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4.01 The Robotic Manipulation

Report by Roxanne, Big Bang Buzz

 

The gang is eating dinner, and Howard is using his robot hand to pass food and napkins. Penny finds out that Sheldon has a "girlfriend" who he's only met once, but has talked about having a test tube baby with. After Penny pressures Sheldon about spending time with her, Penny ends up driving Sheldon and Amy on their first date.  Meanwhile, Howard was using the robot hand to massage his neck, when he gets an idea for another use for the hand.   Penny is having a hard time dealing with two people who are quite similar. Sheldon, based on assumptions, calculates the number of partners Penny has had. While she is puzzled, it causes her to think about it, while Amy inquires on whether Penny considers herself a slut. Howard hand has failed, grasping Howard by his penis. Raj and Leonard take him to the hospital, where a nurse shuts down the program controlling the hand, and releasing Howard.

 

 

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4.02 The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification

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Sheldon determines he will not live long enough to be able to transfer his mind into a robot.  Since the likeliest cause of death is by accident, he creates a Mobile Virtual Presence Device, so he can continue to go to work and other places, without leaving his bedroom. Steve Wozniak guest stars

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4.03 The Zazzy Substitution

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The gang is unhappy with the pairing of Sheldon and Amy, finding another copy of Sheldon is more than they can endure. When Amy joins the guys for lunch, her and Sheldon have a scientific disagreement over who's discipline is of a higher order. Unable to agree, Sheldon offers to end their relationship, Amy agrees. Sheldon misses Amy and to compensate, Sheldon begins acquiring cats, naming them after Manhattan Project scientists, except for Zazzles, as a replacement for Amy. Tiring of all the cats in the apartment, Leonard calls Sheldon's mother to help resolve the problem. She gets Sheldon and Amy back together and Sheldon gets rid of all the cats.

Laurie Metcalf as Sheldon's mother guest stars.

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4.04 The Hot Troll Deviation

Report by Roxanne, Big Bang Buzz

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Howard sees Bernadette for the first time since they broke up. The guys ask Howard why they broke up, but he doesn't want to talk about it. Howard fantasizes about Katee Sackhoff, but first George Takei, then Bernadette interrupt his thoughts. He realizes he still has feelings for Bernadette. He goes to Penny's, using a recording of Sheldon saying "Penny", to ask her help in getting back with Bernadette. Penny won't help until she's told why they Broke up. Howard tells Penny that Bernadette caught him having Cybersex in World of Warcraft. Elsewhere, Raj wants a desk for the office and Sheldon won't let him have one. Sheldon relents and allows Raj a desk, but Raj gets a huge desk that takes up have the room. The two fight an escalating battle over the desk, until a gas Sheldon is making explodes. Howard meets with Bernadette and finds out they could have been having sex, if only he had tried. They then agree to resume their relationship.

Melissa Rauch became a member of the main cast with this episode

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4.05 The Desperation Emanation

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Leonard has found out he's the only one without a girlfriend. Howard,Raj, Stuart, have girlfriends and Sheldon discovers that Amy wants to introduce him to her mother. When Sheldon asks Leonard what that means, Leonard explains he can no longer say that Amy is his Gril/Friend. She is his Girlfriend. Leonard goes to various places trying to find a girl, but he finally ends up at Howard's. He tells Howard he wants to claim the Girlfriend pack (As Howard did when Penny set up Howard and Bernadette.

Sheldon is avoiding Amy, and even puts on a disguise and changes the buildings address. On Leonard's double date, the girl that Bernadette found (Joy) keeps wanting to rip Leonard's nuts off, Belches loudly, announces her need to urinate. While she is gone, Leonard tells Howard thanks, but this isn't working and that he plans to tell Joy it was nice meeting her. Upon her return, before Leonard can say anything, Joy asks Leonard to come to a wedding with her the next week. When Leonard hesitates, Joy points out that it will be an open bar and then intimates that because of that, he is all but guaranteed sex. At that point Leonard accepts. Amy finally tells Sheldon that she only want to show Sheldon to her mother to lead her to believe she is in a relationship. Sheldon agrees, and goes on to tell Amy's mother a false story about how much sex the two of them are having. Causing Amy's mother much consternation

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4.06 The Irish Pub Formulation

