The Big Bang Theory

Season 5 Episode 8

The Isolation Permutation

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 2011 on CBS
out of 10
User Rating
364 votes

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Episode Summary

When it is revealed that Penny and Bernadette went wedding dress shopping without her, Amy becomes heartbroken and pressures Sheldon for sex.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Jim Parsons reveals

    his gayside. Its not hard to see through that. And sometimes its revealed more than others - like in the "get your women in line"-scene. And that hairdo!?

    Anyway - LOVE the Sheldoncharacter and LOVE the episode.
  • Amy is so boring

    I totally disliked this episode. The Amy character is overbearing and add very little to the show. Suffice it to say one has to tolerate Bernadette's voice. Now the producers seem to be making Amy and Bernadette regulars on the show and they are not adding any value to the show. Maybe Bernadette is but certainly not Amy.
  • 11.3

    I could say that I didn't like the episode because it focused on a character who did not appear until the season 3 finale and was originally intended to be a guest star. I could say that I didn't like this episode because it featured a plot you might see on an episode of Jessie or Ned's Declassified with a girl feeling down because she was not invited out with her friends. I could say that I didn't like this episode because Raj consistently was given the last joke of a scene, usually reserved for the best line, but he did not say or gesture a funny thing all night.

    I could have said all of that, but I won't. I just think that this episode flopped because it was not The Big Bang Theory, it revolved around the female characters. This was a backdoor pilot for a spin-off starting those gals, and not even a good one at that.moreless
  • Sheldon rocks! "Get your women in line!" classic line

    I really liked this episode because you can see Sheldon evolve from the robotic like person he was, to the human he is becoming. His defence of Amy would not have happened a few years ago, it just shows that Sheldon is evolving and for the better I think.
  • An episode that focuses around the three girls and it was enjoyable but not perfect.

    When it is revealed that Penny and Bernadette went wedding dress shopping without her, Amy becomes heartbroken and pressures Sheldon for sex. I actually think an episode that revolves around the guys AND Penny is much funnier and better. This episode revolves around Penny, Amy and Bernadette which was enjoyable but it could have been just a little better in my opinion. Amy was also a little annoying which lowered my score a little. Penny (as always) is looking hotter and cuter every episode... Darn Kaley Cuoco for being such an attractive girl. Anyways, this episode was funny but I think the guys AND Penny with plots about them is what makes the show funnier. Sorry if I'm sounding like I'm repeating thing, it's a force of habit of mine. Amy pressuring Sheldon to have sex when he is depressed that Penny and Bernadette went shopping without her was very funny. Raj (who didn't have a lot of lines) had some funny lines as well. It seems like he usually says something random after almost each conversation is over. Yeah, Raj didn't have a lot of lines in this episode which was weird. The ending of the episode was very funny though. Overall, this was a funny episode of "The Big Bang Theory" but I don't think a plot revolving around the three girls makes the show funnier though. 9/10moreless
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 (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Leonard: Maybe we should get you home.
      Amy: Hang on, hang on, hang on. Sheldon, what would it take for you to go into that liquor store, buy a bottle of hooch, take me across the street to that motel, and have your way with me?
      Leonard: Yeah, Sheldon, what would it take?

    • (Sheldon and Leonard approach Amy, who's drinking in a liquor store parking lot)
      Amy: Oh, look! It's Sheldon and Lil' Leonard! Hi, Lil' Leonard.
      Leonard: Hiya, Amy.
      Amy: Hey, Cuddles.
      Leonard: "Cuddles"?
      Sheldon: Yes, "Cuddles." We cuddled. Grow up, Leonard.

    • Penny: Where's Sheldon?
      Leonard: Oh, he was up late last night, so I gave him an early dinner and put him to bed.
      Bernadette: That's so sweet.
      Leonard: Yeah, but now he's going to be up at dawn and want to play.

    • Amy: At this moment, I find myself craving human intimacy and physical contact.
      Sheldon: Ohhh, boy. You know ours is a relationship of the mind.
      Amy: Proposal: one wild night of torrid lovemaking that soothes my soul and inflames my loins.
      Sheldon: Counter-proposal: I will gently stroke your head and repeat, "Awww, who's a good Amy?"
      Amy: How about this: French kissing. Seven minutes in heaven culminating in second base.
      Sheldon: Neck massage, then you get me that beverage.
      Amy: We cuddle. Final offer.
      Sheldon: Very well.
      (they sit apart for a moment, then Amy moves closer to Sheldon)
      Sheldon: Ohhh, boy.

    • Sheldon: Ladies, please. These four walls once housed an intellectual salon where the mind received nourishment as well as the stomach. But through no one's fault—Penny—the quality of dinner conversation in this apartment has declined. And again, I'm looking at no one in particular—Penny.
      Leonard: Fine. What would you like to talk about, Sheldon?
      Howard: "What would you like to talk about, Sheldon?" Why do you hate us?

    • Sheldon: The two of you need to get your women in line!
      Leonard: What?
      Sheldon: Last night, I was strong-armed into an evening of harp music and spooning with an emotional Amy Farrah Fowler. This, on a night that I had originally designated for solving the space-time geometry in higher spin gravity and building my Lego Death Star. And why? Your gal pals, Penny and Bernadette, went out shopping for some wedding nonsense without Amy, an action they took with no thought or regard as to how it would affect me, the future of string theory, or my Lego fun time!
      Howard: What do you want us to do about it?
      Sheldon: You clearly weren't listening to my topic sentence: "get your women in line!" You make them apologize to Amy and set things right! I am a man of science, not someone's snuggle bunny!
      Leonard: Why do I have to talk to Penny? She'd not my girlfriend.
      Sheldon: You invited her to lunch four years ago. Everything about her is on you. You make it so!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Amy sings/plays "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. on her harp when Sheldon and Leonard come to help.

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: June 28, 2012 on Prima COOL; Turkey: October 2, 2012 on CNBC-e; Finland: February 25, 2013 on Sub

    • Bill Prady (@BillPrady) tweeted after the show's East Coast airing that the "Lego Death Star was originally in Sheldon's mom ep. When we cut it, the staffers who built it nearly cried." He then added that it "took about a month of staffers using the odd free minute to assemble to 4/5 completion."

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #364, thanking the show staffers who built the Death Star model out of Lego pieces, followed by a picture of it.