The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)
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The Hesitation Ramification 

After Leonard tries to help Penny following a failed role on a TV show, she makes an important decision. Meanwhile, Raj and Stuart try to practice their social skills, and Sheldon navigates the intricacies of being funny.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 8 more credits »

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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
Marcus Folmar ... Security Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lexie Contursi ... Beautiful Young Woman (scenes deleted)


An excited Penny gets a small part on the latest episode of NCIS (2003). She not only tells everyone she knows about it, but she believes this part is her big break. The gang decide to watch the show along with her. But Penny and her friends' excited anticipation turns to disappointment when she sees that her one and only scene was cut. Trying to be the supportive boyfriend, Leonard may inadvertently destroy his and Penny's relationship instead. Meanwhile, Raj and Stuart have come to the conclusion that they don't know how to talk to pretty girls. So they decide to go to the mall to practice by talking to not so pretty girls. And Sheldon, who believes he is funny, tries to discover the science behind comedy. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

2 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In the end credits vanity card #436, Chuck Lorre reveals that the filming matches the story where the small part played by a young, relatively unknown actress named Lexie Contursi ended up on the cutting room floor due to no fault of her own. See more »


In the introduction, when everyone except Amy is looking at their smart phones, Sheldon points out that thanks to Steve Jobs, people no longer have the chore of having to talk to each other at communal meals. However, in "The Alien Parasite Hypothesis", he is of the opposite opinion, and says "Isn't the point of a communal meal the exchange of ideas and opinions, the opportunity to consider the important issues of the day?" See more »


Stuart Bloom: Look at those guys sitting on that bench over there, they look pretty pathetic, wouldn't talk to them
Raj Koothrappali: That's a mirror
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Crazy Credits


This vanity card is dedicated to a very pretty and very talented young actress named Lexie Contursi. Let me explain. In tonight's episode of "The Big Bang Theory," Penny struggles emotionally when her small guest role on "NCIS" is cut. In an unrelated story, which oddly became very related, Koothrappali and Stuart go to a shopping mall with a plan to talk to unattractive strangers in order to build up their confidence with attractive girls. Almost immediately they are approached by a beautiful young woman, played by Lexie, who asks them for directions to a coffee shop. Sadly, or hopefully, comically, they run from her because they've yet to do the grunt work of talking to regular-looking folks. And here's where the two stories intersect. We had to cut it in order to get the episode down to the required running time. Penny gets cut. Lexie gets cut. One is make believe. One is real. Which is why I wanted to take this opportunity to tell Lexie, and all her friends and relatives, that she nailed the part. Just nailed it. The fact that it did not appear in tonight's episode had absolutely nothing to do with her performance. So, on behalf of everyone at "The Big Bang Theory," I'd like to extend a heartfelt apology to Lexie Contursi, and assure her that we will try to find a way to get her back on the show. Of course an even better resolution would be if she became a big movie star and got to tell David Letterman the funny story of the time she had one stupid line in a sitcom and it got cut. It happens, Lexie. Ask Sharon Stone about the time she didn't get the part of Paul Reiser's girlfriend on "My Two Dads." See more »


References My Two Dads (1987) See more »


Moon on Ipanema
written by Federico Ferrandina and Stefano Torossi
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Well,what they say about humor....
2 January 2014 | by manja2005See all my reviews that analyzing a joke is like dissecting a frog.Eventually,you'll get it,but the frog dies at the end.Well,I've seen all TBBT episodes.Compared to this,some are incredibly funny,and well,some are not.The storyline is this,Sheldon aims to become funny,by analyzing humor,in general and Raj and Stuart try to be less awkward.Penny gets a role in a TV Show,but unfortunately,her scene doesn't make the cut.There is a twist at the end,I won't spoil it for you.

But the real reason why I decided to write about this week's episode is that vanity card at the end. Here,Chuck Lorre apologizes to a actress named Lexie Contrusi because they had to cut her scene,since it was making the episode run long. This a really wonderful gesture and not many people in show business do that.You don't see something like this everyday. Kudos,Mr Lorre,you are a great talent,no doubt,but reading today's Vanity card,my respect for you has increased twice fold.

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