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The Big Bang Theory

Season 7 Episode 5

The Workplace Proximity

Aired Monday 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.

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  • 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
  • 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.
  • A good episode

    This episode made me laugh a lot (which is the most important thing for me). Especially the bit with Sheldon and the monkey, and Howard faking a heart attack. However, despite the laughs, I found it a bit depressing and intense.

    The writers need to make Bernadette and Sheldon be more likable. It always makes me laugh when Sheldon insults people to their faces, but they need to make him charming enough at the same time that he doesn't come across as a totally horrible person. Similarly with Bernadette, it's funny when she has one of her out-bursts (especially since she's so reminiscent of Howard's mom), however, this season she's come across as unlikable. In episode 2 she really upset Amy with what she said about Sheldon when they were at that convention together, in episode 3 she was being too harsh on Leonard imo when she lied about Penny and kept screaming at him, and in episode 4 she was a bit nasty to Howard. They're two of the main characters, so they need more redeeming qualities to make them more likable imo.

    Then there's Amy and Raj who are a bit depressing. I like both of their characters (especially Amy, I find her hilarious, especially when she was first introduced) , but I feel so sorry for them in many episodes. The show needs to be a bit more uplifting. It wasn't too bad with Raj in this particular episode, but Amy has such a hard time, it's sad to watch really. They need to make some good things happen to Amy and Raj in future episodes, so that as viewers we can feel happy for them.

    I enjoyed this episode, and I am excited for next week as always, but there's room for improvement in terms of how the main characters are written imo.moreless

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.

  • NOTES (2)