If I had to put money on one of those, I'd guess that Sheldon would get a Batmobile before he ever learns to drive.

And the settlement came in time to prevent a permanent blowout between the gals. Bernadette and Amy stood steadfast behind their men. While the guys fought through pranks, the girls went full force on the verbal insults.

Amy: Well, Howard's never gonna go to space again, but Sheldon will always be a genius.
Bernadette: You're right. And, I'm sure Sheldon will get a fancy parking spot again if and when he makes a worthwhile contribution to science.
Amy: If and when? | permalink

Bernadette: Gosh, Amy. I'm sensing a little hostility. Is it maybe because like Sheldon's work, your sex life is also theoretical?
Penny: Damn.
Amy: Well, at least, when we do make love, Sheldon won't be thinking about his mother. | permalink

Penny got that right, damn! We knew Bernadette had that in her, but Amy? Wow. In the battle of the women, just as Howard came out on top, so did his wife, Bernadette. She had the best zingers and even had Amy's car towed. The big loser was Penny. She ended up with a busted up face.

Though, perhaps, the funniest exchange of the entire episode was when Sheldon went to the cleaners to get his couch cushion cleaned. Check out those jokes and more in our The Big Bang Theory quotes section.

Favorite prank? I have to give it to Howard. It would have been awesome if he just sat in Sheldon's spot and didn't move, but to do it naked ... he won it right there!

And for the women? Bernadette's "sex life is also theoretical" zinger was accurate and a touchy subject for Amy. Between those two moments, Team Howard and Bernadette won.

Who do you think won? What was the best zinger or prank?


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How much longer before we finally learn Penny's surname?


I liked this episode but there was too much of the girlfriends and not enough Raj. I'd like to have seen him convincing Howard.Also, for someone like Sheldon who only understands/appreciates obvious social cues, it makes sense to see losing the parking space as a blow to his prestige. Those saying he doesn't need the space are missing the point.Sheldon didn't need one before did he? And yet the university deemed that he, and not Howard, should have one up to this point. It might be that the university is just becoming sensible but it could be seen as a snub too. A normal person would get a car to get their space back but Sheldon, being true to character, fought just to keep it since it had been his even without a car.


i like the outdoor shots. and i thought it was funny too


This one has some difference to it from the rest maybe due to the fact of the outdoor scenes which we rarely see on TBBT. I Loved the episode but I don't think Howard won the battle. I think the way Sheldon's mind work without involving his mother it is a losing battle with him. Another strong outing for TBBT but I think Raj's character should definitely have some storyline instead of quipper s.


Hello all, yes, to me the ep was hilariouso, but for others on here not so much... not sure why some people require the story line on this show to keep true and make complete sense and be non nonsensical. It's a TV SHOW! Sheldon has been cruel, callous and superficial all along, why would they change his character arch, it works. The girls fight was freakin funny. The episode to me was a breath of fresh air, finally they go back to the shows roots and focus on silly, non-emotional issues like a stupid parking spot. I was getting tired of them attempting to tackle relationship issues such as marriage and dating. We get it relationships are difficult.


The episode last night was the weakest so far in season 6. The writers should develop Raj's character instead of focusing on petty girl fights and competition between Amy and Bernadette. I've never enjoyed those girls' appearance on the show. It's time that we see Raj grow.


I must be the lone dissatisfied customer here because I did not like anything about this episode. I didn't even realize it till about 3/4 of the way through, but I hadn't laughed since the first couple of zombie/mummy jokes,and I was getting more and more pissed at how mean they all were being to each other - of course with Sheldon at the top. Sheldon is out of touch, quirky, single-minded, and self-important, but in this episode he was flat-out psycho. This has been a trend lately, I think. He's been over the top all along, but they're making him over the top and out in space now. Logic only enters his mind when it's on the chalkboard. And he's become self-important, he's incredibly selfish. I hope they dial it back in the future because I don't want to put up with a nasty Sheldon forever.


This episode left me totally flat. It was too stupid to be funny. Even though it's Sheldon, you don't go after Howard. The school assigned him the parking space, he didn't steal it. The school is who you gripe to. Also, I don't care what school, or, Sheldon's position, they wouldn't waste a parking space, in California, on someone without a car or driver's license. As for Howard's old spot, he rode a Vespa, and, most schools have separate parking for motorcycles and scooters. (Okay, I liked the band-aids in the back seat line.)


This entire episode had me laughing from start to finish. The references to Amy's first bikini wax were so funny.


what i don't understand is why would howard well need an parking place would he already have since he already works there

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The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Episode 9 Quotes

Raj: Okay, here's another one: if a zombie bites a vampire, and the vampire bites a human, does the human become a vampire or a zombie? Or, a zompire?

Howard: Meanwhile, you still don't have a car.
Sheldon: Don't try to change the subject. This is about a parking space. It has nothing to do with cars.