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The Ornithophobia Diffusion (2011)

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Leonard accepts an offer to go to the movies with Penny, strictly as friends. However, when she chooses a Jennifer Aniston movie to watch, Leonard takes issue, and reveals that he only pretended to like things during their relationship in the hope of getting sex at the end. As sex is now off the table, he is no longer going to pretend to want to watch what she wants to watch, and insists on watching a documentary about a South American dam project, and also forces her to pay for her ticket. He does a similar thing at a bar afterwards, but Penny responds by talking to a nerdy young man writing a film script, since it is "not a date." Leonard attempts to show her up by talking to a woman at a nearby table as well. However, the young man Penny was speaking to leaves, and she tries to start hanging out with Leonard again. They end up saying some embarrassing things about each other, culminating in Leonard revealing Penny cannot even spell "asthma." When they get home, Penny reveals that she was actually liking Leonard's tougher and more dominating streak, and he puts it back on when he realises he may get sex after all, but blows it at the last moment by reverting to his more timid personality.

Meanwhile, Sheldon, who suffers from ornithophobia, is upset when a large Black-throated Magpie-Jay sets up a nest on the apartment windowsill, and tries to fend it off with cat impressions. Throughout the night, the bird won't leave, and Sheldon's increasingly unusual efforts to get rid of it—including building a ultrasound noise generating machine—aren't helping, and eventually result in the bird flying into the apartment and perching on his spot. Desperate, he calls Amy and Bernadette in, and they encourage him to try and take the opportunity to overcome his ornithophobia. After an initially hesitant approach, he not only overcomes his ornithophobia, but becomes smitten by the bird, nicknaming it "Lovey Dovey" and wanting to keep it as a pet. The girls are less than enthused; Bernadette observes it is likely someone else's pet, and Amy is clearly upset that "you need hollow bones to get some sugar around here." But when Sheldon opens the window to get the bird's nest, it flies out, devastating him. After putting up pictures around the apartment building with a caption "Have You Seen This Bird?", he reveals that the bird had laid an egg in its nest, of which he is going to take care.

Title reference: Sheldon overcoming his fear of birds, most commonly referred to as "ornithophobia".


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