The Big Bang Theory

Season 4 Episode 3

The Zazzy Substitution

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 07, 2010 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

When Sheldon "breaks up" with Amy, the guys worry when he starts replacing her with cats.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Crazy Cat Man

    It's been far too long since Sheldon's mother has made an appearance and it was just in time. I really enjoy Amy and Sheldon and while Sheldon with a bunch of kitty cats is entertaining, we need to move forward with his development and progression. It would be nice to focus less on Sheldon over all as well.
  • If you didn't like this episode, it's a Shamy.

    I think this episode is the best of the current season, but then I like cats, and unlike some, I've enjoyed the Sheldon-Amy arc. I would have been disappointed after last season's finale had they not explored the relationship between Sheldon and Yoko, I mean Amy.

    It's a mark of how (relatively) socialized Sheldon has become that he feels comfortable translating his friends' conversations and actions to Amy. From Amy, we get a better picture of what Sheldon may have been like when Leonard first moved in.

    Sheldon's interaction with the cats was delightful, despite the break in continuity. He seemed so fond of them that it seemed incongruous that he could part with all of them so readily.

    Laurie Metcalf, as always, was pure comedy gold. I sometimes wish that Sheldon had been raised in Arizona rather than Texas, since that would make it plausible to bring Ms. Metcalf in more often as a guest.

    I have to downgrade the episode somewhat because of the very poor continuity of this episode. Others have mentioned that Sheldon previously didn't like cats and was allergic to them. On top of that his mother had another brother ("Stumpy") that he was seemingly unaware of only last week. Furthermore, Sheldon couldn't even keep the names of his cats straight throughout the episode.

    Personally, I feel that ignoring continuity in an otherwise sharp show such as this is disrespectful to the most loyal fans. One of the delights of Seinfeld was the way that they would take some seemingly throw-away incident in one episode and have it suddenly play a prominent part in an episode weeks or months later. You can't do that sort of thing when you pay no attention to continuity.

    I'm also a little disappointed in the lack of growth in the other characters (well, I don't expect or want it from Wolowitz). There must be some level of familiarity with women that would allow Koothrappali to talk to them without drinking (after all, he talks to his mother without being drunk). I would expect that after this amount of time, he would at least be able to converse with Penny. The whispered remarks to Wolowitz are getting tiresome.

    Leonard seems to come to front and center only when he's in a relationship with a woman. Otherwise, he serves only to react to Sheldon. While I like him with Penny, his relationship with her should have boosted his confidence enough that he could be dating other women.moreless
  • the best ep i have seen yet sheldon's character keeps growing to my liking ep by ep :)

    its amazing to see hoe comments and fact stating that started out to be annoying have now become the prime of any's like waiting for a gift to be unwrapped...sheldo'n interaction with the rest of the characters has been ivolving into a key factor that runs the laughter and ties the climax of the ep theme.

    very well performed :)

    sheldon has topped the character liking hierarchy, holowitz seconds and raj 3rd'z although he says a few but those few words are just straight to the laughing nerve...

    looking forward for more great ep's ahead

    keep smiling everyone more entertainment coming upmoreless
  • 403

    Great episode of Big Bang Theory even though I did think it was vastly overrated considering I have seen way better episodes that haven't been rated as high as this episode. Sheldon & Amy, I think I agree with the group on this one, I don't really like them together. I mean at first, the idea of Sheldon having a girlfriend was interesting, but technically they're just friends, and tonight they didn't bring much laughs.

    Sheldon's mom was pretty funny and everyone else was their usual selves. Leonard was quite annoying in this installment, but really, what else is new? Looking forward to the development between Shamy, but I hope they don't get that much air time. Because if this episode proves anything, it proves that Shamy isn't funny, interesting yes, but that's it.moreless
  • Sheldon: Here's your cat......& here's your $20.

