Fans of Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) are in for a treat with The Big Bang Theory season 9 episode 13. The hit CBS show has always prospered from Sheldon’s characteristic mannerisms in any given scenario, so it’s no surprise that he serves as the foundation of the next episode’s storyline, which sees the rest of the group go on a trip to avoid the recent changes in Sheldon’s behavior. Titled The Empathy Optimization, the episode airs on Thursday, January 14 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS, and if you don’t have cable access, you can always watch it live on CBS All Access.
The last episode, The Sales Call Sublimation, showed how Penny (Kaley Cuoco) discovers her tendency of blaming Sheldon when she’s stressed out about Leonard (Johnny Galecki). When Penny told the new therapist, Dr. Gallow (guest star Jane Kaczmarek), that having Sheldon as a roommate was stressing her out too much, she discovered that she blows out all her Leonard-stress on Sheldon and shoves the blame onto Sheldon’s irrational behavior. She even complained to the shrink, “Not only am I Leonard’s mother, but we have this man-child living with us.” Dr. Gallow thinks Sheldon, whom she hasn’t met, is a made-up person of Leonard and Penny’s imagination. The psychologist says, “Leonard told me a lot about him. I wasn’t sure he was real,” to which Penny simply replies, “Oh, he’s a real as the fine I have to pay for using too much toilet paper.”
The promo for Thursday’s episode shows Sheldon going on an “Apology Tour” to convince his friends that he has newfound values of empathy. But it doesn’t seem to be working; it backfires completely, in fact. So the rest of the gang, comprising of Penny, Leonard, Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), Howard (Simon Helberg), Raj (Kunnal Nayyar), and Emily (Laura Spencer), decide to bail on him and go on a week-long trip to Las Vegas in a party bus. The group is tired of Sheldon’s unwillingness to say sorry and they leave him behind to make him understand the value of an apology.
Will the Sheldon Cooper Apology Tour work out for Sheldon and the rest of the group, or will he end up wrecking the Las Vegas trip as well? Find out this Thursday (January 14) by watching the all-new episode at 8 p.m. EST on CBS or watch it live on CBS All Access.