The Big Bang Theory

Season 5 Episode 11

The Speckerman Recurrance

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 08, 2011 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Leonard is hesitant when a bully from high school wants to meet for a drink. Meanwhile, Penny comes to realize she was a bully herself.

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  • Nothing interesting to write in the titles, much like the episode I'm about to review

    Sheldon antiques still happen to amuse me, even though they are repetitive. Credit to Jim Parsons, and his excellent portrayal of Sheldon. Leonard is an utterly boring character, not too well portrayed by Johnny Galecki and Raj and Howard are barely noticeable in this episode.

    The plot with the bully meeting Leonard was uninteresting, it ultimately ended up doing nothing for Leonard's character (a bit of character development at the end of this episode was sacrificed for lame humour) and the bully himself, is not too appealing.

    Then comes the travesty that is Penny, Howard and Berneadette, they too are thrust into a "bully" situation when Penny discovers that she was a bitch in high school. What a bitch! This story is awful, unfunny, rude, uninteresting and ultimately, causes both Bearnedette and Amy to act ENTIRELY out of character when they decide to steal clothes for the homeless.

    This episode is NOT good.moreless
  • The worst episode of the entire series.

    I was really disappointed with this episode. First the bully was apologetic and friendly to Leonard, but when he sobered up, he went back to being a total jerk, (putting it mildly.) Then it ends with the bully chasing Leonard and Sheldon. I probably would have enjoyed this episode a lot more if either Leonard or Sheldon popped the guy in the nose, or pulled a George Mc Fly and punched him out.

    At least in the episode "The Zarnecki Incursion," When the guys attempted to confront the guy who hacked into Sheldon's World of Warcraft account, and they failed, Penny arrived, told the guy that "a girl was going to touch him in his special place." then preceded to kick him in the tots. THAT was a satisfactory ending!

    I will be more forgiving about this episode if the bully returns, and Leonard finally takes a stand...and wins!moreless
  • Good, but not your best :)

    I liked it. But I think the series should be more "carry-over" because at the moment the episodes are random new plots. Whereas it would be cool to see one episode lead to the next. But I'm a as long as you keep making eps, all good.
  • Almost shameless

    I twice caught myself checking my watch and looking for something else to do when I watched this episode. As if it was needed to say anything apart from that, the theme was boring and the episode did not add a single brick to the construction of the main story of the show. The lines are dull and poor. If this was the first TBBT episode I watched I would definitely not watch another one, and that's a big thing coming from a geek like I am. A deception, the worst TBBT episode so far to my eyes.moreless
  • A high school bully wants to meet Leonard for a drink but Leonard becomes hesitant about it

    Leonard is hesitant when a bully from high school wants to meet for a drink. Meanwhile, Penny comes to realize she was a bully herself. I thought that this was good/decent episode of "The Big Bang Theory". It wasn't the funniest or greatest episode I've ever seen but it was still enjoyable. Both storylines were just decent but not great. I didn't really like the whole "Penny steals the donated clothes" storyline because that just shows how Penny doesn't care about people and can be selfish which is what lowered my score. Sheldon was also a little annoying in this episode which lowered my score as well. I also didn't like when the high school bully near the end of the episode called Leonard "Nancy" like he did in high school and all that stuff after when Leonard was kind to let him sleep in his apartment when the high school bully was drunk. The ending also wasn't good as well. I didn't get any huge laughs in this episode like I have been in this past season but the mildly funny parts was when Sheldon said "You would think a winner would make a decent cup of hot chocolate", the school bully saying how he would put Hersey's Kisses on Leonard's nipples and then Raj makes a comment "That's where the ladies want to lick them" (or something close to that), and a few more. Overall, this was a good/decent episode of "The Big Bang Theory" BUT I've much more funnier and better episodes this season than this installment. 7.5/10moreless
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)

    • Sheldon is watching the Nobel Prize acceptance ceremony live from Stockholm at 2 am. Stockholm is nine hours ahead of California, which would mean that the ceremony is taking place at 11 am. The ceremony actually starts at 4:30 pm (Dec 10).

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Penny:: (enters with laptop) Hi, did Sheldon change the Wi-Fi password again?
      Leonard:: Yeah, it's "Penny already eats our food she can pay for Wi-Fi," no spaces.
      Penny:: All right, if you can't get me to stop eating your food, what makes you think you can get me to stop using your Wi-Fi?
      Sheldon:: I believe you are capable of great change. Like when I finally got you to stop saying "Valentimes day."

  • NOTES (2)