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The Misinterpretation Agitation 

The guys befriend one of Penny's clients when he shows up at her apartment. Meanwhile, Bernadette gets upset when Amy torpedoes an article about her for a local magazine.


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 (as Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting)
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Billy Bob Thornton ... Dr. Oliver Lorvis
Annie O'Donnell ... Mrs. Lorvis (voice)


Bernadette is excited to be asked to be included in a magazine photo shoot featuring the fifty sexiest female scientists. The topic places a wedge between her and Amy, who doesn't believe that strutting one's sex appeal advances the scientific profession... or does Amy have ulterior motives in her stance? Meanwhile, Dr. Lorvis, one of Penny's clients who has done an Internet search looking for her, stops by her apartment unannounced with flowers hoping to initiate a romantic relationship with her, because she seemed single (i.e. she was not wearing her engagement ring, at least not on her left ring finger), she touched his arm for "two Mississippis", and she winked at him. Leonard is able to intercept him before he gets to Penny, who ultimately does admit she flirts to make sales. But Dr. Lorvis ends up making a bigger impression on the entire gang than he did on Penny. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

30 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Amy Farrah Fowler: Bernadette is a successful microbiologist. She should be celebrated for her achievements, not her looks. I mean, what kind of message does that send?
Penny: I think the message is, "Check out the rack on that scientist!"
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References Donkey Kong (1981) See more »


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Written by Barenaked Ladies
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Series theme song played during the opening titles
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Delivered A Much Needed Redemption
13 February 2015 | by RbDerajSee all my reviews

This episode proved that the show can still be what it once was. Amy and Bernadette argue over whether women's sexuality should be celebrated in the field of science or purely ignored. This story is greatly overshadowed by another regarding Penny's flirtatious behavior as a selling technique for her pharmaceutical sales job. Doctor Lorvis (played by Billy Bob Thornton) comes knocking on Penny's door with a bouquet of flowers thinking that she was actually into him. He is confronted by Leonard who explains the situation and consequently Sheldon invites him in for a hot beverage. The get to talking and find out Lorvis has a incredible collection of movie props and other objects that make up a geek heaven in his basement. The guys all go to his house to see it all and by prying Lorvis finds out the secret to Leonard getting Penny: nonstop determination. He then proceeds to leave the guys locking them in his house to go and try his luck with Penny again. Along the way he meets Amy and is instantly infatuated with her as he is any woman who is nice to him.

This episode was definitely a redemption considering most of the episodes from this season so far. Hopefully this marks a turning point. The comedy was good and I think the show is better overall when they include guest appearances. The interaction between only our main characters can get a little tiring. It delivered a much needed excellence.

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