The Big Bang Theory

Season 5 Episode 10

The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 17, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Sheldon finds himself jealous when Amy goes on a date with Stuart. The other guys can't resist the allure of the latest collectable card game expansion pack.

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  • was a great episode overall and on of the best for this season


    was a great episode for the season, was funny and confirmed the idea that Penny now has feelings for Leonard, and also advanced the ShAmy relationship to them being officially boyfriend/girlfriend instead of whatever it was they had before (asking her to be his girlfriend with quadruple negative question was hilarious).

  • Is Penny becoming an alcoholic?

    Just seems like lately she is very much into alcohol. And her character seems to have becomed more unsympathic. She was more lovely in the tree first seasons when she was the only regular-girl on the set.

    Otherwise - this episode is really funny, and its nice to see that Amy has awakened some kind of emotions in Sheldon :)
  • Glad to see this show getting back to its roots.

    This episode was almost perfect in my opinion. It showed growth in Sheldons character, he's not just a robot anymore! (But still has the same personality before, the relationship-agreement cracked me up!) Penny was a little predictable, I knew almost everything she was going to say before she said it. (much like the punchlines in Two and a half men) Lately Sheldon's storylines have been put to side to focus on other things, glad to see his relationship with Amy get some focus while Leonard, Howard and Raj was less important. The card game sounded really fun though!

    All in all a very funny episode, that proved there's much hope for this show, and it can hit almost any direction. Solid, almost a perfect episode in my opinion! 9.5/10moreless
  • Enjoyable episode, not the best but not a disappointment either.

    Loved the Sheldon-Amy relationship twist; evolving their relationship while still keeping to the parameters of Sheldon's character traits.

    However... I'm beginning to become concerned with their direction with Penny. I mean is it just me or is her character drinking more and more as the show continues?
  • A steady episode from a consistently excellent show.

    Like the other reviewers, I applaud this episode for forcing Sheldon out of his comfort zone and reluctantly admitting he has feelings for Amy.

    Given that he already showed this side of his character when he karate chopped Leonard after he had been out with Amy, this was inevitable.

    Although Big Bang is going to have a very hard job on it's hands to get up to the hilarity of the Hallowe'en episode (one of the very best in all the seasons so far IMHO), there were some very funny bits here.

    ***minor spoilers***

    Sheldon's get up at the Ka'a game was superb, with the P'tooeee into the spitoon plus the jingle jangle spurs, nearly losing me my lunch

    I only have one minor gripe with the episode and that was the "relationship agreement".

    Loved the concept but given that Amy has been seeing a new side of life with her acceptance and friendship with Penny and Bernadette, I'd have liked it much more if she had simply ripped the agreement to shreds and sucked face with Sheldon. Long live the ShAmy!!!

    Looking forward to next week's ep.

    Keep up the good work Big Bang. You are the best laugh on TV at the minute.moreless
Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki

Leonard Hofstadter

Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons

Sheldon Cooper

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco


Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg

Howard Wolowitz

Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar

Rajesh Koothrappali

Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch

Bernadette Rostenkowski

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Wolowitz: It's amazing people keep coming to comic book stores instead of just downloading comics digitally.
      Leonard: It's probably for the best. For a lot of these guys the weekly trip here is the only chance their mom has to go down to the basement and change their sheets.
      Wolowitz: Oh, that reminds me, I get fresh sheets tonight. Yay!

    • Wolowitz: You interested in Amy?
      Stuart: She didn't look through me with soul-sucking, ball-shrivelling hatred and contempt. I like that in a woman.

    • Leonard: You friended Stuart on Facebook?
      Wolowitz: I thought you didn't like Facebook anymore.
      Sheldon: Don't be silly, I'm a fan of anything that tries to replace actual human contact.
      Raj: Please, you're looking at Facebook to find out how their date went.
      Sheldon: Really? You think I care if a man, "shared a pumpkin latte with a dynamite lady"?

    • Sheldon: (to Amy) With the understanding that nothing changes whatsoever—physical or otherwise—I would not object to us no longer characterizing you as not my girlfriend.

    • Sheldon: (knocks three times)
      Penny: Who do we love?
      Sheldon: Penny. (knocks three times)
      Penny: Who do we love?
      Sheldon: Penny. (knocks three times)
      Penny: Who do we love?
      Sheldon: Penny.

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