#7. Sick at Home

Published: 10.02.2017
Level 5   |   Time: 5:11
Accent: American
Source: The Big Bang Theory

Amy is sick at home, so Sheldon has to take care of her.


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • Silver Surfer [p] - a comic book character
  • clause [n] - part of a contract
  • intent [n] - purpose / reason
  • ill [adj] - sick
  • well-being [n] - happiness and health
  • Let's get this over with! [exp] - Let's
  • get over [phv] - recover from (something)
  • a tic tac [n] - a breath mint (candy)
  • bedside manner [n] - the way you treat a sick person (kind/cold/compassionate)
  • a rag [n] - a cloth
  • VapoRub [n] - the name of an ointment (medicine) that you rub on the skin to reduce a cough
  • tingling [n] - a sensation/feeling caused by VapoRub
  • count on [phv] - depend on
  • get you down for a nap [exp] - prepare someone to sleep
  • fired up [adj] - excited
  • I'm hanging in there. [exp] - I'm ok.
  • congestion [n] - too much mucus (snot) in the nose
  • draw a bath [exp] - prepare a bath
  • soothing [adj] - relaxing
  • nerve-racking [adj] - scary
  • thermometer [n] - a tool to measure temperature
  • expectorant [n] - a medicine used to treat a cough
  • lactate [v] - produce milk (from the body)
  • rubber cement [n] - a type of glue (that looks like nose snot when dry)
  • snot [n] - mucus that comes from the nose
  • a lunatic [n] - crazy person
  • Mama needs a bath! [exp] - I need a bath.

[n] - noun,  [p] - person,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background

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Amy Sheldon Bernadette
  • Sheldon and Amy have been dating a few years.
  • They have made a "Relationship Agreement" - a written contract describing the rules of their relationship.
  • Bernadette is their friend. She is doctor who develops new medicines and drugs.
  • Human body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius).

triangle Questions

  1. Where are Amy and Sheldon supposed to go together?
    a wedding
    a funeral
    a birthday party

  2. Why can't they go?
    Amy is sick.
    Amy is too busy.
    Amy doesn't like Sheldon's friends.

  3. What does Sheldon want to wear?
    a necktie with an athlete
    a necktie with a comic book character
    a necktie with a horse

  4. What reasons does Sheldon give for coming back to take care of Amy?
    He signed a "relationship agreement".
    He is a doctor.
    He cares about her well-being.

  5. What is Amy's temperature?
    100.2 degrees Fahrenheit
    102 degrees Fahrenheit
    102.2 degrees Fahrenheit

  6. When does Sheldon take Amy's temperature?
    a half hour after he arrives
    an hour after he arrives
    a day after arrives

  7. What medicine does Sheldon give Amy?
    cough syrup
    a tic tac

  8. What illness does Amy have?
    a stomach ache
    a cold
    the flu

  9. What other treatments does Sheldon still want to give to Amy?
    put a cold rag on her head
    make hot tea for her
    put VapoRub on her chest
    give her a back massage
    sing to her

  10. Which treatment is Amy most excited about?
    put a cold rag on her head
    make hot tea for her
    put VapoRub on her chest
    give her a back massage
    sing to her

  11. What does Sheldon read to Amy?
    a fairy tale
    a science textbook
    a comic book

  12. What is the side effect of the drug for congestion?
    burning tears
    uncontrollable lactating
    fresh breath

  13. What is the side effect of the expectorant?
    burning tears
    uncontrollable lactating
    fresh breath

  14. When did Amy get better?
    two days ago

  15. Why doesn't Amy tell Sheldon that she feels better?
    She doesn't want to go to work.
    She is depressed.
    She likes Sheldon taking care of her.

  16. What is in Amy's nose?
    rubber cement (glue)

  17. Why did she put it in her nose?
    It is a medicine for a runny nose.
    It makes her seem more sick.
    It makes it easier for her to breathe.

