The Big Bang Theory: Season 5, Episode 1

The Skank Reflex Analysis (22 Sep. 2011)

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The gang deals with the fallout from Penny and Raj's night together. Amy counsels Penny when she considers moving back to Nebraska due to her failing acting career. Sheldon takes charge of the paintball team.



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Penny (as Kaley Cuoco)


In the aftermath of Raj and Penny's night together from which Raj believes he's in love with her, everyone seems to be mad at Raj. Although he has no intention of getting back together with Penny despite Priya having moved back to India, Leonard is mad at Raj for sleeping with his old girlfriend. Leonard turns to an unlikely source for advice about his feelings. Howard is mad at Raj for taking his supposed place as second in line (after Leonard) in Penny's loins. Howard is also mad at Raj when it comes to light that Raj fantasized about Bernadette. And Bernadette is mad a Raj for making Howard think that there was something going on between them. While Penny takes refuge away from the guys at Amy's, she contemplates her future, which includes thoughts of moving back to Nebraska since her acting career is no career at all. Ultimately, Penny and Raj need to discuss what happened, which Penny finds out is not quite what she thought. Through it all, Sheldon can only think about his ... Written by Huggo

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Sheldon still takes things literally. For example, when Penny tells the guys in the season 4 final that her sleeping with Raj is "not what it looks like," he spends the rest of the day trying to figure out what she meant. He comes to the conclusion that Penny was checking Raj's anal region for parasites because of what it looked like to him and because Raj is from India; a third-world country. Leonard then clarifies that they did have sex and she lied. See more »


The legend of Catherine the Great having relations with a horse and the subsequent crushing by said horse is apocryphal. See more »


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The more things change, the more they stay the same... a good start to a season of changes
31 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That expression is a recurring theme throughout Season 5 . The story picks up where we left off the end of Season 4 with Sheldon analyzing Penny's claim that "It's not what it looks like" in true Sheldon fashion. Leonard seems disinterested in Sheldon's musings, knowing that Penny slept with Raj just after learning that Priya was moving back to India. Penny, feeling that her acting career is going nowhere, considers moving back to Nebraska until she gets a role on a new TV commercial. This episode also marks the first instance of Amy crushing on Penny, but for now seems more like envy rather than hinting Amy's a closet bisexual. All is resolved once Raj reveals nothing really happened sexually, and the 4 guys can focus on a favorite hobby of theirs-- paintball.

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