The Big Bang Theory: Season 4, Episode 8

The 21-Second Excitation (11 Nov. 2010)

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The guys camp out all night waiting to see an extended cut of Indiana Jones, while Penny and Bernadette invite Amy to her first slumber party.

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Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, Raj and Amy are planning to go a see a special screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) with 21-seconds of previously unseen footage which, from what Leonard hears, solves some major controversies about the 21-second shorter version. Penny - after just having watched the movie for the first time in her life - has no interest in seeing it again with the 21-seconds, so she and Bernadette decide to have a girls night. Since she's a girl, Amy decides to crash the girls' party instead of going with the guys, which places the girls night in a whole different dimension, until they decide to play Truth or Dare. Meanwhile, Sheldon wants to leave to get to the cinema at five o'clock for the midnight screening, instead of have a leisurely dinner beforehand at the Cheesecake Factory. When they arrive at the cinema when Leonard, Howard and Raj want to get there, Sheldon gives them a big "I told you so" when they find the line-up is enormous. Sheldon does whatever he ... Written by Huggo

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Leonard actually reads Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert while the guys are waiting in line to get into the movie theater. Earlier on in this episode, Penny points out that the two of them could still be together if he had read the book during their relationship as she asked him to do. See more »

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In "The 21-Second Excitation" Bernadette says that Howard has one long hair on his chest, however, in "The Alien Parasite Hypothesis" when Howard is attempting to wrestle, his leotard shows off his very hairy chest. See more »

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Sheldon Cooper: No cuts, no butts, no coconuts.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #311 When I'm not working on The Big Bang Theory, I work on other TV shows. One of those shows gets a lot of bad press. Sometimes, when I read the very unkind things written about that show, I'll remember the words of a sleazy music manager I was briefly associated with back in my rock 'n' roll days. The guy was right out of central casting. Bald, middle-aged, pot-bellied and sucking on a cheap cigar, he would sit behind his metal desk in his ratty little office and pontificate to dumbass musicians hungry for career guidance. One of his speeches has remained vivid in my memory for thirty-five years. He said, to a soon-to- be-nonexistent, dumbass power trio I was then a part of, "Boyz, if halfs da peoples loves ya, and halfs da peoples hates ya, you're a star!" At the time I had no idea what he was talking about. It wasn't until fifteen years later when I was writing for a TV show called Roseanne that I figured it out. I was once again reminded of all this when the star of the show I was talking about earlier came out for a curtain call in front of a packed studio audience. They went wild with applause. I looked at the man taking the bow and thought, "there is a big star." Then I looked up at the screaming, cheering audience and thought, "there are halfs da peoples." See more »

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"The 21-Second Excitation" was a very worthy ep of "The Big Bang Theory" that showcased the added cast members for the first time together
14 November 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

I'm reviewing this again since someone removed my previous one. In a nutshell: After watching Raiders of the Lost Ark for the first time with the boys, Penny declines to see it on the big screen with "21 extra seconds" later in the week. She's planning a slumber party with Bernadette on that night which Amy invites herself over for when Sheldon tells her about it at dinner. It's at that dinner that Sheldon tries to rush to finish to make it to a midnight showing even though it's only 5 in the evening! When they make it, the line is very long but that's not the worst of it. It turns out that Evil Wil Wheaton is also there to bother Sheldon...With this the first time the added cast members are performing together, quite hilarious happenings are going on. Like when Amy tries a "Truth or Dare" question. Over at the theatre line, Wil trades his Jar Jar Binks for Sheldon's Capt. Picard in very funny fashion. Don't feel like revealing more than that so on that note, "The 21-Second Excitation" is another very worthy ep of "The Big Bang Theory".


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