The Big Bang Theory "The Egg Salad Equivalency" Review: The One Where Sheldon Gets What's Coming to Him

The Big Bang Theory S06E12: “The Egg Salad Equivalency”

Schadenfreude! Dear, sweet schadenfreude! After six seasons of chalking up Sheldon’s general suckiness as a friend and, at times, a human being, to “Sheldon being Sheldon,” Dr. Cooper finally did his dickhead routine for the wroooong audience. Twice. Or maybe thrice? Yes, I think the final tally stands at three times where Sheldon Cooper didn’t know when to just STFU: worst sex-ed ever with lady-assistant Alex, followed up by two terrible trips to Human Resources where he quickly steered the situation from bad to worse simply by being himself—which is, of course, the beauty of the situation. Was Sheldon trying to make Alex uncomfortable during his lecture? Certainly not. Sheldon was “just being Sheldon.”

But sometimes less is more and that proclamation also extends to Amy Farrah-Fowler, who seemed to barely make an appearance this week after showing up everywhere in the episodes preceding the hiatus. I love Amy, but after the creepy spanking and the needy girlfriend routine and the abundance of awkward that is as much a part of Amy’s character as Howard’s mommy issues and Raj’s inability to talk to people with vajayjays are to theirs, just a dash of Amy, rather than dumping the entire bottle into the soup, was definitely the right call. Sheldon talking about STDs ensured we had plenty to cringe at. And besides, Leonard and Penny haven’t made me pull my hair out in a while.

Speaking of those two, that epic role reversal was a long time coming and it was so delightful that if “The Egg Salad Equivalency” was the last we'll see of it, I’ll be sorely disappointed. The perpetual “will-they-won’t-they” couple of The Big Bang Theory, Leonard and Penny aren’t allowed to hook up in any permanent sense until the show’s dying days. That’s just how it is. JD and Elliot eventually got there on Scrubs, and Barney and Robin are finally getting there on How I Met Your Mother. It’s fate, but fate is going to make Penny and Leonard break up a few more times because, IDK, rules or something.

You gotta keep it FRESH, though. The problem with dangling Leonard and Penny week after week hasn’t so much been the dangling, but that they're always dangled over the same pit of sharks with lasers on their frickin heads: Penny met a guy and Leonard felt threatened. Leonard realized that Penny was hot and Leonard felt threatened. Leonard acted like a creepy overbearing stalker because he felt threatened... and Penny felt threatened. The dynamics never change and the characters never grow. Sure, The Big Bang Theory is not some big, sweeping drama where we should expect the characters to make like Pokemon and evolve accordingly, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to let them level up from time to time. Howard Wolowitiz a great example. He’s married now and he went to space and proved to his friends that he’s super-awesome even though he doesn’t have a PhD, but he’s still kind of a creepy horndog who's prone to getting upset when people don’t acknowledge his impressive accomplishments. He’s still recognizably Howard.

So Alex finally made her move and hit on Leonard by inviting him to a lecture and he turned her down because he was loyal to Penny. However, loyalty aside, Leonard loved the new-to-him experience of being desired by two attractive women at the same time. That’s cool. It’s not like he acted on it, right? Right.

Enter Penny’s threat-alarm blaring in the distance. Also jealousy, because she might be hot, but Alex is hot AND brainy. Be afraid, Penny. Be very afraid.

Well, probably not. Leonard shot Alex down the first time around and asserted his devotion to Penny without a second thought, so realistically, Team Leonard/Penny is probably just fine. However, Alex is a worthy opponent and Penny knows it. Just like so many of Penny’s male friends have given Leonard a cause for concern in the past—both justifiably and unjustifiably so—Alex is the threat-that-isn’t-really-a-threat-unless-someone-makes-her-one. So much of Leonard’s overbearing behavior toward Penny comes from his belief that she’s the only chance he has to have a relationship with a beautiful, desirable woman. It will be interesting to see how he reacts to having two equally desirable options, particularly if Alex continues to wage her campaign of actually pursuing him.

That is, if she doesn’t quit working for Sheldon first. After his amazing, fully illustrated, jealousy-driven STD lecture and the HR Office encore—featuring That Time Sheldon Called the Black HR Lady a “slave”—Sheldon quickly threw his fellow socially stunted friends under the HR bus (intentionally or not), earning them all severe warnings and a spot in the latest section of the online sexual harassment seminar. Then he declared that he just didn’t have time to waste on such silly matters and ordered his poor assistant to take the class for him. The boy just doesn’t learn.


