The Big Bang Theory "The Fish Guts Displacement" Review: Playing Doctor

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Dec 07, 2012

The Big Bang Theory S06E10: “The Fish Guts Displacement”

Howard was forced into a fishing trip with his he-man father-in-law and things took a turn for the sweet. Sheldon was forced (per his and Amy's relationship agreement) to take care of a sick Amy and things took a turn for the weird. Well, weirder than usual for those two. I can’t help but feel like we’re gearing up for an actual sexual relationship between Amy and Sheldon and I’m not sure that I’m ready for that. Amy’s eagerness to let Sheldon rub Vicks on her chest, give her a bath, and spank her for being a “very bad girl” who lied about how sick she actually was were certainly the funniest parts of the episode. However, they were also some of the skeeviest when you consider that Sheldon clearly didn’t understand the implications of his actions the way Amy did.

Straightforward stories and a noticeable lack of Penny/Leonard relationship drama made for a second straight week of awesomeness on The Big Bang Theory. I've missed how you used to be awesome, show!

Bernadette’s parents joined the Wolowitzes for Awkward Family Dinner Night. Howard failed at small talk, but frankly, Bernadette’s parents weren’t particularly chatty themselves either. Desperate to make a good impression, Howard asked Bernadette for an assist and she recommended that Howard join her father for his weekend fishing trip. He meant talking points, Bernie, a little help with talking points.

Predictably, Leonard and Raj couldn’t offer much assistance to Howard during his panic-fueled fishing-trip prep, though Raj helpfully offered to show him how to steam his catch in banana leaves when he returned (yum!). The men went off to find “someone who can do manly things” and ended up at Penny’s place. I saw it coming, but it made me laugh anyway. I love competent Penny.

Fishing lessons with Sherm the Worm were interrupted when the guys began to compete over who had the saddest and loneliest childhood with the least attentive-father, which Howard soundly won with his tale of woe and abandonment. That hole in his life, however, was seemingly filled when he arrived at the in-laws' place ready to fish, though he was still totally reluctant about it. As it turned out, so was Mr. Rostenkowski! Yay Resentment BFFs! Bernadette’s papa wasn’t too thrilled with the idea of spending the weekend with Howard, but his wife made him do it, just like his daughter made her husband agree to the bonding trip as well. They decided to make the best of their mandated playdate and hit up a casino. Mr. R. offered to teach Howard how to play craps and yup, those were definitely some Wolowitz man-tears threatening to fall as Howard finally found a dad figure willing to teach him stuff. Awww.

It’s a good thing we got our “aww” from Howard’s story, since Sheldon and Amy’s elicited more of an “ew” response. Usually, it’s the other way around.

After two days, Amy was feeling much better, but she enjoyed spending so much time with Sheldon that she kept up the facade of illness, even going as far as to stuff rubber cement up her nose... which, come to think of it, probably explains some of her thought process here. When Bernadette dropped off some experimental decongestants (with some hilariously horrific documented side effects) from the lab, Amy revealed her ruse and Bernadette pointed out that “this is the sort of thing lunatics do.”

Or, you know, someone who is high on glue.

Sheldon eventually took a swab of Amy’s cheek and had it sent to the lab for analysis, revealing her lie for the possible psychological condition that it was. He determined that she needed to be punished. They both agreed to spanking, which Amy happily provided the '70s porno soundtrack for. If anyone needs to borrow some of my brain bleach, Target was running a sale this week and I’m willing to share. It’s delightfully twisted that Amy and Sheldon accidentally ended up with the kinkiest sex life out of all the couples, though. The more you know, right, Sheldon?

The Stray Observation Addendum

– One–liner of the night: “I put the ‘fun’ in funeral.” —Sheldon

– Stop whining, Howard. I learned how to gut fish when I was six. It’s not that gross. They don’t have cooties. Just possible parasites.

– Okay, Amy and Sheldon get one “aww.” JUST one: when he said he actually cared about her. All together now: awwwwwwww.

