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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.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 7 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
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Kevin Sussman ... Stuart Bloom
Carol Ann Susi ... Debbie Wolowitz (voice)
Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... 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) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Kevin Sussman is now billed among the main cast as Stuart. See more »


In one scene where Howard is talking to his mother from the ISS, a yellow hard-shell suitcase can be seen strapped to the wall behind him. Such a suitcase would not be on the space station as any luggage would be carried in lighter, more easily stored cases or bags. 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 Spider-Man (2002) 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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I liked "The Date Night Variable" as the beginning of the new season of "The Big Bang Theory"
25 November 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

In this season premiere of "The Big Bang Theory": Howard is still up in space, arguing with his mom and then Bernadette about where to next live. It's Amy and Sheldon's second anniversary of being an official couple, a thought that fills Sheldon with dread. And Penny and Leonard are still awkward with each other since that time Leonard proposed to her in bed. So it looks like Raj will be by himself again but wait...Taking off where they were last season, I thought this was a good enough start for the new season especially whenever Raj says something in his drunken state. And that includes when he visits Stuart (as usual, Kevin Sussman who's now a regular) and they start bonding. So on that note, "The Date Night Variable" was a good enough start of this, the new season of "The Big Bang Theory".

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