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The Anxiety Optimization 

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When Sheldon becomes stuck in a rut with his work, the gang try to help him by raising his stress levels. Howard teases Raj with a game called "Emily or Cinnamon."

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

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

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
Laura Spencer ... Emily Sweeney
Ed Lieberman ... Man
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Storyline

Sheldon is having a mental block about his research into dark matter, and is wondering if he made a mistake changing his area of research. Based on a comment by Penny about how much she hates to exercise but does it anyway, Sheldon figures what he needs to be able to focus on the work is to be placed in a state of anxiety, and asks his friends to help him by agitating him. Beyond their willing assistance, Sheldon comes up with his own unusual ways to be annoyed. Meanwhile, Howard comes up with a new game to play with the gang which he calls "Emily or Cinnamon". Howard will say something he's heard Raj say, and they have to figure out if Raj said it to his pet dog Cinnamon or to his girlfriend Emily. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

It is revealed that Sheldon realizes he likes Taylor Swift. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the episode, when Penny and Leonard are trying to put an overtired Sheldon into his bed, the bed is clearly a prop as it is way too small for him. When they begin to sing Soft Kitty, he leans back and puts his head on the pillow but his feet are hanging way off the end. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Leonard Hofstadter: OK, we're headed out. See you later.
Sheldon Cooper: I know. Before you leave, can you help me test these noise cancelling headphones?
Leonard Hofstadter: Yeah, sure.
Sheldon Cooper: [Sheldon puts on headphones] Go ahead.
Leonard Hofstadter: Hello, can you hear me?
[Sheldon doesn't react]
Leonard Hofstadter: Sheldon, I haven't changed the filter in the water pitcher in two years.
Penny: Uh, Bernadette's nickname for you is the Virgin Pina Colada.
Leonard Hofstadter: Your George Lucas autograph is really a me autograph.
[...]
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Connections

References Song of the South (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Soft Kitty
(uncredited)
Performed by Kaley Cuoco & Johnny Galecki
[Penny and Leonard sing the song to Sheldon to make him fall asleep]
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