The Big Bang Theory (2007– )
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The Egg Salad Equivalency 

When Penny finds out Alex has a crush on Leonard, Sheldon gets himself and the rest of the guys in trouble with Human Resources whilst trying to solve the problem.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 7 more credits »


Airs Sat. Jan. 26, 9:00 PM on TBS





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


A surprised Leonard finally comes to the realization that Sheldon's assistant, Alex, is attracted to him. As he believes it negatively affects him since Alex is not focusing her attentions on his needs, Sheldon, in a poorly veiled attempt to hide the identity of those involved, asks for advice on how to resolve the situation in his favor, that advice from among others Penny. Although Leonard has not done anything wrong - yet - but enjoys the fact of the adoration from Alex, Penny and Sheldon have to decide how to handle the situation for their individual needs. Sheldon's decision could get himself into professional trouble, he who responds in typical Sheldon fashion. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

3 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The tune that Leonard sings and plays on his cello to apologize to Penny follows the melody and the lyrical pattern of "Mary Had a Little Lamb". See more »


Raj says that all of the cereal characters are male, and that there are no female characters when in fact there is Fruity Pebbles. See more »


[first lines]
Sheldon Cooper: Well, I must say, Leonard, when I first heard your idea for Giant Jenga, I was skeptical.
Leonard Hofstadter: I can't blame you. Tiny Twister was a complete bust.
Sheldon Cooper: Oh no, I was wrong. The looming threat of being crushed under a pile of lumber does add a certain spice. I've never felt so alive.
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #403 stray thoughts

When I heat up food in my microwave oven, the LED panel counts down to zero then flashes the word "enjoy." I find this very upsetting. I know my microwave doesn't care if I "enjoy" my soup and I'd prefer it not feign interest. I'm also well aware that it mocks my stove when I'm not around.

While his passing was sad, his genius undeniable, and his legacy assured, I am haunted by one question regarding Ravi Shankar. How would we have known if he made mistakes?

As a child I believed that the future included jet packs, flying cars, space travel, cool robots, and glass-domed colonies on the surface of the moon and the bottom of the ocean. As an adult I believe that the future includes TV's that can't be turned on without the help of out-of-work musicians. See more »


References Star Trek (1966) See more »


I'm Sorry Alex Hit On Me
Performed to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
Written by Sarah Josepha Hale and according to some sources John Roulstone
Performed by Johnny Galecki
[Leonard accompanies himself on the cello singing the song to Penny at her apartment door]
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This was the episode that got me hooked.
8 July 2018 | by scoonmanSee all my reviews

I had heard of TBBT, but had never seen a single episode. Then my curiosity got the best of me after about all the awards it was nominated for over the years. Usually it's just hype and a one off viewing and I'm done. When I saw this episode this was snort laugh funny! The scene where Sheldon gives Alex "a talking to" was hilarious and the meeting with Human Resources was a scream. I watched the next episode to see if this was a fluke, and then I was an addict. I binged watched the entire series in a week lol.

The funniest part was telling my wife about this show that I "discovered". She said it was just some show about nerds and she wasn't interested. Then she indulged me by watching a couple of episodes. Long story short, it's now on a loop at our house lol. Many a Time has happened where I'll call her on the way home from work and she'll start laughing hysterically for some unknown reason and then I'll hear Sheldon's voice in the background lol.

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