TVOM: "Yes. Yes. YES. My loyal readers I’m sure were aware of my fear heading into the second half of The Big Bang Theory‘s ninth season. I was afraid that once Big Bang reached it’s mid-season peak with Sheldon and Amy’s relationship reaching the next level. Though the first episode back last week was fine, this week’s “Empathy Optimization” continued the real growth trajectory for the show. I’m extremely pleased with the growth that Sheldon has displayed this season and even more pleased to see it continue.