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The Donation Oscillation 

Penny tries to throw a wrench into Leonard's plan to be a sperm donor for her ex-boyfriend; Wolowitz, Bernadette, Anu and Koothrappali turn Koothrappali's canceled bachelor party into a couple's trip aboard the "vomit comet."

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

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
Keith Carradine ... Wyatt
Brian Thomas Smith ... Zack Johnson
Rati Gupta ... Anu
Lindsey Kraft ... Marissa Johnson
Eric Nenninger ... Neil
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Storyline

Penny tries to seduce an abstaining Leonard to ruin his "donation" for her ex-boyfriend, Zack (Brian Thomas Smith), and his wife, Marissa (Lindsey Kraft). Also, Wolowitz, Bernadette, Anu (Rati Gupta) and Koothrappali turn Koothrappali's canceled bachelor party into a couple's trip aboard the Vomit Comet. Written by glyng2

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Melissa Rauch's 200th appearance on the show. See more »

Quotes

Penny Hofstadter: Okay, that's my dad. Now remember, don't bring up any baby stuff. All right? Not me wanting one, not you having one with Zack.
Leonard Hofstadter: Got it.
Penny Hofstadter: And if he brings it up, just change the subject to literally anything else.
Leonard Hofstadter: Got it.
Penny Hofstadter: But not the Cornhuskers, do not discuss the Cornhuskers.
Penny HofstadterLeonard Hofstadter: Is that a sports team?
Penny Hofstadter: Never mind, you're good.
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Connections

References Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

History of Everything (Instrumental version)
(uncredited)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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either be louder or quieter..
8 February 2019 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

The Big Bang Theory

Almost a cultural hub and a dream project for the nerd and movie goers out there, The Big Bang Theory lift off from the first episode in '07 possibly breaking many records on broadcasting and awards shows; this is another one of Chuck Lorre's production as it too resembles with the others on its hardcore and counter argumentative humor. And unlike others, its witty and sharp humor doesn't walk on 'mundane sitcom rituals' which they carried off till the mid series quite nicely after which the plot grew thin and the humor got petty and childish to a point where the viewers have started to feel like a homework that doesn't end.

On performance level, Parsons is never reliable on his co-stars, he is literally a one man army and the reason behind it is not that he is given the range and content to flaunt his skills but even when the writing goes frizzy in its latter season, he delivers unflinchingly. On the other hand, Galecki is convincing throughout the series along with Helberg supporting him decently. The narrative that was once fluid, gripping and thought-provoking has now turned into this misconceived mixture of rotted out ideas, that ought not to draw even a chuckle, let alone be intriguing enough to keep the audience tangled in these undercooked characters' mundane life.

Another main reason, why the ideas narrowed down as it aged on screen was because of too many lead actors sharing the screen and the writers being restricted on offering and dividing the work or humor to each and everyone resulting into low quality of the final product. Even though the series have somehow found itself in the 12th season it still hasn't offered much on character development (their work on Sheldon is appreciative but not worth the effort).

Season 12

With an attempt of attaining a closure to a higher ideal, the last season is sculpted to justify and culminate the entire series and as much as the hopes are higher, the maturity on writing is equally lower where the offered final product is of a daily soap quality.

The Donation Oscillation

It has been a while since we encountered Parsons alone on the screen using props and no words to draw in the laughs and that entire sequence is funny enough to tease you for more, but this peak of the entire season comes in for a brief period after which it switches back to pity laughs.


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