The Big Bang Theory "The Egg Salad Equivalency" Review: The One Where Sheldon Gets What's Coming to Him

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Jan 04, 2013

The Big Bang Theory S06E12: “The Egg Salad Equivalency”

Schadenfreude! Dear, sweet schadenfreude! After six seasons of chalking up Sheldon’s general suckiness as a friend and, at times, a human being, to “Sheldon being Sheldon,” Dr. Cooper finally did his dickhead routine for the wroooong audience. Twice. Or maybe thrice? Yes, I think the final tally stands at three times where Sheldon Cooper didn’t know when to just STFU: worst sex-ed ever with lady-assistant Alex, followed up by two terrible trips to Human Resources where he quickly steered the situation from bad to worse simply by being himself—which is, of course, the beauty of the situation. Was Sheldon trying to make Alex uncomfortable during his lecture? Certainly not. Sheldon was “just being Sheldon.”

But sometimes less is more and that proclamation also extends to Amy Farrah-Fowler, who seemed to barely make an appearance this week after showing up everywhere in the episodes preceding the hiatus. I love Amy, but after the creepy spanking and the needy girlfriend routine and the abundance of awkward that is as much a part of Amy’s character as Howard’s mommy issues and Raj’s inability to talk to people with vajayjays are to theirs, just a dash of Amy, rather than dumping the entire bottle into the soup, was definitely the right call. Sheldon talking about STDs ensured we had plenty to cringe at. And besides, Leonard and Penny haven’t made me pull my hair out in a while.

Speaking of those two, that epic role reversal was a long time coming and it was so delightful that if “The Egg Salad Equivalency” was the last we'll see of it, I’ll be sorely disappointed. The perpetual “will-they-won’t-they” couple of The Big Bang Theory, Leonard and Penny aren’t allowed to hook up in any permanent sense until the show’s dying days. That’s just how it is. JD and Elliot eventually got there on Scrubs, and Barney and Robin are finally getting there on How I Met Your Mother. It’s fate, but fate is going to make Penny and Leonard break up a few more times because, IDK, rules or something.

You gotta keep it FRESH, though. The problem with dangling Leonard and Penny week after week hasn’t so much been the dangling, but that they're always dangled over the same pit of sharks with lasers on their frickin heads: Penny met a guy and Leonard felt threatened. Leonard realized that Penny was hot and Leonard felt threatened. Leonard acted like a creepy overbearing stalker because he felt threatened... and Penny felt threatened. The dynamics never change and the characters never grow. Sure, The Big Bang Theory is not some big, sweeping drama where we should expect the characters to make like Pokemon and evolve accordingly, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to let them level up from time to time. Howard Wolowitiz a great example. He’s married now and he went to space and proved to his friends that he’s super-awesome even though he doesn’t have a PhD, but he’s still kind of a creepy horndog who's prone to getting upset when people don’t acknowledge his impressive accomplishments. He’s still recognizably Howard.

So Alex finally made her move and hit on Leonard by inviting him to a lecture and he turned her down because he was loyal to Penny. However, loyalty aside, Leonard loved the new-to-him experience of being desired by two attractive women at the same time. That’s cool. It’s not like he acted on it, right? Right.

Enter Penny’s threat-alarm blaring in the distance. Also jealousy, because she might be hot, but Alex is hot AND brainy. Be afraid, Penny. Be very afraid.

Well, probably not. Leonard shot Alex down the first time around and asserted his devotion to Penny without a second thought, so realistically, Team Leonard/Penny is probably just fine. However, Alex is a worthy opponent and Penny knows it. Just like so many of Penny’s male friends have given Leonard a cause for concern in the past—both justifiably and unjustifiably so—Alex is the threat-that-isn’t-really-a-threat-unless-someone-makes-her-one. So much of Leonard’s overbearing behavior toward Penny comes from his belief that she’s the only chance he has to have a relationship with a beautiful, desirable woman. It will be interesting to see how he reacts to having two equally desirable options, particularly if Alex continues to wage her campaign of actually pursuing him.

That is, if she doesn’t quit working for Sheldon first. After his amazing, fully illustrated, jealousy-driven STD lecture and the HR Office encore—featuring That Time Sheldon Called the Black HR Lady a “slave”—Sheldon quickly threw his fellow socially stunted friends under the HR bus (intentionally or not), earning them all severe warnings and a spot in the latest section of the online sexual harassment seminar. Then he declared that he just didn’t have time to waste on such silly matters and ordered his poor assistant to take the class for him. The boy just doesn’t learn.

What'd you think of the episode?

The Stray Observation Addendum

– One-liner of the night, Sheldon’s “Your ovaries are squirting so much goofy juice into your brain that you don’t know which way is up,” for use of the term “goofy juice.”

– Personally, Alex, I thought the egg salad comparison was hysterical, but I’m a bad person.

