802 - The Junior Professor Solution
Aired September 22, 2014

The Junior Professor Solution

After the university finds a way for Sheldon to change his field of research, he is promoted to a Junior Professor and must teach a class. When nobody signs up for Sheldon's class, Howard surprisingly enlists. Meanwhile, Amy plays Penny and Bernadette against each other as tensions rise over Penny's new job at Bernadette's company.

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Guest Stars: Regina King as Mrs. Davis

Writers: Steven Molaro (Story), Eric Kaplan (Story), Steve Holland (Story), Jim Reynolds (Teleplay), Maria Ferrari (Teleplay), Tara Hernandez (Teleplay)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 18.23 million Adults 18-49 Rating: 5.4/16

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Episode Notes

  • The title references the university's solution to Sheldon's request to change his field of research, as was set out towards the end of Season 7, by making him a junior professor.

> Sheldon's Knock

Sheldon uses his knock once when he goes to Mrs. Davis' office. After the first round of knocking he says "Mrs. Davis", after the second he says "Guess who?", after which she answers. Finally, Sheldon says "That's right, good job." after the third round of knocking.

Quotes (25)

Sheldon: The correct animal for inter-species super soldier is the koala. You would wind up with an army so cute, it couldn't be attacked.

Amy: You better watch that attitude, buddy. You're dating the popular girl now.

Sheldon: You shot your spit in my mouth!
Howard: Is that gonna be on the test? Because I don't think I can do that again.

Raj: So I've been trying to come up with a cute couple's nickname for me and Emily. What do you like better "Emipalli" or "Koothrapemily".
Howard: Why is it your last name and her first name?
Raj: Well, her last name is Sweeny, and something just didn't seem right about Koothrapeeny.

Leonard: Sheldon, I promise, your uvula does not have an STD.
Sheldon: Are you sure? It just doesn't feel as innocent as it used to.

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'The Junior Professor Solution' Pictures September 10, 2014

Pictures from the second episode of The Big Bang Theory's eighth season, "The Junior Professor Solution", have been released. The episode airs as part of an hour-long season premiere on Monday, September 22 at 8/7c on CBS. Check out the stills from the episode in our gallery.  Full story


Sheldon has a meeting with Janine Davis of the university's human resources department to discuss his desire to change his field of study. While Sheldon was away, the university worked out a solution to let him retain his grant and change his field by becoming a junior professor. Elsewhere, there's tension between Penny and Bernadette as Penny starts her job at Bernadette's company. Since Bernadette got Penny the job, she feels Penny should try her hardest to learn the material before she begins work or else it might reflect badly on her.

Penny goes to Amy's office to meet her for lunch and mentions she needs a break from Bernadette, who has been pushing her hard to study for the new job. Although Amy's initially uncomfortable talking about somebody else behind their back, she soon realizes sharing negative feelings about a third party can help people to bond. Having lunch in the cafeteria, Raj tries to think up a cute couple's name for him and Emily: Emipali or Koothrapemily.

Back at the office, Amy is experimenting with a starfish when Bernadette Skypes in and invites Amy out for a drink, without Penny as she's frustrated with her. Amy joins Bernadette is criticizing Penny, playing both sides against each other. Elsewhere, Leonard, Howard and Raj visit Sheldon and find his classroom empty as nobody signed up for his class. Howard volunteers to take Sheldon's class, but Sheldon dismisses this and claims the class would be too advanced for Howard. Sheldon eventually relents and lets Howard take the class. Later in his apartment, Sheldon works on his class plan in a bid to make Howard lost, while Leonard wonders why Sheldon tries so hard to prove he is smarter than Leonard.

When Howard turns up for Sheldon's class, he tells Sheldon that Leonard already warned him that Sheldon was planning to make the class overly complicated just to belittle Howard. Since Sheldon isn't going to be a good professor, Howard decides not to be a good student and promptly fires a spitwad right into Sheldon's mouth. Later in the apartment, Howard and Sheldon spar over engineering and physics trivia. After Bernadette and Penny patch things up, she helps Penny study for her new job.

Comments (13)

Blablabla United Kingdom, 16:07 Feb 12 2015.
What is the song that Howard sings with his earphones in when he is in the class???
Morris Australia, 09:25 Oct 20 2014.
looks like nobody picked up the science mistake (clue: last scene)
Riku Finland, 17:55 Sep 22 2014.
Greetings from Finland! I gotta say this is probably the best series i have watched. This compared to any Finnish series The Big Bang Theory will crush them all. Favorite episode Season 3 Episode 12 just because Finnish mentioned there!
elena United States, 22:27 Sep 17 2014.
My looking forward to season 8, I wish I could get tickets to see them live. I love sheldon. He always makes me laugh. ?.
Richard LaPlant United States, 13:51 Sep 17 2014.
I want to have a Big Bang Theory marathon.
Carol Schlamb Canada, 14:09 Sep 15 2014.
I am a total Big Bang Theory fan and love everyone. I wish it were on everyday all day. Of course new episodes. A daily day in the life. Since I am a total nerdella, I would love to see more experiments gone wrong and more intimacy for Sheldon. Poor guy ain't getting any and it's not for lack of trying by Amy! Please let him get to know the carnal side of science. He may even be good at it. You never know? Just saying!
Hashim United Kingdom, 15:50 Sep 14 2014.
When will u announce when and where season 8 will be for uk
EDITH R United States, 13:47 Sep 12 2014.
Really Like Penny's hair!
Daniel Ecuador, 16:41 Sep 10 2014.
I'm sorry but I hate Penny's new hair . . . . .
Jay United States, 00:01 Sep 8 2014.
I cant wait for season 8

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