The Big Bang Theory Review: "The Zazzy Substitution"

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Three weeks into The Big Bang Theory's new Thursday season and the show continues to revolve around one character: Sheldon.  While Sheldon has always been an integral, hilarious part of the show, ever since his Emmy and the move to Thursday nights, he's become the show.

The Zazzy Substitution Scene

So what crazy adventures did our favorite physicist get into last night?  Last night he broke up with his "girlfriend," Amy (Mayim Bialik), and, of course, bought an a clowder of cats.  LOL.

We get that the premise was designed to be as cliche as possible.  Isn't it hilarious that a genius would deal with the breakup the same way as the rest of us?  Cats!  And because he's Sheldon, he wouldn't just buy one or two, he'd buy a glaring of them!

While we can suspend most belief with Sheldon, we have to ask, why would a man with asthma and a specific rule in the Roommate Agreement, "Pets are banned under the roommate agreement, with the exception of service animals“ like cybernetically-enhanced helper monkeys," buy cats?

Okay, fine, it's a sitcom and he's Sheldon. But as this show becomes the Sheldon show, will premises keep getting more ridiculous and less believable?  See last week's episode.  Luckily, "The Zazzy Substitution" still had plenty of laughs and even Raj was given some beers so he could participate in conversations.

We were some of Amy's biggest fans when she first appeared, but each week, she continues to act more and more like an angry Sheldon and we're getting over her quickly.  Part of us was rooting for that breakup to stick.

Now for our favorite Big Bang Theory quotes from the episode:

Sheldon: One has to navigate a labyrinth of social nonsense before one could be fed here
Amy: Really? I assumed an establishment named Cheesecake Factory would function more efficiently.
Sheldon: It's how they lure you in. I believe it's called, "bait and switch." | permalink
Penny: God, he's an ass when he drinks.
Wolowitz: He's an ass when he doesn't. You just don't hear it. | permalink
Leonard: So, this is nice. First time we've all gotten together to eat.
Amy (to Sheldon): You're right. He's a festival of humdrum chitchat.
Leonard: Okay, that's all I got. Howard, you're up.
Wolowitz: Um, tell us about your work, Amy.
Amy: I doubt you'd understand. Sheldon tells me you only have a master's degree.
Wolowitz: Raj, do you have any questions for Amy? | permalink
Leonard: Did you guys see the paper in the American Physics Journal on supersolids? It's pretty interesting. This guy's working from a hypothesis which ...
Raj: Spoiler alert! Spoiler alert!
Leonard: What?
Raj: Don't ruin it for me, man! I printed out a PDF to read on the potty. | permalink

The Zazzy Substitution Review

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The Big Bang Theory Season 4 Episode 3 Quotes

Leonard: Amy is judgmental, sanctimonious, and frankly just obnoxious
Sheldon: So?
Leonard: So we already have you for all that.

Sheldon: One has to navigate a labyrinth of social nonsense before one could be fed here
Amy: Really? I assumed an establishment named Cheesecake Factory would function more efficiently.
Sheldon: It's how they lure you in. I believe it's called, "bait and switch."