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The Big Bang Theory Review: Sheldon Gets a Girlfriend!

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All the Amy haters are probably not too happy with "The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition." From the previews, I was looking forward to the Sheldon and Penny interaction, but unfortunately it was quite brief.

A New Man for Amy?
Over the last few episodes, it's become clear that Sheldon and Amy were not emotionally or physically maturing at the same pace in their relationship. When they first met, Amy was as relationship-challenged as Sheldon. However, through her friendship with Penny, Amy's becoming more socialized.

Sheldon is... Sheldon. Despite some personal growth, he is fundamentally still the same. He has his quirks, rules, and personal boundaries that may at times be stretched, but aren't going to change. Unless it's about Facebook, it seems. His friending Stuart to get the scoop on his date with Amy was surprising, but brilliant. I loved that he unfriended Raj, Howard and Leonard with each of their comments.

Amy deserves to be happy and in a compatible relationship, so it was perfect for her to go on a date with Stuart. The writers made a good decision to pick a character that we already knew. It made the story work better than if it was some unknown person from work or elsewhere.

Sheldon's reaction was a bit surprising, as he went out of his way to NOT want a girlfriend. Why all of a sudden would he get jealous and ask out Penny? Right, he is maturing. And, who is the only other female he knows? Penny.

Sheldon's realization that he didn't want to lose Amy was odd, but worked in the end. Because Amy didn't annoy me in this episode, it give me hope that their new arrangement will fix the "Amy" problem. This new relationship is bound to have plenty of funny situations ahead of it.

Will the relationship agreement  be the new roommate agreement? I'll hold my thoughts on that for now because it could work and be hilarious or it could just be regurgitating a joke we've already seen. Who would have thought that Sheldon would have a girlfriend but not Leonard? I'd love to see Leonard use the roommate agreement against Sheldon. That would be hilarious!

Stop by and check out the funny Big Bang Theory quotes from this week's show and sound off now with your take on it.

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Sure, Penny slept with a lot of guys, but in my opinion Leonard is even more of a tramp as he just sleeps with whatever female crosses his path, he doesn't even appear to have standards of any kind (Penny appears to go for the tall, muscular, stupid kind - perhaps not the greatest standards, but at least she doesn't sleep with everyone).

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Good Episode overall. Fianlyl Sheldon said lines that were Sheldon-like. For example at the beginning when he made fun of Leonards career. Two things were bad though: Sheldon getting jealous - this I didn't really get. In fact him having a girlfriend I don't get... how is ever going to win the nobel prize now? lol. Seriously though, is this show even about science anymore? It's more like a nerdy friends. Sheldon doen't even play the physicist part anymore. Penny - Is she even in the show anymore? I was looking forward to some good old Sheldon/Penny time but it was brief (and for the record I think most of us Big Bang fans would rather see Sheldon go on a date with Penny than Any). The other thing is that her character is going down hill - no air time, and in addition to her being a bit of slut (let's face it she's slept with a lot of guys). now she's a drunk too?? Stop ruining her character, everyone loves Penny!

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This episode is definitely one of the better ones for this season. It is more realistic compared to the last one, where Sheldon has a (very fake) paranoia of birds. This episode shows a much more realistic storyline, and finally Penny gets called for what she is: a tramp! (seriously she is such a tramp!! I've always waited for someone to point that out, and finally Sheldon did. Bravo)

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I think this use of Amy was much funnier than 2 weeks ago. at its base, the show needs to be focused on the nerds. this storyline was very similar to the end of season 2 where penny and stuart go on a date which ends up with penny and Leonard getting together. Poor guy.

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Good. I'd like more co-ed interactions and more Penny/Sheldon interactions. I hope Penny the Drunk goes somewhere because it gets unfunny fast.

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@Carla, You're right, it would be hilarious to see Leonard use the roommate agreement against Sheldon. That had not occurred to me. I like Amy, and I would like to see Sheldon become a more socialized individual. If one pretends for the sake of argument that these people are real, not TV characters, it is not sensible to assume that things will always remain the same. Bernadette and Howard will be marrying, and presumably, reproducing. Howard will have other interests besides being a fourth at whatever game the guys are playing. Leonard is already capable of a sustained relationship. He sent the doctor away, not vice versa, a few seasons back. Whether it is with Penny or with someone else, Leonard will also pair up and move out. Raj is cute, educated, intelligent, rich, and Indian. He even can be charming, when he is not drunk. Eventually, he will solve the "selective mutism" problem and pair up, or he will return to India. Sheldon is unlikely to acquire another such set of friends, and as much as he continually comments upon how little he needs people, he needs them. Moving on to the "next step" in the relationship, as they put it, is logical. Jim Parsons was on a talk show the other day, and he said that he is going to be 39. He holds his age well, but this is not going to work forever. Sheldon needs to mature, within the limits of his theoretical ability, if he indeed has Asperger's Syndrome. So, as the episode involves moving on, I liked it. I am somewhat concerned about the level of drinking the writers are having Penny do lately, though. I don't see very many story lines where a drunk girl is very funny. Cheers used to have a lot of characters who drank to excess, but seldom or never became drunk. Penny is getting drunk, and drunk females are vulnerable. I am not sure I want to see where this is going ...