The Big Bang Theory: Season 5, Episode 14

The Beta Test Initiation (26 Jan. 2012)

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Leonard and Penny develop a system to ensure their dates go smoothly. Raj finally finds a woman he can talk to - the virtual assistant on his mobile phone.

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Leonard and Penny have decided to start dating each other again, but Penny is worried that any little glitch in their second time around will stall or halt them getting back together. As such, Leonard proposes that they follow a computer software development process model, where each party directly involved in the development process provides constructive comments on the "product" i.e their relationship, so that they collectively can fix the problems before the product goes into the next phase of external testing. Penny agrees. However, the comments that each provides in and of themselves end up being viewed hypercritically by the person being criticized, and thus may halt the process in its tracks unless the critic can delve deeper into the psyche of the criticized, which in turn may have its own unintentional consequence. Meanwhile, Raj has started "dating" Siri, the voice of his new smart phone's voice recognition system. And Sheldon, with Amy's assistance, decides to host a once a... Written by Huggo

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The title is derived from Leonard and Penny discussing the possibility of starting a relationship again, and Leonard's subsequent suggestion that they can start by treating the relationship like a beta test and give "bug reports" to each other, to maintain complete honesty between them. See more »

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At the end, Sheldon Says "Ich bin eine Bavarian." The correct German is "Ich bin ein Bayer." Bavarian is the English word for a resident of Bavaria (Bayern). See more »

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Sheldon Cooper: Hello. I'm Doctor Sheldon Cooper, and welcome to the premiere episode of Sheldon Cooper Presents Fun with Flags. Over the next fifty-two weeks, you and I are going to explore the dynamic world of vexillology.
Amy Farrah Fowler: Hang on, Doctor C, what's vexillology?
Sheldon Cooper: Vexillology is the study of flags.
Amy Farrah Fowler: Cool! I think I just learned something.
Sheldon Cooper: Did you have fun doing it?
Amy Farrah Fowler: I'll say!
Sheldon Cooper: Fun and information are two sides to this video podcast. Not unlike the only two-sided state flag. Oregon.
[holds up flag]
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #373 THE PROPHET by Kahlil Gibran (1st draft) A young woman stepped forward from the throng and asked, "0' great prophet, tell us how we might find love that is unconditional, unwavering and unending." The prophet did not answer right away. He looked off into the distance, gathering his thoughts. Silence descended upon the crowd. Then he turned his gaze upon the young woman and said, "Get a dog." See more »

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Another hilarious ep of "The Big Bang Theory" was this, "The Beta Test Initiation"
16 November 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this ep of "The Big Bang Theory": Sheldon and Amy are trying to start a TV show called "Fun with Flags", Leonard and Penny start dating again and critique each others quirks, and Raj has a love fest with his cell phone "Ciri"! Yeah, you read that last one right as Raj keeps asking personal questions of "her" and he's satisfied with the replies, no matter how impersonal they are! And look, Kripke (John Ross Bowie) has his own "Ciri" who can never understand him when he asks to "wecomend westauwant"! Oh, and how creeped out does Bernadette get when she and Howard are on a "double dinner date" with Raj and "Ciri"! In summation, "The Bata Test Initiation" was another hilarious ep of "The Big Bang Thoery".


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