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Sheldon's trip comes to an end when he is robbed, Penny interviews for a job at Bernadette's company, and Howard is weirded out by his mother's relationship with Stuart.


Mark Cendrowski


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





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
Kevin Sussman ... Stuart Bloom
Stephen Root ... Dan
Carol Ann Susi ... Debbie Wolowitz (voice)
David Barrera ... Officer Hernandez
Anil Margsahayam ... Man
Tonja Kahlens ... Woman
Robert Noble Robert Noble ... Older Gentleman


Forty-five days after leaving Pasadena to regroup after a series of unwanted changes in his life, Sheldon telephones Leonard to come pick him up in Kingman, Arizona, where he is currently stranded as all his possession were stolen. Leonard decides to ask Amy to come along on the twelve hour round trip drive. Beyond explaining what he did on his time away and if it achieved its goal of redefining his life, Sheldon has some more precise explaining to Amy about one specific more immediate matter. Penny didn't go along on the trip as Bernadette got her a job interview as a pharmaceutical salesgirl with her company. Penny is apprehensive and not confident about the interview, doubting her own abilities. The result of the interview doesn't go quite as she expects. And now that Mrs. Wolowitz's cast has come off, Howard expects Stuart to move out of her house, which he doesn't. Howard, who has no idea the nature of his mother and Stuart's relationship, still feels uncomfortable about it and ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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22 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Season 2 ending and Season 3 beginning are 3 months apart, Season 3 ending and Season 4 opening are 4 months apart, Season 4 ending and Season 5 opening are also on the same day, with Season 4 ending with Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) in bed together while Season 5 begins just a few hours after that. Season 5 ends with Howard (Simon Helberg) in space while Season 6 starts a week after his launch. Season 6 ends with Leonard (Johnny Galecki) going to the North Sea expedition while Season 7 starts 4 months after his departure. Season 8 starts 45 days after Sheldon (Jim Parsons) departs on his soul-searching train trip. See more »


Sheldon becomes stranded in Kingman, Arizona which is on the western side of the state bordering California. On the ride home to Pasadena, the background scenery (after driving two hours) consists of reddish mountains. Assuming they are taking Interstate 40, this is not what one would see west of Kingman. However, it is similar to what one would find hours away in the opposite direction on Interstate 40 when approaching the New Mexico border. See more »


Penny: Wanna do yoga with me?
Leonard Hofstadter: Let me have some coffee first, so I can have the strenght to tell you how much I don't want to do that.
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Crazy Credits


I had four months to write this vanity card.

Four months.

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History of Everything (Instrumental version)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over closing credits]
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Not the Greatest Start to Season 8
10 February 2015 | by RbDerajSee all my reviews

At the end of Season 7 we left off with Sheldon departing on a railroad adventure to escape all of the unnerving changes going on in his life. We pick up the story with Sheldon calling Leonard to pick him up as he is stranded in Arizona without his belongings or pants as they were all stolen. Amy comes along with Leonard but is upset that Sheldon didn't call her first. Penny gets an interview for a pharmaceutical sales representative job with the help of Bernadette. While all of this is going on, Howard is dealing with the uncomfortable issue of Stewart staying at his mother's house. As the two become closer it is more of a problem with Howard.

This definitely wasn't a bad episode, but it is not the usual high caliber that we are used to seeing from this show. Some of the jokes felt a little reused almost as if they are running out of ideas. Penny chopped all of her hair off in a pixie cut style which was a big change. I am not a fan of the look, but to my surprise they comically incorporated that into the plot with Sheldon and others not liking the change and complaining to her about it. Overall it was descent but not a strong start to this new season.

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