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 characters of Abby and Martha are actually a tribute to Frank Capra's "Arsenic and Old Lace." Abby and Martha are the names of the homicidal spinster aunts. See more »

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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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Good night, puny human!
12 January 2010 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Probably, this is the best TBBT episode ever. Here, we learn that Sheldon is completely asexual, in the best scene of this season.

When Leonard and Howard go out in a double date, Raj is left in the apartment with Sheldon. Despite Sheldon's reluctance, they go out (after, of course, Raj gives Sheldon a Green Lantern lantern). They meet two geeky girls at a university mixer, and, later on, we see all of them together playing Rock Band.

Near the end, Sheldon agrees going on a second date (after, of course, Raj gives him Hulk gloves signed by Stan Lee). There's one girl who, apparently, is interested in Sheldon. Then, looking to the watch, Sheldon goes to sleep, but leaves the viewers and the girl surprised, in a scene that is easily the best of this season.

P.S.: The more I watch TBBT,the more I think about a crossover between this show and Two and a Half Men. Have you ever thought how would it be to see Howard and Alan picking up girls on bar?


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