The Big Bang Theory "The Habitation Configuration" Review: What Do You Do With a Drunken Sheldon?

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Nov 09, 2012

The Big Bang Theory S06E07: “The Habitation Configuration”

Ah yes, that awkward moment when one of your guy friends insults your ladyfriend and she wants you to defend her honor.

Or not all that awkward, if you’re Sheldon Cooper and you fail to comprehend what you did wrong—assuming Sheldon did anything wrong.

Fine, for the sake of argument, he was wrong. But for the sake of fairness, Amy was wearing her bossy pants and didn’t know the first thing about being an acting coach/director anyway. Still, Sheldon made a mistake. Luckily, he eventually came to make things right through the magic of alcohol.

During a very special segment of Sheldon Cooper Presents: Fun with Flags, Wil Wheaton guest-starred to “set phasers to fun” and explore the various flags seen in the Star Trek franchise. Amy was directing and went a little bit overboard in her coaching of “national treasure” Wil Wheaton. Wil got grumpy, as his smarmy The Big Bang Theory alternate persona is wont to do. Amy demanded that Sheldon make Wheaton leave. Sheldon refused. CONFLICT!

Meanwhile, over at Casa Wolowitz, Bernadette finally put her foot down and demanded that Howard move his stuff out of his mom’s house. After Penny put her two cents in, telling Bernadette that Howard will never leave his mother, Howard realized the issue was one of those pesky "big" ones that could potentially destroy his marriage. Bernadette felt strongly that she and Howard needed to have their own space. He finally agreed and enlisted Leonard and Raj to help him pack.

“The Habitation Configuration” ended up being an episode about concessions, because while Penny and Leonard are perpetually stuck in the awkward early-dating phase of their relationship, Sheldon/Amy and Howard/Bernadette are ready for the advanced classes. Their relationships are more evolved and their problems are more complicated. In both of their conflicts, it was hard to see a distinct right or wrong party.

Bernadette wanted Howard to move out of his mother’s house, but there was nothing inherently wrong with continuing to live there, especially once Howard revealed his reason for remaining so close and loyal to Momma Wolowitz—when his father left, he took it upon himself to fill the void and make sure she wasn’t lonely. Now, certainly that opens up a whole slew of co-dependency issues, but it doesn’t change the fact that she’s overbearing, or that Howard’s (and Bernadette’s!) happiness shouldn’t be compromised to ensure Momma Bear stays happy, etc. However, it also adds a sweetness to Howard’s character that extends beyond his usual characterization of “sex-crazed momma’s boy.”

While Bernadette’s change of mind was a predictably convenient “out” for Howard in the whole cohabitation debacle, it was still a big moment of maturity for her, as she's often portrayed as a similarly demanding Momma Wolowitz-lite.

Sheldon and Amy’s conflict was more complicated, just by virtue of being a Sheldon and Amy conflict. Amy was being a nitpicking pain in the ass during the taping of Fun with Flags, but Wil Wheaton was totally rude and she had a right to be upset. Any other non-sucky boyfriend would have probably at least asked Wheaton to apologize, but since Sheldon is Sheldon, you can’t help but feel at least a teensy bit bad for him for being stuck in the middle; he sincerely had no idea how to respond to the situation.

To Sheldon's credit, once Leonard helped him figure out that Amy really was mad at him, he tried to make it better. However, the complete box series of Star Trek: The Next Generation was not the answer. Getting drunk and letting his Texas swagger—his barely there Texas swagger—hang out was the answer. Amy is very understanding of Sheldon’s quirks and she realizes that she isn’t dating a regular guy. But sometimes, she just wants him to be a regular guy.

After chugging a steady procession of Long Island Iced Teas during a pep-talk with Penny, Sheldon decided to confront Wil Wheaton about his slight against Sheldon’s “lady.” Then he puked in Wil's bushes. CONFLICT RESOLVED!

Sort of. During the next taping of Fun with Flags, Amy got bossy with guest LeVar Burton. What do you think Sheldon should get tanked on for his NEXT apology tour?

The Stray Observation Addendum

– One-liner of the night: “I can’t ask him to leave. He’s a minor celebrity. Many people recognize him once you explain who he is.” —Sheldon on Wil Wheaton.

