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The Holographic Excitation 

While Raj plans Stuart's Halloween party at the comic book store, Howard annoys the rest of the gang by constantly talking about space, and Penny tries to take more of an interest in Leonard's work.

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

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
Buzz Aldrin ... Buzz Aldrin
Janelle Marra ... Claire
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Storyline

Stuart decides to organize a Halloween party at his comic book store so Raj decides to become the party planner. At the encouragement of Amy and Bernadette, Penny decides to take more effort to understand what Leonard does for a living, but ends up hooking up with him at his workplace. Meanwhile, Howard, who just got back from space cannot stop talking about his time in space by making multiple references about space, which annoys Bernadette. Sheldon and Amy face a conflict when they cannot agree on the costumes to wear to the Halloween party. Written by laird-3

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

The purple witch at the comic store party, Janelle Marra, had previously appeared with Kaley Cuoco in the Charmed episode "Repo Manor". In the Charmed episode however, Cuoco played a witch who vanquished Marra's demon. See more »

Goofs

When Sheldon and Amy are deciding upon which costumes to wear to Stuart's Halloween party, Sheldon asks Amy which kind of tea would she have. To this, she answers Green tea mixed with lemon zinger. In the next scene Sheldon can be seen taking out the first pouch from the box and not having torn it yet. However, in the very next scene, Sheldon is shown putting the tea bag into the cup and pieces of torn pouch can be seen lying on the table. See more »

Quotes

Howard Wolowitz: Astronaut Wolowitz reporting for booty.
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #396

It appears as if roughly half the people in this country think that they're in mortal danger from their own government. That's a lot of people sensing a lot of malice and threat. I worry that I don't see it. Sure, I see inefficiency and incompetence, but I've always seen that - regardless of which party's in office. And frankly, I've always welcomed it. I don't like my big bureaucracies to be cold, calculating, profit-making enterprises driven by a steely, clear-headed singular vision. A cursory glance through history would indicate that well-organized governments tend to enjoy well-organized parades, followed by well-organized ethnic cleansing. Which is why I celebrate the magnificent, muddle-headed ineptitude of our democracy. As far as I'm concerned, a little confusion and waste may keep the trains from running on time, but it also keeps people like me from getting a one-way ticket in a cattle car. Are our tax dollars being misspent on poorly run social programs? You bet! Do we get more buck for our bang at the local Post Office, Amtrak station, nuclear submarine or methadone clinic? Of course we do! But keep in mind that bureaucrats who can't find their ass with a flashlight and a hand mirror are not likely to find you either. To paraphrase Bobby McGee: "Freedom's just another word for who the hell's in charge here?!" See more »

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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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History of Everything (Instrumental version)
(uncredited)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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"The Holographic Excitation" was another fine ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
29 November 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

In this ep of "The Big Bang Theory": Howard can't stop talking about his space adventures which annoy everybody especially wife Bernadette. Stuart once again holds his annual Halloween costume party at his comic store but he always has trouble meeting women there so Raj offers his services at preparing one. Penny attempts to know Leonard better by visiting his lab. And Amy & Sheldon can't agree on which couples costume to wear-Raggedy Ann & Andy or R2D2 & C3PO? I'll stop there and just say this was another great ep of "The Big Bang Theory" especially when further exploring the nuptials of Howard and Bernadette. Oh, and there's a nice cameo of Buzz Aldern at the end which lends some poignancy when watching since his partner from that historic moon landing, Neil Armstrong, died just a few months ago.


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