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The Junior Professor Solution 

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Sheldon is forced to teach a class as a Junior Professor. Meanwhile, Amy plays both sides when tension arises between Penny and Bernadette.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 8 more credits »





Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny (as Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting)
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Regina King ... Janine Davis


Sheldon learns from Mrs. Davis in Human Resources that the university has come up with a solution to change his area of research from string theory to dark matter. They will promote him to junior professor, which has no strings to funding whatever area of research, but that it will require him to teach a graduate level class. After speaking to his friends, Sheldon agrees. However, his reputation precedes him as no one signs up for the class. As such, Howard, who has been thinking about working toward his doctorate, decides to enroll in the class as Sheldon's only student. While Howard truly wants to learn from Sheldon, Sheldon in turn only has one contrary goal in mind in being Howard's professor. Meanwhile, Bernadette and Penny are having a quiet feud over Penny seemingly not taking her new job as a sales rep at the pharmaceutical company where Bernadette works seriously. They both turn to Amy, who, for the first time in her life, feels like the popular kid in high school. As such, ... Written by Huggo

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When Amy is experimenting on the starfish she announces that she is giving it "one point two molar stimulation". However, the term "molar" refers to concentrations of chemicals and the starfish in the glass receptacle is clearly being stimulated electrically, not chemically. She should have described the level of stimulation in terms of volts or amps. See more »


Howard Wolowitz: Which Archimedean solid has 20 regular triangular faces, 30 square faces, 12 pentagonal faces, 60 vertices and 120 edges?
Leonard HofstadterSheldon CooperRaj Koothrappali: The Rhombicosidodecahedron!
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A Step Up From the Previous Episode
10 February 2015 | by RbDerajSee all my reviews

In order for Sheldon to change his field of study at the university, they force him to teach a class in the subject. With his annoying reputation following him all the students previously enrolled drop the course. Howard tells Sheldon that he will take the class, so Sheldon sets his intentions to belittling Howard to make him feel inferior. Penny and Bernadette are both slightly irritated with each other so Amy uses this to become closer with each of them separately by pitting them against one another and fueling the fire.

The episode was a step up from the previous one but no where near the best. The story with the girls was definitely the worse of the two, especially with Amy talking like a gangster. It is simply not funny. More and more I am beginning to feel the writers are running out of material. I hope they can pick up the quality and don't just spiral downward until they are cancelled.

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22 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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