Million Dollar Listing L.A.
Episode 11 – This Means War
Josh Altman nervously places a call, and this time it’s not to a client – it’s to girlfriend Heather’s mom, asking for permission to propose. There was no need to sweat; Heather’s mom is thrilled and happily grants her permission.
Josh Flagg is at a potential listing with Homa in Trousdale Estates, located in Beverly Hills north of Sunset Boulevard. This home encompasses 3,665 sq. feet, has 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, and great views of L.A. Josh knows the home is in definite need of updates and possibly a complete gutting as it is dated, but it has an unbeatable location. Homa is asked what she thinks the home is worth; she guesses in the low $3 million range. Josh laughs and gives her the good news: it is actually worth much more. They agree to list the home at $5,695,000.00 and this will represent a huge profit, as Homa’s parents bought the home back in 1976 for a measly $450,000.00.
Madison has a hot new listing, located up in the scenic hills of Malibu. It is 6,670 sq. ft., 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 3 levels, panic room, elevator and infinity pool and 4 car garage spread out over seven acres. The home will be very private as it is surrounded by a national park. Madison would hope to price the house at $6 million, however, the developers are looking to receive at least a million dollars more. They feel there is nothing to compare this unique home to. Madison and the men agree to start at $6.5 million and see what the initial feedback is.
Josh A. meets with Ilan, an acquaintance of about a year, up in the Hollywood Hills at a newly-built home. It encompasses 6,000 sq. ft., has 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, abeautiful white custom kitchen and even a 2-story guest house, . The newly-built home has a decidely East Coast design to it, which is unusual for Los Angeles. The men decide to start at $4.5 million.
Back at Trousdale Estates, Josh F. meets with Marisa, former Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, to show the home. Both agents already know this home will need to be either completely remodeled or gutted to start fresh, but the location cannot be beat. Marisa feels she has a potential buyer from New York that she will be bringing in. (And that is our token Real Housewife appearance of the week!)
The brokers open is coming together for Josh A. in the Hollywood Hills. Many agents are walking through the door. For fun Josh has even brought in a lobster truck to sell something the East is famous for, lobster rolls! Josh Flagg walks in to check out the house. After being introduced to owner Ilan, he finds out he used to be Ilan’s Scout Master! He also is informed by Ilan that Josh FLAGG was his first choice to list this home, but he was never called back! Josh F. seems perplexed and doesn’t recall seeing any messages, and Josh A. is giddy with this tidbit. Josh F. feels that the other Josh took full advantage of the situation and knows he took the listing away. Josh A. said it is not his fault that Josh F. did not receive the messages from Ilan.
Madison previews the Malibu hills home to several realtors. They all ooh and aah over the incredible views and location of the property. He needs to gauge that $6.5 million would be an acceptable price. Unfortunately, the agents feel the house should be in the $4 million range. Madison is concerned.
Back in the office, Josh F. decides to call Ilan about the Trousdale Estates home. He thinks that Ilann would be a perfect choice to purchase and flip the house, as he is a developer. Ilan is quite interested in looking at the property. If Ilan purchases the home, Josh tells him he could probably flip the house for as much as $15 million. They make a date for the next day. Ilan and his parter Ash visit the home for an inspection. They like the home and certainly would be interested in flipping the home, but as it stands the asking price is a big high. Josh also clarifies with Ilan that his rival Josh Altman is not Ilan’s exclusive rep for all real estate deals. Ilan said not at this point, which mean Josh would not be stepping on his rival’s toes in this deal. Josh would be making a five percent commission on this home since he is representing the potential buyer AND seller, a unique situation.
Back in Malibu, Madison places a call to the owner Joshua, passing on the brokers’ opinions on pricing the home. Madison feels that $6 million is the most they should be listing the house. Joshua reluctantly agrees and promises the house will be finished with all construction before buyers are brought in.
Josh F. heads back to Trousdale to meet with Homa, the homeowner. The offer that Ilan and his partner have brought is $4.8 million. Homa would really want an offer starting at $5 million. Since Josh is representing BOTH sides in this deal, he is forced by law to remain neutral. They decide to counter offer at $5,480,000.00.
