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The Sales Call Sublimation 

Penny gets more than she bargained for when Leonard agrees to meet with a psychiatrist on her behalf to make a sale. Meanwhile, Sheldon and Raj collaborate on an astronomical discovery, and Howard and Bernadette's happiness is short-lived after Stuart moves out.



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With Amy away at a convention, Sheldon hangs out with the friend with "the best offer", which happens to be Raj who has time booked in the telescope room searching for rogue planets. While Raj initially regrets asking Sheldon to join him, Sheldon does become a useful participant in the process. However, the successful result of their time may cause further problems down the road for the two of them. Meanwhile, Penny is having problems trying to arrange a business appointment to meet with a psychiatrist named Dr. Gallo. Penny is able to convince Leonard to book an appointment with Dr. Gallo pretending to be a patient to lay the groundwork for getting Penny an appointment. Leonard and Penny's resulting time with Dr. Gallo may have deeper implications than they would have imagined. And just as Howard and Bernadette are beginning the process of remodeling the house, Stuart gives them the news that he has found an apartment and will be moving out. Despite Stuart being a thorn in their ... Written by Huggo

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7 January 2016 (USA)  »

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Sheldon has a light version of grapheme-color synesthesia, as he sees prime number as red and prime twins as pink. See more »


When Raj and Sheldon are in the Astrophysics lab and Raj is supposedly making adjustments to the telescope, he is obviously typing nonsense as he punches the same 5 or 6 keys over and over. See more »


[first lines]
Sheldon Cooper: I'm glad to see you made it safely. How's your hotel?
Amy Farrah Fowler: [via computer] It's not the best Best Western I've been to, but let's say it's... the third best Best Western I've been to.
Sheldon Cooper: I know how you feel. The Best Buy by my house is only the third best Best Buy. They have the best buys, but having the best buys isn't the only thing that makes a best Buy the best Best Buy.
Amy Farrah Fowler: What makes a best Best Buy the best Best Buy?
Sheldon Cooper: Hmm, that's a great question. I like when they're next to a Chipotle.
Amy Farrah Fowler: OK...
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History of Everything (Instrumental version)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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What part of this is sitcom?
9 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

After the apparently 'amazing' previous episode (see IMDb rating for confirmation), TBBT continues to stroll in utter mediocrity. As an episode, this is as uninteresting as it gets but not nearly as awful as it has gotten in the past.

Sheldon assists Raj with his work and they discover a medium sized asteroid. This leads to complications. This plot was terrible as far as the dialogue was concerned. The "banter" between the two as to what the asteroid will be named was garbage, to be completely honest. It is so clear watching Jim Parsons that he has lost all interest with the project, whether he will admit it or not. The once charismatic Sheldon Cooper is nothing more than an obsessive, shrill and infuriating character at this point. Raj continues to be oh so boring.

Stuart finally moves out....after like 2 years. And the funniest thing is, the character's screen time has been multiplied in recent seasons (8 and 9) compared to his earlier seasons, but the impact as a result has been lessened. Stuart was a funny character at the start of the show, and was good for a laugh or two from time to time. The fact that the writers chose to dramatize the character (losing the comic book store, losing Howard's mother) shows just how insane crew have become. After moving out, unsurprisingly enough, Howard and Bearneadette miss him.

The only part of the episode that maybe offered a laugh or two was Leonard's psychological counseling session, where he again whines about his mother. This part of the episode does reinforce the question as to why Penny and Leonard got married, and we sense an insecurity in Penny.

One slightly decent aspect aside, this continues in TBBT form of recent years: boring, unfunny and obvious. None of the story lines in the episode screams out "SITCOM!" like it should. When viewing something like "Seinfeld" (to compare is blasphemy, I know!), the story lines have a sitcom feel to them. This episode has nothing of a sitcom element to it, and the writing is especially to blame. There is almost not a single laugh in its 18 and a half minute runtime. Yes, TBBT is operating 18 minute episodes compared to the standard 22-23 mins of other sitcoms. And yet, the 18 minutes felt too long...

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