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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Leonard notes that he and Penny haven't spent time alone together since they broke up, though they spent an evening painting each others nails and reminiscing in "The Staircase Implementation". And they also had sex after she and Doug broke up in "The Lunar Excitation". See more »

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Penny: Oh, hey. If we hurry, we can make the new Jennifer Aniston movie.
Leonard Hofstadter: Oh, yeah, sure. There's also an amazing documentary about building a dam on a river in South America.
Penny: OK, but the Jennifer Aniston movie has Jennifer Aniston, and she's not building a dam.
Leonard Hofstadter: Can't argue with that. I'll get the tickets.
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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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One of the best episodes ever!!!
12 November 2011 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

It was hilarious! Sheldon, or rather Jim Parsons, was great. He is definitely a very talented actor. He astonished me in this episode, bravo!!! Really dramatic role, not only comedic role. What's more a scenes with Penny and Leonard are very nice. I was amazed by a small change in Leonard's behavior. A little bit of every character, but a lot of Sheldon and a duet of Penny and Leonard was pretty good idea. I think it is going into good direction. Old, good TBBT, funny, relaxing, entertaining and clever. I love it! :)

It was hilarious! Sheldon, or rather Jim Parsons, was great. He is definitely a very talented actor. He astonished me in this episode, bravo!!! Really dramatic role, not only comedic role. What's more a scenes with Penny and Leonard are very nice. I was amazed by a small change in Leonard's behavior. A little bit of every character, but a lot of Sheldon and a duet of Penny and Leonard was pretty good idea. I think it is going into good direction. Old, good TBBT, funny, relaxing, entertaining and clever. I love it! :)


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