The Big Bang Theory: Season 5, Episode 12

The Shiny Trinket Maneuver (12 Jan. 2012)

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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Penny (as Kaley Cuoco)
Mrs. Wolowitz (voice)


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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Sheldon thinks Biology involves "yucky and squishy things". See more »


When Raj, Leonard and Howard are playing Jenga. Raj is seen taking a block and placing it on top of the tower. In the next shot, Raj is seen again placing the same block on top of the tower. See more »


Sheldon Cooper: Oh, Lord. A man steps out for a minute to empty his bowels and catch up on the latest adventures of the Caped Crusader, and returns to find that his apartment has transformed into a cabaret.
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References Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011) See more »


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Funny but the original bbt is pretty much gone
15 January 2012 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I have been a fan of bbt ever since the launch of the first episode. i followed every episode and saw that the smart jokes, delivered in the first 2 seasons became less.

This episode was funny without a doubt. but the jokes aren't 'smart' these couple of episodes. too many characters to be seen in 20 minutes which made Leonard and raj near to invisible this episode. Howard isn't gross and disgusting ( though funny ) anymore. Bernadette used to be funny. Now she is taking the role of Howard's mom, which is making her more annoying.

perhaps this is on purpose. making the social awkward geeks more social. but they shouldn't forget raj. he is still there but nothing has been done with him.

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