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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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12 January 2012 (USA)  »

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Sheldon thinks his new pocket watch makes him look like a train conductor. 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 »


Penny: Sheldon, that pocket watch is ridiculous.
Sheldon Cooper: Nonsense. I look like a train conductor.
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"The Shiny Trinket Maneuver" was another funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
13 November 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this ep of "The Big Bang Theory", the focus is on Sheldon & Amy (or "Shamy" as Penny calls them) and Howard & Bernadette in which Sheldon doesn't get exited about Amy's latest accomplishment and Howard doesn't understand why Bern doesn't want kids. So Sheldon tries to make it up to Amy by buying-with Penny's help-some jewelry and Howard finds out about Bernadette's not wanting kids while helping him with magic tricks in front of unimpressed children at a party. I'll stop there and just say this was another funny ep of this mostly excellent series. I especially loved the end when Amy finds out what she gets! Oh, and Bernadette is also hilarious whenever she becomes angry since it always is such a contrast to her more sweet disposition. So on that note, "The Shiny Trinket Maneuver" was another good ep of "The Big Bang Theory".

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