Josh A. continues to show the Hollywood Hills East Coast-style home to eager viewers. Most people are loving the charm and style.
Josh invites his assistants Matt and Billy into the conference room to witness the counter offer on Trousdale to Ilan. This will be a good learning experience for them. Josh phones Ilan and gives him the counter offer of $5.48 million. Ilan says that is quite high and counters back at $5,150,000.00. When he phones Homa with the new price, she instructs Josh to counter back at $5,300,000.00. He calls Ilan again; by keeping his neutral stance, Josh is simply letting his clients come up with the new prices on their own. Ilan is getting frustrated but makes a final counter offer of $5.25 million, which is what Josh was hoping for. Homa still feels this is too low. Josh is kicking himself, because when he first sat down with Homa, she didn’t even think her home was worth $3.5 million. Josh was the one who told her it was worth much more! He never thought he would be representing a buyer too! Yikes.
Homa is waffling about even keeping this deal going. Josh decides to tell Homa he would be willing to kick back his 2.5% commission to Homa so she would net more in the sale. She is pleasantly surprised, and then and there decides to accept the deal! It is worth it to Josh to do this because it would be good for future business relationships with both Homa and Ilan. Matt and Billy are a bit surprised that Josh would be happy giving up over $131,000.00 in commission, but Josh feels it would be worth it. Josh calls Ilan and gives him the happy news.
The Malibu home is finally finished! Madison has a brokers’ open in full swing. The home looks stunning now that is fully completed. Everyone gets a kick out of the panic room, too. The consensus seems to be that $6 million is not out of the question for this unique home.
Josh F. sits down to dinner with his adorable grandmother Edith. He has to inform her that he and Colton have sold their condo in Edith’s building, and he will no longer be her neighbor. She says she will be very unhappy and will not call him anymore if this happens. He hopes she is just joking. She relents and says that as long as he is happy living elsewhere, it is okay. Josh knows he will miss her terribly now that he can’t just pop up to the penthouse when she calls.
Josh A. has an offer of $4.3 million to present to Ilan for the East Coast-style home. They decide to counter back at the FULL asking price, no negotation. After a few minutes, they get a return call, and the deal is done! A new sales record has been shattered on that street, and Josh is ecstatic. When Josh immediately asks Ilan if he has any other properties in mind to buy for the future, Ilan admits he JUST closed a deal with rival Josh F. in Trousdale. Josh A. is surprised and questions Ilan, who said it was a sudden situation and a decision had to be made quickly. Josh tells Ilan that his rival Josh F. was doing this out of spite and basically poached Ilan from him. Josh is so annoyed he leaves Ilan and tells him that he will speak to him later.
Madison is continuing to show the Malibu property to eager buyers. At $6 million, it is pricey but the views seem to be the top selling point as they are to die for.
A furious Josh A. is on a mission to confront Josh F. regarding the Ilan situation. He finds Mr. Flagg at a listing and the two men immediately begin to argue. Josh A. accuses Josh F. of not only poaching Ilan, but of being lazy and just doing real estate as a hobby, not a career. (It’s no secret that Mr. Altman has been jealous of Flagg for years.) Altman even brings up Josh”s beloved grandmother Edith, sniping that Flagg will never work as hard as she did. Flagg immediately slaps Altman full in the face! End of episode.
We will have to wait until the finale next week to find out what happens…will we see Josh Altman’s proposal to Heather also?
Top Chef New Orleans (S11E3) by BB
Hey, Y’all. This week’s N’Awlins phrases are “Peench the Tails” and “Suck the Heads” (the first and second ways to eat Crayfish there). Now let’s get to cookin’.
17 Chefs and counting. Editor in Chief of Food and Wine Magazine, Dana Cowin will be the guest judge for the Quickfire Challenge, along with Padma and Emeril. The chefs pick a knife that contains a food trend that Dana thinks is past its prime. They will have to create a dish that reinvents this popular food trend. The food trends the chefs will be working with are Eggs over everything, Bacon, Smoked, and Kale. Dana advises the chefs to avoid making Kale salad or Kale chips. They have 30 minutes and one of them will be getting eliminated and one will be getting immunity.
