405 - The Desperation Emanation
Aired October 21, 2010

The Desperation Emanation

When Leonard realizes he's the only one without a girlfriend, in a group that includes Sheldon, he asks Howard to set him up with one of Bernadette's friends. Meanwhile, Sheldon is trying to lose his "girlfriend", Amy Farrah Fowler, after he misunderstands her request for him to meet her mother.

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Guest Stars: Melissa Rauch as Bernadette, Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler, Kevin Sussman as Stuart, Carol Ann Susi as Mrs. Wolowitz, Charlotte Newhouse as Joy, Annie O'Donnell as Mrs. Fowler

Writers: Bill Prady (Story), Lee Aronsohn (Story), Dave Goetsch (Story), Chuck Lorre (Teleplay), Steven Molaro (Teleplay), Steve Holland (Teleplay)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 13.05 million Households Rating: 7.9/13 Adults 18-49 Rating: 4.1/13

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Episode Notes

  • The title refers to Amy's statement that desperation can actually cause a smell, giving credence to the idea of a "stink of desperation".
  • Penny was written out of this episode because Kaley Cuoco suffered a broken leg in a horseback-riding accident the weekend before the episode was taped. Originally, Brian Thomas Smith was cast in the episode as Zach, Penny's less-than-genius date from the last episode of season 3, but his character was cut when Kaley couldn't appear in the show.

> Bazinga

After Sheldon and Amy webcam with her mother and deceive her into thinking they are in a sexual relationship, Sheldon tells Amy "I find myself wondering if we should actually engage in coitus at least one time in our relationship. Bazinga!"

Quotes (18)

Leonard: What would you be if you were attached to another object by an inclined plane, wrapped helically around an axis?
Sheldon: Screwed.
Leonard: There you go.

Amy: I find the notion of romantic love an unnecessary cultural construct that adds no value to human relationships.

Sheldon: We no longer live at 2311 Los Robles, we live at 311 Los Robles. *Holds up number 2 fixture*
Leonard: You changed the address on the building? What about mail?
Sheldon: No worries, I explained our predicament to our letter carrier. He was sympathetic, his exact words were "Got your back Jack. Bitches be crazy!"

Amy's Mom: It's nice to meet you too Sheldon, I honestly didn't believe Amy when she told me she had a boyfriend.
Sheldon: I assure you, I am quite real and I'm having regular intercourse with your daughter.
Amy's Mom: What?
Sheldon: Oh yes, We're like wild animals in heat. It's a wonder neither of us has been hurt!
Amy's Mum: Amy? What is he saying?
Amy: You wanted me to have a boyfriend, mother, well here he is! Have to sign off now. My hunger for Sheldon is stirring in my loins.
Sheldon: Oh yes. It's time for me to make love to your daughter's vagina.

Leonard: Have you considered telling her how you feel?
Sheldon: Leonard, I'm a physicist, not a hippie.

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When Leonard and Sheldon are watching the Hulk movie, Leonard's question about Sheldon's relationship with Amy prompts him to suggest Leonard is jealous of his relationship. At the comic book store, Leonard's feelings of loneliness increase when he finds out everybody, including Stuart, now has a girlfriend but him. Raj suggests Leonard invoke his pact with Howard and get Bernadette to set him up with one of her friends. Back at the apartment, Amy gives Leonard a nuerobiological consult over webcam, declaring he's giving off a "stink of desperation".

At the end of Amy's web cam chat, she mentions to Sheldon that she would like him to meet her mother. Sheldon rushes down the stairs to get Leonard's advice on what it means. Leonard says he won't be able to refer to her as his girl who is a friend but not girlfriend any more. Elsewhere, Leonard's attempt at picking up women at the Genius Bar came up empty, so he goes to Howard in desperation and invokes the girlfriend pact.

Back at the apartment, Sheldon is working to remove his digital footprint from the Internet in a bid to hide from Amy. When Amy knocks on the apartment door, Sheldon tells Leonard to pretend he's not there. Later, Leonard is on his double date with Howard, Bernadette and her friend Joy. The friend keeps joking about the 100 ways she has learned to pull a guy's nuts off. At the end of the night, Leonard tells Howard this was pretty much the worst date he'd ever been on. When Joy mentions her cousin's wedding the next weekend and the open bar which means she'll be "giving it away", Leonard agrees to be her date.

As Sheldon walks down the apartment building stairs, reciting stars nearest to him, he finds Amy and runs back up the stairs. He tries to walk past her in disguise, but she recognizes him and asks why he's avoiding her. Amy assures him that she wasn't asking to take their relationship to the next level, she was merely pretending to her mother that she's in a committed relationship. They decide to return to their boy/friend/girl/friend status. Later, Amy and Sheldon pretend they are having "regular intercourse" during a webcam chat with Mrs. Fowler.

Comments (58)

Robert  United Kingdom, 07:55 Aug 17 2013.
This is the best sitcom i have ever watched.
Glenn Canada, 23:05 Sep 4 2012.
It was around this time when I really got into the show. I watched it a little before. Sometimes it takes me a while to get into a show. I remember Kaley got injured a couple of years ago and I noticed that she wasn't in this episode, but it was a funny episode. One thing about Jim Parsons, he reminds me a little of Tony Randall.Sheldon and Felix Unger have their own ways of doing things and don't like dirt at all. I have watched the Odd Couple since I was a kid and although Leonard is not much like Oscar Madison, like Oscar he is interested in women and is more easy going. Another thing similiar to Tonu, their hair looked similiar and they were both theatre actors. I find Amy's mother looks a little like Cimdy Williams.
Glenn Canada, 18:32 Sep 1 2012.
Carol Ann Susi is a veteran actress, she is in an episode of Seinfeld when George goes on a date with a woman who was the daughter of a woman who worked at an umemployment office. She was a common looking woman. I don't mind Zack, he reminds me a little of a younger Chevy Chase when he was on SNL.
Nitish India, 13:42 Feb 20 2012.
cool episode, jim parsons roxxx
Pinecat United States, 00:04 Nov 27 2011.
i love each and evey episode. they just bring laughter and joy to my day. i hope the show has a write ur own episode contest. that would be so awesome. raj go get a silent girlfriend.
jayteetee Switzerland, 06:10 Aug 6 2011.
i love leonard's t-shirt in this episode, red with flashy yellow eyes. looked on many sites but couldn't find it to buy anywhere. :-(
fayed osman Sudan, 13:54 Jan 26 2011.
hello worry not friend you deaf ok sudan yes engilsh good byeeeee
Neil United Kingdom, 11:35 Jan 4 2011.
Enjoyed the episode. I like Amy's character - but not to much of the character please. The throw away gag of Raj dating a deaf girl wasn%u2019t that funny. But would love to see the character dating a girl for a few episodes - but needs to be drunk for the entire time throughout just to speak to her!!! Season 4 is okay - but not beating season 1 or 2 and is on the same level as season 3 as just being "okay". But I am enjoying The Big Bang Theory very much - and never want it to stop at any time just yet. Miss the character Lesley Winkle though - loved Sara Gilbert since Rosanne - will she be back?!
Klingon United Kingdom, 15:47 Dec 4 2010.
They just get better and better. Keep up the good work
Fabián Spain, 16:40 Oct 24 2010.
I loved that episode! Especially considering that I found the the jokey in the first 3(?) episodes of the new season rather worn out.

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