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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Amy is allergic to Penicilin and wears a silver bracelet that states this fact. At the same time, the bracelet is also her favorite piece of jewelry. 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 »


Penny: Sheldon, that pocket watch is ridiculous.
Sheldon Cooper: Nonsense. I look like a train conductor.
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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 »


References Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011) See more »


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Composed and Performed by Barenaked Ladies
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7 January 2012 | by (Iran) – See all my reviews

when i watched big bang theory season 1 it was great something new something brilliant but since Amy & Bernadette characters move to the this show suddenly every thing change Sheldon which was a great character with lot of science idea became a normal guy who often tell something about science well maybe writer and producer of this show back a little and watch that episode that Sheldon said :you think the changes are great but its not all i say is 20 min is not enough to get to story of 7 character as you see we rarely see RAJ anymore it's maybe even better to cut Amy and Bernadette because they not enough funny what i said its not only my idea what i said is from my friends and myself that we truly wants to our favorites TV shows back on top and not only makes us laugh but teach us something useful too that we can use in our Conversations again maybe you want to say shut up it's not what you say its the best show ever but if you be Realistic you will agree with me

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