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The Date Night Variable 

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Raj crashes Sheldon and Amy's second anniversary and interferes in Leonard and Penny's relationship. Howard gets caught in the middle of an argument between Bernadette and his mother.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Leonard Hofstadter
... Sheldon Cooper
... Penny
... Howard Wolowitz
... Raj Koothrappali
... Amy Farrah Fowler
... Bernadette Rostenkowski
... Stuart Bloom
... Debbie Wolowitz (voice)
... Dimitri (as Pasha Lychnikoff)


On the occasion of the second anniversary of their first date Sheldon and Amy celebrate, however a lonely Raj is invited by Sheldon to join them. Amy is quite upset by Sheldon's actions. She also demands to know what is in his heart and gets a romantic soliloquy by Sheldon from the first Spider-man movie which she reluctantly accepts. Leonard and Penny are hanging out together where Leonard has set up the apartment with things Penny likes including snacks, beer and watching a football game. He even paints his chest with "Go Sports". Leonard tries to get her to discuss their relationship seriously, but she has had a rough day and just wants to hang. They are interrupted by Raj, who decided to leave Sheldon and Amy alone on their date. Raj tells them how great their relationship is until he learns that she has never told Leonard that she loves him. After Raj tries to get Penny to admit it, he gets kicked out of the apartment. Wandering over to the comic book store, Raj and Stuart strike... Written by laird-3

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

27 September 2012 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Eight episodes have a "Previously on The Big Bang Theory" review of past events. The first being episode 3.1, The Big Bang Theory: The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation (2009), which summarises episode 2.23, The Big Bang Theory: The Monopolar Expedition (2009) and it is narrated by Kaley Cuoco. The other seven are episodes 4.16 The Big Bang Theory: The Cohabitation Formulation (2011), 5.1 The Big Bang Theory: The Skank Reflex Analysis (2011), 5.24, The Big Bang Theory: The Countdown Reflection (2012), 6.1 The Big Bang Theory: The Date Night Variable (2012), 8.1 The Big Bang Theory: The Locomotion Interruption (2014), 9.1 The Big Bang Theory: The Matrimonial Momentum (2015), and 9.16 The Big Bang Theory: The Positive Negative Reaction (2016). See more »


When Raj calls for the waiter to bring champagne, the waiter is standing right behind him and starts to walk away. In the next shot the waiter is standing still in a different place, and later walks away from his original starting point. See more »


Sheldon Cooper: Whatever it is, his life will never be the same.
[Cut to International Space Station]
Mrs. Wolowitz: [shouting through the phone] Howard! Can you hear me?
Howard Wolowitz: I can hear you without the telephone!
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Crazy Credits


When I was in grade school we would regularly have atomic bomb drills. One of my favorites was clambering under our little wooden desks, quick like bunnies, so that we would be "protected" when the shock wave hit our big picture window and sent thousands of shards of glass shrapnel into our classroom. Equally helpful was the instruction to unbutton the top button of our shirts, remove glasses and take sharp items like pencils from our breast pockets. The logic being that collars could strangle us during a nuclear blast, glasses became just more shrapnel, and number two pencils could shish kabob our eight-year old hearts. Often we were ordered to line up, double file, hold our partner's hand (hopefully a girl, hopefully without a sweaty palm) and walk, don't run, down to the school's basement. There we would crouch next to a cold cement wall, thus ensuring our survival, or burial, in case the entire place got flattened. Interestingly, I don't recall there being any real concern about radiation poisoning other than how it might create Tokyo-stomping monsters. But probably my most vivid memory is of something that never happened. I had a recurring daydream which involved me neatly surviving the end of the world, climbing out of the rubble that was once Oak Drive Elementary School, and then running home to save the lives of my parents. Sadly, in none of my heroic fantasies was I able to rescue my older sister (we didn't get along that well, so it was probably for the best). The reason I bring all this up is I was thinking recently about how an almost daily reminder to a child that he or she might die in a terrifying explosion could cause a kind of post-traumatic syndrome. In a way, it made me feel a bit more forgiving to the monumental failings of the boomer generation. I also thought I should try and mend fences with my sister. See more »


References Toy Story (1995) See more »


History of Everything (Instrumental version)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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Maybe the worst episode of the series so far...
4 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

This episode was like I was watching another show! So boring and unfunny that I couldn't believe it! Where is the charming and witty humour that was characteristic of the series till the 4th season? Even the mediocre 5th season was much better than this lame episode, which contained awkward, flat dialogues and the characters looked "numb", even Sheldon wasn't himself, but a rather lesser version of himself!

My opinion is that the second characters (Bernadette and Amy) should get less screen time. The quintet of Leonard, Penny, Sheldon, Howard and Raj produced all the crazy laughs until the 3rd season and the other people were just supporting, they should keep up with that. I hope that the writers will come to senses and remember the spirit of the series until the 4th season

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