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The Indecision Amalgamation 

While Raj is wracked with guilt when he tries to date Lucy and Emily at the same time, Penny wrestles with whether to take a role in a cheesy movie and Sheldon is torn trying to choose between two gaming systems.


Anthony Rich


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 9 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny (as Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting)
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Wil Wheaton ... Wil Wheaton
Laura Spencer ... Emily Sweeney
Fernando Rivera ... Salesperson
Rod Keller ... Wardrobe Person


Penny returns from what she believes was a promising audition for a role she actually wants. Her anticipation turns to disappointment when the telephone call she receives is the offer once again for the cheesy horror movie role she was earlier offered but turned down since she thought it was beneath her. Although she asks Leonard for advice about whether to take the horror movie role, Penny may get the most useful advice from someone's who been there: Wil Wheaton. Meanwhile, Raj runs into Emily, the woman he met online, with Amy being the intermediary in their one and only face-to-face encounter. Despite that first date being a disaster, Raj is able to convince Emily to give him another chance. Immediately following, Raj receives a message from Lucy, asking to meet. Raj has to figure out what to do about his upcoming date with Emily considering Lucy's message. Sheldon is having a major conundrum about whether to purchase a Xbox One or PS4 as his next gaming system. This dilemma by ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

3 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


On the Chuck Lorre Productions, #451 vanity card displayed at the end of the episode, the SERIAL APE-IST 2 script cover page is shown (supposedly written by Vince Gilligan), with a cursive note that appears to say, "Thanks Vince, You're a good sport, bitch! Chuck Lorre". The catchphrase word "Bitch!" was frequently used by the character Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad (2008), which was created by Gilligan. See more »


Leonard Hofstadter: I know it's a stupid question, but why are you being stupid?
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References PBS NewsHour (1975) See more »


History of Everything
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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Raj's big time dating , Penny's acting decisions and a good one!
4 April 2014 | by akiondgmeSee all my reviews

A good one for sure

I think Raj's dating scenario is the better part of the episode. It comes with a good amount of comedy and some romance. It feels that Emily's character should be in the show frequently.

Penny's decision making about doing a cheesy role or not, part also has some hilarity. Wil does a fair job in this episode and his reputation in the show is kind of going down with the episode.

At last I don't really admire much the Sheldon and Amy's part.This part has some unrealistic acts which we don't often see in the show. Although some of Sheldon's good jokes comes with this episode like every other episode.

** Howard and Bernadette, doing a good little cameo in the episode. Penny gives some expected and every day facial expressions which I think she shouldn't do every now and then.

Actual rating: 8.8

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