The Big Bang Theory: Season 4, Episode 21

The Agreement Dissection (28 Apr. 2011)

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When Priya finds a loophole in the roommate agreement to throw Sheldon out for the night, Penny, Amy and Bernadette take him to a nightclub.



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When Sheldon formally charges Leonard with breaching the roommate agreement by taking a shower with Priya in the apartment bathroom when Sheldon had a "call of nature" (constituting what Sheldon considers an emergency), Priya, a lawyer, decides to intervene on Leonard's behalf on the case. When Priya (and thus Leonard) win this round, they decide to test other sections of the agreement in actual practice. When Sheldon can't handle what's going on with Priya and Leonard openly mocking the sanctity of the agreement, he turns to Penny, who in turn invites Sheldon on her girls night out with Bernadette and Amy. Sheldon accepts Penny's invitation only on the promise by Penny that some Priya bashing will occur on their outing. Their outing takes them to a ballroom dance club, where Sheldon starts to see a different side of Amy, one being influenced by Penny and alcohol consumption. But through her drunken stupor, Amy still provides Sheldon with some advice on how he should handle Priya and ... Written by Huggo

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Leonard describes Priya as "top of her class, Cambridge University". The term "top of the class" isn't applicable to Cambridge, where graduating students are marked in the bands First, 2:1, 2:2 and Third rather than individually ranked. To describe Priya's academic excellence accurately, Leonard should say that she "got a First". See more »


[first lines]
Sheldon Cooper: Leonard, are you in the shower?
Leonard Hofstadter: I can't hear you! I'm in the shower!
Sheldon Cooper: I asked if you were in the shower, but that's moot now!
Leonard Hofstadter: What?
Sheldon Cooper: Moot! Rendered unimportant by recent events!
Leonard Hofstadter: I can't hear you! I'm in the shower!
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Dear Concerned Viewers,

Thanks to the magic of computer graphics, the monkey in tonight's episode was not actually smoking a cigarette, nor was he ever exposed to secondhand smoke. At all times, every effort was made to make the monkey feel happy and safe. Nevertheless, he proved impossible to work with. During the week of production his behavior became increasingly erratic, to the point of refusing to come out of his trailer to rehearse. It wasn't until after we finished filming his scenes that we learned why. The monkey is a heroin addict. Yes, hard as it may be to believe, the monkey had a monkey on his back. Thankfully, an intervention was staged by the Geico lizard and he is now going through detox and a twelve step program at the Bonzo Center in Palm Springs. Everyone at The Big Bang Theory wishes him well. See more »


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The funniest episode so far
25 August 2013 | by (Sacramento,CA) – See all my reviews

I believe this episode was not only the funniest of the series (so far) but the best written/executed. I watch it again and again when its re-broadcasted.

If you had watched the episodes leading up to 'this' one in sequence, you should have recognized the 'lead ins' to the jokes (i.e. the previous mention from Amy that she was working with monkey's and lung disease).

The scenes flow perfectly into each other, and while there are 2 main threads (scenes with Leonard and Pria, and those with Sheldon and Amy), they combine at the end for the hilarious finale (though only Sheldon is in both parts of the ending scenes, gluing them together).

The Sheldon and Amy character are always playing it 'straight' and serious, though the results are the funniest in the episode.

And, you have to believe that 'not all' of the parts with the monkey are CGI...

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