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The Re-Entry Minimization (18 Oct. 2012)

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Howard is offended when his return from space is met with little fanfare. Penny and Amy take on Sheldon and Leonard during game night.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Penny (as Kaley Cuoco)
Debbie Wolowitz (voice)
Dimitri (as Pasha Lychnikoff)
Michael J. Massimino ...
Mike Massimino (as Mike Massimino NASA Astronaut)


Howard returns to Earth feeling dejected when he finds out that his friends are not waiting for him at the airport at the request of Bernadette, who wants to spend some quality time with him. She, however, is suffering from allergies, preventing them from spending some private time together. Howard also feels dejected when he learns that during his time away, his mother is having an affair with his dentist, Dr. Schneider and Stuart has taken over his spot in his friendship with Raj, since they are living together. Meanwhile, Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and Amy hang out at the guys' apartment and participate in a guys versus girls competition. First they are playing Pictionary and then other made-up games where the guys never seem to win. Written by laird-3

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The title refers to Howard's return and the minimum of fuss given to that event. See more »


Sheldon Cooper: It's been a good run, Fake Wolowitz. We'll remember you with fond nostalgia, like the dial-up modem, the VHS tape and Leonard's gym membership.
Raj Koothrappali: I don't want Stuart to leave. We've become good friends.
Sheldon Cooper: Okay, that's one vote for, one against. Leonard, you're the tie breaker.
Leonard Hofstadter: I don't mind Stuart. Besides, he gives us 20% discounts on comic books.
Sheldon Cooper: My friendship isn't sold so cheaply.
Stuart: I can go as high as 30.
Sheldon Cooper: Welcome aboard, old chum.
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Howard returns to Earth not feeling like such a hero on "The Re-Entry Minimization" ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
28 November 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this ep of "The Big Bang Theory": Howard comes back with Bernadette waiting for him at the airport...and no one else though he first thought a lot of people were giving him a hero's welcome when they called his name before finding out it's Howie Mandel (yes, it's actually him!) they were calling to. Bern wanted him all to herself but has a cold and falls asleep when they try making Howard goes to his mother's house...but she's sleeping with the dentist (Ken Lerner, who I fondly remember from the early eps of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as the high school principal). Now he goes to Raj's apartment...only to find Stuart living there now and being his best bud. So then he goes to Leonard and Sheldon's...where they, along with Penny and Amy, are stuffing their heads in a pie with no time for him. I'll stop there and just say this was another very funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory" and a fine showcase for the returning Wolowitz. Can't wait for the next ep now...

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