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The Decoupling Fluctuation 

Penny continues to have doubts about her relationship with Leonard. Meanwhile, Howard becomes the target of practical jokes on the space station.

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Penny tries to figure out what her feelings for Leonard are, since she is happy with their relationship, yet she is unsure if she is in love just yet. She confides in Bernadette and Amy about the matter, which results in Amy telling Sheldon about it. Sheldon, out of concern for Leonard and his hatred for changes, tries to talk Penny into maintaining her relationship with Leonard. Meanwhile, Raj finds a new friend in Stuart, to fill the void left by Howard, and Stuart gets accepted into their social group by Sheldon, so long as he behaves as Howard would. Howard meanwhile, gets bullied by his fellow astronauts. Written by laird-3

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[first lines]
Bernadette Rostenkowski: And the next wedding present is... a gravy boat.
Penny: [writing it down] Ooh, one gravy boat.
Amy Farrah Fowler: That's from Sheldon. He told me he had it engraved.
Bernadette Rostenkowski: [Reads engraving] "In case of divorce, please return to Sheldon Cooper."
Penny: One inappropriate yet I-wish-I-thought-of-that gravy boat.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #392

From what little I know of prehistory, man roamed the Earth for hundreds of thousands of years in small tribes -- probably no more than two hundred people per group. During this time all wisdom was passed along according to the oral tradition. Everything you needed to know in order to succeed as a human being was told and/or shown to you, whether it be how to find a girl, find a guy, have sex, have a baby, find food, raise children, deal with family, argue with neighbors, care for the sick, elderly and dead, fight, work, sing, dance, play and get really loaded in order to hookup with the universe. (Side note: I've always loved the term "prehistory," which arrogantly implies that prior to the emergence of our culture, nothing happened.) Anyway, this state of affairs lasted for a long, long time. It was relatively stable. Peace on Earth, if you will. Then, with the advent of large-scale agriculture and the need for ever larger swathes of land to accommodate it, the tribal system collapsed and people began to live huddled together in towns, villages and cities. In short order, the priceless wisdom that taught us who we were and how we could live a happy life was forever lost to mankind. Which brings us to today. I don't believe that we became a neurotic and self-destructive species because we're born in sin, or otherwise flawed. I believe our fall from grace was simply a forgetting. Speaking of which, don't forget to buy my book of vanity cards, which is chock full of wisdom-rich oral tradition -- that inadvertently got written down -- and can be preordered online right now! Hurry, supplies are limited. (I don't actually know if that's true, but it sounds cool. What is true is that all my proceeds go to charity.) See more »

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Leonard and Penny's relationship is explored in "The Decoupling Fluctuation" ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
26 November 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this ep of "The Big Bang Theory": Penny's been telling Amy and Bernadette about how he she loves Leonard but not enough to really commit to him. When Amy tells Sheldon while they and the rest of the gang-minus Howard who's still in space or Bernadette but with Stuart now-are at the movies, Sheldon later goes to Penny's apartment-while she's sleeping-and tells her she should stay with Leonard since he hates change. Meanwhile, Howard has been the target of several mean jokes from his two astronaut-mates. I'll stop there and just say this series continues to fire on all cylinders most of the time with the change of ways characters interact or of settings. Still, I'm looking forward to when Howard is back on Earth with the rest of the cast..


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