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)
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

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Sheldon is fond of the Australian marsupial, the koala, and seeing them eat eucalyptus makes him melt inside. He even has a koala face for that. See more »


While Sheldon is apparently not fond of biology, someone as intelligent as he is and as fond of koalas as he is would surely know better than to call a koala a "koala bear". It is a marsupial, not a bear. See more »


Penny: Sheldon, what is wrong with you?
Sheldon Cooper: Well, not much. Although, I can be faulted for being overly fond of koala bears. I don't know what it is. When they start munching on eucalyptus, I just melt inside.
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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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BBT: Doesn't feels anything spl now.
12 January 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The show is going down. It used to be an 'Intelligent fun' earlier, but now it seems like its more of a glorified FRIENDS.

I had read that they hired a science adviser for the show and the info and witty.. i mean really witty jokes based on scientific facts used to shine more than the people. Seems like they have fired that adviser (no offense if u still are working Mr Adviser, maybe writers just forgot the basic plot here. Ironic)

Anybody who has seen first 3 seasons, esp the first 2.. will understand the gist. introduction and more focus on gfs, homely issues etc are really making this show go down the road traveled by so many other shows. Characters other than the main cast should have been used to the point and in short bursts. Maybe a bit like how UK shows are, not laced with sugar syrup content the American sitcoms usually are. The Season 1 of BBT is a very good example.

I am aware this show has been renewed for 2 seasons, lets hope they don't keep sitting on their laurels and the show slowly starts to become bland and makes its patrons feel indifferent on Thursday nights.

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