Directed by: Mark Cendrowski
Story by : Chuck Lorre & Eric Kaplan & Jim Reynolds
Teleplay by : Steven Molaro & Bill Prady & Steve Holland
Original air date: January 3, 2013
Alex invites Leonard to accompany her to Kip Thorne’s lecture on quantum foam. He declines, having a date with Penny that day, so Alex offers to talk about the lecture “over dinner”. Realizing Alex is hitting on him, he is flattered at attention from two attractive women at once despite his commitment to Penny. When Sheldon finds out, he is unhappy: his assistant Alex should devote her time to him. On Bernadette’s advice, Sheldon talks to Alex about the issue, but his sexually inappropriate language leads her to file a sexual harassment complaint with the HR Department. Sheldon inadvertently infuriates the Afro-American HR Admin Janine Davis with racist and misogynist remarks. To rechannel her anger he implicates Leonard, Howard and Raj in other misdemeanours; she calls them in too. Sheldon must take an online sexual harassment seminar but, unwilling to waste time on such “nonsense”, has Alex complete it. Meanwhile, Leonard plays his cello to apologize to Penny and denies feelings for Alex, assuring Penny she is his only one. Later she says she can now cope with her insecurities: she dons thick-rimmed glasses to look like a scientist, turning Leonard on like crazy.