The chefs who have the food trend Smoked are Sara, Janine, Louis, and Michael. Shirley, Nina, Nicholas and Carrie have Eggs over everything. Bene, Brian, Travis, Carlos, and Stephanie have Bacon. Patty, Justin, Brett, and Aaron have Kale. The favorites are Nina, Shirley, and Stephanie. The winner is Shirley and she will have immunity in the elimination challenge. The least favorites are Brett (who made a Kale salad even though they were told not to), Louis and Aaron (too much salt). Aaron is eliminated, which surprises the other chefs considering his background. I guess we’ll see him in the Last Chance Kitchen.
The elimination challenge will be taking place at the Commander’s Palace, a famous restaurant in New Orleans. They will all be dining there that evening. At the Commander’s Palace, Tory McPhail, the Executive Chef,comes out to explain the challenge. The challenge will be to replicate a classic Commander’s Palace dish. They will try a dish that night and try to make the same exact dish the next day. This will test their palate, attention to detail and the ability to replicate. The dishes they are served that night are: Shrimp and Tasso Henican created by Chef Jamie Shannon; Black Skillet Seared Trout created by Chef Paul Prudhomme; Veal Chop Tchoupitoulas created by Chef Emeril Legasse; and for dessert, Strawberry Trio created by Chef Tory McPhail.
They will be cooking in the groups where they are seated for dinner. Table number one (Louis, Nicholas, Janine and Carlos) will be responsible for cooking the Black Skillet Seared Trout. Table number two (Michael, Nina, Bene, and Travis) will be making the Shrimp and Tasso Henican. Table number three (Brian, Shirley, Bret and Patty) will be making the Veal Chop Tchoupitoulas. Table number four (Carrie, Justin, Stephanie and Sara) will be making the Strawberry Trio. The Commander’s Palace chef will be making every dish so there can be side by side comparisons. Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme will be present to taste their creations.
The next day the chefs take over the Commander’s Palace kitchen. The chefs think it’s much harder to try to replicate other chef’s dishes than to cook their own. I’m only going to talk about any crises that happen during the preparation of these dishes. Louis has problems with Cajun spices. The biscuit making process is not going well either. I always get tickled when I see chefs trying to make a dessert. Desserts seems to be the hardest challenges for contestants on Top Chef. Space is also a problem for the chefs. Nina accidentally took Michael’s plates.
Meantime all the dignitaries show up for their dinner, along with the judges. Included are the regular judges Tom, Padma and Hugh, plus Emeril, Ti Martin (proprietor of the restaurant), Tory Mcphail, and Paul Prudhomme. The first course is the Shrimp dish. It seems the judges like Nina’s shrimp, Bene’s sauce and Michael’s presentation and if combined, would have made the perfect dish. They thought Travis missed the mark completely.
The second course is the Blackened Trout. Hugh and a couple of the others liked Janine’s dish the best. Tom thought they were all under-seasoned. Nicholas’ dish is light on one end and dark on the other with lots of sauce. Louis’ is overcooked and bland. Bland seems to be the key word with this group. They think Carlos’ skillet was too hot and his is overcooked to the point of almost being burnt. Padma reminds them how difficult this challenge is because not only do they have to replicate dishes, the creators are sitting at the table.
Next up is the Veal Chop Tchoupitoulas. Shirley has lost her yellow beets! This is Emeril’s dish. Brian’s vegetables are raw. Patty’s presentation is good and her veal is nicely cooked. Some of Shirley’s veal chops are too well done. Bret may be the closest to replicating, but his dish looks messy and Emeril says “there’s no love.” It’s not seared and a couple of his veal chops are overcooked. Hugh says they didn’t have a lot of time to get this dish done. Tom looks at him funny and Hugh asks him if he wants to roll up his sleeves and do it because he’s game.
Last but not least is the Strawberry Trio. These chefs look beat when they’re finished. Sara’s was greasy and she had an obliterated biscuit. They like Carrie’s and Justin’s. They also like Stephanie’s biscuits, with one judge saying they are even better than the Commander’s biscuits. The judges call this the best course of the night. Will the winner be coming from this group?
