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The Higgs Boson Observation 

When Sheldon hires a female grad student to assist him, a jealous Amy asks Penny to help her spy on them. On the space station, Howard begins behaving erratically.



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Sheldon needs someone to read through the works he did during his elementary school days, to find out if he has made a scientific breakthrough that was Nobel Prize worthy, since he thinks his time is too important to do the task himself. He eventually hires an attractive Physics grad student named Alex Jensen. When Alex answers Amy's video call to Sheldon, Amy gets shocked to learn that Alex is a girl. Amy and Penny go to Caltech to spy on them. In the cafeteria, it turns out that Alex is flirting with Leonard, much to Amy's relief and Penny's surprise. Penny has to consider that Leonard is attractive to other women. Meanwhile, Howard tells Bernadette that he have a layover in space of an additional 7 - 10 days. He is sick of his time in space and is having bad anxiety attacks that is causing erratic behavior. Written by laird-3

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11 October 2012 (USA)  »

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This plot is based on the Higgs Boson discoveries made over the summer of 2012. See more »


Howard tells Bernadette that the Soyuz spacecraft meant to take him back to Earth has been delayed. In fact, International Space Station mission rules require that there must be a Soyuz docked with the ISS and available for the current crew at all times, in case they must abandon the station in an emergency. See more »


Penny: Maybe I can do it.
Sheldon Cooper: Oh, really? You think you can evaluate my work?
Penny: Uh-huh.
Sheldon Cooper: Here. I wrote this when I was five.
Penny: "A Proof That Algebraic Topology Can Never Have a Non-Self Contradictory Set of Albelion Groups." I'm just a blonde monkey to you, aren't I?
Sheldon Cooper: You said it, not me.
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The Big Bang Theory The Higgs Boson Observation
13 October 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Bernadette calls Howard and he wants her to drop something because he really misses gravity. Sheldon gets some journals and research papers from his other in a box. Sheldon thinks that we was a child he came up with an idea that could win him a Noble Prize. Sheldon needs someone to read his papers so he asks Leonardo who does not want to do it. So Sheldon interviews a Grad student to help with the sorting of his papers. Sheldon hires his assistant to help and of course Raj cannot talk to her. Howard seems to be losing his mind in space because he has to wait at least another week. Bernadette mentions that he survived a weight watchers cruise with his mother, he thinks he's going to die in space. Amy after getting her makeup done wants to speak with Sheldon and meets his assistant. Amy gets jealous thinking that his assistant will fall in love with him spending so much time with him. Amy comes into the office spreading her scent like she did in Penny's apartment. I still do not get even though Sheldon is smart and respected how anybody could want to be near that long and not quit. Amy and Penny look in on the guys with the new girl and it seems Penny should be worried now in Amy's words. Howard still is going insane as he says of the earth. Amy then talks to Penny about her relationship with Leonard and not she is bothered about this new women, even though she does not really know where her relationship is with him. Leonard finds his new experiment with how Magnets stick together. Then Penny takes Leonardo away to go do it with him as she pleases. Boring episode with Mayim being the best only because she knows how to mix comedy with a performance and not make in a 2D character.

EPISODE GRADE: C (MVP: Mayim Bialik)

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