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The Occupation Recalibration 

Sheldon tries to relax after he is forced to take a vacation. Leonard struggles to be supportive of Penny after she quits her job. Amy receives unwanted attention from a co-worker. Bernadette seeks Stuart's help in replacing one of Howard's comic books.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 8 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Josh Peck ... Jesse
Kevin Sussman ... Stuart Bloom
Brian Posehn ... Bert Kibbler
Ian Scott Rudolph ... Captain Sweatpants
Ed Lieberman ... Man (voice)


Following her recent acting disappointment, Penny decides she needs to take decisive action to make her career happen by devoting her time one hundred percent into the endeavor, which means quitting her waitressing job. Although he wants to support Penny outwardly in whatever she decides, Leonard does not support this move. He has to decide whether he will tell her the truth or lie about his feelings. Sheldon, who is affected by the goings-on between Leonard and Penny, is however more perturbed by a mandatory request by the college: that he take his vacation time. Meanwhile, Amy, with a little help from Howard and Raj, comes to the realization that one of her colleagues, Bert from the Geology Department, has a crush on her. Regardless of her dating status, she isn't interested in Bert, but she doesn't know how to show or tell him that she's not interested without hurting his feelings. And Bernadette is trying to find a replacement for a rare comic book of Howard's that she ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

9 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The rare comic book that Bernadette is trying to replace is "The Dark Knight Returns", the famous Batman story written by Frank Miller. See more »


In the car, when Penny asks for Sheldon's opinion on her quitting her job, her hands are about at ten and two o'clock on the steering wheel. In the next shot, her right hand is at twelve. See more »


Sheldon Cooper: They say some great yogis have such great control over their bodies that they can take in water up through their genitals.
Penny: I don't think we'll be getting to do that today.
Sheldon Cooper: Too bad. It sounds like a good way to drink a milkshake without getting brain freeze.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »


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[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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"The Occupation Recalibration" was another good ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
28 January 2014 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This last ep of "The Big Bang Theory" continued from the previous one in which Leonard turned down Penny's proposal. She's now glad of it because it has made her decide to quit her job at The Cheesecake Factory to devote full-time to becoming an actress which Leonard isn't too crazy about but he tells her he supports her. Meanwhile, Sheldon doesn't want to take his required vacation but he has to as Leonard won't let him go to work with him. Oh, and Amy has to fend off a fellow co-worker who keeps giving her rocks so she talks to Howard and Raj for advice. One more thing, Bernadette has to trade one of her hubby's comic books but Stuart doesn't have it but he knows a comic shop that has even though the proprietor patronizes him. I'll stop there and just say this was quite a funny ep. Not a great one but still very good. So on that note, I liked The Occupation Recalibration.

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