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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 »

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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

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

3 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The title comes from a sexist comment that Sheldon's father made about women. He compared women to an egg salad sandwich left out in the sun, as he believes that both are full of eggs and only good for a short time. See more »


Leonard starts to pull out a Jenga piece when Alex enters the apartment. The piece is alternately pulled out/replaced between shots. 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 »


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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Sheldon really puts his foot in his mouth in "The Egg Salad Equivalency" ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
14 January 2013 | by tavmSee all my reviews

When Sheldon overhears about his assistant Alex hitting on Leonard, he first asks Amy, Bernadette, and Penny as a group what he should do. Bern says talk to her while Penny can't over the fact her boyfriend liked Alex's advances. Oh, and Sheldon first used other names but, obviously that wasn't going to work. When he does talk to Alex, he says stuff that made her very uncomfortable so now she files a complaint against human resources. And it just snowballs from there...Another very funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory" but, really, Sheldon really went too far this time! In real life, I can't imagine him still having the friends he has here but since this is just television, they'll probably forgive him anyway. So, yeah, "The Egg Salad Equivalency" hits on all cylinders but let's hope Sheldon really watches it next time when discussing "female" problems...

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