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

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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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.
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Let's just take a moment to appreciate Wil's 'The Guild' shirt.
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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'. :)
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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.
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Back up in public, chastise in private. :)
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lol @ having a light saber as decoration and i do love the idea!
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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).
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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.
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ok so when does this show get funny?



I watch every episode just trying to finally find it funny but it just never happens.
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Stop watching! Sorted!
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Sounds like a plan Batman
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get rid of the insane "laugh track!"
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How many times does it need to be said?



THERE IS NO LAUGH TRACK!
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It's a live audience - been twice myself. Tickets are free (though go quick).
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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 ???
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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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As usual, we disagree with the one-liner of the night. Mine was, "In the meantime, feel free to play with yourself."
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agree

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Someday we'll agree. SOMEDAY. Maybe.
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As long as hockey's locked out, we just might...
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I'm glad Amy behaved like a typical girl for once, wait, no I am not. Amy was in the wrong, and I find it utterly garbage when people argue that "that's just how girls are", or, "he should take her side even if she is wrong". What kind of backwoods B.S. is that? It's 2012, I am for men and women's equality, but equality through and through, you don't get to pick and choose. When you act like a douchbag, be it a guy or a girl, you get treated like one in return.
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I haven't even seen this episode yet but I just about died of glee when I saw that Wil Wheaton's wearing a "The Guild" t-shirt. Such a good show.
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I was on the fence about this episode; Amy was being an a-hole and it didn't really suit her character. Still, not only Wheaton was rude, but Sheldon being Sheldon added salt to the wound when he asked Amy to leave and then flat-out told her he'd be having dinner with Will instead of her. Understandably Amy was upset, but she was acting like a jerk.

Also, I would have loved to see Sheldon hit the Cheesecake Factory bar sooner and seen his drunk self try to make amends - Sheldon style.
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Word. All three of them made mistakes in that opening scene. Sheldon, oddly enough, less so, because like you said, Amy WAS being a jerk.
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sheldon was just being logic as always =D
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I really hate Amy and generally dislike Sheldon having more than a couple lines in any scene, but I guess Wil Wheaton brings out the best in people because I really liked that scene (also Amy was wrong).
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Wil Wheaton makes everything better.
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I love love love love Amy! I know you don't, but I just do.
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After five seasons of Sheldon being Sheldon, everyone needs to realise that he's not going to change (which I have a problem with, but that's a different argument). In that, Amy really has no right to be angry, because she is going out with Sheldon knowing how he is. Now men can change, but Sheldon can not, because that would lose the show its main character. Amy can't expect Sheldon to do normal-boyfriend things, because he is not a normal boyfriend...
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You're unfamiliar with the idea that women get the idea they can change a man they're dating?
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Also, that view is so narrow-minded it makes me want to punch you...
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I get the idea, but Sheldon needs to be taken separately from that whole argument
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I thought Drunk Sheldon would've gone to Amy's and done the did. Upset.
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Pervert
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Sheldon's only mistake was in not explaining more clearly to Amy that she was grossly inappropriate and entirely wrong. Amy came off this episode as a jerk, and it didn't suit her anywhere near as well as it does Sheldon - in that respect, Jim Parsons earns my praise for making his jerk character less unlikeable than it really should be. But Amy plays a very bad jerk and sadly Wil Wheaton was... I hate to say it, "right" - Amy instantly became shelfish and bossy and kind of unappealing, and I get that they needed an event to trigger the main story but she's already awkward so why couldn't it have been that? Instead her jerk attitude carried throughout the episode and had this been any other show it'd have ended with her moving to Dumpsville.

Sheldon getting drunk was cute, although I didn't buy that he wouldn't taste the alcohol and would have preferred he just rolled with it instead of having Penny get him hammered and putting her job and his life at risk. At least Wheaton's bushes got the vomiting they needed.

Bernadette and Howard's storyline felt like standard sitcom fare but dutifully built to over the past few episodes, and while the ending was too sappy and stupid for me to buy, I did expect Bernie to give some ground up there - scheduled regular visits or something.