What'd you think of the episode?



The Stray Observation Addendum


– One-liner of the night, Sheldon’s “Your ovaries are squirting so much goofy juice into your brain that you don’t know which way is up,” for use of the term “goofy juice.”

– Personally, Alex, I thought the egg salad comparison was hysterical, but I’m a bad person.

– Of course Sheldon gets to be “Einstein Von Brainstorm” in his story. Of course he does.

– “Sheldon Cooper's Council of Ladies” might make a good supervillain team name... but only if the women all dress like fembots and Sheldon wears a leisure suit and a fake ‘stache.

– Janine the Human Resources Lady was awesome and I’d like to see her more plz kthnx.

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I thought it was just another episode. Nothing special about it. It was nice to see Leonard and Penny having their roles reversed. I get that it was nice for Leonard and that upset Penny but Leonard should not have rubbed it in her face and then again Penny should not have been so angry. Not after all the guys in her life that made Leonard feel threatened. Luckily they both acted pretty grown up in the end. I'm so tired of them breaking up all the time over who knows what.

But Alex blaming Sheldon of sexual harassment? She's his assistant and knows that he's completely clueless about what not to say to another human being. Ok, he crossed the line. What ever... On the other hand maybe it was time for Sheldon to get what was coming to him.

But yeah, nothing big happened. The episode didn't really give much. No bigger plotline going on (not that I remember anyway). Still fun to watch.
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I liked the episode, I thought the whole thing was great including Leonard's "apology". Am I the only one who thought that was his way of pointing out to Penny that she's being hypocritical without being argumentative?

My fav line of the night: "I'm a femanist; I don't notice how many breasts a robot has"
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Not a big fan of what this episode was saying about Leonard and Penny as people. Leonard was feeling good because a cool, good-looking girl hit on him. Um.....that's natural? He didn't act on it and he didn't want to act on it. But it did make him feel good. Congrats, he's human. Everybody likes to feel desirable. And Penny would feel exactly the same way (and has) and would tell Leonard that it was no big deal and not to worry about it (and she has). She wouldn't mind it at all if a guy hit on her, and hasn't in the past, but yet she gets mad at Leonard that it made him feel good? He had to apologize to her about it? Whatevs. Shallow and hypocritical for Penny, and a tad pathetic for Leonard with a failure to recognize the inequality and unfairness present in his relationship.
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the episode was kinda boring, the sheldon and hr was over done and despite his issues surely someone would of gagged him heck even slapped him silly...

it was predictable all the way through no surprises at all..

and i think it was pretty close to being racist...
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i want to meet penny's brother; leonards other siblings, sheldons brother and last but not least: I WANT TO MEET HOWARDS MOTHER! HOOOOOOOOOWAAAAAARRRRRRRD!
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What i fail to understand is why so many are threatening to start a march on washington over this episode. For starters sheldon was reffering to all woman as slaves in regards to responding to biological urges and when it sounded like he was making he racial towards regina he immediately tried to correct the misunderstanding. and i think we all need to keep in mind that sheldon is socialy "'disabled'' for the most part and to also consider his upbringing.

Other than that the episode was damn good laughed until i cried and nearly choked on a cheereo.
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Sheldon, Sheldon, Sheldon, Sheldon....

He was so lost, it made me wonder why wasn't he accused of tsomething like his sooner.
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you just complain a lot... sorry dude.
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Wow. That glasses can be sexy is hardly news, but THAT sexy, that is unusual.
Whoever says Penny is stupid don't get her at all. That was deliberate and rehearsed and very very well done.

Niels Bohr's motto was, "Contraria sunt complementa". Or in laymans terms, "opposites attract". Leonard doesn't need a partner who's book smart,he gets that at work, he needs one with social skills. Penny is a perfect match.

I think there might have been some other funny stuff in this episode that was funny, but it seems to have slipped my mind completely.

