510 - The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition
Aired November 17, 2011

The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition

Stuart from the comic book store asks Amy out on a date. Sheldon must confront his feeling so of jealousy and decide where his relationship with Amy is going.

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Guest Stars: Kevin Sussman as Stuart, Josh Brener as Dale

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

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 15.05 million Households Rating: 8.9/14 Adults 18-49 Rating: 5.3/15

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Episode Notes

  • The title references one of the Mystic Warlords of Ka'a cards in the expansion pack, "Wild West and Witches", the guys buy.

> Relationship Agreement

Sheldon and Amy become boyfriend and girlfriend when Sheldon draws up the Relationship Agreement, a 31 page document that sets out the rights and responsibilities of Sheldon Lee Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler in their relationship.

When Sheldon later gets a splinter, Amy is forced to take care of it as required under Section 4, Booboos and Ouchies.

> Sheldon's Knock

Sheldon uses his knock three times, twice for Penny, once for Amy and once for Penny, Amy and Bernadette. When Sheldon knocks on Penny's door, she interjects "Who do we love?" after each round of knocking before Sheldon says her name. When Stuart drops Amy off at her apartment after their date, Sheldon uses the knock from inside Amy's apartment to call for Amy. Finally, when Sheldon goes to Penny's apartment while Amy and Bernadette are there, he knocks on Penny's door and says one of their names for each round of knocking.

Quotes (22)

Bernadette: I'm too small for Twister. And roller coasters. And sitting with my feet on the floor. Hope you enjoyed the prenatal cigarettes, Mom.

(Sheldon knocks on Penny's door three times)
Penny: Who do we love?
Sheldon: Penny. (Knocks 3 times)
Penny: Who do we love?
Sheldon: Penny. (Knocks 3 times)
Penny: Who do we love?
Sheldon: Penny.

Bernadette: Doesn't he know you have a boyfriend?
Penny: She doesn't have a boyfriend, she has a Sheldon.

Howard: I thought you didn't like Facebook any more.
Sheldon: Don't be silly, I'm a fan of anything that tries to replace actual human contact.

Sheldon: I believe I would like to alter the paradigm of our relationship.
Amy: I'm listening.
Sheldon: With the understanding that nothing changes what so ever - 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.

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Episode 5.10 Ratings November 18, 2011

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Amy joins the guys when they visit Stuart's comic book store for New Comic Book Night. Amy is unimpressed that a brilliant man like Sheldon is interested in something as lame as comic books, and is equally unexcited when she notices that most of the comic books seem to depict women whose breasts could be used as flotation devices. Stuart approaches Leonard to ask him whether Amy is romantically attached to Sheldon, and then asks him to see whether Sheldon would be okay with him asking her out on a date.

Leonard approaches Sheldon to ask him about Stuart and Amy, though Sheldon doesn't even let Leonard get the question out without giving him some unwanted career advice. Sheldon isn't much concerned as he doesn't think Amy would be interested in an impoverished peddler of picture books like Stuart. Over at Penny's apartment, the girls are having a girls' night in when Amy receives a text from Stuart asking if she'd like to get coffee with him sometime. Bernadette wonders why Stuart's asking Amy out when she's with Sheldon, but Penny points out they've been "together" for a year and he's not her boyfriend, so it wouldn't hurt to look around.

Sheldon and Leonard go to Stuart's comic book store and find a young man, Dale, behind the counter. Leonard came to return his Wild West and Witches Ka'a expansion pack, but Dale doesn't do returns. Sheldon is surprised to learn Stuart is currently out for coffee with a girl, Amy. Back at the apartment, the guys are playing Mystic Warlords of Ka'a. Leonard says they should go easy on Sheldon, since Amy's out with Stuart, but Sheldon dismisses their concern and says they're the ones who are obsessed with Amy and Stuart.

At the university cafeteria, Raj is showing off his deluxe limited edition Wild West and Witches expansion pack with signed and numbered collector's tin. Sheldon is browsing Facebook and has friended Stuart in an attempt to monitor his relationship with Amy. Sheldon goes to see Penny to ask if she would like to go on a date with him. Penny realizes Sheldon is just trying to make Amy jealous, though he denies this. Elsewhere, Stuart and Amy are enjoying a movie at the cinema when Sheldon interrupts to talk to Amy. In a bid to win her back, Sheldon offers Amy the chance to be boyfriend and girlfriend, so long as nothing changes whatsoever between them, physical or otherwise.

Later that night, Stuart is taking Amy home after their date. When Amy and Stuart say good night to each other, Sheldon shouts from inside her apartment to tell Stuart to take the hint. Amy wonders how Sheldon got into her apartment, while he worries this is the sort of nagging he can expect as her boyfriend. Sheldon has drawn up the Relationship Agreement, a 31 page document that enumerates, iterates and codifies the rights and responsibilities of them both as boyfriend and girlfriend.

The girls are playing Twister in Penny's apartment when Sheldon arrives with a splinter, expecting his girlfriend Amy to sort it out. As detailed in Section 4 of the Relationship Agreement, "Booboos and Ouchies", Amy must take care of it.

Comments (125)

Mitch United Kingdom, 07:47 Oct 27 2013.
This TV show is hilarious!!!
Alina Russia, 13:55 Oct 14 2012.
love it very much!
Rhoda Tendo Uganda, 17:07 May 4 2012.
best comedy ever
Mr. Awesome United Kingdom, 11:26 Mar 9 2012.
I want Leonard and Penny back together
what if that happened? United States, 13:38 Dec 31 2011.
lol consider one of Sheldon's alternate universes: Bernadette Leonard (in a world where Howard did not sing at the cheesecake factory)
i'm a smart girl United States, 13:20 Dec 31 2011.
Jim Parsons is sexy.
Lissie United States, 22:15 Dec 27 2011.
where can I find the closing credit comments under the Chuck Lorre Productions. They go by so fast I can't read it.
federico loff Mexico, 17:14 Dec 25 2011.
I just want married with Kaley. She´s single?
ROSE United States, 16:33 Dec 8 2011.
Love the show very much.
eriku Mexico, 20:32 Dec 6 2011.
WOW! Amazing season .. best so far! Amy gives some remarkable root to the equations and the in's and out's are just superb! the best ever!

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