The Big Bang Theory

The Empathy Optimisation

Series 9 - Episode 13 The Empathy Optimisation



Recovering from flu, Sheldon can't understand why his friends are mad at him – flashbacks reveal his greater-than-usual insensitivity. “It's called empathy and it's something you should work on,” explains happy-to-be-away girlfriend Amy via video call. Considering this a personal challenge, Sheldon practises his remorse, while the others plan a party-bus trip to Vegas without him...

Big Bang seems refreshed after its mid-season break, hitting its cues with greater zest than earlier in the season. A little more for Kevin Sussman to do as hangdog Stuart and Raj's surprising party trick don't hurt, either. Next week, prepare to meet Sheldon's fabled grandmother or “Meemaw”.


After being forced to deal with a sick Sheldon, the rest of the gang try to treat themselves to a Sheldon-free weekend. Comedy, starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco.

Cast & Crew

Leonard Hofstadter Johnny Galecki
Sheldon Cooper Jim Parsons
Howard Wolowitz Simon Helberg
Raj Koothrappali Kunal Nayyar
Penny Kaley Cuoco
Director Mark Cendrowski
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