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The Wheaton Recurrence 

Sheldon takes on Wil Wheaton in a game of bowling. Leonard and Penny's relationship comes to a crossroad.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 9 more credits »




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


The guys and Penny have a friendly but wagered bowling match against Stuart and his team. The match gets a little heated when one of Stuart's regulars can't make it, the missing spot filled by Wil Wheaton, Sheldon's arch enemy. But Wil's presence isn't the only distraction for Sheldon's team. Leonard told Penny that he loves her, but Penny isn't yet at that point to say it back to him. Leonard tells her that he is OK with her not yet being able to tell him the same. His actions, however, make her feel even more pressured to tell him that she loves him. After a chat with Wil at the bowling match, Penny decides what she should do with regard to her and Leonard's relationship. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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As this episode features a bowling match, the between scenes with the atoms include a bowling ball as one of the electrons. See more »


When Leonard starts looking through the comic books, he alternately has/doesn't have about three or four separated from the others. Then when Raj starts flipping through his book, he stops on a page with a visibly blue background. When the camera changes to focus on Sheldon, the book is open on a different page. See more »


[first lines]
Penny: Having a little trouble catching your breath there?
Leonard Hofstadter: No, no, I'm good. If my P.E. teachers had told me this is what I was training for, I would have tried a lot harder.
Penny: Do or do not. There is no try.
Leonard Hofstadter: Did you just quote Star Wars?
Penny: I believe I quoted Empire Strikes Back.
Leonard Hofstadter: Oh, my God. I'm lying in bed with a beautiful woman who can quote Yoda.
[they kiss]
Leonard Hofstadter: I love you, Penny.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #284 2010 Census 1) How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment or mobile home on April 1, 2010? Well, after a difficult divorce and several failed attempts at a meaningful relationship, I guess the answer is one. One lonely, middle-aged guy. But I shouldn't get too down on myself. I mean, at least I'm trying. At least my intentions are good. Well, mostly good. I am guilty of what I call self-righteous self-centeredness. You know, that workaholic syndrome which requires everyone to adapt to my "very pressing needs," rather than being available to theirs. In fact, that actually might be the core of my problem. That, or my compulsive desire to make women happy, which, no surprise, stems from a deep fear that unless I'm perfect, they'll leave me. Oh, and they sure let you know when you're not perfect. They don't mince words when you fail to live up to their expectations. You hear about it. Or worse, you don't hear about it and then have to deal with their subliminal rage that you're not healing their deep-seated daddy wound. But that's beside the point. Bottom line, one person lives here. There, you happy U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration/U.S. Census Bureau?! Anything else you want to know? 2) Were there any additional people staying here that you did not include in question one? I already told you, I'm alone! What is with you people?! Why do you keep taunting me?! Haven't I suffered enough?! See more »


References Pac-Man (1980) See more »


History of Everything
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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Hate will Wheaton
5 August 2019 | by WeskleppSee all my reviews

Just thought I say. No further explanation. Guess you're own

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12 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16 : 9
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