TV REVIEW: The Big Bang Theory Season 5 Episode 16 – The Vacation Solution

The university insists that Sheldon take a vacation and he is thrown into turmoil at the suggestion of time off. He quickly finds a solution by working with Amy in her biology lab, but this leads to more problems than it solves.

Meanwhile Bernadette tells the girls that her father wants her to have a pre-nuptual agreement, and she is struggling to tell Howard. In the opening scene of the episode, Sheldon is making up a mad lib about physics and actually bursts out laughing. This may be the first time that Sheldon has actually laughed out loud in the show and it is as unnerving as it is hilarious. Of course, Sheldon is utterly selfish and bored during his time in the lab with Amy, and the whole situation turns into a competition between him and Amy.

It seems that the gang are incapable of keeping secrets, and Howard quickly learns of Bernadette’s father’s demands, through Leonard, who heard from Penny, who heard from… You get the idea. While this makes for entertaining TV it doesn’t really instil confidence in this group of people!

While this episode of The Big Bang Theory is entertaining, and shows Sheldon off at his selfish best, it is the subplot involving Bernadette and Howard that is the one that moves the programme along as a whole. There is very little in each episode that reminds us that the show has an over arcing storyline each season, but this mention of Howard and Bernadette’s wedding is the catalyst that keeps the show moving.

This was an average episode of The Big Bang Theory but Sheldon was on great form as he struggled with his forced time off and it’s resulting boredom.

GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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