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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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 »

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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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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 Skank Reflex Analysis" was a nearly excellent season premiere of "The Big Bang Theory"
17 November 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In a nutshell of this season's premiere of "The Big Bang Theory": After saying, "This isn't what it looks like", Penny leaves the room and Sheldon tries to figure out what she meant until Leonard tells him she was lying. Raj now thinks he and Penny are an item but after getting turned down easy, he tells nothing really happened: She just helped put on his condom and he came, that's all. Penny, not having gotten an acting assignment in a while, is considering moving back to Nebraska when she gets a call: She's in the hemorrhoid commercial! Oh, and Bernadette is pretty upset since Howard told her about Raj's having a crush on her...A hilarious beginning to this season of "The Big Bang Theory" with not a lost moment in sight. Well, maybe no mention about Howard's being given an expensive watch by Bern or Raj having moved in briefly with Sheldon but maybe those were addressed off-screen. Still, welcome back "TBBT"!


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