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The Romance Recalibration 

Leonard and Penny ask for Sheldon's and Amy's help on putting the romance back in their marriage. Howard and Raj go to extreme lengths to stop the floor in Halley's bedroom from making noise.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 6 more credits »

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


Penny laments not only that Leonard no longer does romantic things for her like he used to before and when they first got married, but that he doesn't even seem to try anymore, the latter which makes her feel like he takes her for granted. Although she is reluctant to do so, Penny tells Leonard what is bothering her, which leads to a fight between the two, Leonard who feels he has made all the effort throughout their entire relationship. Penny decides she needs some time away from Leonard, and as such takes Amy on the romantic trip to the spa she had originally planned with Leonard. As Penny and Leonard turn to Amy and Sheldon respectively for advice and support, they may come to a drastic conclusion about what needs to be done. Meanwhile, Howard has discovered that the wood floor in Halley's bedroom squeaks. Despite Casey's advice to Bernadette that they just rip out and replace the entire floor, Howard and Raj try to figure out ways not to make the existing floor squeak, Raj wanting... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

19 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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This episode was taped on December 13, 2016. See more »


On the "mapping the room scene", the first square tested is called and mapped on the board as "A3". It is actually A4 on the floor. See more »


[first lines]
[Penny enters to find the apartment romantically decorated]
Penny Hofstadter: What... what's all this?
Leonard Hofstadter: Well, it sounded like you were having a rough day, so I wanted you to come home to something nice.
Penny Hofstadter: Oh, that is so thoughtful.
Leonard Hofstadter: Hey, do you remember when we went wine-tasting in Santa Barbara, and you said that was the best rosé you'd ever had?
Penny Hofstadter: Yeh, I-I remember us driving up there, going to the winery and... uh, that's it.
Leonard Hofstadter: This wine is why.
Penny Hofstadter: Oh! Hey, what smells so good?
Leonard Hofstadter: Oh, I made your favourite: ...
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Watch out now, take care Beware of greedy leaders They take you where you should not go While Weeping Atlas Cedars They just want to grow, grow and grow Beware of darkness

~George Harrison


Run away! Run away!

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References Fiddler on the Roof (1971) See more »


If I Were a Rich Man
Music by Jerry Bock
Performed by Simon Helberg
[Howard hums the tune of the song when he and Raj are looking for the squeaky spots on the floor in Halley's room]
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Getting boring...
17 March 2019 | by tanvir-25596See all my reviews

I get it, Penny is out of league for leonard...but seriously, after passing 9 seasons and getting married, leonard is still so petty that penny even doesn't need to do her part in relationship and casually went away keeping Leonard sad? And still Leonard is the one to go for her? I mean, come on, this nerd left almost his life and his all action figures, bedroom everything for her and now she accuse him not doing anything? This is so monotonous and boring and predictable that it goes beyond boring and becomes annoying for fans...And the creators seem notto care the fans anymore. It always seems that fans get frustrated when penny plays same out of league cliché and Leonard also plays too helpless... As per the series, Sheldon also doesn't seem to have his nerdy touch in this episode rather repetitive but almost emotionless old cliché...

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