by Amy K. Bredemeyer
Well, it wasn't rocket science. Sheldon takes on a female assistant, and for some reason, Amy feels threatened. But, it's Penny who needs to watch out, as young Alex is more interested in Leonard. It makes sense - Sheldon isn't going to respond to flirting and Leonard has been feeling a bit dejected, plus he likes an excuse to make Raj upset. Speaking of Raj, where was Stuart this episode? Or are we just preparing for Howard's return next episode? Honestly, I've never been a huge fan of Howard, but I love both the Bernadette character and Melissa Raunch, so I guess I'll have to put up with him... though I'm sure his astronaut bragging will annoy the guys before too long anyway!
The Big Bang Theory "The Higgs Boson Observation" (S06E03): Because Higgs is receiving a Nobel Prize for work that he did much earlier in life, Sheldon is wondering if he can do the same, so he has his mother start sending his old journals and papers. The first box (through nursery school) arrives, and Sheldon realizes that his time would be wasted going through this material, so he hopes that Leonard will do it. [haha!] With Leonard not interested and Penny not qualified, Sheldon decides to interview a graduate student to sift through the work. After a thorough investigation, Sheldon hires Alex, whom he wants to treat as a servant, despite Leonard's attempts to be more "on the same level." Alex finds a paper about magnets that sparks Sheldon's interest.
Elsewhere, Howard is getting cabin fever, misses gravity, and starts to panic when a 7-10-day delay is announced. He even asks Bernadette to build a rocket and come get him. [lemon, sandwich, and frog were funny code words.] Howard winds up taking tranquilizers to get through it.