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The Romance Recalibration 

Leonard and Penny ask for Sheldon's and Amy's help on putting the romance back in their marriage. Howard and Raj go to extreme lengths to stop the floor in Halley's bedroom from making noise.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 6 more credits »


Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny Hofstadter
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski




Penny laments not only that Leonard no longer does romantic things for her like he used to before and when they first got married, but that he doesn't even seem to try anymore, the latter which makes her feel like he takes her for granted. Although she is reluctant to do so, Penny tells Leonard what is bothering her, which leads to a fight between the two, Leonard who feels he has made all the effort throughout their entire relationship. Penny decides she needs some time away from Leonard, and as such takes Amy on the romantic trip to the spa she had originally planned with Leonard. As Penny and Leonard turn to Amy and Sheldon respectively for advice and support, they may come to a drastic conclusion about what needs to be done. Meanwhile, Howard has discovered that the wood floor in Halley's bedroom squeaks. Despite Casey's advice to Bernadette that they just rip out and replace the entire floor, Howard and Raj try to figure out ways not to make the existing floor squeak, Raj wanting... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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This episode was taped on December 13, 2016. See more »


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[first lines]
[Penny enters to find the apartment romantically decorated]
Penny Hofstadter: What... what's all this?
Leonard Hofstadter: Well, it sounded like you were having a rough day, so I wanted you to come home to something nice.
Penny Hofstadter: Oh, that is so thoughtful.
Leonard Hofstadter: Hey, do you remember when we went wine-tasting in Santa Barbara, and you said that was the best rosé you'd ever had?
Penny Hofstadter: Yeh, I-I remember us driving up there, going to the winery and... uh, that's it.
Leonard Hofstadter: This wine is why.
Penny Hofstadter: Oh! Hey, what smells so good?
Leonard Hofstadter: Oh, I made your favourite: ...
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Crazy Credits


Watch out now, take care Beware of greedy leaders They take you where you should not go While Weeping Atlas Cedars They just want to grow, grow and grow Beware of darkness

~George Harrison


Run away! Run away!

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References Godzilla (1954) See more »


If I Were a Rich Man
Music by Jerry Bock
Performed by Simon Helberg
[Howard hums the tune of the song when he and Raj are looking for the squeaky spots on the floor in Halley's room]
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I don't want it to stop
21 January 2017 | by singhrobin-39886See all my reviews

The reviews of the other episodes say that they want this show to stop but why? You have these established characters that everyone recognizes and there are so many possibilities... Do something with them,I can't see this show heading in any direction, Leonard, Sheldon and Howard's project has become a side plot now and the only thing that has happened in this season is that they moved or rather exchanged apartments... Seriously? And the baby is irritating too to be honest. I honestly don't want this TV show to get canceled, I'm sure there are many people like me out there attached to this show and it's characters, but it's just boring now, I giggled thrice during the duration of this episode, that's it, there must be a lot of writers involved in the writing of this show and it's kind of disappointing what they come up with, so that's all I and a lot of people need, make it funnier.

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19 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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