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The Big Bang Theory Review: Mama's Boy Grows Up

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Oh, Sheldon! How much self-awareness can you handle?

On "The Cooper/Kripke Inversion," this Big Bang Theory favorite not only had to deal with superior research and work from Kripke, but with questions about his intimacy with Amy. What a rough few days for the guy!

Sheldon Reacts Badly

Usually Sheldon is fairly oblivious to social norms and doesn't want to be touched, but he has begun to evolve in both regards. He has been far from a "normal" boyfriend to Amy, but just as Penny's influence helped her, she has influenced Sheldon. Of course, if Sheldon became fully normalized, he wouldn't be our Sheldon any more.

His indestructible ego was crushed when his nemesis, Kripke, had better research than he did. And what started as dismay that he would even have to work with Kripke turned into despair. The upset Sheldon hid with a blanket over his head listening to Star Wars, while the distraught Sheldon was in agony.

The first was funny, the second was rather sad. That's where Amy came in handy. She could hug him, even if it was like a being strangled like a boa constrictor. Amy is now comfort to him.

When Kripke blamed Sheldon's poor work on too much sex, Sheldon went along with it and even played into it. That was a surprising, but it invoked a hilarious response.

Kripke: My work would suffer too if I was getting laid all the time.
Sheldon: Yes. That is the reason. My work is suffering because of all the laid I am getting.
Kripke: You lucky bastard.
Sheldon: What can I say, you know? She enjoys my genitals. I am giving them to her on a nightly basis. | permalink

In that moment, Sheldon became a man to be admired. He not only had a girlfriend, but he was getting lucky all the time! It didn't matter if Kripke's research was better or not, because Sheldon obtained something even more precious. Did Sheldon realize the magnitude of his lie? I doubt it, but he played it for all it was worth.

That led to a serious moment on The Big Bang Theory and there aren't many of those. Penny asked Sheldon the big question that everyone has wanted to know, "You ever going to sleep with Amy?" The look of shock on Leonard's face was priceless. 

Sheldon's honest self-reflection was almost tear-inducing.

Sheldon: Penny ... all my life I have been uncomfortable with the sort of physical contact that comes easily to others -- handshaking, hugging, prostate exams. But I'm working on it, you know? Just recently, I had to put VapoRub on Amy's chest. A year ago, that would have been unthinkable. | permalink

And it was followed up with the answer inquiring minds have wondering.

Penny: Okay. Hang on. Are you saying some day that you and Amy might actually get physical?
Sheldon: It's a possibility. | permalink

Leonard's expression was outdone by Penny's flabbergasted reaction to Sheldon's answers. I watched Penny's reaction over and over again. Leonard's poor arm! Should Penny tell Amy about this conversation? Or would that be betraying a trust? I'm not sure, but Sheldon is changing in a positive direction. More importantly, it's slow enough that there are plenty of opportunities for laughs.

While Sheldon was looking inward, Raj and Howard were being childish with action figures. Their segments were funny enough and a nice offset to what was going on with Sheldon. The 3D printer worked much better than I expected. The Howard and Bernadette dolls were awesome. But they came at a huge cost and not only financially.

Bernadette: No, here's how love works. You're gonna return the machine or you can print out a working set of lady parts and sleep with those.
Howard: [pondering]
Bernadette: Oh, my God! Are you actually thinking about it? | permalink

Bernadette set Howard straight on their money situation. No more expensive toys. It's a good thing she didn't find out about the initial $1000 action figures. Since Raj has money, at least they get to keep the machine.

Did you find Sheldon's self-reflection refreshing? Or, was it too much too fast? It was more serious than funny, was that something you want to see more of on the show? Would you spend $5000 on a 3D printer?

For more funny lines from the episode, check out The Big Bang Theory quotes section.

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I think it was good for Sheldon to be taken down a notch. His perception that everyone is comparable to apes next to him is not very pleasant. This will help him grow as a person.

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First of all what makes me want to throw up is all the Shenny shippers. Sheldon and Amy were made for each other. I will always be "digging the Shamy". Secondly, this was one of the best episodes of not only this season but a few others. Bottom line is all of the characters need to evolve and grow. We would get bored if it was all laughs and not plot. Sheldon will always be "Sheldon" but now he has different and exciting things to excel at. I'm not saying I want Sheldon and Amy to hop in the sack right away but I do enjoy seeing their intimate moments. Can't wait for the Valentine's day episode! We should at least get a little Shamy love out of it. Also.... Can't wait to see Raj's love interest!!!

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First of all what makes me want to throw up is all the Shenny shippers. Sheldon and Amy were made for each other. I will always be "digging the Shamy". Secondly, this was one of the best episodes of not only this season but a few others. Bottom line is all of the characters need to evolve and grow. We would get bored if it was all laughs and not plot. Sheldon will always be "Sheldon" but now he has different and exciting things to excel at. I'm not saying I want Sheldon and Amy to hop in the sack right away but I do enjoy seeing their intimate moments. Can't wait for the Valentine's day episode! We should at least get a little Shamy love out of it. Also.... Can't wait to see Raj's love interest!!!

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I would love to see Sheldon and Amy share a spontaneous kiss for Valentine's Day, or at least at the season finale. Sheldon's unguarded moments are always comic gold, especially when he's tipsy. I think that would satisfy both those who would like to see an attempt at intimacy, but also those who don't relish the idea of physical contact between the two yet.

Fifty

Got to say didn't love this episode much. Well Howard and Raj's story was funny but Sheldon's one was not great. I like that he's changing and all but the guy's a genius and comin' 2 best to Kripke wasn't much funny. Also Penny seemed tanned .... Not a great look for her IMHO but her acting was good anyway her and Sheldon's scenes are always good since they are at the two opposite ends of the spectrum.

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Well, remember, Amy once asked Sheldon to participate in a similar "ruse" vis-a-vis her mother, so she would have no reason to object to Sheldon lying about their sex life. It should please her that Sheldon is now open to the possibility of intimacy. And of course, it has to happen, if only in the series finale. For my part, I want to see more of Penny and Leonard. They have a nice Tracy-Hepburn thing going.

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im stand my position, no change too much to sheldon.

Fortyseven

Bleurgh!

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Im soooo happy Sheldon is changing! we have that thing every 5 episodes.. People change!! SO no we dont want the ,,old Sheldon" back!!!!

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i gree with mac i want the old sheldon back and amy far far away from please get amy off this show now befor she trashes sheldon then she had

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