The Big Bang Theory Review: Vaporub, Bath or Spanking?

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Sheldon and Amy's wacky relationship and Howard's aversion to worms and gutting fish took the spotlight in "The Fish Guts Displacement." 

With the exception of the opening montage, Sheldon was off on his own being a good boyfriend to Amy, while the others attempted to help Howard prepare for a fishing trip. The lack of connection between the two situations was noticeable, but overall the episode was funny. Though, a few moments out-shined the rest.

Sheldon the Caretaker

Sheldon's sudden uneasiness over the Spider-Man theme song was typical Sheldon, which also means it was hilarious. When he broke out singing the theme songs, I cracked up. For a man of his intelligence, it's amazing what he comes up with. Here's the exchange:

Sheldon: Is anyone else troubled by the Spider-Man theme song?
Leonard: Why would it trouble you? It's like your third favorite cartoon theme song.
Sheldon: It is, right behind [Sheldon sings "Inspector Gadget" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" theme songs]
Sheldon: However, the Spider-Man lyrics posit that Spider-Man's Spider-Man does whatever a spider can.
Howard: Yeah, so?
Sheldon: I can think of many things that Spider-Man can't do that a spider can. One crawl in your ear and die, two legally leave Guatemala without a passport, and three have sex with a spider. | permalink

Seriously, sex with a spider? Maybe Sheldon does know something about sex after all. While he is a high level thinker, Amy got him with her "extended" sickness. Though, I have to give him some credit, he did eventually catch on. "Liar liar pants on fire," anyone?

While Sheldon has started demonstrating his affection (love?) for Amy, she has learned how to manipulate him into any physical contact she can get. Vaporub?

Sheldon: No. I need to get you down for a nap. For some reason that Vaporub gets you all fired up. | permalink  

Amy kept her sickness thing going to keep her love close. Though, her "help" in choosing the punishment for lying perhaps was even more epic. Spanking?

Amy: Are you saying you want to spank me?
Sheldon: I don't want to. But, it looks like you have left me no choice.
Amy: That's true. I've been a very bad girl. | permalink

Each of their interactions was hilarious. As much as I'd love to see Sheldon just give in, pull her into a kiss and seduce her, I'd miss the humor from their awkward relationship.

It's intriguing how sometimes awkward works, while other times it doesn't. Howard's visit to Bernadette's parents was not very funny. If anything, I felt terribly uncomfortable for Howard. Though, as a set-up it succeeded. 

For a group of men, it's telling that the manliest of their friends is also the most feminine of the group -- Penny. Howard's interactions with the worm and fish were ridiculously amusing. First, he put the worm over the hook? Seriously? "Jam a hook into his face!" He did do better pulling out the fish innards ... until Penny's comment about the eggs. Those guys are super queasy! I shouldn't talk, though, I can and have hooked worms, but gutting a fish, no thank you!

The lesson was good for all of them. It was nice to see Penny be able to show off her knowledge about something. So often, it's her doing the learning, so the change of pace was appreciated and provided for some good fodder.

Howard should feel much more at home at a casino table, then he would out fishing or hunting. The men's bonding over their wives at the end was a nice conclusion.

Howard: Boy, we're married to a couple of ball busters, huh, Mike?
Bernadette's Dad: That's my wife and daughter you're talking about.
Howard: Great couple of gals.
Bernadette's Dad: I wouldn't go that far. | permalink

While they may not talk much, they definitely have something in common with their wives.

Overall, the only scene that didn't really work for me was dinner at the parents. The episode has some great one-liners, as well as, extended funny scenes. For more of the best lines, check out The Big Bang Theory quotes section.

What scene did you find the funniest? Did you enjoy Amy's antics? Or, Howard's cheerleaders?


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Hands down the FUNNIEST episode of the season. I was practically crying with the Sheldon and Amy interactions.


men, can you teld me whats is the song who Amy run when Sheldon spaking her?


For me this marked the end of TBBT and Sheldon Cooper as we know it/him. The show is officially about the relationships of nerdy guys now, not nerdy guys trying to figure out relationships. The science component is completely gone (Sheldon's never uses scientific terms to describe things anymore) and I'm guessing the show will progress to Penny and Leonard, and Sheldon and Amy getting married long before we see the episode where Sheldon wins the Nobel Prize for physics. Sheldon touches people, his germ phobia disappears because of a piece of paper(relationship agreement) and even he cares more about relationships than science now. TBH, if I wanted this kind of show I would just watch old episodes of Friends - maybe I'll do that, they are more funny then these new TBBT episodes!


Remember the previous episode... Amy showed "something" to Sheldon in the car... Sheldon is no more innocent in this episode ! They are both adults playing "doctor" (not the Star Trek way).


It's a little late to be getting your panties in a bunch now ladies. This show has already done drug use, alcohol abuse, violence against men (which no one said a word about), racial stereotypes everywhere, and a ton of sexual situations. This show is for mature audiences, so do us a favour and mature a little.


I agree that Sheldon's idea to "discipline" Amy made no sense; it would have made more sense for her to run errands for him for a bit or something like that, that way she'd be making it up to him, but that wouldn't have been as funny! Obviously, in real life, "disciplining" your partner (for real) would be messed up, but its just a show.


Let me just cover Sheldon helping Amy aspect. Yes, he detests germs, yes, he does not want to get sick, but his attachment to Amy is growing and that is very obvious. Plus, she invoked the Friendship Agreement and he has been holding the Roommate Agreement over Leonard's head like a 2 ton weight for 6 seasons. Now he's called to honor an agreement the same way. Logically, he could not renege because he didn't write an out clause in the agreement (he never thought he'd be asked to help someone else!). No catch 22 as it were. Now he is liking Amy more, but doesn't understand it or know how to deal with it. So, honoring the agreement gives him an out to violate his anti-germ stance. Ergo! he helps Amy. Remember he walked away at first, but his logical brain allowed him to return. He could logically respond to his emotions. Fully rational and understandable if you follow the logic.


I understand that people who've been abused in their life won't find this episode funny, everyone has some "taboo subjects" where you just can't laugh with; but this was not abuse. And I don't think many people would see this episode and think afterwards "Since Sheldon did it, it's okay to beat my girlfriend". Plus, I'm sure if Amy had said no, they would have found another way for her to repent. That being said, I was uncomfortable watching the actual spanking. I laughed so hard when they discussed it, but to me showing it was maybe a step too far. I'm no prude, but I just felt very awkward and uncomfortable. I think it would have been better if we didn't see them, but only heard them, the way they did it the time Amy went kissing Penny on the slumber party. What I'm truly enjoying in these last episodes are the Bernie-Amy interactions =D I hope they'll continue with that ^__^


Sheldon's growth as an character in this particular ep was ok. Penny should've been utilized more instead of maybe the parent scene of wallowitz. Not a fan of Howard and Brunie's scenes. Find it borrring... Anyways a good ep and probably this season has the strongest start for a TBBT season.

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Death by chicken. That's a pretty fowl way to go.


Amy: Sheldon, aren't you gonna take care of me?
Sheldon: Me? No. I'm not that kind of doctor.