The Big Bang Theory: Season 5, Episode 11

The Speckerman Recurrence (8 Dec. 2011)

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Leonard confronts the man who bullied him in high school, while Penny realizes she did her fair share of tormenting in the past.

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Out of the blue, Leonard receives a message through his Facebook page from Jimmy Speckerman, a high school acquaintance who bullied him all throughout school. Jimmy wants to get together with Leonard for drinks. Leonard, who has always hated Jimmy because of that torment through high school, is at a loss of what to do. Finally he decides to face his demons and agree to meet Jimmy to confront him and make him apologize for all the bad things he did. Sheldon, Howard and Raj go along for support, but will four nerds be able able to stand up to a physically big bully? Or does Jimmy have a truly admirable reason for wanting to meet? In discussing Leonard's issue, Penny and Bernadette come to the conclusion that Penny was a bully in high school. Although they all agree that Penny is a nice person now, they make Penny come to the realization that she has to do something significant to atone for her past mean acts. Has the years since high school made either Jimmy or Penny really come to an ... Written by Huggo

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The title is derived from the name of Leonard's high school bully, Jimmy Speckerman, and his comeback into Leonard's life, thus implying the recurrence of Speckerman. See more »

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Penny: I feel just like Mother Teresa, except for the virgin part. That ship sailed a long time ago.
Bernadette Rostenkowski: I think Mother Teresa would have washed the clothes first.
Penny: Yeah, well I bet her laundry room wasn't down five flights of stairs.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #369 He was under no illusion that his brain was doing anything other than providing him with illusion. Needless to say, this created a bit of a quandary. If your understanding of your environment is based on a funhouse mirror reflection of what's really going on, then every single thought has to be viewed with suspicion. Which created yet another quandary - paralysis by analysis. What, if any, is the appropriate action one takes in response to a constant flow of cerebral misinformation? Of course there was always the option to move through the world with great certainty, pretending that his consciousness was hardwired into the absolute truth of existence. The obvious downside in that would be talking and behaving like a presidential candidate. After some time to inaccurately reflect, he devised a scientific solution that he hoped would ease not only his own suffering, but the suffering of all mankind. He called it Apologetics(TM). The basis for his amazing breakthrough can be seen below in what millions of Apologists around the world call The Mea Culpa Triangle. See more »

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"The Speckerman Recurrence" was another hilarious ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
22 May 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

A few weeks after watching the movie Bully, I finally watched this ep of "The Big Bang Theory" about a similar subject. Namely that Leonard's tormentor Jimmy Speckerman (Lance Barber) returns to his E-mail to ask for a meeting. The other guys go along with Leonard to offer support. Meanwhile, after Bernadette and Amy recount their own bully stories, Penny says her school didn't have any...before revealing having a classmate dressed like a scarecrow with corn in her mouth. I'll stop there and just say I thought this was another hilarious ep of "TBBT" especially with Sheldon's zingers. With the TV season almost over (looking forward to the finales of "Dancing with the Stars" and "American Idol"), look for my reviews of the rest of the season under my username here...


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