The 10 Funniest, Best Big Bang Theory Episodes
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Here are my 10 favourite episodes of the brilliantly-scripted hit TV show The Big Bang Theory.
WARNING - MANY SPOILERS BELOW!!
1. The Staircase Implementation - Season 3, Episode 22
In this flashback episode, Leonard describes to Penny how he and Sheldon met and became roommates.
- Sheldon administers a roommate screening test to determine Leonard's suitability as a roommate.
- The roommate agreement makes its first appearance.
- While Leonard is insisting that his latest experiment is safe, Sheldon silently takes the experiment from Leonard, deposits it on the apartment elevator floor, and gets Leonard and himself out of the elevator, before shutting the elevator doors behind them. When an explosion is then heard from the elevator shaft, it turns out that Sheldon has saved both of their lives.
2. The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition - Season 5, Episode 10
When Amy (Sheldon's friend who's a girl and a friend, but not his girlfriend) tags along on the guys' weekly trip to the comic book store, she draws the attention of Stuart, the comic book store owner. Before asking Amy out, Stuart has Leonard run it by Sheldon, who states that the point is moot, as Amy is a noted neurobiologist and would never been interested in Stuart.
Once Amy goes out with Stuart, Sheldon displays various classic signs of jealousy, including stalking Stuart via Facebook, being overly defensive, and trying to make Amy jealous by asking out Penny.
Finally, Sheldon mans up and asks Amy to be his girlfriend.
- Sheldon (after interrupting Amy and Stuart's date at the movie theatre): With the understanding that nothing changes whatsoever, physical or otherwise, I would not object to us no longer characterizing you as not my girlfriend.
Amy: Interesting. Now try it without the quadruple negative.
Sheldon: You're being impossible.
Amy (snuggling up to Stuart): Hi Stuart.
Sheldon: Fine! Amy, will you be my girlfriend?
- Once Amy has agreed to be his girlfriend, Sheldon asks her to sign a 31-page relationship agreement, which includes a section indicating when handholding is acceptable (only as a lifesaving measure, a post-Nobel Prize handshake, or during flu shots), and a section on "booboos and ouchies".
This was a fabulous episode! Such tremendous personal growth for Sheldon.
3. The Roommate Transmogrification - Season 4, Episode 24
In this exciting finale to Season 4, plot twists turn the gang's world upside-down.
Howard feels like a kept man, with his fiancée Bernardette finishing her Ph.D. dissertation and accepting a lucrative job offer. Leonard continues to date Raj's sister Priya while she is staying over at Raj's. After overhearing Leonard and Priya acting out Star Trek sex fantasies in his apartment, Raj can't take it anymore, and ends up switching bedrooms with Leonard, who agrees to temporarily take on Raj as his new roommate.
- Howard: "You bought me a Rolex?!? How much did this cost?"
Bernadette: "You let me worry about the money. I just want my baby to have pretty things."
- After an evening of free-flowing alcohol, Penny wakes up in bed with a mute Raj. To quote Penny: "Really? Still can't talk to me???"
- Penny & Raj's walk of shame through Sheldon's apartment, in view of Leonard, Sheldon, and Howard, is priceless.
Yet another terrific cliffhanger.
4. The Agreement Dissection - Season 4, Episode 21
Sheldon tags along on Penny, Amy & Bernadette's girls' night out, an evening of alcohol, inebriation, and dancing. Using her training as a lawyer, Priya nullifies Sheldon & Leonard's roommate agreement.
- After Sheldon admits he's never kissed a girl (other than female relatives), a drunken Amy offers her lips up to Sheldon in order for him to experiment with kissing, but he declines.
- Sheldon to Amy: "I understand the alcohol has stirred up whatever it is that makes girls go wild."
- The drunken Amy finally steals a kiss from Sheldon, before throwing up!
- Sheldon blackmails Leonard into signing a revised roommate agreement by threatening to email Priya's parents about her relationship with Leonard.
5. The Prestidigitation Approximation - Season 4, Episode 18
Despite his superior intellect, Sheldon cannot figure out how Howard's new magic trick works.
- At the episode's end, when the camera pans to show us the playing cards from Howard's magic trick, we realize that the entire gang has been in on the card trick, in order to fool Sheldon.
6. The Lunar Excitation - Season 3, Episode 23
Unknownst to Sheldon, his friends sign him up for online dating, and a perfect match is revealed. In this third-season finale, Mayim Bialik does a fabulous job guest-starring as Sheldon's match, neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler.
- Reluctantly, Sheldon goes on his first date, meeting a brilliant woman who's just like him. Surprisingly, the first hint of Sheldon's interest in a fellow human appears.
A great season 3 cliffhanger that kept me wondering about Sheldon's love life all summer.
7. The Adhesive Duck Deficiency - Season 3, Episode 8
While the rest of the guys are camping in the desert waiting for the Leonid meteor shower, Sheldon rescues Penny after she slips and falls in her bathtub and dislocates her shoulder. Sheldon chastises Penny for not having non-slip stickers (like his adhesive duck stickers) on her bathtub floor to avoid such mishaps.
- Sheldon (while filling in Penny's hospital admission form): "Cause of accident? Lack of adhesive ducks."
- After their emergency room visit, Sheldon sings Soft Kitty in the round with a hospital drug-addled Penny.
- After eating "special" cookies baked by the hippies at the neighbouring campsite, Leonard, Raj, and Howard run through the gamut of psychedelic behaviour, including Howard admitting that he lost his virginity to his second cousin.
8. The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis - Season 2, Episode 11
Sheldon's gift-giving rituals annoy his friends at Christmas. Meanwhile, Penny goes out with one of Leonard's hot coworkers.
- Unsure of what Penny will be getting him for Christmas, Sheldon purchases several bath gift sets in different price ranges, in order to have one gift of equal value on hand upon seeing her gift to him, and with the intent of returning all of the other baskets after exchanging gifts with Penny.
When Penny presents him with a napkin autographed by Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, Sheldon is overcome by emotion and gives her an awkward hug.
Sheldon then gives her ALL of the bath gift sets.
9. The Maternal Congruence - Season 3, Episode 11
- Christine Baranski makes her second appearance as Leonard's ever-critical mother, a psychiatrist who gets on famously with Sheldon, but who isn't as close to Leonard.
- While drunk, Leonard's mother kisses Sheldon.
10. The Alien Parasite Hypothesis - Season 4, Episode 10
Sheldon's friend Amy Farrah Fowler (who's a friend and a girl, but not a girlfriend) discovers that she has sexual feelings for Penny's ex-boyfriend, Zack.
- While visiting Amy in her lab, Sheldon and Amy reach the surprising conclusion that she was sexually aroused by Zack. When Amy asks Sheldon if he's jealous, he doesn't answer, and attempts to pack up his lunch and leave, only to accidentally pack up the brain slices from Amy's lab research. Is that a hint of jealousy?
- Despite feeling quite aroused by Zack's brief handshake at the bar, Amy realizes that she can't be with someone of such limited intellect and leaves the bar. Outside, she then takes Sheldon's hand as an experiment, but drops it, declaring that there's "nothing".
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