The Big Bang Theory

Season 5 Episode 12

The Shiny Trinket Maneuver

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 2012 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Sheldon finds himself in hot water when he doesn't appreciate Amy's recent accomplishment. Howard discovers Bernadette doesn't interact well with children.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Continuity in Australia

    I love TBBT and have watched almost every episode but on Free to air TV channel Nine the new series began with the airing of Episode 12. I find this decision ridiculous. TBBT episodes evolve from one episode to the next and throwing in an episode from the middle of a series as the first episode is just plain stupid IMHO.
  • The Life of Australian Inhabitants

    Deapite the claim of many contributors - the Koala is a bare... it does not wear clothes.


    Perhaps that is why it carries so many STD's
  • love sheldon and amy

    the part sheldon and amy is good... and penny always trying to help get these 2 together..

    Howard and Bernadette's not much impressing..
  • Writers getting sloppy

    I'm a huge Big Bang Theory fan - thanks to the two people who noticed the problems with Sheldon and Bernadette in this episode. Sheldon would never say Koala Bear - Sheldon would CORRECT someone who said Koala Bear. Koala's are not bears - they are marsupials. And I also noticed the inconsistency with Bernadette and the previous episode where she stated she knew how to deal with children.

    The writers have been bad this year - there was another episode with Sheldon dancing. Sheldon has said in at least 2 episodes that he doesn't know how to dance and there is no conceivable universe where he is dancing.

    Yes - I'm a nerd, too :)moreless
  • not a bad episode..

    sheldon's part is always cool..
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 (4)

    • In this episode, we learn that Amy is allergic to Penicillin.

    • When the guys are playing Jenga, Raj makes his move twice.

    • Bernadette says that her mother worked full time and that she had to look after her brothers, and that is why she hates kids. Yet in the episode "The Einstein Approximation" she says that her mother ran an illegal daycare, something she couldn't do if she worked fulltime.

    • The top pieces of the Donkey Kong set were in different positions before and after Raj's speech that just because a man shows care for another man does not mean much.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Bernadette: I know it makes me sound like a bad person, but I just don't like children.
      Howard: Yeah, no, we all got that. Don't you think it'll be different when the child is ours?
      Bernadette: Right, when it's our kid that's ruined my body and kept me up all night, and I've got no career and no future and nothing to be happy about for the next 20 years, sure, that'll be completely different.

    • Sheldon: Hard as this may be to believe, it's possible that I'm not 'boyfriend material.'

    • Howard: Maybe me and Bernadette aren't right for each other.
      Leonard: Look, Howard, I'd say there's plenty of fish in the sea, but I've watched you dangle your hook in the water for years. Do not throw her back.

    • Sheldon: I may have a whiskey. Do you want anything?
      Leonard: No, I can't, I'm playing Grand Theft Auto later.

    • Leonard: Oh, a little Red Dead Redemption, hmm.
      Sheldon: Yes.
      Leonard: How come you're not doing a mission? You're just wandering around.
      Sheldon: I had a rough night, felt like going for a walk and clear my head.
      Leonard: Some people go outside and do that.

    • Amy: Jewelry? Seriously? Sheldon, you are the most shallow, self-centered person I have ever met. Do you really think that another transparently manip— (pulls tiara out of bag) Ohhh, it's a tiara! A tiara, I have a tiara! (to Penny) Put it on me, put it on me, put it on me, put it on me, put it on me, put it on me, put it on me!
      (Penny puts tiara on Amy's head; Amy can barely stand still)
      Penny: You look beautiful!
      Amy: Of course I do. I'm a princess, and this is my tiara!

  • NOTES (2)


    • After watching Howard do a magic trick, Raj tells him "there's a seat on the Hogwarts Express with your name on it!" The Hogwarts Express is the name of the train in the Harry Potter series that takes children to Hogwarts in order to learn magic.