Molecules!
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penny is nothing but a sex object to leonard get a clue.
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how about you get a clue tv addict ?

she's the resident hottie for the show true and the love interest for leonard... she maybe be a bit dim but she has street smarts some may argue thats better..

and are you stuck in some male chauvanist pig era ? women should be treated as equals and respected unlike trolls like you.
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I liked this episode! Didn't think Sheldon really got what was coming to him. I like Alex and want her to be a more interesting part of the show, also want to see the "female slave guidance counselor" back for many episodes....in a weird turn of events I really want some egg salad!
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Not me. I think I'm off egg salad. I just keep thinking of it sitting out in the hot sun
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If Sheldon Cooper's Council of Ladies doesn't become an actual t-shirt, they don't know a cash cow when they see one.
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I'm surprised it's not already on Thinkgeek.
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I just went and checked this site....it has awsome things there....thank you for informing me of it:D Not because of Sheldon's t-shirt(really NOT,because of that reason,but I imagine it would get tons of laugh,when people would saw it...either laughing with you or at you:P ),but because I was interested what it has to offer
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Ahh sorry, you'll retract that thanks after you wreck a few paychecks there...
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what's wrong with buying something just for yourself and your soul? If you are a fan of something(tv show,game,band,...) and wanna get something connecting it to that and it makes you happy,brings good memories to you, I say it is worth it. Thank you will stay there no matter what:D
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Loved the episode, on spot and fuuny; also loved the pokemon comments. BTW, you forgot Ross and Rachel.
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"Molecules."
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Episodes like these make me realize I fdon't really like Amy & Bernadette. The less the better. Keep the focus on the boys & penny.
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The show would have died a while back if it had stayed fixed on the guys and Penny.

This show is consistantly the highest rated comedy because it actually DOES evolve and like it or not, the show wins BECAUSE it isn't just about geeks and nerdy behaviour.
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I have no problem,if episode centers around Amy or Bernadette. They are great for show and make it better. They killed it(in a good way:D ) in that episode for Sheldon's car spot. I think show is still focused on boys and knows when and how much to use Amy and Bernadette, Stuart,Alex,Wil Wheaton.etc.
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The show has always been about them. As it should be. Ensemble casts work well with a group of 4, 5 or 6. When you expand beyond that it's hard to give everyone good stories, funny jokes, and decent plots. I like Amy and Bernadette for what they are. Plot devices to further Sheldon and Howard along as characters. As stand alone individuals....not that interesting.
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This episode i thought was am improvement on the last few. As a fan of Southland I was excited to see Regina King and she was amazing. I also loved when Penny made the comment about looking at the science classes but not signing up for them because looked to boring. That is so Penny. But mostly I agree that Janine needs to come back, along with Sheldon and especially Leonard's mothers.
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Oh, yeah. Love the moms. They make the episodes in which they appear. I especially love the way Sheldon's mom can get him to o things.
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arghhh! "do" things.Hey guys! We need an edit button here
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Why was Leonard made to go to the HR lady when anything he said, he said to his male friends and not at the University (that's where they work, right?!). Also, what exactly did Howard accomplish in space, all he seemed to do was whine like a right wuss ?
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he went to space...that was the accomplisment.
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Technically, he was sort of bragging in the university cafeteria.
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Very funny episode to me. The HR bit with Sheldon and the rep had me LMFAO! I also loved Leonard's apology song with the cello. I have to agree, it's not often that Penny is jealous or insecure of a woman having a crush on Leonard, unlike the other way around. I was fun and quite refreshing to see that. I know Leonard would never cheat on Penny (good man!), but seeing him have two women crushing on him was great to see, and his reaction to it was great too. I would've been the same way.
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To be honest, I felt quite defensive with Sheldon against Alex. Why would she accuse him of sexual harassment if she knew he is very eccentric person? Even though it was very clear that she was the one making advances at Leonard. She should be the one in trouble with HR.

