The Big Bang Theory: Season 3, Episode 12

The Psychic Vortex (11 Jan. 2010)

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Raj talks Sheldon into being his wingman at a university mixer. Leonard has trouble dealing with Penny consulting a psychic.



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With Leonard and Howard going on a double date, Raj talks a reluctant Sheldon into attending a mixer at the university. Surprisingly, Raj and Sheldon end up meeting and having a good time with two beautiful, fun loving women named Abby and Martha. Raj and Sheldon have vastly differing opinions on what they want to get out of a second date that Abby and Martha want with them. Meanwhile, Leonard reconsiders his relationship with Penny when he learns that she believes in psychics. Penny reconsiders her relationship with Leonard after he mocks her belief in psychics. One of the two is going to have to compromise their steadfast belief if their relationship is to continue. Written by Huggo

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The title refers to the fact that Penny believes in psychics. See more »


Sheldon generally can't stand someone entering his room, yet he lets Martha in. However, his hesitation and the "audience" response upon approval suggest that this isn't a goof, but a deliberate plot twist showing that Sheldon likes Martha so much as to allow her to be in his room (providing that he himself is not there). See more »


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Leonard Hofstadter: Look at us! Getting ready for a double date with actual women who publicly acknowledge they're our girlfriends.
Howard Wolowitz: Yes. Actual women are the best.
Sheldon Cooper: I don't understand. What other kind of women are there?
Leonard Hofstadter: Howard, artificial women are your department. You want to take this?
Howard Wolowitz: Nah. It would just freak him out.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #273 I am writing this vanity card from deep in the jungles of Borneo. The heat is oppressive. The mosquitoes are relentless. And the natives.... the natives are hungry for meat. American meat. Specifically, ground chuck. What was I thinking coming here for my Xmas break? What insanity led me to this godforsaken hell?! Oh, how I wish I were back in Burbank. Oh, Burbank, Burbank, Burbank! Forgive me for not seeing your beauty when you thrust it in my face. But now that matters not. Or, that matters not now. Either way, my time is running short. Funny how your perspective changes when the end is near. Being overlooked by the Golden Globes, yet again, seems so unimportant to me now. The fact that one of the natives about to eat me is a freelance show biz reporter for the Kota Kinabalu Daily Bugle and a voting member of the Hollywood Foreign Press even provides me with some comfort. For as I close my eyes on this world I'll at least know that while I may not be to everyone's taste as television, if sauteed with butter and lemon, I will be to everyone's taste as lunch. See more »


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"The Psychic Vortex" is another in a series of hilariously great eps of "The Big Bang Theory"
30 January 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this episode of last season's "The Big Bang Theory": Howard and Leonard are double-dating with Bernadette and Penny meaning Raj is stuck with Sheldon, who'd rather stay inside with the internet instead of going anywhere Raj suggests...until Raj gives him his Green Lantern lantern to take with him. In the car, Penny and Leonard end up arguing when he questions her belief in psychics though since Bernadette and Howard stay out of it, those last two have a chance to go to eighth base. Oh, and while Raj gets lucky, Sheldon also has a chance with a woman who takes interest in the lantern. Question is, will he take it? Okay, if you know about the characters, you can probably guess what happens here. The only thing I'll say is this is yet another hilarious ep of "The Big Bang Theory" in a season chock full 'o' them. So on that note, "The Psychic Vortex" comes highly recommended.

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