The Big Bang Theory Review: Egg Salad, Cereal and Breakfast Sausage

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At times, it's difficult to believe that the brilliant Sheldon can be so dumb. That was the case in "The Egg Salad Equivalency." To fully enjoy The Big Bang Theory, sometimes it's necessary to suspend disbelief and just go with it and enjoy the humor. This show wouldn't be funny if the characters were 100% believable all the time.

They don't always get it right, but more often than not they do. I've had problems with a few The Big Bang Theory season 6 episodes, but overall it's been an enjoyable season and its 2013 return was a positive sign of what's to come.

Sheldon's Jenga

The opening was awesome. I've only played Jenga a few times, but a life-size version would be a blast. Dangerous, perhaps, but tons of fun. For a change, we got to see Sheldon and Leonard hanging out together in the apartment. That rarely seems to happen anymore now that the cast as been expanded.

While Sheldon's ignorance about his inappropriate behavior was a tad annoying, the rest of the episode was solid. The show has a tendency to cover a topic in an episode, give us some laughs and never mention it again, but not here. Alex's interest in Leonard was the driving force behind the installment and Sheldon's behavior, plus ... we got to see Raj's dog again. She exists!

Instead of Leonard being jealous of Penny's buff ex-boyfriends, she got a little taste of jealousy when she found out that Alex was hitting on her man. I'm a fan of Leonard and Penny being together and making it. I'd love to see a wedding at some point, though the change in living arrangements would probably be too disruptive to the show, As an end game, I want them to be a committed couple.

With Penny's doubts about the relationship earlier this season, Alex's advances shifted the balance in the relationship. Penny was no longer the only desirable one. My favorite moment was when Penny opened her apartment door and found Leonard playing a cello (Did we know he could play that?) and singing, "I'm sorry Alex hit on me. I had no idea I'm cute." The perfect way to win her back!

And she repaid the gesture by buying some sexy nerd glasses!

Penny: Molecules.
Leonard: Okay. come with me.
Penny: Where are we going?
Leonard: To my bedroom. So, I can take everything off but those glasses. And, maybe the boots. | permalink

Oh la la! This bump in the road provided some laughs, but even more important for fans of the show, it further solidified their love for each other.

The Sheldon sexual harassment stuff had its moments, but the ovary and menstruating jokes were just a bit much in the end. Don't get me wrong, I laughed, though due to the absurdity of it all. But that sometimes works and it did here.

The moment that made me scratch my head (not literally) and think was Raj's realization that there are no female cereal mascots. Can that really be true? A quick Google search taught me that this is actually quite a popular topic of discussion. I guess it really is a man's world, well, cereal world at least. 

Raj: Not one cereal mascot is a girl. It's a total breakfast sausage fest. | permalink

How can you not love that line?

Did you find Sheldon's ignorance about his behavior believable? Or were you like me and just suspended your disbelief? Or did you just hate it?

Check out some of the best "The Egg Salad Equivalency" quotes and share your favorite moments!


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re: Strawberry Shortcake as a breakfast cereal mascot. A quick Google reveals that SS was indeed a cereal mascot, for a short time in the 1980s. But, the character itself preceded its use as a mascot. Also, there are currently no female mascots, as was Raj's point. LOVED Penny in the 'smart' glasses.


I love this episode. Sheldon's behavior is exactly in line with his character as well as "true to life" of people just like him. It's truly amazing just how socially clueless people like Sheldon are, and that makes it hilarious to watch. In my line of work I see this on a constant basis, and it's actually funny in real life as well. He's not making sexist jokes, he just saying it how he sees it. He's not trying to offend at all, and just like people who are just like him in the real world, he really can't see what he did wrong. Some of the most funniest moments in my life are when you get two people just like Sheldon in a room, male and's like two little kids. They are smart as could be, but the comments that come out of their mouths are beyond funny, and the truly amazing thing about it, is sexist "jokes" are thrown around all the time, but neither the male or female care that the other said it. They see it for what it really is, and are not so ridiculously sensitive. I hope this show is on for a very long time, but if not, I'll always have the real life show at work.

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Not only does Leonard play the cello. So does Johnny Galecki. He took lessons as a child. So, it would not need dubbing. He can play well.


I really cannot believe you didn't know Leonard played the cello. Probably should get Season 1 and Season 2 of BBT that are on sale now. Otherwise you run the risk of being an absurdly uninformed reviewer!!


The best episode of season 6 so far. I LOVED Leonard and Penny's scenes, they are so great together and so funny, my favorite moment was the final scene where Penny put on the nerdy glasses and Leonard's reaction was priceless, i also adored the cello scene. It's really sweet to finally see Penny express her true feelings towards Leonard. I mean we as an audience have known for a long time that's she loves Leonard, but he never really knew how she truly felt about him up until now, so it's a really nice change in the relationship and i have to say kudos to the writers and please do not screw up this wonderful relationship, don't go down the same road as in season 3.


I loved the fact that Penny is feeling the heat with Alex comin' on to Leonerd. A nice turn around. Laughed so hard when all the guys have to go to HR dept. A nice romantic moment when Leonerd played the Cello. All in all Strong as ever the season 6 and keep it goin' in 2013. Can't wait for the next ep.


We knew Leonard plays cello becasue in an earlier episode he joined a string quartet that included Leslie Winkle on violin. He said his parents insisted he study cello because just naming him Leonard wasn't getting him beaten up enough. And wasn't Strawberry Shortcake a cereal mascot?


great episode the slave jokes were really funny though i saw them coming


I just discovered this show over the holidays when my sons were visiting, and I cannot stop laughing, which made it even funnier, as it totally amused them that I had never watched it, and that I found it so funny!

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The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Episode 12 Quotes

Not one cereal mascot is a girl. It's a total breakfast sausage fest.


Giant Jenga! I win.