But I did dislike the fact that they made Sheldon sound almost like a misogynist, or at least someone who thinks male are superior. I've always thought that he only thinks of himself as the superior to everyone.
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i think one would have to be in alex's place in order to really give an answer.
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as this question came to my mind,show did kinda explain it in episode itself. While Sheldon didn't make a move on Alex or anything like that to make it sexual harassment,HR considers more than hitting on someone counting as sexual harassment. Like "making" your assistant reading book about sexual diseases and such. Even though she knew what kind of person he is, it seems that was a straw,that broke camel's back. In one of episodes we saw her raging mad,when she had to go and change jeans or pencil.Forgot what it was. It was episode,where Sheldon went to basement to play with ball. She is more than qualified for being just an assistant and she is probably thinking,if working for Sheldon will help her get further in her career. He keeps making her do this small,random things and I think it is getting on her nerves.
Plus,if she didn't accuse him,we wouldn't get those awsome HR scenes:D
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another awsome episode and best one of season 6 yet...for me. HR scenes had me laughing so loud and watched them at least 5 times. Leonard playing and singing-> little gem right there...that was awsome. Alex is great addition to TBBT and have no probelms, if she stays.
LOVE,LOVE,LOVE YA TBBT!!!
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damn Kaley looks hot with glasses
"Molecules" never sounded so sexy
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I agree with you.
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I was reading how some people hate the show, how it's about laughing AT nerds and not with them. That's it's like "black face, but for Nerds." I don't think that's anywhere near a valid remark.

I think we all can be laughed at without it being mean. For example: I am a nerd. Among my various nerd things is even though I am an Adult male I still read comics. Lots. Probably as much as the characters. I realize that socially, that's strange but I don't care. And even I laugh at myself at how into comics I am and such, or SciFi, or whatever. I enjoy it, but I also laugh at how INTO it I am.

One of my favorite moments in the show is how it paralleled something I did in real life. There was a scene a while back where Sheldon was helping Penny pick out a comic for a nephew or something. And he started spouting all of these facts, trivia, and questions about comics in general: about Crisis / Post Crisis / 52 / etc.... Going WAY to far into it, and it sounded like gibberish to the casual viewer.

I'd started on a rant like that to a friend months prior to the episode, going a bit overboard (probably as overboard as Sheldon). Talking about what had been happening in DC comics the last few years, all after a couple of polite questions. At some point I stopped, cursed, laughed, and said Jeez that was just really bad and I probably sounded like a mental patient. My friend was laughing at that part and friendly said "Nerd!"

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Among my many nerd things is that I have to tell you "adult" should not be capitalized in your post. Neither should the word "nerds" in the preceding paragraph.
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The Big Bang Theory Analysis = waste of time. It's a smart-silly rom-com that either you enjoy or you don't. I happen to like it, and there's something in every episode that's made me laugh out loud. That is the essence of a successful, enjoyable comedy - not as an analytical exercise. I do enough of that at work.
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I totally agree. I think when the powers that be are assigning shows for review, they should give the assignment to someone who enjoys and gets the show.
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I swear to God if you people scare her off of reviewing this show I am going to pay her to write them just for me.
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Really think you are giving us too much credit here. I'm pretty sure her job is safe.
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Part of a good community editor's job is to interact and engage with the audience. More importantly, writers are supposed to know their audience and write for that audience. Bias is problematic in journalism, but I wouldn't classify reviews at TV.COM as journalism. It's community engagement. Note that "news" is not the primary purpose of this site. This doesn't mean a community editor can't have her own thoughts, opinions and ideas. It simply means putting them forward in a way that truly engages those of us folks reading and spending time on TV.COM

My concern is this: if we really want to analyze the existence of layered meanings; archetypal, known personas; and off-putting moments on a weekly rom-com we're analyzing known and mostly agreed upon issues that are the norm for any rom-com half hour on TV.

What is unique and fascinating about TBBT has more to do with the content of its character - what it brings to us in terms of science, scientists, science fiction, geek culture - this show has had Stephen Hawking (twice), Neil deGrasse Tyson, Steve Wozniak, George Smoot, Mike Massimo, Buzz Aldrin - science and aeronautic champions!

From Science fiction: Wil Wheaton (Semi-regular), George Takei, Katee Sackhoff, Brent Spiner... my goodness - is this not where the real intrigue and charm of TBBT lives? How the characters interact with the very exciting worlds of science, technology and creativity.

TBBT improves people's awareness of cool people as well as cool things like Vexillology, Higgs-Boson, CERN, space travel and exploration. That's really where the genius of this show lies - you get all that AND you get to do it while laughing like a little kid.
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You've hit on the fundamental problem with reviewing sitcoms. If you don't analyze them, and there isn't much to analyze, there is nothing to talk about. That's why Lily had to review 4 at a time to get enough material for one article last year.
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well do so....give us someone else to review this show and you pay her and she will write review just for you via personal messages,so we have the luxury of not reading it. Problem solved. Win-win situation!
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But then Tim would never get to review anything...
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Good point. But we love Tim. Even when he is disagreeable, he is very, very funny. He gets cookies for that.
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I agree. I like Tim's work a lot too. But Price takes the Prize at TV.COM - along with all of us who contribute our thoughts and content every day. :D
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Absolutely. Price Peterson is a great example - I actually check multiple times on Thursdays in anticipation of his American Horror Story photo recaps. They are an absolute joy to read.

