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The Anything Can Happen Recurrence 

When Sheldon tries to be spontaneous, it leads to unexpected friction between the girls. Meanwhile, Raj seeks Howard's help in preparing for a date with Emily.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Penny (as Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting)
Debbie Wolowitz (voice)


Howard and Raj have a boys' night in together as Raj wants to watch a horror movie - such movies which he doesn't like or understand why anyone would like - as Emily wants to watch it with him. He wants to take a test run so that he can both understand what Emily sees in them, and not be embarrassed by whatever shocks may occur during his viewing with Emily. Meanwhile, to get Sheldon's mind off of what he will now do with his professional life since giving up on the idea of string theory, Leonard suggests they re-institute "Anything Can Happen" Thursdays, and have a spontaneous evening out. With Howard and Raj already preoccupied, Bernadette needing to work late, and Amy under the weather, this first Thursday out will only be comprised of Leonard, Sheldon and Penny. What happens on this first night out may threaten Penny's friendship with Bernadette and Amy, and her relationship with Leonard, while strengthening her bond with Sheldon. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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24 April 2014 (USA)  »

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In this story, the gang split off into three different groups. Raj and Howard hangout together, Penny and Sheldon bond ever closer with their dysfunctional friendship, and Bernadette, Amy and Leonard hangout together. See more »


When trying to decide what to do for "anything can happen at Thursday", Penny complicates what can they do that's "free." Since Penny always gets other to pay for her, there would be no need to ask this question. See more »


[first lines]
Penny: So, we're about to shoot this scene in a movie where the killer ape DNA is slowly taking over my body.
Leonard Hofstadter: Okay.
Penny: But I realize they're gluing fur everywhere except my cleavage. So, I ask the director why and he says it's important for the story that my boobs be the last things to turn ape.
Leonard Hofstadter: It's sweet that he thinks there's a story.
Penny: Oh, and there's not even a bathroom on set. I have to go to the gas station across the street. I mean, I was dressed like half an ape and still not even ...
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I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to all the people who were offended by this years' vanity cards. Please know that was never my goal. As always, each essay (blurb?) was written in the hopes that it might initiate a little conversation and laughter.* But, best laid plans, right? If by reading any of them you have concluded that I'm a horrible person, I hope you'll give me another chance. I think that if you got to know me, your loathing would melt away and, in time, blossom into indifference.

  • In my imagination, the conversation and laughter would be something like:

"Heh, heh, that Lorre guy's kinda clever!"

"Yes - heh, heh - he just makes the words sing."

"Sing? Please. This is not literature. I mean, it's somewhat amusing, but let's face it, he clearly has a penchant for fancy words, sophomoric irony and cheap, vulgar jokes at the end of each card."

"I suppose you're right. Turn off the TV and I'll service you."

"Now you're talking!" See more »


References Gravity (2013) See more »


The Big Bang Theory Theme (Instrumental)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
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A drab episode.
3 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

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Sheldon tries to choose the right field in physics for him on Thursday while Penny rants about how her filming experience sucks to Leonard. They then decide to do something new by re-instating 'Anything can happen Thursday'. Amy and Bernadette would've lied to the rest of the gang and will be having a drink by themselves, who are discovered by Sheldon,Penny and Leonard on their walk. The confrontation makes Penny angry and she takes Sheldon to a new restaurant to his dismay. Raj and Howard decide to watch a horror movie which Emily wants Raj to watch with on the next day. Penny, then takes Sheldon to a Psychic to help him make the choice. Sheldon brings out his usual insulting nature to play and tells the Psychic she is a fraud. The Psychic says that the answer to all his problems will come by if he completely commits to Amy. Sheldon unable to take the nonsense leaves using the M-word. Raj finds out that horror movies, which make him sick to the bone, is a turn on for Emily.

This episode has the same old Howard's mother jokes and Sheldon's usual antics. The only thing that apparently moves forward in this episode is Raj's relationship with Emily.

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