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Raj brings his sister to the cafeteria, noting she's in town for the night. Leonard offers to show her where the bathrooms are. As they get there, Priya grabs Leonard and kisses him. Leonard stops it, but when he sees there no one around, he starts kissing her. Meanwhile, Raj warns Howard he can't go out with her. Howard say he's now got a girlfriend and besides, he and Leonard made a packed five years earlier that neither on would hit on here. It's now later that night. Priya comes to the door of the L/S apartment. Leonard want to sneak her in, but Sheldon is busy with a computer game. Leonard finally sneaks her in, and the next morning her alarm on her watch wakes her up, so she can get back to Raj's. We find that the two have been hooking up since the first time they met. Leonard offers to find work in New Dehli to be closer to her, but she refuses, citing her parents as a problem.

Sheldon catches them as they try to sneak out. Sheldon feels betrayed but also says he betrayed Howard and Raj. Leonard asks Sheldon to keep the secret, and Sheldon comes up with an elaborate lie. At lunch with the guys, Leonard trys to use Sheldon's lie, but he can't, breaks down, and tells everyone what happened. The guys then point out all the nasty rotten stuff they did to each other and they all finally forgive each other.

Kaley Cuoco missed this episode due to her having her leg crushed when one of her horses stepped on it. Aarti Mann made her first appearance, and came back later in the year to reprise her character in a sixteen episode arc, appearing in 12 of them

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4.07 The Apology Insufficiency

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Howard work on government satellites requires that he get an security clearance. The FBI has sent a young beautiful woman to do the investigation by asking questions of Howard's friends. Leonard tries to seduce her and take her on a date, until she point out she's married. Raj spends the entire time worrying about being deported and tries to show the agent how "American" he is. Sheldon casually mentions Howard getting the Mars Rover stuck on Mars (From the season 2 episode "The Lizard Spock expansion). As a result of all this, Howard is denied his clearance. Howard blames all of them, but Sheldon feels guilty, tries to apologize and the apology is rejected. He tries to get the FBI agent to change her mind, and almost tell her about Leonard's rocket fuel errors (The Staircase Implementation) Howard goes to the Cheesecake factory, and talks to Penny. Who talks to him about Kirk winning by reprogramming the simulator. Sheldon then apologizes by metaphorical giving Howard his spot(thus reprogramming him). The show ends with Sheldon taking his spot back from Howard.

Kaley Cuoco also missed this episode due to her broken leg.

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4.08 The 21-Second Excitation

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The guys plan on standing in line to see a "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with 21 seconds of extra footage. Penny is asked to attend, but she plans a girls night with Bernadette. Amy, supposedly attending the film with the guys, finds out about that and want to attend that instead. The guys arrive later than planned, and find themselves well back in the line.

At girls night, Amy, this being her first girls night, misunderstands the type of things girls talk about or what some of the phrases, used to determine what should be talked about. Penny makes a prank call to Sheldon. In line, Sheldon finds his nemesis, Wil Wheaton has been allow in, due to his notoriety. And as the line is let in, the theater fills, and it is determine the theatre is full, the group in front of the guys are the last group to get in.

The girls are now playing truth or dare and Amy and Bernadette push Penny about her breakup and feeling toward Leonard. She is asked why she broke up with Leonard and how she would feel if someone else found out he was a great guy and he started dating someone else. A clearly upset Penny declares she doesn't want to play anymore and runs to her bedroom. At the theater, the guys find an open side door and get in. Sheldon steals the reels of the movie and after Wil finds out, he leads the rest of the audience chasing after Sheldon and the guys, trying to get the film back.

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4.09 The Boyfriend Complexity

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Leonard goes across the hall to get Penny, and a older man open the door, greeting Leonard enthusiastically.   Penny arrives, introduces the man as her father and gives Leonard a long kiss then, sends him back across the hall.   Penny explains that she want to act like they are boyfriend and girlfriend, as Leonard is the only guy her father has approved.  

 

Howard goes with Raj to keep him company in the control room as he does observing runs on a telescope.  Bernadette joins them and they try to keep an increasingly drunk Raj from sinking into depression.  Bernadette tells Raj he is desirable, and Raj tries to kiss her.   Howard pushes Bernie aside and Raj ends up accidentally kissing Howard. 

