The Big Bang Theory (2007– )
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The VCR Illumination 

A VHS tape from Sheldon's past inspires him and Amy not to give up when they're still feeling down about their theory being disproven. Bernadette turns into a pageant mom when she tries to help Howard with his Magic Castle audition.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 7 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
Christine Baranski ... Dr. Beverly Hofstadter
Iain Armitage ... Young Sheldon
Lance Barber ... George Sr.
Montana Jordan ... Georgie
Kurt Scholler ... Judge #1


Amy, and especially Sheldon, are still reeling from learning that their theory on Super Asymmetry, which Sheldon at least believed was his path to a Nobel, had long ago been disproven and thus will not be his path to a Nobel. As such, Sheldon begins to question what were all his natural instincts which scares Amy as she believes it will only be a matter of time before he starts to question their relationship and marriage. While all their friends try to avoid setting off any triggers to make the situation worse, Leonard believes that two people who Sheldon admires most in the world may be able to help him, one being Beverly and the other being who Sheldon truly believes is the smartest person in the world. It may be some associated items that may help Sheldon the most. Meanwhile, Bernadette learns that Howard had once contemplated auditioning to be a member of the Magic Castle as the Great Howdini, he never went through with it believing he didn't quite have the right stuff to be in ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance








Release Date:

6 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The comic book Howard is reading on the couch is Mister Miracle #12, published on November 14, 2018 by DC Comics. See more »


After watching the tape of his father, Sheldon uses a sports metaphor regarding his and Amy's super-asymmetry paper and says it's the first time he's done so. He's actually used such a metaphor at least once before; when he banned Penny from the apartment for various infractions in "The Big Bang Theory: The Panty Piñata Polarization", he used the baseball metaphor of a batter being called out on strikes. See more »


Amy Farrah Fowler: Well, that was a nice speech. Too bad it didn't work.
Sheldon Cooper: Maybe it did.
Amy Farrah Fowler: What do you mean?
Sheldon Cooper: I've been acting like the game is over, but it's only halftime. And there's a lot more physics left to play.
Amy Farrah Fowler: Wow. Was that your first-ever sports metaphor?
Sheldon Cooper: It was! And I think it was a home run. That's two.
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References Jeopardy! (1984) 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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Why its the last season???!!
7 December 2018 | by gauraveve1See all my reviews

Well!! It clearly seems, Chuck Lorre now finally it seems has good sets of writers, he is churing out some really good episodes here, as also in his other shows like "MOM"..

Now they decide or rather, "Sheldon" decided for him to end the show. Although; it will end on high note, and it will never be at par with other good sitcoms cause of its track record, but it can be something more.

This episode by far was best episode of the #Bang I ever watched in this series.

I dont know maybe the network could change #Sheldon's mind. And it should continue IMO.

Peace out bros!!

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