Emmy Episode Analysis: Mayim Bialik (‘The Big Bang Theory’) hopes voters will make the right decision

Mayim Bialik is nominated for Best Comedy Supporting Actress for the third time for her portrayal of Amy Farrah Fowler in CBS’s laffer “The Big Bang Theory.”

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SYNOPSIS: In Bialik’s submitted episode, “The Indecision Amalgamation,” Amy starts by consoling a friend who wrote something inappropriate in a co-worker’s get-well card. She then meets her boyfriend, Sheldon (Jim Parsons), for a date-night dinner at home. Sheldon tells her about his dilemma: should he buy an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4? He doesn’t think she’s paying enough attention to him, and she feigns interest with mockingly enthusiastic questions. At the end of the evening, Sheldon is about to leave when she reminds him that it’s date night, so he owes her a kiss. He gives her one, but continues discussing video game systems.

Later, Amy joins Sheldon at the electronics store to pick up his new game console. Sheldon is again indecisive about his choice, and Amy is frustrated. She offers to buy him both but then decides it would be better just to flip a coin. That doesn’t work either; Sheldon ends up tossing the coin away.

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Time passes in the store, and Amy and Sheldon are so exhausted that they end up on the floor still pondering which system to choose, but a clerk informs them that the store is closed and they’ll have to come back tomorrow. Sheldon begins to cry and Amy suggests buying dinner to cheer him up.

Will the decision be any easier for Emmy voters this year? Let’s analyze the pros and cons:


Bialik’s over-the-top delivery of her sarcastic questions on date night is definitely a highlight of the episode.

Amy consoles her friends throughout the episode, and Emmy voters may feel that with everyone she has to put up with, she may needs some consoling herself.

This is Bialik’s third nomination for this role, and top-rated ‘Big Bang’ is a perennial nominee for Best Comedy Series. The support from the TV academy seems to be there.


Bialik’s screen time is limited, and even when she’s on-screen the story is never about her character. Even in a supporting race, voters may wish to see more of her.

You can sense that Amy would like to lash out throughout the episode, but she never gets that kind of emotional showcase. She just tends to Sheldon’s feelings.

Bialik can’t quite match the buzz surrounding first-time competitors Allison Janney (“Mom“) and Kate Mulgrew (“Orange is the New Black“).

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Bialik sits third in our predictions with 33/1 odds. Are we underestimating her? Make your predictions below.

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