    Another singular-plot episode. But this one isn't as good. So noone stands Amy, but as Sheldon says he had to stand Penny as Leonards GF, they have to stand Amy, so the guys begin to hang out at Penny's. But the next day at Caltec, Amy critzices Shelly's work so they "break-up". Shelly is devasteted but won't admit it, so he just compensates buy buying a "clowder" of cats. But then Leonard tries to help and brings Mary, Shel's mom. She uses reverse psychology to get Shamy reunited (and make Leonard bring the food). The episode ends with Sheldon and Amy in a stand with the sign "Cats $20", were each kid gets a cat and 20 bucks.

    Title Reference: One of Sheldon's cats: Zazzles, is very "zazzy" acording to Sheldon.

    Overall: It was good, I really loved the ending. there were some other great jokes, like Raj's offscreen Bollywood dancing. 8.5/10.moreless
Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik

Amy Farrah Fowler

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Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf

Mary Cooper

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Mary mentions having a brother named Edward (aka "Stumpy"), but he was nowhere to be seen on Sheldon's family tree he made in just the previous episode, just a brother named Carl.

    • Sheldon getting cats breaches two distinct continuity issues. In "The Staircase Implementation", Sheldon stated that pets are banned under the roommate agreement (with the exception of service animals). In addition, in "The Fuzzy Boots Corollary" Sheldon objects to Leonard wanting to get a cat. Leonard then replies that he had taken Sheldon's asthma into account as he found a hairless cat.

    • When Sheldon is talking to Penny in the laundry room, Penny takes out the same orange shirt from her laundry basket three times.

    • In the first scene with multiple cats, Sheldon says that Richard Feynman is the name of a white cat (on the back of the couch). In the scene in Sheldon's bedroom with his mother and Leonard, Sheldon points to an orange cat as being Feynman.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Mary: Now, when you said on the phone that he broke up with a girl, you meant an actual girl, not something you kids whipped up in a lab?
      Leonard: No, she's real.
      Mary: Did they sin?

    • Mary: Sheldon, sit down. Let's talk.
      Sheldon: All right, but you're not fooling me. Whenever you say we have to talk, it means you want me to listen.
      Mary: Then stop talking.
      Sheldon: Yes, ma'am.

    • Leonard: Did you guys see the paper in the American Physics Journal on super solids? It's pretty interesting. This guy's working for my hypothesis—
      Raj: Spoiler alert! Spoiler alert!
      Leonard: What?
      Raj: Don't ruin it for me, man! I printed out a PDF to read on the potty.
      Howard: "On the potty?" What are you, five?

    • Penny: Alrighty! What's new?
      Amy: Well, just recently I learned that you refer to us as Shamy, and I don't like that.
      Penny: Uh, I got, it but what I was going for was—you know—how's your life?
      Amy: Like everybody else's: subject to entropy, decay, and eventual death. Thank you for asking.

    • Penny: God, [Raj]'s an ass when he drinks.
      Wolowitz: He's an ass when he doesn't, you just don't hear it.

    • Leonard: Okay, fine. Live with cats. Be like my Aunt Nancy. She had dozens of them. And do you know what happened after she died? They ate her.
      Sheldon: You don't have to sell me on cats, Leonard, I'm already a fan.

    • Penny: I hear you broke up with Amy.
      Sheldon: A breakup would imply she was my girlfriend. She was a girl who was my friend who is now a girl who is not my friend.
      Penny: Wow. That's, like, the worst country song ever.

    • Sheldon: I'd like you to meet Oppenheimer, Frisch, Panofsky, Feynman, Weisskopf—
      Mary: Yeah, I get it. You got a lot of cats, and you gave 'em cute Jewish names.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #297.

    • International Airdates: Australia: November 9, 2010 on Channel 9; United Kingdom: November 18, 2010 on E4; Turkey: September 20, 2011 on CNBC-e; Czech Republic: November 8, 2011 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: November 23, 2011 on Markiza