The Big Bang Theory 5.16 ‘Vacation? Sheldon Doesn’t Want It’ Recap

Most people can’t wait to cash in their vacation time to have a nice trip, or just some time to themselves without clocking in everyday. Of course Sheldon would fall into the category of people who don’t as in this week’s episode where the president of the university (always a fun appearance by Josh Malina) demands that Sheldon use his vacation time next week. When he realizes that he doesn’t want to travel or stay at home, Sheldon decides that perhaps just being in another lab will count as he turns his vacation time into ‘˜reluctantly take your boyfriend to work day’over at Amy’s lab.

After he fails to be able to do even the smallest of tasks, Sheldon confronts Amy and demand he be challenged more. Ever since he’s known her Sheldon has belittled the contributions of the field of biology to a science as a whole (as whole as Amy’s position as a biologist) when compared to that of his own field of study, physics. But that’s an element of Sheldon’s character that’s always been effective on this show, he’s a genius but certainly not with most things outside of his own realm. Upon being given the chance to do something more substantial in her lab, Sheldon quickly succumbs to his own weakness at the sight of blood–his own especially–and hits the floor.

Later, after some encouragement from Penny and probably at least a couple of Sheldon’s favorite rum-free cocktails at The Cheesecake Factory’s bar, Sheldon goes back to Amy’s lab to apologize for his rude behavior. What’s great about these two is how Amy consistently keeps pushing against Sheldon’s boundaries. There aren’t that many people who can get a legitimate apology out of Sheldon and every time they have these little moments of progress it certainly helps make him into a better character than the version back in season one. While Leonard and Penny might be sort of/kind of back together lately, it’s really Sheldon and Amy who deserve their spot as a main couple of the show.

The other main couple, Howard and Bernadette ran into an issue of their own as Howard eventually finds out from his friends that Bernadette’s dad wants her to seek a pre-nuptial agreement. It’s yet another story focusing on how Bernadette is more successful on paper than Howard is and if their relationship can survive that difference. So that’s getting slightly old, however this storyline will be worth it if we someday get to see Bernadette’s father. When she talks about him at the end of the episode I can’t be the only person hoping that they actually cast some great actor to come in for this role. If anything we’ll hopefully get to see this character at the wedding if everything goes according to plan and these two make it down the aisle together. Also have to make special mention of the traditional wedding invitations with Klingon writing on the back of them. An excellent example of compromise considering that Bernadette is no hardcore Trekkie like Howard, and it’s a good sign for these two in the future.

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