THE BIG BANG THEORY “The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition” Review


THE BIG BANG THEORY “The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition” Season 5 Episode 10 – There comes a time in every relationship that’s not a relationship when the question must be asked: are we exclusively not in a relationship with each other? That time came for Sheldon and Amy in “The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition,” this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory.

Upon meeting her in the comic book store, and seeing how Sheldon has always made it clear that Amy is not his girlfriend, Stuart decides to ask her out on a date. And even though he claims not to care, Sheldon winds up friending Stuart on Facebook just to keep track of his updates regarding Amy.

He even asks Penny on a date, all in his effort to prove that Amy doesn’t matter to him as much as she does. But when all else fails, he has to put on his big boy pants. With a little subtle female manipulation on Amy’s part, Sheldon is finally able to ask Amy to be his girlfriend.

On the condition that absolutely nothing changes between them.

I love Sheldon. I love when he has these tiny moments of growth, because they’re so rare and so well executed. Sheldon is Sheldon. Yes, he might be a boyfriend now, but that only means that he gets to draw up a Relationship Agreement. Baby steps. This was a big night for Dr. Cooper.

So big that the B-plot, a commentary on how expensive it is to have a geeky hobby like the Mystics War Lords of Ka’aa, rightfully got very little screen time. I still find myself annoyed at the writer’s continued insistence that only losers populate comic book stores. I’ve always admired this show for putting a spotlight on geeks and showing that we’re just like everyone else (except we’re far more interesting…seriously…fantasy football has nothing on Dungeons & Dragons.) It hurts a little when they forget who their audience is and kind of make fun of us. We got enough of that in high school.

I’m a little worried about Penny’s drinking, but I think that might be me over-analyzing the show. I love a good bottle of wine, but lately Penny’s just been drinking and making macaroni and cheese. Does this mean she’s still not over Leonard? I’ll be keeping an eye on her.

All in all, an episode of The Big Bang Theory that will go on my “Must Watch” list, if for no other reason than seeing Sheldon spit into a spittoon. Out of character? Not for the character he was playing at the time, it wasn’t.

Best Lines

Stuart: Can I help you find anything?
Amy: A comic that depicts a woman with a bosom that can’t be used as a flotation device?

Penny: She doesn’t have a boyfriend; she has a Sheldon.

Howard: Wait, are you telling me that Sheldon’s patented blend of condescension and no sex isn’t enough to hold onto a woman?

Sheldon: (knocking) Penny?
Penny: Who do we love?
Sheldon: Penny?
Penny: Who do we love?
Sheldon: Penny?
Penny: Who do we love?

Sheldon: Amy, will you be my girlfriend?

Stuart: (re: their date) So, other than you taking your relationship to another level with a different guy, this was nice!

Sheldon: (knocking) Penny? Amy? Bernadette?

What did you think of the episode? Let me know below!

About The Author

Born and raised in Florida, but currently living in Los Angeles, Kristen is an aspiring television writer who is willing to give any TV show a chance, unless it involves real wives. When she’s not flipping channels, she can be found either reading a good, old-fashioned bodice ripper, discussing the failures of George Lucas with her friends over cherry pie at Mel’s Diner or trying to round up one or more of her Star Trek RPG players. She’s a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and hopes to finish one of her novels someday.

  • Bogino

    thank you for writing a review. I havent watched this episde yet because i am not in US and am still waiting for the episode to be uploaded. i have been very excited for this episode and I cant wait to see it. I LOVE SHELDON!

  • Nikki

    Or boy has realy grown! okay baby steps but who thought. yay

  • ptjackson

    I really enjoyed this episode too, and loved Bernadette’s comment about bosoms that could be flotation devices. Gosh, how true is that??

    Proudly geeky…..

  • Shamy

    I’m in loooove with Sheldon’s character. He’s so childish in his genius.
    I hope, that director will not distroy thair relationship, because they made to be together! ;)

     Thanks for your review. I’m foreigner, so I didn’t watch this episode yet. ;)

  • Missbubu

    I’m glad I’m not the only one disturbed by Penny’s drinking. I can only hope the writers are setting up something with it, and not just taking an easy way out to provide laughs at her expense.

  • Maas_1980

    I can totally understand you feelings about the ‘only losers go to comic book stores’. I kind of have that same feeling when they make jokes about for example historians not being scientists. And refering to it as more of a hobby. By the way try and guess my profession. But hey, it still is only a tv-show. And yes historians can be nerds or geeks just as well. Just ask my wife.