The Big Bang Theory: Season 5, Episode 9

The Ornithophobia Diffusion (10 Nov. 2011)

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Sheldon tries to overcome his fear of birds, while Leonard and Penny attempt to hang out together strictly as friends.

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A blue jay perched on his apartment window ledge is too much for ornithophobic Sheldon to handle. As no one - even the authorities (gasp) - seems to want to help him shoo away the bird, a scared Sheldon does whatever he can to get rid of the bird in any way he can. He turns to his two biologist friends, Amy and Bernadette, who try to help him get him over his fear. Their attempts have unexpected results. Meanwhile, Penny asks Leonard if he wants to go see a movie with her. He realizes that Penny's invitation is not a date, despite he deep down wanting it to be. But once he gets over the notion that this event is not a date, Leonard is able to relax and enjoy his time out, even more than when they were actually dating. As Leonard makes it abundantly clear to Penny that it not being a date has its own consequences, Penny decides to take her own actions to prove to Leonard that it is indeed not a date. Written by Huggo

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Title reference: Ornithophobia is a type of specific phobia defined as an abnormal, irrational fear of birds. See more »

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When Sheldon puts the bird's water cup on the end table, a red blotch on the cup faces the camera. The cup rotates by itself to a blotch-free side between shots. Also, the cup disappears completely when the bird flies out the window. See more »

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Bernadette Rostenkowski: [picking up the bird] He's a sweetie.
Sheldon Cooper: Yes, it's very sweet. Now, slowly and carefully... flush him down the toilet.
Amy Farrah Fowler: Sheldon, the only way to get past this fear is to interact with it. Just like you did with the mailman.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #366 [Image of a cluttered desk containing a Mac SE, a glass of bourbon, dirty ashtrays, pencils, erasers, etc.] This photograph was my vanity card when I was working on Grace Under Fire and Cybill. I remember deciding on its composition by asking myself what were some of my favorite things. The answer, as you can see in the picture, was tobacco, bourbon and an old Mac computer. Eighteen years later, I still love my Mac. The other two items, despite my eternal affection, have been replaced with a bronchial inhaler and a metal folding chair in a church basement. See more »

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very clever, good episode
20 June 2013 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

This is one of their better episodes. Besides being funny very often and showcasing Parson's (Sheldon) great acting abilities, I found the episode to be be very CLEVER about the tired old topic of nerdy, low self-esteem Leonard groveling for sex from pretty powerful Penny, but NO! Usually you NOT ONLY SEE this (Leonard's groveling), but you have to HEAR them all discussing all aspects of coitus -- wanting it, pursuing it, getting over it, etc, etc. Here, though, it was very cleverly well done. Since former lovers Leonard and Penny said they were on a friendship date, not the usual sex-romantic date, Leonard (and then Penny too) changed the usual routine and conversation -- like speaking his own mind, demanding his own choice of movie, hooking up with another girl while on the date. So, to repeat, I usually wince when I see Leonard and Penny speak openly and cloyingly about their love life, here it was rather fresh, different. Good job.

The second half of the episode was also nicely done -- about Sheldon trying to shoo a bluebird away from his apartment. The Leonard-Penny half was mostly clever with some comedy thrown in. The Sheldon-blue bird half was mostly Sheldon outraged at this comedy best.


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