The Big Bang Theory

The Shiny Trinket Maneuver

Season 5, Ep 12, Aired 1/12/12
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  • Episode Description
  • Sheldon finds himself in hot water when he doesn't appreciate Amy's recent accomplishment. Howard discovers Bernadette doesn't interact well with children.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Johnny Galecki

    Leonard Hofstadter

  • Jim Parsons

    Sheldon Cooper

  • Kaley Cuoco


  • Simon Helberg

    Howard Wolowitz

  • Kunal Nayyar

    Rajesh Koothrappali

  • Photos (9)
  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • Continuity in Australia

    By SuziHB, Jan 25, 2012

  • The Life of Australian Inhabitants

    By Mike_Schmidt, Jan 23, 2012

  • love sheldon and amy

    By PrinceBlack, Jan 18, 2012

  • Writers getting sloppy

    By KristineBarry, Jan 17, 2012

  • not a bad episode..

    By RajkumarReddy, Jan 16, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Bernadette: I know it makes me sound like a bad person, but I just don't like children.
      Howard: Yeah, no, we all got that. Don't you think it'll be different when the child is ours?
      Bernadette: Right, when it's our kid that's ruined my body and kept me up all night, and I've got no career and no future and nothing to be happy about for the next 20 years, sure, that'll be completely different.

    • Sheldon: Hard as this may be to believe, it's possible that I'm not 'boyfriend material.'

    • Howard: Maybe me and Bernadette aren't right for each other.
      Leonard: Look, Howard, I'd say there's plenty of fish in the sea, but I've watched you dangle your hook in the water for years. Do not throw her back.

    • Sheldon: I may have a whiskey. Do you want anything?
      Leonard: No, I can't, I'm playing Grand Theft Auto later.

    • Leonard: Oh, a little Red Dead Redemption, hmm.
      Sheldon: Yes.
      Leonard: How come you're not doing a mission? You're just wandering around.
      Sheldon: I had a rough night, felt like going for a walk and clear my head.
      Leonard: Some people go outside and do that.

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    Notes (2)

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: July 5, 2012 on Prima COOL; Turkey: October 23, 2012 on CNBC-e; Finland: March 25, 2013 on Sub

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #372.

    Trivia (4)

    • In this episode, we learn that Amy is allergic to Penicillin.

    • When the guys are playing Jenga, Raj makes his move twice.

    • Bernadette says that her mother worked full time and that she had to look after her brothers, and that is why she hates kids. Yet in the episode "The Einstein Approximation" she says that her mother ran an illegal daycare, something she couldn't do if she worked fulltime.

    • The top pieces of the Donkey Kong set were in different positions before and after Raj's speech that just because a man shows care for another man does not mean much.

    Allusions (1)

    • After watching Howard do a magic trick, Raj tells him "there's a seat on the Hogwarts Express with your name on it!" The Hogwarts Express is the name of the train in the Harry Potter series that takes children to Hogwarts in order to learn magic.

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