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Leonard is upset when Stuart from the comic book store begins dating Penny that he convinces Howard and Raj to take him to a bar so that he can pick up a woman of his own.

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Kevin Sussman ... Stuart Bloom
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Storyline

It's "Anything Can Happen Thursday", the third Thursday in the month the guys have deemed the day to do something different to get out of their rut. Sheldon proposes that they go to the comic book store (as comic book store night is usually Wednesday). Penny tags along to buy a gift for her nephew. In addition to getting something for her nephew, she also gets something else: picked up, specifically by Stuart, the comic book store owner. Leonard has mixed emotions: he is buoyed by the fact that someone that is somewhat like him at first glance can get a girl like Penny, but is jealous that Penny picked Stuart instead of him. To get over this situation, Leonard, with Howard and Raj, decides to do what Howard suggested to get them out of their funk: go to a bar to pick up desperate women. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?

Trivia

First appearance of the comic book store. See more »

Goofs

Sheldon has repeatedly stated he has eidetic memory, yet he says he "forgot" the Spectacular Spider-Man comic series. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Sheldon moans]
Leonard Hofstadter: Problem?
Sheldon Cooper: This is Thai food.
Howard Wolowitz: Here we go.
Sheldon Cooper: We don't have Thai food on Thursday, we have pizza on Thursday.
Leonard Hofstadter: Yes, but we all agreed that the third Thursday of every month would be anything-can-happen Thursday.
Sheldon Cooper: Well, apparently the news didn't reach my digestive system, which, when startled, has its own version of anything-can-happen Thursday.
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #248 I believe that Newton's first law of motion is the reason we will emerge from our current economic woes. That law states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. How does that relate to the financial #$%*storm we're now cowering under? Allow me to explain. There are slightly less than seven billion people on this planet. Assuming that roughly half that number are either too young, too old, too lazy, or too loaded to work, that still leaves almost three and a half billion people getting up in the morning to chase the almighty dollar, the transcendent rupee, the zen yen,the dear ol' euro, the what's goin' on yuan, the... well, you get the idea. Now, call me crazy (and many have called me far worse), but I happen to think that three and a half billion motivated people is one big damn object in motion. And the only thing acting against that object is the friction caused by a small bunch of greedy, dumbass, screw-the-pooch, Ivy League pot stickers (the unbalanced force). I therefore assert that the unbalanced force (you know who you are, shame on you), will eventually be overwhelmed by the object in motion (three and a half billion people with pluck, aka pluckers), thus allowing the object in motion to continue its relentless journey forward, thriving and conniving until it is once again slowed down by other unbalanced forces, or a very large meteorite. Or a plague. Or fundamentalists with nukes. Or atmosphere-eating nanobots. Or a super volcano. Or Skynet. Or Cylons. See more »

Connections

References Zork I: The Great Underground Empire (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

History of Everything
(uncredited)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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