  18. When does Amy plan to tell Sheldon that she is healthy again?
    right away

triangle Discussion

  1. Do you think a written contract (the Relationship Agreement) is a good idea in a relationship? What rules or clauses would you put in it?
  2. For what types of illnesses do you go to the doctor? For which ones do you just stay at home and tough it out?
  3. What home remedies do you use for a cold or the flu? For a stomachache?
  4. Why do you think some people get sick more often than others? Is it genetic or lifestyle?
  5. Do you get acupuncture? For what types of health problems? Does it work?
  6. What steps can you take to prevent a cold?
  7. Who has better bedside manner – your mother or your father?
  8. Do you believe in the Placebo effect? Can you give some personal examples of when you think it affected you?

triangle Script

Amy: Hello, Sheldon.
Sheldon: I’m not allowed to wear my Silver Surfer necktie, you can wear a bathrobe?
Amy: I think I’m too sick to go to the funeral.
Sheldon: You’re sick! You poor kid! Well, see you.
Amy: Sheldon, aren’t you gonna take care of me?
Sheldon: Me? No! No, I’m not that kind of doctor.
Amy: But, our relationship agreement clearly states that when one of us is sick the other must take care of them.
Sheldon: Oh! I see the confusion. No, the intent behind that clause was to force you to take care of me when I’m ill. When you’re feeling better, you’ll think that’s funny.
Amy: Never mind. Goodnight, Sheldon.
Sheldon: Amy, Amy, Amy! I made a commitment in writing to comfort you in times like this. And, additionally, you are my girlfriend and I care about your well-being.
Amy: Thank you, Sheldon.
Sheldon: You’re welcome. Now, let’s get this over with.
Sheldon: One hundred two point two – exactly what it was a half an hour ago. It’s like you’re not even trying to get better.
Amy: Sheldon, you don’t get over the flu in half an hour.
Sheldon: Well, not with that attitude.
Amy: You know, I have to say, I’m finding your bedside manner a little lacking.
Sheldon: I’m sorry. I just want you to get better as soon as possible. And, with that goal in mind, let me ask you a question: Do you believe in the Placebo effect?
Amy: Of course, I do. There have been many studies proving its validity.
Sheldon: Great, now… This may look like a tic-tac, but it is really a powerful medication specifically designed to cure your illness as well as freshen your breath.
Amy: Sheldon, this isn’t helping. Why don’t you just let me get some rest?
Sheldon: How can you sleep? I’m not done making you feel better. I still have to put a cold rag on your head, sing to you, and apply VapoRub to your chest.
Amy: You want to rub something on my chest?
Sheldon: Yes! All over it!
Amy: Maybe we should start with that.
Sheldon: Now, you’re being a responsible patient. Now, you may notice some tingling
Sheldon: The control group displayed significantly fewer genetic abnormalities. But, because of flaws in the experimental design relating to environment and diet, they lived inconclusively-ever-after. The end!
Amy: That was great. Rub my chest again.
Sheldon: No, I need to get you down for a nap. For some reason that VapoRub gets you all fired up.
Bernadette: How’s the poor thing?
Sheldon: Ah! I'm hanging in there. Thanks for asking.
Bernadette: Hey, Amy, I brought you some drugs we’ve been working on in the lab. This is proving really good for congestion, but there’s a slight chance that it could make your tears burn like acid. So, if you take it, happy thoughts.
Sheldon: Um, I’m gonna draw you a soothing bath. Where is your bath thermometer?
Amy: I don’t have a bath thermometer.
Sheldon: Fine, then I’m gonna draw you a nerve-racking bath of indeterminate temperature.
Bernadette: This is a really good expectorant. Although, some test subjects reported lactating uncontrollably when they heard music.
Amy: OK, OK! Here’s the deal. I don’t need your medicine. I’m not sick.
Bernadette: I don’t understand.
Amy: I got better two days ago. It’s just been so nice having Sheldon take care of me.
Bernadette: So, you’ve just been lying to him?
Amy: See this stuff in my nose? Rubber cement.
Bernadette: I don’t mean to be judgey, but this is the kind of thing lunatics do.
Amy: Alright, I’ll tell him.
Sheldon: Amy, would you be strong enough to bathe yourself or do you need my help?
Amy: I’ll tell him tomorrow, mama needs a bath.

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