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'The Big Bang Theory' recap: 'The Perspiration Implementation'

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The Big Bang Theory

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Scott Halberstadt, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Frank Pacheco
Chuck Lorre

I always enjoy when an episode of The Big Bang Theory revolves around our four favorite scientists discovering something new together. Having Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, and Raj adopt an extracurricular physical activity was extremely entertaining. Other than kite fighting, I don’t think we’ve seen the friends engage in anything that made them sweat. It’s high time they add “athlete” to their list of accomplishments.

Leonard enthusiastically lists off all of the sporting activities available to them as employees of Caltech. It’s decided that fencing is the obvious choice. No one has to throw, catch, run, or use sunscreen. And they don’t have to wear gym shorts that could suddenly be pulled up or down. 

Barry Kripke is the fencing instructor who warns them that “fencing is sewious.” There will be no Star Wars, Game of Thrones, or Princess Bride reenactments. He teaches the guys the basic steps, instructing them to use their dominant leg. When Sheldon questions if he has a dominant leg (they are both pretty submissive in his mind), Wolowitz asks him which leg he uses to flush the toilet in a public bathroom? That’s your dominant leg. Hey look! I learned something! Let’s hear it for the lefties! 

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When Kripke takes a break from walking the guys through a series of basic drills to answer a phone call, all four students bust out a nerdy version of the famous sword-fighting scene from The Princess Bride while his head is turned. Everyone is Inigo Montoya and wants their fencing partner to prepare to die for killing their father. Once Kripke ends his phone call, the guys channel their inner Westley and return to an “as you wish” posture for the remainder of the lesson.  

Sheldon admits to Leonard that he’s looking forward to learning how to properly glove slap a face in case he has to challenge someone to a duel one day. Even though he convinces Sheldon that he does not need to defend his honor to the woman who gave him a prostate exam, Leonard is proud of his roommate for no longer fixating on Amy. Kripke perks up at the news that Sheldon and Amy are no longer together. Leonard gently warms Sheldon that Kripke may ask Amy out on a date. Cue the glove slap. 

NEXT: ‘You had me at flag and lost me at football’ [pagebreak]

Meanwhile, Stuart invites the girls over for an unofficial focus group to see how he can lure more women into the comic book store. Folding the toilet paper into a point and adding a breast feeding area are not doing the trick. Penny reads a few online reviews and discovers that the reason most women don’t shop in the store is because the owner is creepy. Problem solved! All Stuart has to do is stop being weird. The first step? Cease and desist from telling women you picture them naked because you claim to be nervous. And maybe get rid of the camera above the breast-feeding couch. 

Across town, the guys take a load off at a sports bar. If anyone questions their authenticity, they have the hand blisters to prove their athletic prowess. Beers for everyone! Howard suggests that Sheldon try dating again. After three sips of pumpkin ale, Sheldon is ready to find a new girlfriend. He’s rejected by a pretty blond woman and her grandmother. Note to self: Pokémon references should never be used in a pickup line unless you’re at Comic Con. 

Sheldon and Leonard return home and run into Amy and Bernadette leaving Penny’s apartment. A buzzed Sheldon reports to Amy that she should expect a date invitation from Barry Kripke at any moment. Amy informs Sheldon that she already received said invitation (accompanied by a naked picture), but she turned him down. Sheldon slurs that he was turned down earlier, too, when he asked a couple of women out at the bar. The news that Sheldon is moving on crushes Amy. Mayim Bialik’s ability to crack her voice and hold back tears was heart breaking. Her facial expression combined agony and strength. Here’s hoping that one day Amy will discover just how good Sheldon tastes after a fencing lesson. Bring back The Shamy! 

Theoretical Laughter:

Sheldon: You had me at flag and lost me at football. 

Sheldon: When can I stab one of my friends?

Kripke: In fencing, it’s a touch.

Sheldon: If I say I want to touch one of my friends, I’ll get called into human resources.

Sheldon: Prepare yourself for a rigorous touching.

Penny: I told you things would change if you plucked your eyebrows.