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  • denna Dec 20, 2012

    The Amy Sheldon episodes are boring as usual.

  • ionee24 Dec 13, 2012

    This is the funnniest sitcom on TV

  • melynn44 Dec 12, 2012

    I'm pretty sure I am just about done with the Big Bang Theory. This episode pretty much made it jump the shark for me.

    I find nothing cute and funny about Amy's behavior, not only in this episode but in previous ones. She has done nothing short of lying, begging, tricking, and manipulating to get Sheldon into an intimate relationship with her. She full well knew what she was getting into in the beginning. I don't find it humorous. I just don't.

    I do have sympathy for her, but I think she should move on to someone else who is willing to start a physical relationship with her because he WANTS to, not because he is being pushed into it.

    Also, as someone said, we have had a handful of scenes or so of Sheldon and Penny being in the same room this season. Their dynamic, whether as friends, enemies, or something entirely different, is sorely missing. Jim and Kaley are toooooo good together to be wasting such comedic potential.

  • JustinJohnson9 Dec 10, 2012

    Hilarious episode as usual. The Amy/Sheldon storyline had me rolling the whole time! The spanking at the end was the icing on the cake for me! Loved it!!

  • ionee24 Dec 09, 2012

    Honestly, I'm even more ready for Amy and Sheldon to do the deed than Amy herself, but then again I'm not Sheldon and, for my life, I can't figure out what hides inside that 'brilliant mind' of his. I'm just glad those two crazy kids are figuring it out as they go along, at their own rythm.

  • shocker713 Dec 09, 2012

    Does anyone else think that eventually, before the show is through, Howard's dad comes back to capitalize on his son's newfound astronaut fame, just so Howard can tell him off?

    Think the end of "The Waterboy," but Jewier.

  • bkto Dec 09, 2012

    the fish they are gutting, penny says you can see the eggs at one time- i'm almost positive but only assuming the fish was store bought. i'm also only assuming, as i'm not a fish and game warden, but you have to release the pregnant fish back, no?

  • shocker713 Dec 09, 2012

    Depends on the fish. I know that's the rule for lobsters and maybe salmon.

  • SarahHagen2 Dec 09, 2012

    I don't know if I'm ready for Amy and Sheldon to do the deed either, as it would involve coercion again on Amy's part, which was weird and borderline creepy in this ep, and it will take away a part of Sheldon's innocence that is an integral part of his character.
    But if it must be done, acceptable forms of presenting this milestone is absolutely NO bedroom scenes- and Sheldon mentioning it in passing, like 'what's the big deal guys?' and Amy describing it as 'aloof but effective.'

  • shocker713 Dec 09, 2012

    I agree with the total lack of any bedroom scenes, however I interpret the aftermath differently, because I believe Sheldon Cooper could be the one person who, even after intercourse with someone he cares about, would do a Walk of Shame. Imagine Leonard in his robe watching Sheldon sulk in, shoes in hand, at 6 on a Saturday morning. Which, as we all know, is Dr. Who time.

  • SarahHagen2 Dec 12, 2012

    At that point it would be Dr Why Bother? ;o)
    Or maybe it would be more interesting if the tables were turned and Sheldon initiated? Possibilities include a crazy chemical imbalance, Mr Spock telling him to in a dream, or he could be back on the idea of gifting humanity with their progeny.

  • shocker713 Dec 14, 2012

    PON FAR!!!

  • SarahHagen2 Dec 16, 2012


  • Zelli42 Dec 09, 2012

    I miss Leonard and Penny drama.
    I also miss hot Penny. Still a good episode, but let us finally open the box and see if there is a future for these two or rather not. It feels like watching HIMYM

  • ionee24 Dec 08, 2012

    I completely agree with cece1012003: it was music especially chose by Amy to set up the mood. Why would the, fairly romantic, girlfriend of Sheldon Cooper use "porno music"?! "Sumthin' Sumthin'" by Maxwell seemed like the perfect choice!

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