The Big Bang Theory – “The Zazzy Substitution”

The Big Bang Theory DVD

Original Air Date: October 7, 2010
Starring: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik
Directed by: Mark Cendrowski

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this episode!

Synopsis: Sheldon (Jim Parsons) has a heated disagreement with Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik), whom he continually insists is not his girlfriend (despite her being both a girl and a friend.)  But Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and the others start to worry about Sheldon’s sanity when shortly after the breakup he adopts a crowder of cats.

Cat Cattle Call: A classic episode which cat fans are sure to appreciate!  Sheldon first shows up at work carrying a black and white tuxedo cat whom he has named Dr. Robert Oppenheimer.

The Big Bang Theory - The Zazzles Substitution cat

When Leonard returns to the apartment later, Sheldon is surrounded by a crowder of cats whom he has named after other participants in The Manhattan Project.  Sheldon introduces them, in order, as Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynman, Edward Teller, Otto Frisch and Zazzles, whom Sheldon was going to name Hermann von Helmholtz but thought the cat was just so “zazzy.”

The Big Bang Theory - The Zazzles Substitution - Zazzles

Later Sheldon’s mother arrives to try to help her son through his obvious crisis, only to find he’s added even more cats to his group.  A classic episode from the show that gave us the unforgettable “Soft Kitty” song!

The Big Bang Theory - The Zazzles Substitution bedroom scene

Final Mewsings: We wonder how many cats have been named “Zazzles” because of this episode.

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