While old school journalism frowns on bias, TV.COM is not primarily a news site, rather, a community site, and as such it is here to serve the community, not itself.
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I do the same thing.
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I agree....there won't be any "life changing" song at the end of episode or crying their eyes out. That is what people are just not getting. If character is socially awkward(in this example meaning mostly Sheldon),makes kinda creepy statements(Amy),being blond hottie(Penny ) and so on... writers play on this things and insead of shying away from them or whatever,they use them and turn them into funny and comical situations. Period. TBBT needs no big explosions,sad songs,characters deaths to keep people coming back to show. Just pure,simple,smart funny comedy show! And great characters as well as development of them(in 6-8 months Raj would talk to Alex:P:P).
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just so people understand...when I wrote being blond hottie, I meant blond as in dumb-dumb blond,that's why I didn't include Bernadette....she is also a hottie. But Penny isn't really dumb,just that jokes do fall on her of not knowing and being "dumb-dumb" of the group.
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One of the best shows of all time had a rule. "No hugging, no learning." That was Seinfeld's motto, and it served the show well. I don't necessarily thing all shows should be like that. And it has been nice that Howard has grown as a character. Sheldon also has grown. He has learned to accept that he has a need for my beloved Amy. That was huge growth for someone who doesn't really want to be around anyone. It is expecting too much for him to understand all of the people around him, especially someone he considers to be a an inferior whose whole purpose is to assist him. He doesn't have that kind of insight. As for his own actions, he has no insight there, either. As much as Maryann dislikes it, Sheldon is who he is.
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you obviously haven't been paying close enough attention to Amy and Sheldons relationship, but, carry on.
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The fact that he has her as his girlfriend so she can't go out with anyone else says it all to me. I don't expect Sheldon to act like Leonard (or any other man) about the girl he loves. Sheldon is just very, very different from other men.
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arghh again
think" not "thing". I'm a moron
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Everyone!

Shame there's no Smilies.
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Hey, who agreed that I'm a moron?
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Another good and funny episode. TBBT is on a roll, what is that like 7 or 8 in a row now? They have really hit their stride.

Sheldon was pure gold in this episode, every scene he had was awesome.

Leonard and Penny were also good in this episode. I liked seeing Penny a little insecure, and I liked that Leonard was really digging the extra attention. (I think he didn't catch on to Alex earlier because it took so long for Penny to notice him in that way. With Alex it took a few months, without them really spending any significant time together. I think that Leonard was oblvious to Alex's advances becasue he wasn't looking for it or expecting it).

Raj, Howard, Amy and Bernadette didn't have much to do or say, but what they did get they made the most of.

Bring on the next episode.

ps.

How hot was Penny with he hair up and wearing those glasses. I was right there with Leonard on that one. She definitely had the whole sexy librarian vibe goin on.

O and giant jenga...enough said.
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I'd completely forgotten about Giant Jenga. That was a good gag, as was Sheldon's screaming "Jenga!" from the next room when it fell down.
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Giant Jenga was great
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I think this episode was trying too hard to try and answer a question that I could see going around the writer's room a lot - if Sheldon talked to women at work since that is the only place he goes where he is likely to run into other women like he has talked to Penny, and those women don't have the comfort level with him to slam a door in his face, yell at him, or otherwise torture him what would really happen. The whole thing was awkward. I almost think a whole episode of the dynamic of Leonard and Penny (as they get older, this dynamic makes a lot more sense that she feels not good enough for him than vice versa) and then expand the debate of female mascots. You could have gotten your we pay attention to women too (unlike that other show that follows this one). Even just have it be like the zombie/mummy debate from earlier this season.
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My impression is Sheldon is a relative loner; partially by choice and partially because his attitude/personality has isolated him. As such he probably doesn't talk to women at any long length because he either chooses not to speak to them or because they avoid him. Heck, outside his circle of friends he probably doesn't talk to many people.

Meanwhile, since he's shown that he thinks human biology and psychology are weird and useless... the subject probably wouldn't come up much in conversation. in the few times he does interact with women.