In the stew room, the chefs watch the judges deliberate. They talk about seasoning and that the best dishes are the desserts. They praise Justin and Stephanie. They talk about who struggled. They mention Louis, Carlos, and Bret’s presentation. Padma asks Justin, Stephanie and Nina to come into the judging room. They came the closest to the Commander’s Palace originals. Justin was nominated for the same James Beard award that Chef Tory McPhail won. They announce Justin as the winner.
Next come the chefs with the least favorite dishes – Louis, Carlos and Brett. They find out Louis made the seasoning blend for his whole group. That explains a lot about everything being bland. Tom is surprised the others let Louis make the seasoning for their food. Carlos owns his burnt food. Brett makes excuses about being last on the grill and trouble plating his meal. Padma tells Brett to pack his knives and go. The eliminated group consists of men only so far.
The Big Bang Theory
“The Workplace Proximity”
Sheldon and Amy are eating dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. As Penny (their waitress) is pouring water into their water glasses, she observes that there is an awkward silence, Sheldon is on his phone, and nobody’s touching. Penny deduces and in a singsong teasing voice says, “Awwww…. Somebody’s having date night!” Amy quickly assures her it’s much steamier than it appears because Sheldon is looking up the phallic symbolism of root vegetables found in Renaissance paintings. Sheldon clarifies and tells them that actually, he got bored of that search and is now browsing for cuticle scissors on Amazon. After hearing that piece of information, Penny wonders aloud at how she’s surprised that Amy doesn’t want to tear off Sheldon’s clothes right then and there, and, “Take him right here on this table.” Sheldon warms, “If you do that, I’ll scream!”
During dinner, Amy breaks the news to Sheldon that she’s been invited to consult on a special project at the facility where he works. Sheldon thought that finding out that his new pair of cuticle scissors would arrive within 1-2 days was way more exciting than that piece of news. Amy wonders if Sheldon is okay with her working at his facility. Amy is concerned because the project would have them work in close proximity to each other. Amy tells Sheldon that the old adage that, “One shouldn’t defecate where one eats” came to her mind. Sheldon tells her his dad used to say that – and that he also used to say, “Who does one have to orally gratify to get a drink around here?” Realizing that Sheldon obviously doesn’t understand the meaning behind the saying, Amy explains it to Sheldon. Amy says, “It means – Don’t have a romantic relationship in the workplace.” “Really?” Sheldon dryly exclaims. Sheldon ponders further and says, “Hmmm, I always took it literally. That’s why I’ve never once moved my bowels in this or any restaurant.” Amy tells Sheldon that she’s relieved he doesn’t have a problem with them working together. After realizing he was wrong all this time about his literal interpretation of the adage, Sheldon tells Amyt that she’s not as “relieved” as he’s going to be in a minute – as he leaves to actually go “relieve” himself). Sheldon tells Amy, “It’s a whole new world, little lady.”
Back at Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment, the four guys are playing the card game, “Mystic Warlords of Ka’a” and in between turns Howard is telling Sheldon that he shouldn’t want his girlfriend at work with him. Raj disagrees and says that it could be romantic because his parents met at his dad’s place of work. Leonard said, “But your dad is a gynecologist.” Raj said, “Yeah, what started out as a pap smear turned into a date, which turned into her working there, which turned into a marriage, and then turned into hatred which continues to this day.”
On the other hand, Leonard is thinking this whole Amy working with Sheldon thing may work towards Leonard’s own benefit since Amy will then be able to do all the weird Sheldon things Leonard had been stuck doing for Sheldon all this time. For instance, Amy will be able to put drops in Sheldon’s eyes the next time he has conjunctivitis. As Leonard plays his next card, he dramatically says, “Big Baby.” Sheldon corrects him, points out there’s a different image on the card, and says, “It’s a raging ogre.” Obviously, Leonard was not describing the card he was actually playing, but instead was describing the big baby with whom he’s playing cards. Leonard says, “Yeah, I know.” Sheldon is not concerned about working with Amy because he assumes he will deduct all the minutes of time that he sees her at work from their “weekly quota.” Leonard begs Sheldon to let him be there when Sheldon tells Amy that piece of information.
