612 - The Egg Salad Equivalency Aired January 3, 2013
After Sheldon's assistant makes a move on Leonard, his plan to focus her mind back on work lands him with a sexual harassment complaint. When Sheldon has a meeting with the human resources department, he gets his friends in trouble, too. Meanwhile, Penny feels insecure about her relationship when she learns Alex was hitting on Leonard.
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Director: Mark Cendrowski
Viewers: 19.25 million Households Rating: 11.2/17 Adults 18-49 Rating: 6.1/18
- The title refers to Sheldon's sexist comparison of women to egg salad sandwiches left out in the sun, a simile he borrowed from his late father.
Sheldon performs his knock once on the door of Janine, the head of human resources at the university, calling for "Human Resources Department" as he knocks.
Sheldon: My father used to say that a woman is like an egg salad sandwich on a warm Texas day.
Sheldon: Full of eggs and only appealing for a short time.
Amy: I have a lab full of coked up monkeys with nothing to lose.
Raj: I did the research. Tony the Tiger, Dig'em the Frog, Cap'n Crunch, Toucan Sam, Count Chocula, Trix the Rabbit, Snap, Crackle and Pop. Not one cereal mascot is a girl. It's a total breakfast sausage fest.
Leonard: Are we done with this?
Raj: Almost. Franken Berry, Boo Berry, Sugar Bear and the Honey Nut Cheerio bee, I believe his name is Buzz.
Bernadette: Who's involved?
Sheldon: Well, a short bespectacled colleague of mine who lives in the shadow of his brilliant roommate. Let's call this colleague Ricardo Shilly-Shally.
Penny: You're talking about Leonard.
Sheldon: No, no, Shilly-Shally has red hair and he briefly served in the Mexican Navy.
Raj: I feel like I've been called down to the principal's office. Although I wouldn't mind if Brown Sugar suspended me. From a sex swing. (Looking at his flask) This may have been a mistake.
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As Sheldon and Leonard play Giant Jenga in the apartment, Sheldon's assistant arrives to collect tapes Sheldon has recorded of himself sleeping. Sheldon thinks his sleep talk might contain a brilliant idea. Alex invites Leonard to come with her to see a lecture, but Leonard says he's spending time with Penny. Alex says she can tell him all about the lecture at work or over dinner, causing a surprised Leonard to knock over the Jenga tower. The next day at the university cafeteria, Leonard boasts about Alex's advances on him. Sheldon is displeased to her how his assistant has been using her time, which should be focused on him, to hit on Leonard.
Sheldon gathers the girls at Amy's apartment for an important session of what he dubs "Sheldon Cooper's Council of Ladies". Sheldon wants to discuss a workplace situation between his short, bespectacled colleague, Ricardo Shilly-Shally, though the girls somehow deduce he's talking about Leonard. When Sheldon reveals that Ricardo was the recipient of an inappropriate advance, Amy figures it's from Alex. Sheldon admits it's not a problem for Leonard, who is loving the attention, angering Penny.
When Sheldon talks to Alex about the problem in his office, he suggests her ovaries are squirting goofy juice into her brain. Sheldon then regales Alex with wisdom from his father, who compared women to an egg salad sandwich on a warm Texas day, "full of eggs and only appealing for a short time." Alex tells her boss this conversation is making her uncomfortable, but Sheldon carries on, calling her a slave to her desire to reproduce. Sheldon finishes by giving Alex an illustrated book about sexually transmitted diseases. Elsewhere, an extra happy Leonard runs into Penny in the apartment building stairwell. Penny reveals she knows Alex hit on Leonard and that he liked it. Leonard returns to his apartment to ask Sheldon if he said something to Penny. As Sheldon realizes he shouldn't have talked to Penny, he receives a call from the Human Resources department at the university informing him Alex filed a complaint of sexual harassment against him.
The next day, Sheldon arrives the HR department to talk to Ms. Davis, who tells him he said things he just can not say in the workplace. When Sheldon wonders whether Alex thought he was singling her out, he clarifies that he thinks all women are slaves to their biological urges. After Sheldon grows tired of the complaint against him, he rats out his friends for their own inappropriate conduct at the university. Elsewhere, Leonard knocks on Penny's apartment and plays a song on the cello, apologizing for Alex hitting on him. As they talk through their problem, Leonard is surprised to find Penny also has feelings of insecurity about their relationship. Meanwhile, Leonard, Howard and Raj all receive calls from the Human Resources department.
At the HR department, Raj, Howard and Leonard wonder why they're there. Raj is drinking as it's the only way he'll be able to talk to the HR lady. As Ms. Davis welcomes the guys in, Sheldon arrives to file his own sexual harassment complaint against Ms. Davis. Ms. Davis has had enough and calls all the guys into her office now. Later, Sheldon apologizes to Alex for his behavior, and then makes her take the online sexual harassment seminar he's been ordered to take.