The Big Bang Theory

The Proton Transmogrification

by Alan Rapp on May 3, 2014

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The Big Bang Theory - The Proton Transmogrification

Although Sheldon (Jim Parsons) initially appears unaffected by the news that his childhood idol Professor Proton (Bob Newhart) had died, the scientist finds his own way to work through the loss inspired by the man’s funeral taking place on Star Wars Day. As Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and Howard (Simon Helberg) continue to celebrate without him, the physicist locks himself in his bedroom where he is visited in his dreams by and Obi-Wan version of the former science celebrity who, despite not knowing anything about Star Wars, eventually helps Sheldon admit and work through his grief.

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The Anything Can Happen Recurrence

by Alan Rapp on April 26, 2014

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The Anything Can Happen Recurrence

In an effort to break Sheldon (Jim Parsons) out of his rut Leonard (Johnny Galecki) reinstates “Anything Can Happen Thursday” which has unforeseen circumstances for nearly every member of the group. Heading out onto the town without any destination in mind, the threesome run into Amy (Mayim Bialik) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) who both lied to their friends and significant others about their availability needing a break from Penny whining about her horror movie and Sheldon obsessing with finding a new scientific branch of study.

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The Relationship Diremption

by Alan Rapp on April 12, 2014

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The Big Bang Theory - The Relationship Diremption

Sheldon (Jim Parsons)’s shocking discovery that he may be wasting his life in scientific pursuit of a theory he will likely never be able to prove leads the scientist to debate giving up String Theory in favor of other pursuits. Choosing to accept Penny‘s (Kaley Cuoco) advice about abandoning an unhealthy relationship, Sheldon begins searching for a new scientific muse, but he’s ill-prepared for the one which finds him after a night of heavy drinking with Penny, Amy (Mayim Bialik), and Leonard (Johnny Galecki).

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The Indecision Amalgamation

by Alan Rapp on April 5, 2014

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The Indecision Amalgamation

Indecision and regret are the themes of the week as Raj (Kunal Nayyar) is surprised to earn a second chance with two different women he alienated in the past, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) struggles over the choice between the PS4 and the Xbox One, Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) frets over a message left on a get-well-soon card )which could very easily be taken the wrong way), and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) reconsiders the role in the cheesy gorilla horror flick sequel when the part becomes available once more.

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The Mommy Observation

by Alan Rapp on March 15, 2014

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The Mommy Observation

After finishing their trip to NASA, Howard (Simon Helberg) takes Sheldon (Jim Parsons) on a surprise visit home. However, when the scientist discovers his mother (Laurie Metcalf) sexual adventures in the middle of his childhood living room it prolongs the bonding time between the two scientists leading to Sheldon confronting, and eventually accepting, what he witnessed.

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The Friendship Turbulence

by Alan Rapp on March 8, 2014

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The Friendship Turbulence

We get fights and reconciliations as an evening with the entire gang leads to three separate tales featuring Howard (Simon Helberg) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki), and Raj (Kunal Nayyar)and Amy (Mayim Bialik). Tired of fighting, Howard and Sheldon attempt to bury the hatchet with an agreement to stop belittling each other and a trip to NASA (although it takes a traumatic plane trip to truly force the pair to act nicer to each other).

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The Table Polarization

by Alan Rapp on March 1, 2014

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The Table Polarization

Playing on a well-established theme of Sheldon‘s (Jim Parsons) disapproval of all change, Leonard‘s (Johnny Galecki) decision to defy his roommate and buy a dining room table leads to consequences for everyone involved including Amy (Mayim Bialik) who, taking a page from Penny (Kaley Cuoco) subtly steering Leonard to do what she wants, seizes the opportunity to try and get closer to her boyfriend.

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The Locomotive Manipulation

by Alan Rapp on February 8, 2014

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The Big Bang Theory - The Locomotive Manipulation

Amy‘s (Mayim Bialik) plans for the perfect St. Valentine’s Day dinner backfire when she books dinner for herself, Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Howard (Simon Helberg), and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) on a restored classic locomotive. Knowing Sheldon’s love of trains, Amy hopes the setting will spark actual romance but she doesn’t take into account Sheldon making a new friend as obsessed with trains as he is.

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The Convention Conundrum

by Alan Rapp on February 1, 2014

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The Convention Conundrum

After failing to get tickets for San Diego Comic-Con, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) decides to hold his own convention and begins searching for suitable celebrities. Deciphering a tweet by James Earl Jones leads the scientist to the actor’s favorite sushi restaurant and the beginning of an unforgettable night between Sheldon and the voice of Darth Vader who “is nicer than you think.”

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The Occupation Recalibration

by Alan Rapp on January 11, 2014

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The Occupation Recalibration

While on forced vacation from the college Sheldon (Jim Parsons) spends the day with Penny (Kaley Cuoco) who has quit her job at the Cheesecake Factory to dedicate herself to acting full-time. Although he wants to be supportive, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) finds it difficult to get behind a decision he doesn’t agree with and has trouble understanding. After lying for most of the episode, Leonard finally finds a way to honestly support Penny’s decision despite how foreign such risk taking is to him.

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