As a Trekkie for life, I couldn't have been happier to see LeVar Burton, the TNG-era flag of the United Federation of Planets, as well as the Klingon flag and 2 others that I don't remember right now but did recognize as actual Trek flags (I think Bajoran might have been one, but it's been over 12 hours and my brain is deteriorating).

MaryAnn, that is AWESOME that you have a Mace Windu saber on your mantle. I have a Luke ANH Force FX saber on my mantle, but not as cleverly angled as Howard's were. Bernadette's comment about the closet for them was such a bad TV trope.
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I agree it was suspicios that Sheldon didn't notice the taste of alcohol, but then again this isn't the first time they've used this gag (he asked for a virgin diet cuban libre and Penny gave him a normal one-The grasshopper experiment). I'm going with the theory that he doesn't know what liquor tastes like so doesn't recognize it when his drink is spiked, he just thinks it tastes odd ("I drank milk that tasted funny"-The bad fish paradigm)
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I thought Sheldon not realizing there was alcohol in his drink was weak too. I mean, he was at a bar. He watched her make it. Long Islands are pretty stiff, even when mixed impeccably, but since Amy was all over gloating about how much she sucked at her job, I'm assuming they were probably terrible. I bit my tongue though, because drunken sitcom shenanigans make me laugh.



I want to get into more Star Trek because I KNOW I'm missing out on some awesome. The canon just seems so daunting and huge. Any suggestions how to go about it?



Force FX saber! Nice! Ours isn't cleverly angled either. It's just kind of there. But the pride is palpable. When the fiance and I had some friends over to our apartment for the first time, once of the first questions we were asked was, "Is that a lightsaber on your mantle?" "YES. YES IT IS." The closet. Psh. Shut up, Bernadette.
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I don't mind Sheldon drunk, I just mind Sheldon remaining utterly ignorant of the way it happened since even a toddler would know from the smell and taste that it's one of the most boozy cocktails out there.

Star Trek is great, I'm a 3rd generation Trekkie, but here's how I recommend it to folks: if you can take old-school TV with more focus on writing than sets and effects, then Original Series Trek is the way to go (you could probably skip season 3 thanks to NBC meddling), it is Horatio Hornblower in space. If you prefer a more refined take and broader reach and better effects (and don't mind a bit of '80s sensibilities) then The Next Generation is the best first start. If you prefer a darker tone, Deep Space Nine is the way to go but it's more self-contained, less Trek. Overall though, immersively I'd suggest watching the top 10 The Original Series (TOS) Star Trek episodes and then watching Star Trek movies 2-6 (1 is very cerebral and very '70s sci-fi, quite self-contained and slow so it's an acquired taste), then pretty much all of Next Generation and go back to the rest of TOS, then DS9.
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Start with the original and work your way out from there.
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Sounds like a plan. Thanks!
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Good gosh, there are a handful of seasons for The Original Series, something like 7 years worth of episodes each for The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, a handful of seasons for Enterprise, and around a dozen movies. A purist would insist you watch it all, but that could take a serious amount of time. For the cliff notes, skim Wikipedia. For a slightly more in-depth plumbing of the canon, I have a suggestion. You work at TV.com, where they have episode listings and user ratings. This may help you skip the filler episodes and hone in on the better eps. Also, some co-workers may point out the more awesome episodes, and maybe make a top ten list for you.
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I don't know about this one.. there was so much potential in getting Sheldon drunk, yet it was wasted (no pun intended) on a short moment with Wil. Would have loved to see more of drunk Sheldon. Another thing that bothered me was that Amy got to act like a total a-hole, and then Wil was supposed to appologize? Eh no. It doesn't matter if Amy is Sheldon's girlfriend, she doesn't have the right to be that rude to someone who was there FOR FREE to HELP them. Sheldon was right from the beginning in not taking her side.
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Now that's TBBT I know and love. Great episode, hilarious, easily the best of the season.
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