The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)
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The Opening Night Excitation 

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Leonard, Howard and Raj have to decide who will take their extra Star Wars movie ticket, while Sheldon plans something special for Amy's birthday.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 6 more credits »





Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny Hofstadter
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Kevin Sussman ... Stuart Bloom
Bob Newhart ... Arthur Jeffries
Wil Wheaton ... Wil Wheaton
Jeff Witzke ... Moviegoer (voice)


Professor Proton visits Sheldon in a dream and gives him advice about whether to go see the new Star wars film or spend the time with his newly reunited girlfriend Amy on her birthday. Meanwhile, Leonard, Howard and Raj try to decide who will get their extra ticket to the movie premiere.

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

17 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Mid-season finale. See more »


While Sheldon calls Amy on the phone, both their cell phone screen lights are on when close to the ears, though they must be off due to the inbuilt proximity sensors. See more »


Penny Hofstadter: Let's recap our options. We've got the harp thing, the sheep thing...
Bernadette Rostenkowski: The wild thang...
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »


Rebel Blockade Runner
Composed by John Williams
[Played during the episode's cold opening]
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This show is ruined
18 June 2019 | by tonynoemiSee all my reviews

Since Amy appeared, this show has been declining; abandoning the main topic of the whole series, dividing the group, and most importantly changing Sheldon's way of life and personality (although I like my characters to change, this was just awful), and with this episode most of all, we can see that the show has changed from a comedy into a drama and love story. I mean, Sheldon wold have never even doubted to go watch Star Wars. It just doesn't make sense, it's off topic, the show isn't funny anymore, and the writers have sucked in the last few seasons.


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