The Big Bang Theory: Season 4, Episode 18

The Prestidigitation Approximation (10 Mar. 2011)

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Priya forces Leonard to choose between a relationship with her or a friendship with Penny. A magic trick by Howard has Sheldon fooled.

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Priya and Leonard's relationship has gotten to a serious stage where Leonard is wearing the clothes that she picks out for him and is trying to wear contact lenses on her suggestion, even though he can't see with them on. As his serious girlfriend, Priya asks him for a big favor: to stop being friends with Penny. She feels uncomfortable having one of his ex-girlfriends be such a big part of his life. So later, when Priya asks him if he's "talked" to Penny, he doesn't tell the complete truth. How long can Leonard get away with this little white lie before he really has to make a decision between Priya and Penny, especially as Priya is thinking about relocating to southern California for good? Meanwhile, Howard performs a card trick which confounds his friends. Sheldon states that he doesn't care about the trick, but it's obvious that not knowing how the trick is done is killing him. Written by Huggo

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Penny: Oh, for god's sake, Leonard, this is about Priya, isn't it? She doesn't want me hanging out with you.
Leonard Hofstadter: Yes. There, I said it.
Penny: Okay, look, I happen to like your girlfriend.
Leonard Hofstadter: And she likes you.
Penny: No, she doesn't.
Leonard Hofstadter: Not really, no.
Penny: It doesn't matter. Look, I promise from now on I will keep my distance from you.
Leonard Hofstadter: Well, now, hold on. What kind of distance are we talking about? Because we are neighbours. I mean, I can hear the toilet flush in your apartment.
Penny: You can hear my toilet flush?
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"The Prestidigitation Approximation" is another pretty funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
2 November 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this last season ep of "The Big Bang Theory": Priya seems to be enough of an influence on Leonard to get him to wear contacts even though they make him bump into things. Meanwhile, Howard plays a magic card trick in front of Sheldon who doesn't believe him and tries to figure out how he does it. Anyway, about Priya, she has noticed that Penny still hangs with the gang especially ex-boyfriend Leonard and wants him to stop seeing her. Will Leonard be able to do it? I'll stop there and just say this was another funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory" especially whenever Sheldon uses his smarts in trying to figure out Howard's trick. Of course, if he really knew Howard and Raj, it probably would have been obvious to him...


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