The Big Bang Theory: Season 5, Episode 1

The Skank Reflex Analysis (22 Sep. 2011)

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The gang deal with the fallout from Penny and Raj's night together. Amy counsels Penny when she considers moving back to Nebraska, Bernadette confronts Raj about his crush on her, and 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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Title reference: Amy refers to Penny's sexual action with Raj as "The Skank Reflex," which is what Neuro-Biologists call sexually loose behavior. See more »


Sheldon wants to have a rank equal to "Kirk, Crunch, and Kangaroo", thereby claiming to be a Captain. However, those three are naval captains, while Sheldon's insignia is of an Army captain, a much lower rank in comparison (the equal army rank would be colonel). Later in the episode, Sheldon's rank choice was correct and reflected in his self-promotion to major, one rank higher than non-naval branch captain. Though it is correct in stating that a captain in this instance is not comparable to a naval captain (eg, Kirk). See more »


Sheldon Cooper: For the record, I do have genitals. They're functional and aesthetically pleasing.
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Every night before going to bed, he would brush his teeth and make a preemptive attempt to void his bladder. He then walked into his closet, got on his knees in front of the shoe rack and prayed to a god whose unlikely existence he likened to an ongoing quantum event. In his mind, the act of kneeling mattered not at all to this supposed god. He could just as well pray standing naked on his head with his ass serving as a fleshy vase for a bouquet of flowers. The penitential pose was only useful as a demonstration of his humility in the face of the infinite (although when things were going his way, it was more of a feigned humility). The prayers themselves mostly consisted of thanking his sub-atomic almighty verb for assembling an infrastructure that allowed for life to exist. This included, in no particular order, the various laws of physics, gravity, organic chemistry and thermodynamics. And, since it was his belief that sentient life was created by an insentient universe in order for the insentient universe to be admired, he made an effort in his prayers to tell the insentience, "nice work" or "way to go". Finally, he would close with a plea for this nameless everything to look after the less fortunate. "Please god, despite the clear evidence that it's not in your nature to care, bring love and happiness to all the souls who suffer." Then, his heart filled with grace, he would climb into bed and sleep peacefully until he dreamed he was standing in his closet and peeing on his shoes - god's clever way of telling him he had to wake up and go to the bathroom. 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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