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The Shiny Trinket Maneuver 

Penny helps Sheldon work on his relationship with Amy when he trivializes one of her accomplishments. Howard is irked by Bernadette's dislike of children.



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On Sheldon and Amy's scheduled monthly date night, Amy becomes obviously upset with Sheldon. Penny, who witnessed the incident, tells Sheldon that Amy's anger is due to his indifference to news that she shared that was important to her, specifically that her article was published in a prestigious scientific journal. Sheldon is uncertain if he can feign interest in something he doesn't find interesting. Leonard convinces him that he can make it up to her by buying her a romantic gift, such as jewelry. But will Amy, who also has her own unconventional sensibilities, be swayed by pressurized carbon i.e. diamonds? Meanwhile, Bernadette reluctantly agrees to be Howard's assistant in his magic act at his little cousin's birthday party. What she is required to do as his assistant brings up the issue that she hates children and doesn't want any of her own, which ends up being a possible deal breaker in their relationship. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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12 January 2012 (USA)  »

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When Penny invites Amy over to her apartment at the end of the episode, the first thing she says is "what's he doing here." Which is kind of ironic since Sheldon is Penny's next door neighbor. See more »


In this episode, Bernadette states that she's not good with children yet in "The Einstein Approximation", she reveals that she is indeed good with children citing her experience from her mother's at-home illegal daycare and demonstrating this by putting Sheldon to bed. See more »


Sheldon Cooper: Coins lodged in body parts is not a source of amusement. When I was five, Billy Sparks put a Mexican Peso up my nose.
Howard Wolowitz: How is that not amusing?
Sheldon Cooper: It's still there. Takes me 45 minutes to get through airport security.
Howard Wolowitz: Look, I made Sheldon disappear, tada!
Leonard Hofstadter: Next time you should open with that.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #372 The voice in his head never stopped for breath, it spoke of danger, it warned of death. It shouted, "Hurry, pack up and flee!" And all before his morning pee. See more »


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The show must go on
14 January 2012 | by (Dominican Republic) – See all my reviews

Since 2007 when BBT was release, I told to my self this show gonna be awesome may I can say one of the best sitcom on TV ever... even more (FUTHER) that Friends or Married With Children. That was a really refresh for television. BBT is like pushing of laughter every 3 dialog, and this is something very clever made of. But (here's come the BUT) I think is losing something than I don't know what pretty sure it is, but there's it. The essence of the previous seasons is just missing... There It may be the formula use for Chuck Lorren around the 5 season lower the speed and them in the 7th (if the production set for a 7th season) you rush up all again and inject with a pump up dose of the same essence, which is very, very Smart. But nevertheless the show need to go back to basics (I'm not saying like many people are proffering; that cut up Amy and Bernadette characters NOt way... but need to focus back on the core geek what's next... geeks lost into the society because here's this the best of this TV show is about how there people(genius) who push mankind forward are just like the rest of the mortal and they pursuit that) when Penny and Leonard are in the dance be or not be (couple) Sheldom leading with real world and the idea world he pictured in his head, (but the characters evolution I think is plot very cool see how a person change only for the future sexual life is something great to expose) so knowing the screen writers crew are really GOOD they will figure out how make it again... Cos they know the show must go on!.

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