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The Status Quo Combustion 

Sheldon gets upset about his career, the destruction of the comic book store and Leonard and Penny's future living arrangements. Howard and Bernadette struggle to keep hold of a caregiver for Mrs. Wolowitz.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Penny (as Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting)
Debbie Wolowitz (voice)


Leonard and Penny's good news that they are engaged and Raj's that he has had sex with Emily are tempered by Howard and Bernadette's problem of not being able to keep any professional help to take care of his mother, and Sheldon's that the university will not let him change his area of research from string theory to inflationary cosmology, as string theory was the reason they hired him and the area for which he has received all his grants. What's worse for Sheldon, who cannot handle change that is not initiated by him, is that Leonard and Penny contemplate a living situation that may not include him, while Amy tries to capitalize on that fact for her own benefit. And a place that Sheldon considers a sanctuary is temporarily out of commission, which may be indirectly a benefit for Howard and Bernadette. With all these changes in his life, Sheldon may have some tough choices to make, all of which, in his mind, are less desirable that what had been his life up to this point. Written by Huggo

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15 May 2014 (USA)  »

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Title Reference: The changes in everybody's lives which includes the comic book center burning down. See more »


After tasting the glass of Strawberry Quik, Sheldon complains that it was made with syrup, not powder. When he accepted the glass from Amy, undissolved powder is visible on the side of the glass. See more »


[first lines]
Leonard Hofstadter: How's your mom holding up?
Howard Wolowitz: She's doing okay. but we just lost another nurse.
Amy Farrah Fowler: How many is that now?
Howard Wolowitz: Two. And I know what you're thinking: she's eating them.
Bernadette Rostenkowski: She's just so impossible, they keep quitting.
Sheldon Cooper: So, who's watching her now?
Howard Wolowitz: A bowlful of M&M's with a few Ambien tossed in.
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The Show is Falling Apart..
16 May 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Season 7 was poor and it might be the worst season of its run. Except a few episodes, the whole season was dull. The burst of laughter, we used to get while watching previous seasons was absent this year. The show moved on to an emotional side but it vanished the whole charm of the show. The jokes are dull and there were only a few moments in the whole season where I had an actual laugh. TBBT has been renewed till Season 10. I don't know about its future but the writers really need to work hard and deliver the old magic of TBBT that took it where it stands now. Talking about the final episode of Season 7, it was not of great quality as it should be considering that of "Season Finale" but it was okay. I hope only for the best for TBBT and seriously want the old charm, the old quality of TBBT to return next season.

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