The Big Bang Theory

Season 7 Episode 8

The Itchy Brain Simulation

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 14, 2013 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Sheldon discovers a mistake that Leonard made years ago and forces him to walk a mile in his shoes. Lucy is confronted by Penny over her break up with Raj.

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  • This show keeps deteriorating to a jokeless repetition

    Well, it seems that I can spot a trend with TBBT and its deterioration. From episode to episode this show seems to get worse and worse.

    Not only are some key elements and jokes utterly repetitive but also main characters are starting to tumble and change. Who would have known that Sheldon can be such a jerk?

    I used to be a fan of this show - starting with the last season it seems though as if the whole things moves into the wrong direction. This episode can be seen as an example for this move towards the worse.

  • worst episode of season 7 so far

    the thing about the itchy red sweater wasn't funny at all

    and above all it was a very lame episode about the pathetic Raj, who becomes more and more annoying every season....
  • Diabolical Indeed

    I thought this episode was nothing short of brilliant. While it may be hard to put up with Sheldon, it is definitely much harder to be Sheldon.
  • unfortunately... a very bad episode

    What happened? What did they do? Fire the writers responsible for the good stuff? I love the show and I love the characters... but this episode was mediocre at best.
  • Disappointed

    Sheldon has often been clueless, but this was just cruel. It wasn't about "Walking a mile in my shoes" as much as it was vindictively teaching a lesson that didn't need to be taught. His brain might give him itchy fits, but he passes that pain on to all who know him, and they put up with it all out of friendship, especially Leonard (this really flies in the face of that nice speech he gave about them needing each other).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-Wolowitz

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Leonard: If I take it off, Sheldon wins.
      Penny: Sweetie, every night you don't kill him in his sleep, Sheldon wins.

    • Lizzy: What is wrong with you?

    • Penny: What is wrong with you?

    • Raj: What is wrong with you?

    • Leonard: Why isn't this bothering you? Isn't your brain getting itchy? This is on your card. This could be ruining your credit score. Why isn't this making you crazy?
      Sheldon: I have something to tell you, but I want you to promise not to flip out.
      Leonard: What?
      Sheldon: Seven years ago I found out the DVD was late and I paid for it.
      Leonard: What?
      Sheldon: I was going to mention it at the time, but then I thought someday this might be a teachable moment.
      Leonard : Ahhh! I...You...Ah...WHAT??
      Amy: Sheldon, that was diabolical.
      Sheldon: I know. And it wasn't easy. Do you have any idea what it's like to wait for years and never know if your going to finally get satisfaction?

    • Penny: Smile.
      Leonard: What is that for?
      Penny: So you can send it to Princeton and get you money back.

    • Penny: Oh my God. Is the sweater made of bees?

    • Raj: How are you?
      Lucy: I'm pretty good. Listen, I just wanted to apologize for breaking up with you in an email.
      Raj: And I ate all the crumb cake. We both make mistakes.
      Lucy: Okay.
      Raj: I'm so happy you asked me here and I hope we can hang out again sometime you know as friends…love making partners...whatever.
      Lucy: I'm kind of seeing someone.
      Raj: I think I know the answer to this, but to be clear; it's not me right?

    • Sheldon: And second, you completely disregard how uncomfortable unresolved issues are for me. It's like an itch in my brain I can't scratch.

    • Amy: My God, that's the girl that broke Rajesh's heart.
      Bernadette: That's Lucy?
      Penny: I don't know why, but I always pictured her as Indian.
      Berandette: I think reason is called racism.
      Penny: I'm going to talk to her.
      Bernadette: Why? What are you going to say?
      Penny: I'm not going to say anything. I'm going just want to talk her out. She hurt my friend. My Indian friend. Who's racist now?
      Bernadette: You. Because you just called him your Indian friend.
      Penny: Yeah, well, you're short.
      Amy: We're never getting our drinks.
      Bernadette: No, believe that.
      Penny: Hi. Can I start off with something to drink?
      Lucy: Oh, water would be great.
      Penny: Okay. Um, you're Lucy, right? I'm a friend of Rajesh Koothrappali. You see, Amy recognized you.
      Lucy: Wow, how's he doing?
      Penny: Oh, you know. He's good.
      Lucy: Great.
      Penny: Yeah. This is none of my business, but why did you break up with him in an email?
      Lucy: Um, I don't know. I guess I thought it would be easier.
      Penny: Yeah, I get that. I'll go get you your water. When you say easier, you mean easier for you, right? Cause it certainly didn't make it easier for him.
      Lucy: Any chance I can get a different waitress?
      Penny: I'm sorry, it's rude of me. I will get you that water. See, see, see, see. Just now, you expressed your feelings to my face. How come you can do that with me and not with Raj?
      Lucy: I don't know your email.
      Penny: You know what the worst part is? You're sitting here perfectly happy and he's at home a blubbering mess.
      Lucy: I thought you said he was OK.
      Penny: Well, I also said I was getting your water, but look at me. Still standing here. You know, maybe I'm a bad waitress, but you're a bad person. Now, you want to hear the special.

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