Of course, now he's part of a circle of friends so he talks to Penny/Bernadette/Amy. But even some of the stuff he's said to them would be bad in the workplace... but acceptable among friends in a social setting. At least, friends that understand his... quirkiness.
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I question that this was Sheldon's first time being called to the carpet for something, just the first time called on sexual harassment. And honestly, this felt pretty stretched thin, had they not pulled the "pictures of STD-riddled genitals" gag it wouldn't have played at all.

As for Leonard and Penny, this didn't feel like a reversal to me, we've seen Penny insecure about Leonard many times before, especially with Prya, so this felt hollow to me. Scrubs originally was not supposed to have JD and Elliot get back together, that was just a last-Bill-Lawrence-season gimmie to the fans. At some point though, Penny needs to grow up and evaluate where she wants to be, lest she get stuck in a loveless, hopeless relationship.

HOLY CRAP I JUST NOTICED THE SPOCK OVEN MITT IN THE PHOTO!! MUST HAVE NOW!!

Anyway, this episode was disjointed but still had laughs. I felt like the HR lady devolved as a character as the show went on, going from a more-complete personality to a one-note glaring nag which was disappointing but hardly surprising. Still, Sheldon called her a slave and she's black so yeah, got that going.

My biggest laughs of the episode were the first 2 of 3 gags in Lorre's vanity card.
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Spock oven mitt on Thinkgeek. $14.99... I noticed a ton of their geek deco is from Thinkgeek. Howards remote control mood light sabers, his nightstand saber lamp, the spock mitt, seriously, if you see something on the show, go look at thinkgeek. I think they furnish the sets from that place....
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Great job. I figured it'd be them, but didn't bother checking since it's not payday yet.

TBBT also has a lot of Sideshow Collectibles items, from 1:4 scale statues to 1:6 scale figures to other stuff they carry. A true geek needs more eFX prop replicas though.
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OMG!! Thanks for pointing out the oven mitt. I want.
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Nah, saying the whole egg/juice thing, slave to emotions, egg salad sandwich would get you called to the mat just about anywhere. Though I don't recall if we heard all of those things ourselves of if some of them were said off-camera between Alex and Sheldon.

The STD thing was just the OverTheTop thing that makes Sheldon, well... Sheldon. Plus it was fun watching him describe showing Alex that to the HR person completely dead-pan and not realizing it might have something to do with it.
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Perhaps, but she does know Sheldon pretty well, and is paid to sort through his innermost thoughts - including detailed material on his bathroom habits.
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The throw away moment of the night... Raj mentioning there are no female cereal mascots had me so distracted that I missed a lot of the earlier part of the episode. Though once I realized Fruity Pebbles while peddled by Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble are clearly named by Fred after his daughter and the further fact that Wilma is the once behind Marshmallow Pebbles (a delightful honey flavored cereal with the puffed up sugar bits included that make every morning Saturday Morning) I was finally able to focus again.

Agree that Amy with her lab full of Crack addicted monkeys with nothing to lose that could have ended up in Alex's car or (preferably for mass carnage with easy cleaning)shower. Was the perfect soupçon of Misses Farah-Fowler to spice up the episode.

However Sheldon winding up at HR seemed odd to me, granted I am a Male and as a Male I will never fully understand Sexual Harassment from the Female perspective, but I feel like eve if Sheldon hadn't provided a Sexually Transmitted Slide Show and had just simply said "I am uncomfortable with you making advancements towards my colleague and roommate," he could have just as easily been brought in on sexual harassment charges for suggesting something like that to a female employee. In fact I feel like the over-the-top Cooperian way in which he intended to dissuade her was a very academic approach to the topic and could have easily been explained away if he had taken the same approach when in the Human Resources office.

Perhaps its because I would need a dozen of Sheldon Cooper's Council of Ladies in order to have enough fingers to count the number of time in High School I was brought down to the Principal's Office over someone misinterpretting the something that I said and when I explained that there was no malice behind it, that it was just the facts being stated they didn't have anything to punish me for. Sheldon held no malice or ill-will in what he said to Alex. Even the delightful colloquialism that he quote from his Father while yes inappropriate was not said to hurt Alex. I know that Sheldon should be held accountable for his actions but I feel like Alex went a little off the deep end considering what I saw happen in that office.

