The Big Bang Theory "The Spoiler Alert Segmentation" Review: How to Live With Sheldon Cooper (for the Rest of Your Life)

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Feb 08, 2013

The Big Bang Theory S06E15: "The Spoiler Alert Segmentation"

I’m not sure how Leonard managed to get through 2005 without learning that Dumbledore died at the end of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, but maybe he’s just really phobic about spoilers. Given his response to Sheldon ruining the ending of the novel for him, maybe that’s the case or maybe—probably—Leonard’s apparent overreaction was just a logical response to years of pent up frustration concerning life with Sheldon. I can’t imagine Sheldon’s easy to live with, but as a difficult roommate myself (my college roommate was a saint, I tell you, a SAINT) I found myself in the weird position of sympathizing with Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Whaaaaaat?

A quality roommate is hard to find. There’s so much more to it than, “You’re a nerd. I’m a nerd. Let’s shack up in glorious nerd-vana.” You have to make sure your new roommate won’t hawk your textbooks for beer money or run your laptop through the dishwasher out of spite. Showering is a plus. An understanding of the things that lead to an ant infestation is also good. It’s not enough just to be friends. A lot of times, friends who share a lease are no longer friends by the time that lease is up. Sheldon and Leonard have worked out for years because they get each other, or at the very least, Leonard gets Sheldon and is willing to make allowances for the sake of peace.

It’s perfectly understandable that years of catering to Sheldon’s quirks would eventually catch up to Leonard, even over something as silly as a spoiler for a book that came out eight years ago. EIGHT YEARS AGO, LEONARD. There was a movie, too. It was kind of a big deal. Also understandable? Sheldon’s sheer panic once he realized what taking on a new roommate would entail. And once that new roommate appeared to be Amy Farrah Fowler herself, his roommate panic combined with relationship panic to create a volatile reaction.

Leonard didn’t fare much better with his escape plan. Even though the initial conflict that set “The Spoiler Alert Segmentation” in motion was specific to Leonard and Sheldon, the episode came to say more about Leonard and Sheldon’s relationships with the women in their lives than it did about their relationship with each other. We’ve had six seasons to understand that relationship. I think we’ve got it down. But in many ways, Amy/Sheldon and Leonard/Penny are still mysteries. Both couples have been rather stagnant for so long that it can be frustrating to watch, but The Big Bang Theory eased that frustration by pointing out the disastrous effects of moving forward before everyone is ready.

You don’t shack up with your girlfriend just because your regular roommate pisses you off, LEONARD. Also, you do not manipulate your still-has-issues-with-hugging boyfriend into inviting you to cohabitate, AMY. (Though she gets bonus points for having enough common sense to stick herself in Leonard’s old room, rather than jumping on the opportunity to awkwardly cuddle every night away.)

Amy is a perfect girlfriend for Sheldon in many ways. She’s very perceptive to his needs and for the longest time, she's been overwhelmingly willing to do things his way with little “payoff” for herself. But she’s getting frustrated. I’d have been right there with her during her outburst when Sheldon finally admitted that she just can’t live with him (and sure, I still cheered a little bit), but given what we learned about Sheldon’s feelings toward Amy last week, it was also kind of sad. He really does care about her. He’s admitted to seeing, sort of, the intimate future that Amy so desperately wants. But he’s just not ready for it yet. You can’t rush that.

Leonard, well, I just don’t know what he was thinking. His behavior could have been right up there with that random marriage proposal last season on the list of “things that make Penny consider dumping him.” But perhaps as a testament to Penny’s own growth lately, she just humored Leonard’s intentions until everything resolved itself. Thanks for not being a drama queen, Penny. Fo real.

Elsewhere, Howard and Bernadette went to a retreat with Bernadette’s company as a reward for her brilliance in rebranding a dandruff shampoo with unfortunate side effects as a great constipation medication. Howard asked Raj to visit his mom because she was depressed about her dentist boyfriend dumping her. We actually got our first ever Mrs. Wolowitz sighting which, though intentionally blurry, like a snapshot of bigfoot in the wild, was actually everything I imagined she would be because yay stereotypes. Loved the muumuu. After getting drunk on cream sherry, Raj woke up in Howard’s bed and tried to escape. He was unsuccessful. What are the odds he’s tied to a bed with two broken legs next week?

The Stray Observation Addendum

– One-liner of the night: “Feelings? What do I look like, a hippie at a love-in?” —Sheldon

– “Good buddy Leonard! Good buddy Leonard!” I love all the variations on Sheldon’s knocks.

– Howard’s entire rant about clubbing in Hollywood was amazing. His anecdote about how Bernadette got invited to a fancy corporate thing in Vegas was scary. Bernadette is scary. Raj asked, “Is there a GOOD anal leakage?” and I would really love to know Bernie’s take on that because again, she is terrifying.

– Poll time yay! We seem to be inching closer and closer to outright showing Howard’s mother on screen. What do you say? Should we see her face or should she always remain a mystery? Was this glimpse just enough?