– Exchange of the night: Amy: “He was overacting on purpose!” Sheldon: “Really? He reminded me of a young William Shatner.”

– I literally LOLed when Sheldon lost count of how many times he'd knocked on Wil Wheaton’s door.

– Oh Bernadette, lightsabers make excellent living room decorations... not that I would know anything about that.

– Okay, fine. We have a Mace Windu lightsaber on our mantle and aren’t the least bit ashamed of it.

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  • Xaviersx Jun 16, 2015

    Amy made the bigger mistake and hung her hat on being the 'girlfriend'. She insulted both Wheaton and Burton and Burton far sooner than the first. She acknowledged she wasn't an expert in said field of film but took to criticizing persons long professional in entertainment. And it wasn't her project, it was Sheldon's, to which, he was perfectly happy with how his Flag show was going until Amy stepped all over it. Seems more like she has issues with Sheldon's love of Star Trek and his adoration of its stars . . she wasn't a good girlfriend, she was a spoiled girl feeling spurned by her own imaginings. So, I didn't care much for her in the episode.

  • StephaniePea Nov 11, 2012

    Let's just take a moment to appreciate Wil's 'The Guild' shirt.

  • DavidJackson8 Nov 11, 2012

    This was a pretty funny episode overall. There were a few lines here and there that made me smirk (smirk is about as far as I can get with TBBT now). While I normally adore Amy, I hated her in this episode. She was totally in the wrong, and as someone who also likes to think logically, I don't think Sheldon should have had to apologize to her. Then again, maybe that's why I'm currently single. Well, maybe not... I've been called boring, cheap, stupid, lame, and ugly when being broke up with, but never 'too logical'. :)

  • sduvoisin Nov 10, 2012

    Amy was being over-bearing and controling. I hate this idea that you have to back your girlfriend even when she's wrong. (Although I don't have a girlfriend so maybe I've been doing it wrong all these years.)

    I really thought when Howard unpacked his things Bernadette would've hated the stuff up in their place so much she would've been like, "Maybe it isn't so bad to keep things at your Mom's house." The other outcome was unexpected but enjoyable.

    Penny & Leonard need to ge their act together and by that I really mean Penny. She could be happy with Leonard if she would just let herself.

    I have some friends who have a Darth Vader Saber on their Mantle so that's not as uncommon as some might think.

  • JemmaBeedie Nov 13, 2012

    Back up in public, chastise in private. :)

  • ch0c0nutz Nov 10, 2012

    lol @ having a light saber as decoration and i do love the idea!

  • Shreela Nov 10, 2012

    IMO, Sheldon should have pulled Amy aside to tell her to chillax well before Wil got grumpy. Amy's always manipulating to fill some imagined void. I wish they would have used a drunk Sheldon more before he fertilized Wil's bushes. I hope Howard's Mom tells them she was hoping they'd get their own place (so she can have more dentist house calls LOL).

  • JustinJohnson9 Nov 10, 2012

    Hilarious episode. Sheldon downing those long island ice tea's had me rolling!!! I also laughed at Amy's criticizing of Wil Wheaton. Sorry, but that was so funny to me.

  • thechosenonecj Nov 10, 2012

    ok so when does this show get funny?

    I watch every episode just trying to finally find it funny but it just never happens.

  • mnementh01 Nov 10, 2012

    Stop watching! Sorted!

  • thechosenonecj Nov 11, 2012

    Sounds like a plan Batman

  • hockeyrick Nov 10, 2012

    get rid of the insane "laugh track!"

  • mnementh01 Nov 10, 2012

    How many times does it need to be said?


  • IGotMoose Nov 10, 2012

    It's a live audience - been twice myself. Tickets are free (though go quick).

  • hockeyrick Nov 13, 2012

    they play a laugh track to the viewing audience, same as Daily show/colbert,---- then just use the in house laugh!! Lets see how that would sound!!!!!

    Then do you guys then laugh so loudly and uncontrolably (is that a word) that we hear ???

  • smorbie Nov 10, 2012

    Is it just me or does the BBT gang spend a lot of time solving problems with alcohol? I was really worried about Penny for a while, cause that's the way she handles everything in her life.

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