– Of course Sheldon gets to be “Einstein Von Brainstorm” in his story. Of course he does.

– “Sheldon Cooper's Council of Ladies” might make a good supervillain team name... but only if the women all dress like fembots and Sheldon wears a leisure suit and a fake ‘stache.

– Janine the Human Resources Lady was awesome and I’d like to see her more plz kthnx.

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  • Mjuh Jan 07, 2013

    I thought it was just another episode. Nothing special about it. It was nice to see Leonard and Penny having their roles reversed. I get that it was nice for Leonard and that upset Penny but Leonard should not have rubbed it in her face and then again Penny should not have been so angry. Not after all the guys in her life that made Leonard feel threatened. Luckily they both acted pretty grown up in the end. I'm so tired of them breaking up all the time over who knows what.

    But Alex blaming Sheldon of sexual harassment? She's his assistant and knows that he's completely clueless about what not to say to another human being. Ok, he crossed the line. What ever... On the other hand maybe it was time for Sheldon to get what was coming to him.

    But yeah, nothing big happened. The episode didn't really give much. No bigger plotline going on (not that I remember anyway). Still fun to watch.

  • angeleys151 Jan 06, 2013

    I liked the episode, I thought the whole thing was great including Leonard's "apology". Am I the only one who thought that was his way of pointing out to Penny that she's being hypocritical without being argumentative?

    My fav line of the night: "I'm a femanist; I don't notice how many breasts a robot has"

  • 2muchbadTV Jan 06, 2013

    Not a big fan of what this episode was saying about Leonard and Penny as people. Leonard was feeling good because a cool, good-looking girl hit on him. Um.....that's natural? He didn't act on it and he didn't want to act on it. But it did make him feel good. Congrats, he's human. Everybody likes to feel desirable. And Penny would feel exactly the same way (and has) and would tell Leonard that it was no big deal and not to worry about it (and she has). She wouldn't mind it at all if a guy hit on her, and hasn't in the past, but yet she gets mad at Leonard that it made him feel good? He had to apologize to her about it? Whatevs. Shallow and hypocritical for Penny, and a tad pathetic for Leonard with a failure to recognize the inequality and unfairness present in his relationship.

  • ltcomstella Jan 06, 2013

    the episode was kinda boring, the sheldon and hr was over done and despite his issues surely someone would of gagged him heck even slapped him silly...

    it was predictable all the way through no surprises at all..

    and i think it was pretty close to being racist...

  • tvadddict33 Jan 05, 2013

    i want to meet penny's brother; leonards other siblings, sheldons brother and last but not least: I WANT TO MEET HOWARDS MOTHER! HOOOOOOOOOWAAAAAARRRRRRRD!

  • tvadddict33 Jan 05, 2013

    What i fail to understand is why so many are threatening to start a march on washington over this episode. For starters sheldon was reffering to all woman as slaves in regards to responding to biological urges and when it sounded like he was making he racial towards regina he immediately tried to correct the misunderstanding. and i think we all need to keep in mind that sheldon is socialy "'disabled'' for the most part and to also consider his upbringing.

    Other than that the episode was damn good laughed until i cried and nearly choked on a cheereo.

  • ionee24 Jan 05, 2013

    Sheldon, Sheldon, Sheldon, Sheldon....

    He was so lost, it made me wonder why wasn't he accused of tsomething like his sooner.

  • flaviadias Jan 05, 2013

    you just complain a lot... sorry dude.

  • chrelle66 Jan 05, 2013

    Wow. That glasses can be sexy is hardly news, but THAT sexy, that is unusual.
    Whoever says Penny is stupid don't get her at all. That was deliberate and rehearsed and very very well done.

    Niels Bohr's motto was, "Contraria sunt complementa". Or in laymans terms, "opposites attract". Leonard doesn't need a partner who's book smart,he gets that at work, he needs one with social skills. Penny is a perfect match.

    I think there might have been some other funny stuff in this episode that was funny, but it seems to have slipped my mind completely.


  • tvadddict33 Jan 05, 2013

    penny is nothing but a sex object to leonard get a clue.

  • ltcomstella Jan 06, 2013

    how about you get a clue tv addict ?

    she's the resident hottie for the show true and the love interest for leonard... she maybe be a bit dim but she has street smarts some may argue thats better..

    and are you stuck in some male chauvanist pig era ? women should be treated as equals and respected unlike trolls like you.

  • Interestingtv Jan 05, 2013

    I liked this episode! Didn't think Sheldon really got what was coming to him. I like Alex and want her to be a more interesting part of the show, also want to see the "female slave guidance counselor" back for many a weird turn of events I really want some egg salad!

  • smorbie Jan 05, 2013

    Not me. I think I'm off egg salad. I just keep thinking of it sitting out in the hot sun

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