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  • sduvoisin Feb 11, 2013

    I liked this episode a lot. However in my opinion Leonard needed to think about boundaries. You don't move in with anyone without talking to them about it first (girlfriend or no). Penny needed to A) Take a chill bill. Your boyfriend is across the hall and you do struggle financially. Having someone to help pay the bills when you see him every-day isn't that bad a thing. And B) Grow a pair and tell him you aren't cool with it. When your boyfriend is pushy you gotta say something about it.

    On Spoilers - yeah Harry Potter is kinda old news but sometimes people don't pay attention to "news" as it's breaking (others have made similiar arguments in their comments). When a friend of mine is reading a book that I've already read I always ask them, "Where are you in the book?" or "What's going on?" Then you can have a conversation without spoiling anything. I also usually like throwing in a random, "Hey something big is about to go down." On one level it was shocking that Sheldon would spoil that because he's the King of not letting people spoil stuff for him (remember when he freaked out when Stuart told him the new Clash would blow his mind) on the other hand it makes complete sense that Sheldon would offer up any knowledge he posessed on any topic regardless of whether he is asked or not.

  • stofeu Feb 10, 2013

    I've seen her face plenty o'times when she was Joey's agent on friends thanx :)

  • swanny16 Feb 11, 2013

    Pretty sure they're two different actors. Carol Ann Susi plays Mrs Wolowitz and June Gable portrayed Estelle.

  • stofeu Feb 11, 2013

    my bad if that's the case cuz I also found their voices so alike :(

  • smorbie Aug 08, 2013

    You have seen her, though. She had a role on a Seinfeld episode where George was dating his unemployment worker's daughter in an effort to gain an extension.

  • mcepin3 Feb 10, 2013

    Knowing that this is comedy show,there are times,rare times,that I wish someone would really get pissed and this is one of those times,that Amy delivered it. I mean she smashed it. Killed it:D "THEN WHAT THE HELL SHELDON!?!!?!?" My thoughts and rage same as Amy's:D But answers followed so all is cool now:D
    I figured,that these two would be the next at some point, after Howard and Bernadette,that would move in thogeter and I was dooped,for thinking it might happen in this episode. One question I had at end of episode is,if Amy now lives with Penny?

    About spoilers...if you don't watch something and you aren't interested,it is quite easy to miss spoilers,just because at that time,when something doesn't interest you,you don't consider as spoiler and is one of those things,that you forget about as time goes by. It's even easier,if character has crazy name,that if you hear it only once or twice and can't pronounce it at the time,mind plays tricks with you and comes up with something new:D

    Another awsome episode. I did vote no on Mrs. Wolowitz's face,but as I am thinking about it,I think face doesn't really matter much,since we have seen size of Mrs. Wolowitz and that was always "elephant in the room",right? It was always talk about her weight and all jokes relating to that theme.

  • AnjelicaTrinida Feb 10, 2013

    Well, my problem of what you said about Amy is this: She wasn't thinking about actually living with Sheldon, as in the step that's towards being in a more intimate relationship. I saw it as her being his ROOMMATE. She's excited with the idea that she could live closer to her boyfriend by actually getting the soon-to-be vacant room. If she was thinking of something else, she would have said live-in partner. She was thinking rather technically and not romantically, since all the things she was describing were the advantages of her being his roommate, i.e. knowing his schedule, his food preferences, another scientist, and she tolerates him more than Leonard does. She was not thinking of the romantic implications given she was excited for Leonard's room, and did not even push him or merely suggested they share a bedroom.

    Sheldon's problem here was that she IS the perfect roommate but that actually living WITH Amy for him is a step towards a more intimate part of their relationship that he isn't ready for yet. He wasn't able to tell her at first that she can't live with him because she gave good logical reasons as to why she is the perfect roommate. Because he knows what living with your girlfriend actually means. This time, it was him who was thinking more ahead in their relationship whereas Amy was looking at the "roommate" possibility. It's quite surprising, that in this case, if Amy were to actually live with him, it means they have progressed even more further in their relationship, like being live-in partners or being married and such.

  • angeleys151 Feb 09, 2013

    Maybe Mrs. Wolowitz should be shown in the very last episode every but that's it.

  • Veronikamdov Feb 09, 2013

    Actually about spoilers- I was quite suprised they leaked out that Lori died...that episode wasn´t so long friend was pissed about that spoiler:)

  • JustinJohnson0 Feb 09, 2013

    Mrs. Wolowitz is the Mr. Wilson of TBBT!

  • sleepy-sonic Feb 09, 2013

    We should never see Mrs Wolowitz if this glimpse was too much for me. She should stay just a voice so anyone could imagine her the way he wants

  • Fireheart-tm Feb 09, 2013

    Still waiting for The Big Bang Theory The Movie

  • Fireheart-tm Feb 09, 2013

    Carol Ann Susi (the vioce of Howard's mother) would need some serious make up prosthetics to make her look like how Howard's mother is described.

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