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The Weekend Vortex 

Sheldon has to choose between joining Amy at her aunt's birthday party or playing videogames all weekend with the guys.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 6 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
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)


Raj comes up with the idea of going down memory lane by the guys having a weekend long gaming marathon like they used to do, this time playing the new game, Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011). Despite Howard, Leonard and Sheldon being in relationships, they all agree. However, the three respective females in their lives may have some say about what happens on the weekend. Leonard hopes that Penny will care and have something to say about not spending the weekend with him, which means that their relationship is progressing back into true boyfriend/girlfriend status. Howard may not be able to choose between spending the weekend gaming or spending it with Bernadette. But Sheldon, who previously agreed to go to Amy's aunt's 93rd birthday celebration, has quite an easy decision between spending the weekend with the guys or with Amy and her aunt: he chooses the guys. A hurt Amy has to decide what to do in light of Sheldon's obvious disregard for her feelings. But someone other than Amy may ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

8 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The title is derived from the conflict Sheldon faces regarding how to spend his weekend, since he wants to join the Star Wars online game marathon with the guys yet he had promised Amy that he would attend her aunt's birthday party and meet her family. See more »


While playing SWTOR Leonard tells Raj the Empire is on his tail, indicating they are playing Republic characters, which is further supported by the view of Raj's laptop. However, the screen shot of Bernadette's character clearly shows she is playing a Sith Inquisitor (armor in SWTOR is specific to both class and faction). See more »


[first lines]
Raj Koothrappali: Hey, wanna spend some time playing the new Star Wars game this weekend?
Leonard Hofstadter: Mmm, I don't know. I kind of promised myself I'd get off the computer, be more physically active, get some exercise.
Howard Wolowitz: You're about to walk up three flights of stairs.
Leonard Hofstadter: Good point. I'm in!
Raj Koothrappali: You know what would be great? Let's do it like the old days.
Leonard Hofstadter: You talking gaming marathon?
Raj Koothrappali: Yeah! Start Saturday morning, go 48 hours, sleeping bags, junk food...
Howard Wolowitz: Turn off our phones so our moms can't call...
Leonard Hofstadter: It'd be like our ...
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #380 As my eyesight dims, I see things more clearly. As my hearing fades, the music becomes more beautiful. As my mind withers, the memories -- Hey, whatever happened to Alan Funt? His name always made me giggle. See more »


References Star Trek (1966) 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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They did it again with this-"The Weekend Vortex" ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
19 November 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Raj suggests to Leonard and Howard a weekend of playing Star Wars online while going to Sheldon's apartment. Sheldon agrees when they tell him of the plans but Amy reminds him of his previous agreement with her to spend that time with her at her aunt's 93rd birthday party. When Leonard tells Penny, she's fine with it which disappoints Leonard a little since he sorta wanted her to put somewhat of a fight. Since she's an actress, she obliges. And then Howard tells Bernadette...This seems to be a battle-of-the-sexes-type story told in "The Big Bang Theory"-style with a telling comment by Raj at the end. In summary, this ep-"The Weekend Vortex" was another funny enough ep of "The Big Bang Theory".

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