Leonard takes advantage of playing Penny's boyfriend until Penny can't take it anymore and tells her father the truth. Wyatt yells at Penny for lying and tells her to get dressed so she can take him to the airport. He starts to yell at Leonard, Penny tries to stop him, but he tells her to leave. After Penny is in her bedroom, Wyatt, to the surprise of Leonard, begs him not to give up and try to get back together with her.

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4.10 The Alien Parasite Hypothesis

 

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Amy has a reaction to Zack, a guy even Penny had quit dating because his intellectual abilities were so inferior. Amy and Sheldon discuss the reaction and after eliminating various possibilities (including an alien parasite) they decide that Amy was sexually aroused by Zack. Amy also points out that maybe Sheldon is jealous. Meanwhile, Howard and Raj, after finding out about someone in the lab being bitten by a radioactive rat, argue about which one of them should be the superhero and who should be the sidekick.

Sheldon discusses the Amy and Zack problem with Penny. Penny explains there is something that Sheldon could do to help Amy. Sheldon, not thinking in terms of sex between himself and Amy, calls various Zack Johnsons until he finds the correct one and sets up a meeting between Zack and Amy. Howard tried to prove that he is better superhero material by telling Raj (who is afraid of spiders)he has to put his hand in a container(Howard has his hand in the container) with a spider in it. Raj puts hand in the container, and Howard is amazed until he goes nuts when he finds out the spider is crawling up his arm. The two agree to a wrestling match to decide who the superhero is.

Amy meets Zack and after talking to him, realizes she cannot go out with anyone of his intellectual abilities, although she still finds him sexually arousing. She leaves with Sheldon and as they are walking away, she grabs Sheldon's hand, but claims there is no sexual chemistry. Raj and Howard are trying to wrestle, but they still haven't touched each other after two hours.

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4.11 The Justice League Recombination


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Penny brings some mail to the guys door, and with her is Zack. Seemingly Zack and Penny have gotten back together. They guy's make fun of his intellectual abilities until he catches on and leaves. Penny admonishes the guys for being bullies, when they know what that feels like. Leonard feels the need to apologize, but wants the others there for protection and promises to take them to the comic book store if they come. They go to Penny's and Zack accepts their apology (after Sheldon offers him Milk Duds) and then, finding out that they are going to the comic book store, wants to go with them, much to the suprise and chagrin of Penny.

At the store, they are talking about the costume contest, at the upcoming New Year's Eve party, and they figure if they get Zack as Superman and Penny as Wonder Woman, and juggle who goes as the other Characters, they could go as the Justice League and win. On the way back to their apartment, they encounter Penny, and Zack tells her about going to the party and Penny is obviously less than thrilled.

The night of the party, everyone is ready and Penny comes in as Wonder Woman, but without the wig. Sheldon tells her to put on the wig and when she refuses, Zack tells her she is embarrassing him in front of HIS friends. Penny gets disgusted and tells everyone she wasn't going and runs back to her apartment. Sheldon and Zack both try to talk to her, but she yells at them to leave her alone.

Leonard is recruited to get Penny to go. He is understandingly reluctant to get her to go with Zack, but in the interest of winning the contest, he tries to convince her. Penny reveals the only reason she is with Zack is because she didn't want to be alone on New Year's eve. She wanted to go to a regular club, not the comic book store, She then mentions "but this, with the costumes, and you..... When Leonard asks her about it, she gives him a look that reveals she still has feeling for Leonard, but jumps up and says lets go to the party, so she doesn't have to answer Leonard.

The group wins the contest, and the clock strikes midnight and everyone cheers. Zack grabs Penny and kisses her, as she is being kissed, she sees Leonard's sad expressions as he watches. Penny tries to end the kiss and then looks  at Leonard with a sad and embarrassed look, then looks away when Zack put his arm around Penny. As the group walks home, still dressed as the Justice League,they see a pair of men breaking into the car, they turn away from the crime, not wanting to get involved.






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4.13 The Love Car Displacement

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4.14 The Thespian Catalyst

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4.15 The Benefactor Factor

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4.16 The Cohabitation Formulation

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4.17 The Toast Derivation

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4.18 The Prestidigitation Approximation

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4.19 The Zarnecki Incursion

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4.20 The Herb Garden Germination

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4.21 The Agreement Dissection

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4.22 The Wildebeest Implementation

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4.23 The Engagement Reaction

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4.24 The Roommate Transmogrification

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