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The Fetal Kick Catalyst 

Sheldon and Amy host a brunch. Penny is surprised by her popularity when her movie, "Serial Ape-Ist" is featured at a Van Nuys comic book convention. Howard starts to freak out about parenthood after feeling the baby kick for the first time.


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
Brian Posehn ... Bert Kibbler
Michelle Arthur ... Mrs. Petrescu
Josh Banday ... Nolan (as Joshua Banday)
Bryan Safi ... Daniel
Tucker Albrizzi ... Christopher
Jareb Dauplaise ... Jeff


Penny has been asked to appear at the Van Nuys Comic-Con for starring in the Serial Ape-ist movies. Leonard is able to convince her to make the appearance despite her hesitation, which is largely due to the small and insignificant nature of the event in the global scheme of Comic-Cons. Penny isn't sure if the admiration she receives at the event is the type of admiration she really wants, while her sidekick Leonard seems to be enjoying the event more than her as he seems to have his own surprised admirers. Meanwhile, Howard feeling the baby kick - it happening while Bernadette is deep in sleep - is the first tangible proof for him that there truly is a baby inside her and that they will soon be parents. Howard, with Raj but not Bernadette by his side, goes overboard in being the prepared parent, much to Bernadette's chagrin, she who doesn't want to be that typical first time parent, but still wants to be involved in decisions for their baby. And now that she and Sheldon are living ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

27 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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This episode was taped on October 4, 2016. See more »


When Sheldon and Stuart are complimenting one another, the amount of mimosa in Sheldon's glass changes between shots, decreasing and increasing. See more »


[first lines]
Penny Hofstadter: Hey, have you ever heard of a Van Nuys Comicon?
Leonard Hofstadter: Yeah, it's a dinky little convention where they sell collectibles and get D-list celebrities to appear, why?
Penny Hofstadter: I got asked to sign autographs there.
Leonard Hofstadter: That's awesome! It- is this for Serial Apeist?
Penny Hofstadter: Well, it could be for the monkey movie; it could be my haemorrhoid commercial; the list does not go on.
Leonard Hofstadter: When is it?
Penny Hofstadter: It doesn't matter; I'm not doing it.
Leonard Hofstadter: What? Why not?
Penny Hofstadter: You just said yourself it's sad.
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You can laugh at the human predicament. You can laugh at yourself. You can laugh because the alternative is crying. You can laugh because a truism has been exposed. You can laugh at the weakness, stupidity and failures of others. You can laugh because you identify. You can laugh to be polite. You can laugh from surprise. You can laugh from nervousness. You can laugh at the futility of it all. You can laugh at the antics of animals. You can laugh because it hurts. You can laugh because others are laughing. You can laugh at tragedy if enough time has passed. You can laugh at the statement, "This is no laughing matter."

I could go on, but clearly there are many reasons to laugh. As a fun homework assignment, I encourage you to look for others, write them down and don't send them to me. See more »


References Cheers (1982) See more »


History of Everything
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[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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Show is going bad.

I feel like they threw Romania under the bus with that extremely bad bit the "Romanian" lady did, everything about it was bad, she acted awkward, and said things nobody ever said or will say, any normal Romanian person wouldn't say those things even if you held a gun to his/her face.

The jokes in general have become unfunny and the show is focusing mostly on relationships, story line is stationary... i feel like it's not going anywhere.

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