On the subject of Egg Salad on a Hot day, I feel like it was a perfect thing for a Father to say to his son. Clearly Sheldon would have had to been a young man at the time it was said to him, considering we know he was in college by his teenage years its seems like the kind of thing a Father would tell his son so he wouldn't go sowing hs wild oats to early. And I don't think finding that saying hialrious makes you a bad person.

Back onto the actual character development (On TBBT? You Sure??) I like what was said up until the point that you said Leonard only likes Penny because he feels it is his once chance to be with a beautiful woman. I feel like that was it intially but I sure as hell hope that its not the case anymore. In fact as much as I wanted to like that Leonard was kind of on a high horse about the whole Alex finding him attractive thing. First, it makes no sense that he just now gets it considering he is supposed to be intelligent and she has been uberflirting before this point. Second, last I knew and my Big Bang Theory Flow Chart supports this Leonard and Penny are currently in a relationship and I find it hard to believe that Penny isn't a big enough person to allow Leonard to do something with a colleague. I sort of wish that that was the central conflict of the episode that Leonard had gone to the lecture with Alex and then something had happened. Having it all be expressed via words somehow takes the bite out of it all. It Makes Penny appear to have completly overeacted to the situation which as Leonard said is his thing. Just didn't gel with what I feel to know about the character's up to this point in time.

Still a very enjoyable episode, its amazing what Giant Jenga can make a person forgive and forget... even Stuart being replaced by a Dog for some reason.
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Congrats on realizing Pebbles had a female mascot, good job!
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I can believe Leonard didn't realize it, partially because of his relationship with Penny. He probably does have blinders on to other women because he has strong feelings for Penny that are (somewhat) reciprocated. Meanwhile, Alex wasn't being THAT overt about her feelings until she made it clear she wanted dinner with him..

Had Leonard NOT been in this thing with Penny, I think it would have dawned on him right away because he'd probably be interested in her and be able to pick up the signs immediately.

I had a situation back in High School senior year. One of the girls there and I were friends; we didn't hang out or anything but we talked a bunch. She was nice and friendly to everyone so I figured it was just her personality. I was quite UNdesirable so I figured she was just nice to me like with everyone else. It wasn't until MUCH later that I realized she was shy and trying to say that she liked me and wanted to go out.
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I'm a dude and in HR's person's defense... the stuff she recited back to him (and the audience) would probably dictate HR interaction. Ovaries squirting goofy juice, egg salad sandwich, slave to their hormones, etc. It wasn't just the slide show, nor was it the fact that he'd asked her to stop trying to date his friend... the stuff he said was pretty out there.

Walk up to a woman in your office building and say some of those things: you'll probably be contacted by HR that same day.

Now, sure... as fans that know Sheldon fairly well at this point... we realize there was no malice nor did he think what he was saying was demeaning. If asked, he'd probably say that all men are slaves to their male-jelly and made stupid by the variable blood-flow directed to their extremities.

But even saying that about either gender, in a professional setting, will get you in trouble.
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Alex is like Prya-she needs to go away or have Penny go Nebraska on her (I am from Nebraska so I can say that) Also, it is more fun having Penny & Leonard stay together. I hated season 4. Wretched. You do not need to break them up-these old rules are so boring. It is more challenging and funny keeping them together. I just wish Penny was more like seasons 1-3 Penny. She was not so dumb (until the breakup) and was common sense girl. The dynamics on her character have gotten worse and that is a shame. Restore Penny. Also the last scene where she wore glasses and tempted Leonard with "molecules" was hysterical.
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Even Raj and Leonard to some extent have become dumber in their characters.
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I first I thought Sheldon was acting like a boss. Now I see he was just ignorant to what he was saying to others.

My favourite line is when he told Leonard he couldn't tell a uterus from a unicycle. Every HR scene was pure gold in my opinion.

I'm glad the powers that be had Leonard play a musical instrument (probably reminding some viewers he has that skill as we haven't seen it since season 1).

After all that I'll be surprised if Alex doesn't want to quit working for Sheldon.
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These CBS shows aren't anything amazing, but they always are entertaining.
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The "slave" bit had me laughing quite loudly, especially when he clarified it and said "you're a slave"

Actually, his whole interaction with the HR person was great in general: starting with listing what he did that day (casually mentioning the std video) to his little menstrating bit in the hallway.
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