The Big Bang Theory (2007– )
5 user 1 critic

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.



(created by), (created by) | 6 more credits »

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video






Episode complete credited cast:
Debbie 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Romance


TV-PG | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 January 2012 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


The layout of Howard's bedroom has changed. In every previous episode, the door opposite the door to the rest of the house (to the right of camera) led to a bathroom, from which Howard emerged before his daydream session in Season Four's "The Hot Troll Deviation". Now, it leads to a closet, where Howard keeps his magic supplies. See more »


Bernadette Rostenkowski: It's obvious having kids is really important to you and I think I came up with a solution.
Howard Wolowitz: Really? That's great. What?
Bernadette Rostenkowski: Well, seeing as how I make way more money than you anyway, what if I worked and you stayed home with the kids?
Howard Wolowitz: Me?
Bernadette Rostenkowski: Yeah. You know, you watch Barney and pull Cheerios out of their noses and go on play dates, and I'll work and have conversations with people my own age and enjoy my life.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »


References Grand Theft Auto (1997) See more »


Big Bang Theory Theme
Composed and Performed by Barenaked Ladies
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Sheldon never used to knock 3 times at the start of the show jamie125
Toothbrushes: Where do you keep yours? Gothish
So we're done with Emily and Claire?? MsWill18-526-373909
Raj New Girlfriend vacymro
Why are they staying in Penny's apartment? mom2joshua
Spin off series? scottjanzen
Discuss The Shiny Trinket Maneuver (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: