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The Re-Entry Minimization 

Howard is offended when his return from space is met with little fanfare. Penny and Amy take on Sheldon and Leonard during game night.


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)
Ken Lerner ... Dr. Schneider
Jan Hoag ... Lillian
John Mendoza ... Chauffeur
Michael Massimino ... Mike Massimino (as Mike Massimino NASA Astronaut)


Howard returns to Earth feeling dejected when he finds out that his friends are not waiting for him at the airport at the request of Bernadette, who wants to spend some quality time with him. She, however, is suffering from allergies, preventing them from spending some private time together. Howard also feels dejected when he learns that during his time away, his mother is having an affair with his dentist, Dr. Schneider and Stuart has taken over his spot in his friendship with Raj, since they are living together. Meanwhile, Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and Amy hang out at the guys' apartment and participate in a guys versus girls competition. First they are playing Pictionary and then other made-up games where the guys never seem to win. Written by laird-3

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Romance


TV-PG | See all certifications »





English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This is the third time in which Mayim Bialik's broken right hand from a real life accident had to be hidden. See more »


When Leonard and Amy play Where's Waldo, they remove their glasses and squint. Given myopia (nearsightedness) is far more common than hyperopia (farsightedness) among young adults in North America, we can assume at least one (more likely both of them) wears glasses for distant vision. In this case, removing their glasses would improve their ability see up close and find Waldo while reducing their need to squint. See more »


Sheldon Cooper: [on Howard] He left a boy, he returns a boy-sized hero.
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Crazy Credits


Divine Intervention

(Part One) Night. The woods. A young guy, name of Richie, maybe thirty years old, running for his life. Chased by two bad men with guns. The chase leads out of the woods and into a backyard. Richie hides in a small tool shed. He is terrified, bewildered, trapped. Truly screwed. He looks up and says, "God, if you'll get me out of this, I promise I'll never steal drugs from drug dealers ever again. I'll never steal from anybody. I'll never lie again. I'll never cheat. I'll never bang a strange woman who may be underage... and the daughter of a drug dealer. Please God, just this one time, help me out of this jam and I will forever be your guy." A gentle voice in the darkness says, "Okay." Startled, Richie says, "What? Who's there?" The voice again, "Okay." We hear his pursuers outside. They've reached the backyard. They're getting closer. Richie asks again, "Hello? Who said that?" He looks around in the tiny shed. No one there but him. Bad guys get closer. They're in the backyard. Richie is frantic. He drops to his knees, clasps his hands together and whispers, "No no. Wait. I believe. I'll live up to the deal. I'll turn my life over to you, oh Lord um God, just please get me out of this!" One of the bad guys shouts, "The shed, he's in the shed!" The other bad guy shouts, "No wait!" Bursts of gunfire from opposite directions rip through the shed just above Richie's head. Silence. More silence. More. (Continued after "TWO AND A HALF MEN") See more »


References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


Rocket Man
Written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Performed by Simon Helberg
[Howard sings the song under his breath when he's alone at the diner]
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