The Big Bang Theory

Season 7 Episode 5

The Workplace Proximity

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 2013 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

When Amy takes a job at the same University as Sheldon which causes Sheldon to reevaluate the time he spends with Amy. Howard has a fight with Bernadette and finds himself sleep on his friend’s couch.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • gage821212

  • Why is Sheldon still alive in his 30's, since he can't take a dump where he eats?????

    If Sheldon really religiously upheld his "You don't take a dump where you eat" policy, that would imply that he would not be able to "take a dump" even in his own house. And since his father used to say that all the time, that would also imply that Sheldon had adopted that policy from a very young age....

    How the hell is Sheldon still alive then?

    He can't even sh1t in his house (cause he eats there), as demonstrated in his dialogue with Amy (he never took a dump in a restaurant, despite the fact that the restroom and the dining room are completely separated). Had he adopted that policy from a young age, I would guess that it would probably take a couple of weeks, at most, for Sheldon's organs to shutdown from constipation-unwillingness to defecate...

    Which begs the question: Why is Sheldon still alive in his 30's?

    Only logical explanation is that Sheldon does not stick to his routine/practice/principles, when it does not suit him....

    Other explanations require metaphysical discussions....moreless
  • I'm hoping to put his repetition to good use later on!

    Seriously, what was Howard thinking about?

    Blurting out comments about his new wife getting on his nerves in front of a guy who can't keep his yap shut. Basically, "dead man walking" territory, when Sheldon babbled to Amy, tipping Bernadette off in the process.

    Talking about the girls, I was reminded of the old Samuel Colt adage;

    "God created Man but Samuel Colt made them equal", referencing his revolvers.

    This was echoed when Penny looked up the famous female scientist on her smart phone, so it looks like the mobile phone is the Colt 45 of modern times.

    This episode was also a near perfect demonstration of the "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" belief, as poor Bernie found out with Howard still stupid enough to want to finish the Batman game with Raj and Penny later on thinking Leonard was going to sort the rest of the guys out but were popping balloons with a laser, instead.

    While I disagree with some of the previous reviewers comments and their ridiculously low ratings, I do believe the writers really need to get Sheldon's character developed some more.

    As for some of their comments, . "Shamy is boring", "Unfunny and an insult to women" and "What is going on with this show", I reckon 19+ million viewers think you're wrong.

    How many shows do you know that have gone from 12 million to an average 19.2 million viewers in 6 years?

    That simply doesn't happen for a "bad" show.

    Personally, I laughed my socks of at this episode and can't wait for the next.moreless
  • Writers have officially lost the plot here.

    Sheldon once again talks complete rubbish and is completely oblivious to the abuse and hurt he inflicts..

    even his apology was funny at first but then it is repeated too much..

    i've never really liked amy she has little to no substance beyond the 'social misfit/ sexmad loner' who picks the only sexually stunted guy in the world as bf... it was about time she had some depth added to her, but to put her through the ringer like this was just plain awful, and in the opening scene i was bored rigid and was almost about to skip forward..

    then we have howard and bernie 'first big fall out' yes howard didn't handle it well and bernie is right but then again she knew that going in to the relationship right ??

    so all this really has done is

    a) possibly set up shamy spilting up ( omg please let it be so)

    b) howards reconciling with bern and thus making penny more into leonard.

    c) things go back to the way they were last week... how lame..

    d) amy actually changes the experiment and replaces the monkey with sheldon..

  • Grade A Sheldon

    Not much else but he sure can make me laugh when he tries.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Amy: And this is Dr. Gunderson from Stockholm.
      Sheldon: Aw, Sweden. Home of my favorite Muppet and second favorite meatball. OK. The Nordic reputation for a lack of humor is well founded. Wait. Is his name Gunderson or No-Funderson?
      Amy: Where are we going with this, Dr. Cooper?
      Sheldon: Oh, please. I'm your boyfriend. Call me Sheldon. That's right. I'm in a boy-girl relationship with this cute little lump of wool.
      Amy: Sheldon.
      Sheldon: It is a physical relationship too. Hand holding; hugging; even on hot days. Ow! Here's an new one. Apparently now we kick each other in the shin under the table. How do you like it when I do it to you? Not so much, huh?

    • Sheldon: That was before Howard explained to me how awful it would be if he had to work with his significant other.
      Bernadette: He said what?
      Sheldon: Oh don't be insulted. He just thinks too much of you would be mind-numbingly tedious.

    • Penny: Awkward silence. Sheldon on his phone. No touching. Somebody's having date night.

    • Sheldon: (Knock..knock..knock) Amy.
      (Knock..knock..knock) Amy.
      (Knock..knock..knock) Amy.
      Amy: Sheldon, what are you doing here so late?
      Sheldon: I couldn't sleep because I kept thinking about what happened earlier between us. Also I had one heck of a bus nap. Oh speaking of which. Do you want some mutton and coconut milk?
      Amy: No.
      Sheldon: Boy, I cannot give this stuff away.
      Amy: What do you want?
      Sheldon: Amy, this isn't easy to say. All relationships are difficult, but even more so when you're in one with a person who struggles with everyday social interactions and frankly who can strike some people as being kind of a weirdo.
      Amy: Sheldon, you're not a weirdo.
      Sheldon: I wasn't speaking about me. I mean honestly, there's no telling what will set you off. You know, introducing myself as your boyfriend. Giving you the opportunity to drive me home. Breaking the ice with your colleagues using ethnic humor, you're funniest kind of humor.
      Amy: What's your point?
      Sheldon: My point is we're a couple and I like you for who you are quirks and all.
      Amy: I like you too.
      Sheldon: I should hope so. I don't see anyone else banging on this door to put up with your nonsense. (Amy slams the door in his face.) Not even a goodbye. You see, that's the kind of thing that makes people think you're weird. Poor kid, she just doesn't see it.

    • Bernadette: I may have overacted.
      Howard: Well, yeah, well. I didn't handle it so great either.
      Bernadette: Well, yeah, well. I didn't handle it so great either.
      Howard: Well, yeah, well. I didn't handle it so great either.
      Bernadette: That's not true.
      Howard: It's not? You spend all day together at work and then you all hang out at night playing games, going to the comic book store. Last week you two got a couple's massage. You said you wouldn't want to spend that much time with me, it really hurt my feelings.
      Bernadette: Oh wow, yeah, I get that. I'm so sorry. Starting tomorrow I am turning over a new leaf. Being with you is my number one priority.

    • Amy: I'm hoping to put his love of repetition to good use someday.

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