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The Cornhusker Vortex 

Leonard tries to learn about football to fit in with Penny's friends. Meanwhile, a loss in a kite war threatens to end Raj and Howard's friendship.



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To chase after a woman with whom he had no chance - again - Howard leaves Raj at a critical moment during a kite flying challenge against Sheldon and Leonard. This is the last straw for Raj who sees himself as second priority behind Howard's quest for unattainable women. Will Howard be able to regain Raj's friendship? Meanwhile, Leonard learns that Penny has not invited him to a football game watching party at her apartment. He realizes that he has never met any of Penny's friends, which makes him think she's ashamed of him. She assures him that it is only because she feels he will be bored. But to fit in with Penny's friends, Leonard makes an effort to learn all about football by watching games and reading text books on the subject. Not quite grasping the whole football game watching culture, Leonard soon learns that someone unexpected in his own social circle knows all about football and may be able to teach him better than "Football for Dummies" can. Written by Huggo

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2 November 2009 (USA)  »

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During the episode there is a scene where Leonard is watching a college football game with Penny and her friends. He is trying to blend in by sounding knowledgeable about the game and its rules. At 1 point he says one of the coaches thew down a red challenge flag and he hoped it was upheld or the team would lose a time out. In college football red challenge flags are not used. Most questionable plays are reviewed automatically and if a coach wants to "challenge" a call he does so by calling time out and asking for the review. A review is not automatically granted but if it is and the call is reversed the team is given their time out back. See more »


[first lines]
Howard WolowitzLeonard HofstadterRajesh Koothrappali: Kites ho! Kites ho! Kites ho!
Sheldon Cooper: Excuse me. You're misusing the word "ho". It's an interjection used to call attention to a destination, not an object. As in, uh, "land ho!" or, uh, "westward ho!"
Howard WolowitzLeonard HofstadterRajesh Koothrappali: [after a beat] Kites ho!
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"The Cornhusker Vortex" is another great ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
3 January 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

On a day Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, and Howard go flying kites, Penny is preparing to watch a college football game with her friends. So she turns new boyfriend Leonard down when he invites her to go with them. And she knows Leonard will be bored if he spends time with her friends watching a game neither he nor his friends have any interest in. Still, Leonard is a bit miffed about Penny not inviting him. That's all I'll say about that plot except it's another hilarious episode of "The Big Band Theory" especially when Sheldon reveals his knowledge about the sport! Oh, and wait till you hear Raj's explanation of why he can't talk to women sober! So on that note, The Cornhusker Vortex is another excellently funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory".

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