Amy, Bernadette and Penny are in Penny’s apartment talking about Amy’s special project. Amy goes into a quick scientific description of her project. All of the sudden, Penny surprisingly says, “You know, not a lot of people know this, but the Monoamine oxidase enzyme was discovered by a woman, Mary Burnheim.” Amy and Bernadette look astonished and like they’re about to fall off their chairs. It was like Penny just grabbed that information out of thin air. Penny says, “That’s right, my phone is just as smart as you guys!”
You then hear Sheldon’s trademark trio of knocks at Penny’s front door, except that he’s added to his usual verbal greeting. It goes something like this: [Knock, knock, knock] “Amy, Bernadette, Penny!” [Knock, knock, knock] “Amy, Bernadette, Penny!” [Knock, knock, knock] “Amy, Bernadette, Penny.” As she’s answering the door, Amy tells the others that she doesn’t mind Sheldon’s idiosyncrasies like this one because she hopes to put Sheldon’s love of repetition to good use some day. Sly and knowing glances are shared between Penny and Bernadette.
When the door opens, Sheldon abruptly informs Amy that he’s not going to be able to work with Amy after all. Amy tells him that has already signed the contract and has cashed the check. Sheldon thinks Penny is going to look bad because she won’t be able to work there. Penny said she thought Sheldon was okay with working with Amy. Sheldon explains, “I was, but that was before Howard explained to me how awful it would be if he had to work with his significant other.” Bernadette gasped, “He said, WHAT?” Sheldon calms her down and tells her not to be insulted and attempts to explain that Howard simply thinks that seeing too much of Bernadette would be, “Mind-numbingly tedious.” As Bernadette storms off to talk to her husband, Sheldon calls out to her, “Keep it short – Brevity is your friend.”
Penny tries to tell Sheldon that he cannot tell Amy what she can or cannot do. Sheldon reminds Penny that last week she told Leonard he couldn’t wear his wookie jacket out in public. “Well, that’s different – I’m not going to the mall with someone dressed as a dumb space bear.” Amy tells Sheldon, “You don’t have to worry about me bothering you – I will be in a different building and we don’t even have to have lunch together.” Sheldon says, “Really?” Amy says, “Yes.” Sheldon wonders, “[Are] you sure your moth-like personality won’t be drawn to this blazing fire that is myself?” Penny just shakes her head in unbelief. Amy calmly assures Sheldon, “More and more sure…” Sheldon recants, “Well then, you have my permission.” Amy clarifies, “I didn’t ask for your permission.” Sheldon tells her, “Too late, no backsies.”
Meanwhile across the hall in Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment, Howard is painstakingly attempting to explain himself to Bernadette. Howard says, “No, noooOOooo…. Sheldon misunderstood… What I meant was, if we worked together, there would be too much of me for you.” Sheldon advises Howard that if he is going to lie to his wife that he shouldn’t start out the sentence with “Sheldon misunderstood…” because that’s a dead giveaway that he’s lying. Howard finally admitted that he honestly thinks that if he and Bernadette worked AND lived together – that they would get sick of each other. And because Sheldon is still living in Sheldon’s own little world, he further nonsensically clarifies, “To be fair, the only part he said was the part of him getting sick of you.” Howard quickly slams the table and exasperatingly cries out, “For the love of God, why?” Sheldon walks away while shaking his head and making a face as if Howard is completely “loony tunes.” Bernadette continues grilling Howard about what is it exactly that Howard would get sick of about her?
Raj and Leonard are watching this whole scene unfold while they’re sitting on a couch in the living room. Raj leans over to Howard and quietly says, “The only two options here are to fake a heart attack or to have a real one.”
Bernadette is asking, “Is it my voice? Am I too bossy?” Howard says he thinks his arm is starting to feel numb and he begins to rub his right arm. Bernadette tells him he’s a doofus because he’s rubbing the wrong arm for a heart attack. Howard quickly changes arms and starts to rub his left arm. Howard is clearly going to have to find somewhere else to sleep for the night.
