The Big Bang Theory

Season 5 Episode 1

The Skank Reflex Analysis

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 2011 on CBS
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After spending the night with Raj, Penny is worried that her friendship with the guys is in jeopardy, while Sheldon becomes the paintball team leader.

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  • Functional and Aesthetically Pleasing

    7.5
    Pretty decent damage control, considering. It felt like a bit of a cop-out, but still gave an acceptable amount of growth. It bounced around quite a bit, but covered its bases and was enjoyable to watch. Not a lot of laughs and occasionally tried too hard, but it wasn't bad.
  • Getting the old Sheldon back

    9.5
    I have been somewhat let down by many season 5 episodes but just catching this one after recording it last night I was very pleased with it. I really enjoyed seeing what I would call the "old" Sheldon in this episode. He didn't have any interactions with Amy, which many times I find much too contrived, and he was up to his old Sheldon antics, the thinking cap, the paint ball leader, etc. Penny's and Raj's small affair ended up rather nicely as well. I mainly enjoyed the episode though as I said at the beginning, I liked seeing the classic Sheldon with all his idiosyncrasies and hang ups.moreless
  • Disappointing. Not 'horrible' per se, but I expected better.

    5.5
    Too soapy for my taste. Predictable and ... well, sort of ... actually, I may be biased about what I think was a terrible episode on another show by some of the same people who run this one and I'm biased.

    A couple of out of character bits too...

    For another show, I think this would've been a very good episode. For this one ... not at all. Didn't hate it, but it wasn't up to their usual standard IMO.moreless
  • 501

    3.0
    LOL, I could not stop laughing for this entire episode. It was a riot!

    But seriously, Big Bang's season premiere falls flat and really was everything we hate about this show: Raj making odd sex puns, the gang playing paint ball, finding a way to make guest star Christine Baranski boring.

    Howard's annoying girlfriend was only in one scene, but she still made me want to turn the show off.

    Sheldon has regressed so much from season one and relying on anyone else for laughs was probably a flawed strategy to begin with.

    Oh well.moreless
  • Not bad but I expected more

    8.0
    I was ansious to see this episode because of the way last season ended and also because of course I'm a big fan but at the end I was like aa mm really that's all ? I mean it wasn't a bad episode it had it's funny moments and all but well I guess I had imagine it totally different in my mind lets see how things work for the rest of the seasonmoreless
Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki

Leonard Hofstadter

Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons

Sheldon Cooper

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

Penny

Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg

Howard Wolowitz

Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar

Rajesh Koothrappali

Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch

Bernadette Rostenkowski

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    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #349.

    • Kunal Nayyar (@kunalnayyar) live-tweeted during this episode, revealing that the paintball scene was filmed on the Warner Bros. studio backlot and that the paint on Sheldon was actually added in post-production.

    • International Airdates: Australia: October 10, 2011 on Channel 9; United Kingdom: November 3, 2011 on E4; Italy: April 8, 2012 on Steel; Czech Republic: June 18, 2012 on Prima COOL; Turkey: September 11, 2012 on CNBC-e; Finland: Janury 7, 2013 on Sub

    • Even though the opening presentation is the same, they changed the last shot (where the gang is eating) for an updated one. This is the second time they have done this, and the first time since season 2.

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