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The Robotic Manipulation 

Penny ends up tagging along on Sheldon's first ever date with Amy, while Howard finds an unusual use for a robotic arm.

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It's been four months since Sheldon met neuro-biologist Amy Farrah Fowler, who Sheldon believes is his intellectual equal as well as his emotional female equivalent. Although they text each other every day, they never see each other and Sheldon doesn't consider her his girlfriend. That fact does not stop the guys from naming the two of them "Shamy". Regardless of them being boyfriend/girlfriend or not, Sheldon and Amy are thinking about having a baby together - via in vitro fertilization as Sheldon regards coitus as being too "messy" - to bless the world with their progeny. Penny convinces Sheldon that he should get to know the mother of his future child by going on date with Amy, this date which would be his first ever. As Sheldon needs a ride to the date, Penny, his chauffeur, ends up accompanying him on the date, which she quickly comes to regret. Meanwhile, Howard has developed a mechanical arm to be used as a repair tool aboard the international space station. Showing it off to ... Written by Huggo

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23 September 2010 (USA)  »

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Verne' Watson, who plays the triage nurse, also plays the receptionist at the sperm clinic in the pilot. See more »

Goofs

A the dinner when Sheldon makes his first virtual presence, Leonard hands out dinner to everyone and states he is going to eat curry whereas he's seen eating rice. Also Penny is seen not eating Palak-Paneer. See more »

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Penny: Who's Amy?
Leonard Hofstadter: His girlfriend.
Penny: [blindsided by the news] Sheldon has a girlfriend?
Sheldon Cooper: She's not my girlfriend.
Penny: How long has this been going on?
Leonard Hofstadter: Four months.
Sheldon Cooper: She's not my girlfriend.
Penny: Are you telling me for the past four months, I have been asking you "What's new?" and you never thought to go with "Sheldon has a girlfriend"?
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #291 I didn't go to my 40th high school reunion. I agonized over the decision. Part of me wanted to go simply to take a victory lap. Part of me thought that to be a most unworthy motivation for traveling across the country in a private jet with a full head of hair, a 32 inch waistline and a beautiful woman almost half my age. Part of me wanted to see how my classmates turned out after decades of life. Part of me was simply frightened by the mortality issues implied by "decades of life." Part of me did not want to revisit memories of that sad, alienated kid whose best idea for attending the Sadie Hawkins Day Dance was sitting on the handball court swilling Southern Comfort and then blundering into the gym until a teacher threw him out on his ass, after which he threw up on his shoes. Part of me was simply worn out from work and feared the reunion would culminate with a debilitating, schadenfreude-enducing stroke near the punch bowl. Part of me truly wanted to enjoy the company of the people I grew up with. Part of me feared being judged by them, even if the judgment was positive. Well, it's too late now. The reunion is over. Now there's a part of me that has quietly begun to agonize over going to the 50th. And a part of me that regrets not going to the 40th in case I'm dead by the 50th. And a part of me which is thoroughly exhausted by the part of me that worries and thinks too much. But that part of me writes sitcoms and vanity cards so the exhausted part of me just has to suck it up. And yet there's still another part of me that merely watches all the other parts with tender, paternal amusement. Part of me thinks that's my spiritual part - the loving, non-judgmental, ever-present witness. Part of me thinks that if I'm still alive for my 50th, that part would have a good time at the party. Re-reading this card now, part of me thinks I should be heavily medicated. See more »

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"The Robotic Manipulation" was another very funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
29 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

In this first ep from the last season of "The Big Bang Theory": Howard has invented a robotic hand that can serve Chinese food in 28 minutes. He later uses it to...oh, let's go on. Penny, during the regular dinner conversation, finds out about Sheldon's texting with Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) and suggests a date with her if he and she want to procreate. I'll stop there and just say what another hilarious ep this was of this consistently funny series. Unfortunately, some of the audio from the broadcast that I recorded on my DVR was muted not to mention the video blackening for a few seconds. Still, the cast and writing was funny enough that once again, I highly recommend this episode of "The Big Bang Theory".


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