The Big Bang Theory

Season 5 Episode 15

The Friendship Contraction

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2012 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Leonard can't take Sheldon's continued selfishness and agrees to dissolve the Roommate Agreement. Howard wants to have a cool nickname for when he's an astronaut.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Option to have Diversified

    The writers could have used this episode to diversify the otherwise usual direction the script goes every episode.

    After Leonard and Sheldon have this huge argument, they could have explored Leonard moving in with Penny for a while as she doesnt have a roommate and maybe even Amy moving in with Sheldon and the chaos of having a girl roommate thereby...

    Somehow the writes lack the stuff which made this series brilliant in the first 4 seasons. Now it is just continuing due to the already established fan base rather than the brilliance of the comedy presented.

  • Why the negative comments?... I actually thought this episode was very funny

    Leonard can't take Sheldon's continued selfishness and agrees to dissolve the Roommate Agreement. Howard wants to have a cool nickname for when he's an astronaut. I thought that this was a perfect episode of "The Big Bang Theory". I don't understand why some people are giving this episode negative or semi-negative comments. This episode wasn't half bad and it was fully hilarious and excellent with a nice storyline and well written humor. Sheldon was very cute in this episode though when he was lonely and really wanted Leonard to come back to the apartment. I know Sheldon can be a little annoying and stubborn but that is who he became and Leonard shouldn't leave him. Leonard should just talk to Sheldon about him being stubborn and all that instead of just moving out. It was also nice how Penny became a sucker for Sheldon and couldn't help make Leonard move back in with Sheldon. There were so many parts that really made me laugh in this episode but one of the parts that did crack me up (but also a little gross) was when Sheldon said that he used his pee to make water. So yeah, I really loved this episode and it's one of the best Season 5 episodes I've seen. Overall, a very funny and well written episode of "The Big Bang Theory". 10/10moreless
  • love this ep.

    i don't know why ppl complain.i love tbbt and i loved this episode it was really funny:)
  • one more... bad episode..

    what happened to the writers.. they are making the worst scripts...
  • 90% great! 10% disappointment

    Let's be brutally honest people1

    If anyone on here had Sheldon as a flatmate, they would have murdered him long ago!

    Go on, tell me I'm wrong.

    I loved this episode so much that the cowardly ending really hacked me off.

    Here be spoilers!!!

    After 5 and a half series, where Sheldon's utter disregard for anyone else but himself would have earned him a quick trip to Boot Hill, at last the worm turned and Leonard terminated the "Roommate Agreement".

    Thank God, I thought! At last some growth potential for the most one dimensional character on the show.

    Don't get me wrong, by the way. I think JIm Parsons as Sheldon is brilliant but the writers MUST get some way forward for him. He simply can't go on this way.

    Penny had it right when she said "Sheldon, you have a girlfriend, though you don't use her for what girlfriends are for". Not even the most massive genius on the planet could fail to see the accuracy of that comment but Sheldon managed.

    I particularly liked the mealtime when no one would offer to be his personal taxi driver.

    I had great hopes for this episode, with Sheldon weakening and trying more and more desperate measures to get Leonard to re-sign the Roommate Agreement but was massively disappointed when Leonard "folded" at the end.

    Even worse when he folded for "Leonards Day", a pathetic ploy that he should have thrown strainght back at Sheldon.

    Overall, a fine episode, ruined by a "cop out" ending.

    This could have been such a great opportunity for the writers but they lost their chance.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

Carol Ann Susi

Carol Ann Susi

Mrs. Wolowitz

Recurring Role

Kevin Sussman

Kevin Sussman

Stuart Bloom

Recurring Role

Michael J. Massimino

Michael J. Massimino


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Raj suggest that Howard take the nickname Buzz but he tells him that it's already taken and Raj thinks that it's a reference to Buzz lightyear from the movie Toy Story but it's actually a reference from the astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

    • In "The Russian Rocket Reaction", Sheldon revealed that he started his list of mortal enemies in the year 1989, when he was 9 years old. This means that he was born in 1980, between April and May according to "The Peanut Reaction", which would mean that in February 2012, he would be 31 years old. However, in this episode, Leonard described Sheldon as a "30-year-old man who can't survive on his own". Yet, this can be overlooked, as it appears that Leonard was just being imprecise.

    • During the power failure, Sheldon claims to have "all 61 episodes of the BBC series Red Dwarf" and holds up a DVD box-set. As of this episode airing, including the 2009 mini-series, there are only 55 episodes of Red Dwarf.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: July 11, 2012 on Prima COOL; Turkey: November 13, 2012 on CNBC-e; Finland: April 22, 2013 on Sub

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #375, a censored card viewable only on the Chuck Lorre Productions website.