The next day the guys are at work having lunch in the cafeteria. Leonard asks Raj and Howard, “How was the pajama party?” He wonders if they jumped on the bed and sang into their hair brushes? Raj explains, “It wasn’t a pajama party. It was just a couple of bros hanging out, giggling, eating cookie dough and watching “Princess Bride.” Since Raj is continuing to dig himself into a hole, Howard tells Raj, “Please stop talking.” Raj, in keeping with the Princess Bride theme says, “As you wish.”
Amy walks by the guys at their table and coldly says, “Hi” as she walks to a different table. Sheldon still thinks his relationship with Amy is okay. Leonard wonders about the validity of Sheldon taking relationship advice from Howard, who spent last night braiding Raj’s hair.
Amy is sitting at another table with a couple of colleagues, laughing and having a good time. Sheldon looks empathetically from afar at Amy and says, “Don’t worry little moth, this flame will come to you.” Sheldon dutifully walks over to Amy’s table and she introduces him to her colleagues, one of whom is named “Dr. Gunderson” from Stockholm, Sweden. Sheldon says that Sweden is home to his favorite Muppet and his second favorite meatball. Everyone at the table looks at Sheldon like he’s an alien. Sheldon sits down and tries hard to be engaging and amusing, but really misses the mark. Dr. Gunderson is so not amused. Neither is Amy. Sheldon asks Amy, “Is his name ‘Gunderson’ or ‘No Fun-derson.’”
Amy sternly asks, “Where are we going with us, Dr. Cooper.” Sheldon, in a lame attempt to be endearing, says, “Oh please, I’m your boyfriend, you can call me Sheldon.” He looks at the others at the table and boasts, “That’s right, I am in a boy/girl relationship with this cute lil lump of wool. It’s a physical relationship, too – With hand holding and hugging – Even on hot days.” Amy kicks Sheldon under the table. Sheldon says, “Owww. Here’s a new one, apparently we kick each other on the shin under the table. How do you like it when I do it to you?” Sheldon kicks Amy back and she winces. Sheldon says, “Not so much, huh?” Amy just glares at Sheldon.
At the end of the day, Amy is still working feverishly in her lab since she has a lot of work to do. She is monitoring and charting the level of fear shown by a monkey’s reaction to various pictures displayed one-by-one on a computer screen. The first picture is of a French man on bicycle carrying baguettes. Amy notes that the monkey displayed no visible reaction to that particular picture. The next picture is of a – sousaphone. There is still no reaction from the monkey. Amy decides to kick things up a notch. Picture #3 is of a crocodile with a mouthful of monkeys. Immediately, the monkey squeals and jumps back.
Sheldon walks into Amy’s lab she asks him what he wants. He said that he was done with work, and then he squeals and jumps back when he sees the picture of the crocodile with a mouthful of monkeys that’s still being displayed on the computer screen. Amy quickly changes the screen to display the picture of the French man with baguettes. Sheldon asks her to explain what she’s doing on her project. She explains that she’s determining the baseline fear levels of kabuki monkeys by measuring their response to visual stimuli. Sheldon thinks she’s just goofing off.
Sheldon tells Amy that he has some good news for her. Since he’s done with work, and Leonard (his usual ride home) isn’t ready to leave yet – that Amy can take him home. Amy tells him she can’t leave at the moment because she has too much work to do. She also wonders why on earth would she do Sheldon a favor after the way he treated her in the cafeteria. She clicks to Image #4 – A boa constrictor… both the monkey and Sheldon physically react to the picture. Sheldon doesn’t think there was a problem because he was “delightful” when he talked to Amy and her colleagues in the cafeteria. He suggests however, “Maybe your friend, Gunderson, needs to head over to IKEA and assemble a sense of humor.” Amy tells Sheldon that he embarrassed her in front of her colleagues on her first day. She then clicks to Image #5 – A kitten in a teacup. Both the monkey and Sheldon simultaneously tilt their heads to the side and smile in the same way. Amy tells Sheldon that he embarrassed her. Sheldon finally gets the clue that Amy is cranky with him. She tells he needs to go find another way home. Amy displays Image #6 – Woman giving birth. Both the monkey and Sheldon put their hands to their eyes with their tongues sticking out in the exact same way. Gosh, you think they’re trying to tell us something? Lol…
Later that night, Penny and Leonard are sitting on the couch watching TV. Sheldon walks in. Leonard asks, “It’s 9:00 PM, where have you been?” Evidently, Sheldon took the bus home but fell asleep and took a tour of the greater Los Angeles area. They thought that Amy was going to take him home from work. Sheldon says, “Can you believe she said I embarrassed her?” Penny immediately responds, “Yeah.” Sheldon said, “But you didn’t even hear the details.” There is nothing but silence coming from both Penny and Leonard. Finally, Leonard says, “I’ve known you a long time and I’m going to tell you this with all the love I can muster – Amy’s right, you’re wrong.” Sheldon says, “But you don’t know…” Leonard interrupts Sheldon’s explanation and says, “It doesn’t matter.” Sheldon says, “But in my defense…” Leonard again interrupts, “…Doesn’t matter.” Sheldon insists, “You’re not listening to my side of it.” Penny asks, “What is your side?” Sheldon starts to tell her then Penny says, “Nope, got to go with Amy on this one.” Sheldon stomps off to his room.
