An FBI agent interviews the guys when Howard needs to obtain a security clearance.



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Howard has been chosen to work on the Defense Department's Laser Equip Surveillance Satellite project. He needs security clearance to work on the project which means the FBI will be interviewing each of Sheldon, Leonard and Raj. The interviews conducted by Special Agent Page, who is a beautiful young woman, don't go quite as each would hope. Because Agent Page is a woman, Raj can't speak to her until he gets drunk, and still then he believes her sole goal is to deport him back to India. Woman hungry Leonard decides to try his new confident persona to pick her up, which has unintended consequences. And Sheldon wants to speak more about his past encounter with the FBI than about Howard. Amidst these innocent topics of conversation, Sheldon inadvertently mentions the time when Howard crashed the Mars Rover when he was trying to impress a woman without security clearance. When Howard learns he didn't pass the security clearance, Leonard and Raj believe it is their fault, but Sheldon makes... Written by Huggo

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Kaley Cuoco is filmed standing behind the bar at the Cheesecake Factory to hide her broken leg due to a horseback riding accident. See more »


FBI Special Agents do not conduct background investigations for security clearances issued by the United States government. All background investigations for security clearances are conducted by Special Investigators for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Once OPM completes the investigation, the Special Investigator forwards his or her findings the agency requesting the investigation (the Department of Defense, in this case), and that agency makes a determination based on OPM's investigation whether or not to issue the security clearance. Since Howard is not applying for a job with the FBI, the FBI would not be involved in determining whether or not he received a security clearance. See more »


[first lines]
Leonard Hofstadter: No, seriously, I think I've finally figured out my problem with women.
Sheldon Cooper: The capybara is the largest member of the rodent family.
Leonard Hofstadter: What does that have to with me and women?
Sheldon Cooper: Nothing. It was a desperate attempt to introduce an alternate topic of conversation.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #309 Following Kaley Cuoco's horseback riding injury, I've instituted new rules governing acceptable leisure activities for the cast of The Big Bang Theory. 1. No friggin' horses. This includes those found on merry-go-rounds and in front of supermarkets. 2. The only motorcycle you can get on is the one you're accidentally crushing in your big-ass, air-bagged SUV. 3. All cast member motor vehicles must adhere to U.S. Army guidelines for attacking Kandahar. (Galecki's Tesla is a terrifically fuel efficient vehicle but is essentially a hundred thousand dollar go-cart. From now on it is only to be used for backing down his driveway and retrieving mail.) 4. The only permissible boating activity at Comic-Con is in your hotel room bathtub. 5. Alcohol should only be ingested at home, and while seated in a big comfy chair. Wild and carefree dancing that celebrates your incredible and well-deserved success is only allowed on New Year's Eve, and only with a sober celebrity parasitic flunky to lean on. 6. And finally, sexual acts must be performed while horizontal. Certain high-risk Kama Sutra positions might be allowed, but only after consultation with Chuck Lorre. Like with dancing, a spotter might be required. See more »


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See gorgeous Eliza Dushku as an FBI agent interview the boys in "The Apology Insufficiency" ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
3 October 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this ep from the last season of "The Big Bang Theory": Howard informs his friends they'll be interviewed by an FBI Agent before he gets clearance for a defense project. Turns out she's a gorgeous woman (Eliza Dushku) so Raj takes a drink and eats a rum cake before babbling he doesn't want to be deported back to India, Leonard tries his new approach of flirting before finding out she's married, and Sheldon doesn't believe her even when flashing her badge since just because he has a Justice League card, he doesn't know Batman! Actually, while Raj and Leonard think they're responsible for Howard not getting his clearance because of what I've just mentioned, it's Sheldon's fault because of his mentioning of Howard's accident with a space vehicle that he wanted to impress a woman with. And it's galling Sheldon to the point of him going to Penny as she's tending bar...I'll stop there and just say how funny the whole thing is and how awesome so see Ms. Dushku playing straight to these funny men! Had loved her in "Buffy", "Dollhouse", and that series that she was in between them. At the time of this broadcast, she had been in the audience of "Dancing with the Stars" when a basketball star friend of her's named Rick was one of the contestants. Anyway, also glad to see Kaley Cuoco back as Penny though in the bar scene, she was still recovering from her riding accident from a few weeks before so you only saw her waist up behind that bar. So on that note, "The Apology Insufficiency" was another very funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory."

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