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The Friendship Turbulence 

After arguing with Sheldon, Howard tries to make amends by taking him to NASA headquarters in Houston. Penny has second thoughts about quitting her waitressing job when her car dies. Amy gets involved in trying to find Raj a date.



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Bernadette is tired of Sheldon always putting Howard down. Sheldon, in response, says that Howard started it ten years ago when they first met, those insults which still haunt him to this day in tangible ways. As such, Howard decides to try and bury the hatchet with Sheldon by extending a peace offering. Howard has to go to NASA in Houston, and invites Sheldon along as his guest. Sheldon ultimately accepts. However, Howard may regret doing so when Sheldon continues to degrade Howard in ways he isn't even aware he is doing. Is there any way that Sheldon and Howard can truly stop their insulting the other? Meanwhile, Penny has decided to decline a movie role that she believes is beneath her, a move with which Leonard does not agree, as he believes Penny's first priority should be to make money. Penny comes to a crossroads in the decision of her current career path, with which Leonard tries to be supportive in any way he can. And Raj returns to the online dating world, with a little help... Written by Huggo

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6 March 2014 (USA)  »

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The table that Leonard and Penny bought in the previous episode is gone in this episode. See more »


Leonard Hofstadter: You sure you want to do this?
Penny: Yeah. Why wouldn't I want to get my old job back? It'll be fun to see everyone. I haven't talk to them since I said, "I quit! See you at the Oscars, bitches."
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"The Friendship Turbulence" was another funny enough ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
9 April 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this ep of "The Big Bang Theory": Penny & Leonard have a fight about Penny's turning down a role she thinks is beneath her (It involves getting gorilla hands), Sheldon explains why he constantly insults Howard (10 years ago, Howard said he was a cross between C3PO and Pee Wee Herman), and Raj has Amy reply to a girl he likes online. This was another funny ep of "TBBT" that mostly hit on all cylinders. Most of the really good stuff involves Sheldon and Howard. I also liked some of the sarcastic stuff Amy says to Raj. And then seeing Leonard then do something nice to Penny so she wouldn't have to go back to waitressing was also nice to view. So on that note, I liked "Friendship Turbulence" ep of "The Big Bang Theory".

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