Meanwhile, at Raj’s house, there is a knock on his door. Bernadette is there to talk to Howard. She says, “I may have overreacted… Sometimes I feel like you enjoy your time with your friends more than me… And so when you said you didn’t want to spend that much time with me it hurt my feelings.” Howard tells her, “Starting tomorrow, my time with you is my #1 priority.” Bernadette asks, “Why tomorrow?” Howard crazily explains, “Because we’re so close to finishing the batman game.” Bernadette stomps off. Raj tells Howard that he should go after her. Howard calls to Bernadette, “Should I go after you?” You hear an irritated Bernadette scream back to him, “NO!” Howard thanks Raj for getting him in trouble with his wife.
It looks like it’s the middle of the night when Sheldon knocks on Amy’s door. Amy opens the door in her robe and asks, “What are you doing here so late?” Sheldon explains, “Amy, this isn’t easy to say. All relationships are difficult – but even moreso when you’re in one with a person who struggles with everyday social interactions, and frankly, can strike some people as being some kind of a weirdo.” Amy assures Sheldon, “You’re not a weirdo.” Sheldon says, “I wasn’t speaking about me. I mean honestly, there’s no telling what will set you off.” He then cites various circumstances wherein Amy reacted negatively to him. Sheldon says, “We’re a couple and I like you for who you are – quirks and all.” Amy says, “I like you too.” And just when you thought these two had made some progress, Sheldon can’t stop himself from saying, “I should hope so – I don’t see anyone else banging on this door, putting up with your nonsense.” Amy slams the door shut. Sheldon says, “Not even a goodbye? See – that’s the kind of thing that makes people think you’re weird.” As he walks away, Sheldon delusionally says, “Poor kid, she just doesn’t see it.”
Bernadette, Amy and Penny are out together talking about their relationship problems. Bernadette says, “I’m not apologizing to Howard, he can come begging on his knees.” Amy says that she isn’t apologizing either. Amy tells them that if she sees Sheldon at work that she will just ignore him. Penny assures the girls they shouldn’t worry about it because her boyfriend, Leonard, is going to set Howard and Sheldon straight about the whole situation.
Meanwhile, back at Leonard’s apartment where he’s supposed to be setting the guys straight… Shock of all shocks, instead of talking about relationship stuff, they are playing around with laser guns and using them to burst balloons… Howard yells, “Pull” (Like you would hear when you’re skeet shooting). Raj throws a balloon up in the air and Howard aims the laser gun and pulls the trigger! The balloon bursts! Everyone yells, “Yay!”
“It’s a whole new world, little lady.” – Sheldon
“Keep it short – Brevity is your friend.” – Sheldon
Sheldon reminds Penny that last week she told Leonard he couldn’t wear his wookie jacket out in public. “Well, that’s different – I’m not going to the mall with someone dressed as a dumb space bear.” – Penny
“[Are] you sure your moth-like personality won’t be drawn to this blazing fire that is myself?” –Sheldon
“Too late, no backsies.” – Sheldon
“Maybe your friend, Gunderson, needs to head over to IKEA and assemble a sense of humor.” – Sheldon