The Big Bang Theory

The Vacation Solution

Season 5, Ep 16, Aired 2/9/12
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  • Episode Description
  • Forced to use his vacation time, Sheldon dabbles in biology in Amy's lab. Bernadette reveals to the girls that her father wants her to make Howard sign a pre-nup.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Johnny Galecki

    Leonard Hofstadter

  • Jim Parsons

    Sheldon Cooper

  • Kaley Cuoco


  • Simon Helberg

    Howard Wolowitz

  • Kunal Nayyar

    Rajesh Koothrappali

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Lackluster Sheldon makes for BAD TBBT episode

    By SLionsCricket, Sep 15, 2015

  • Sheldon is forced to use his vacation time and Bernadette's father wants her to make Howard sign a pre-nup

    By tigerdude22, Feb 16, 2012

  • it's becoming predictable

    By nnvvaa, Feb 11, 2012

  • Another episode exploiting Sheldon

    By RoshanGeorge, Feb 10, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Sheldon: They tried to make Richard Feynman take a vacation, but he chose instead to expand his mind and learn something new. He went to work in his friend's biology lab. (aside to Howard) Richard Feynman was a famous American physicist—part of the Manhattan Project.
      Howard: Everyone in the world of science knows who Richard Feynman was.
      Sheldon: Now you do, too.

    • Bernadette: (to Howard) Just to be safe, when you talk to [my father] don't bring up Jimmy Carter, gardeners, foreign people, homosexuals, Sean Penn, Vatican II, gun control, organic food, the designated hitter rule, recycling, or the fact that you're Jewish.

    • Amy: You know, the connection between marriage and money is nothing new. In fact, the term "wed" referred to the money in livestock the groom paid the bride's father. For example, you're adorable, intelligent, and a good earner. I could conservatively see you going for at least two oxen and a goose. (to Penny) You would fetch a unicorn.

    • Penny: If I ever do get married, no Klingon invitations.
      Leonard: Good luck catching a man with that attitude.

    • Amy: I'm excited to work with my boyfriend. It's gonna be romantic!
      Sheldon: Way to kill the mood.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: July 12, 2012 on PrimaCOOL; Turkey: November 20, 2012 on CNBC-e; Finland: April 29, 2013 on Sub

    • Music: "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #377.

    Trivia (3)

    • The music is playing, Leonard is singing, Sheldon pops up out of the backseat, and in a nut shell tells him to turn down the music, and the music turns off without Leonard taking his hands off the wheel.

    • It seem unusual that when Sheldon accidently cut his thumb while cutting part of the brain he did not say ouch and it also look as though he didn't feel anything when his thumb got cut.

    • Amy directs Sheldon to wash "beakers" in her lab, but on the tray she motions towards only one item on the tray is a beaker; the rest are flasks.

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