- Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Egg Salad Equivalency
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Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) overreaction on hearing his assistant Alex (Margo Harshman) has made a pass at Leonard (Johnny Galecki) backfires for both roommates when Dr. Cooper is accused of sexual harassment after turning to Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), and Amy (Mayim Bialik) for advice. As Penny becomes upset by how much Leonard enjoyed getting hit on by an attractive younger woman Sheldon meets with a representative of the university’s human resource department (Regina King) which only makes matters worse.
Throwing his colleagues under the bus to save his own skin, Leonard, Raj, and Howard all find themselves called before human resources to defend recent actions. By the end of the episode things get back to normal as Sheldon apologizes to Alex for his behavior (and then enlists her assistance in a university mandated sexual harassment workshop), and Penny’s jealousy slowly fades with Leonard’s apology and her discovery of a new tool to keep his interest.
Although there’s not much to this episode, the humor works well by playing on old themes of Sheldon’s improper social etiquette. As Leonard has spent nearly the whole series chasing Penny, and dealing with his own jealousy at other men hitting on her, it’s nice to see a episode where the tables are turned. The episode also has a couple of cute scenes including the giant Jenga set and Leonard’s adorable apology (complete with cello).