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The Big Bang Theory Review: Mama's Boy Grows Up

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Oh, Sheldon! How much self-awareness can you handle?

On "The Cooper/Kripke Inversion," this Big Bang Theory favorite not only had to deal with superior research and work from Kripke, but with questions about his intimacy with Amy. What a rough few days for the guy!

Sheldon Reacts Badly

Usually Sheldon is fairly oblivious to social norms and doesn't want to be touched, but he has begun to evolve in both regards. He has been far from a "normal" boyfriend to Amy, but just as Penny's influence helped her, she has influenced Sheldon. Of course, if Sheldon became fully normalized, he wouldn't be our Sheldon any more.

His indestructible ego was crushed when his nemesis, Kripke, had better research than he did. And what started as dismay that he would even have to work with Kripke turned into despair. The upset Sheldon hid with a blanket over his head listening to Star Wars, while the distraught Sheldon was in agony.

The first was funny, the second was rather sad. That's where Amy came in handy. She could hug him, even if it was like a being strangled like a boa constrictor. Amy is now comfort to him.

When Kripke blamed Sheldon's poor work on too much sex, Sheldon went along with it and even played into it. That was a surprising, but it invoked a hilarious response.

Kripke: My work would suffer too if I was getting laid all the time.
Sheldon: Yes. That is the reason. My work is suffering because of all the laid I am getting.
Kripke: You lucky bastard.
Sheldon: What can I say, you know? She enjoys my genitals. I am giving them to her on a nightly basis. | permalink

In that moment, Sheldon became a man to be admired. He not only had a girlfriend, but he was getting lucky all the time! It didn't matter if Kripke's research was better or not, because Sheldon obtained something even more precious. Did Sheldon realize the magnitude of his lie? I doubt it, but he played it for all it was worth.

That led to a serious moment on The Big Bang Theory and there aren't many of those. Penny asked Sheldon the big question that everyone has wanted to know, "You ever going to sleep with Amy?" The look of shock on Leonard's face was priceless. 

Sheldon's honest self-reflection was almost tear-inducing.

Sheldon: Penny ... all my life I have been uncomfortable with the sort of physical contact that comes easily to others -- handshaking, hugging, prostate exams. But I'm working on it, you know? Just recently, I had to put VapoRub on Amy's chest. A year ago, that would have been unthinkable. | permalink

And it was followed up with the answer inquiring minds have wondering.

Penny: Okay. Hang on. Are you saying some day that you and Amy might actually get physical?
Sheldon: It's a possibility. | permalink

Leonard's expression was outdone by Penny's flabbergasted reaction to Sheldon's answers. I watched Penny's reaction over and over again. Leonard's poor arm! Should Penny tell Amy about this conversation? Or would that be betraying a trust? I'm not sure, but Sheldon is changing in a positive direction. More importantly, it's slow enough that there are plenty of opportunities for laughs.

While Sheldon was looking inward, Raj and Howard were being childish with action figures. Their segments were funny enough and a nice offset to what was going on with Sheldon. The 3D printer worked much better than I expected. The Howard and Bernadette dolls were awesome. But they came at a huge cost and not only financially.

Bernadette: No, here's how love works. You're gonna return the machine or you can print out a working set of lady parts and sleep with those.
Howard: [pondering]
Bernadette: Oh, my God! Are you actually thinking about it? | permalink

Bernadette set Howard straight on their money situation. No more expensive toys. It's a good thing she didn't find out about the initial $1000 action figures. Since Raj has money, at least they get to keep the machine.

Did you find Sheldon's self-reflection refreshing? Or, was it too much too fast? It was more serious than funny, was that something you want to see more of on the show? Would you spend $5000 on a 3D printer?

For more funny lines from the episode, check out The Big Bang Theory quotes section.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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What a refreshing change of pace for the show. Who'd ever thought that Sheldon's ego could be so terribly assaulted? I remember so many times hearing a variation of "you assume you're smarter than us" to which Sheldon would reply "it's not an assumption". Like Carla, I watched Penny's reaction to Sheldon's "it's a possibility" over and over. Priceless.

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This episode was hilarious - Sheldon's locker room bravado was priceless and being used to Kripke made it even more priceless, because Kripke is the best recurring male guest star.
But please don't let anything happen between Sheldon and Amy, the best thing would have Sheldon and Penny happen. Because Leonard is the very definition of whiny and boring, Penny and Sheldon are the best characters when they are interact with each other.

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I have always loved BBT! They never disapoint. I often say my fiance n i are Leonard n Penny, recently i realized his bestfriend is sooo Sheldon, tho he is a,little more social lol. I loved this episode. Our little 'Shelly' is growing up :-D

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I forgot to add that the very thought of Sheldon and Amy having sex makes want to THROW UP!! I not want to EVER see that!

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! KEEP AMY AMY AWAY FROM SHELDON. I DON'T WANT SHELDON TO CHANGE I WANT HIM TO STAY AS UNIQUE AS HE WAS IN THE EARLY SEASONS. I HATE SHAMY AND I HATED THIS EPISODE! :(

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Im not sure that intercourse of Amy and Sheldon is a good idea, not just for the plot, more important the consequences, like progenie. Is there any more Sheldons, or even sad more Leonards???
Im against with Sheldon humanization.

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OMG! Such a great episode - I just love this show! I laughed so hard when Sheldon said "because of all the laid I am getting". And the fact that there is a possibility that he and Amy establish physical relationship -LOL - who wouldn't want to see Sheldon and Amy trying to get it on. That would be hilarious!

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3D printer so cool! So glad that BBT featured them. I thought 3D printer comes at different sizes and prices (making them homeownable) Loved Penny's reaction, so realistic!!!!

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A 3D printer is only $5 grand now? I remember when my university bought its first one at about ten times that price just a few years ago. Um, no I wouldn't buy one at that cost, but the geek in me would love one. I'm surprised Howard's university didn't have one. I agree Sheldon has been changing, slowly but surely. And that is a good thing. I loved how he went with Kripke's reasoning on Sheldon's research because it allowed him to not only save face in front of his nemesis but also top Kripke. Eventually Amy's going to find out. And I can't wait for that. I loved Leonard's line about how they were going down the rabbit hole.