401 - The Robotic Manipulation
Aired September 23, 2010

The Robotic Manipulation

When Penny finds out that Sheldon has been talking to a girl, Amy Farrah Fowler, for months, she urges him to go out on a date with her. Penny soon finds herself going along for the ride as she accompanies Sheldon on his first ever date.

Meanwhile, Howard lands himself in an uncomfortable situation when he "borrows" a robotic hand from NASA and finds a creepy new use for the device.

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Guest Stars: Carol Ann Susi as Mrs. Wolowitz, Mayim Bialik as Amy Fowler, Vernee Watson as Althea

Writers: Chuck Lorre (Story), Lee Aronsohn (Story), Dave Goetsch (Story), Steven Molaro (Teleplay), Eric Kaplan (Teleplay), Steve Holland (Teleplay)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 14.04 million Households Rating: 8.4/14 Adults 18-49 Rating: 4.9/16

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  • The title refers to the robotic hand Howard "borrowed" and found various uses for.

Quotes (24)

Nurse: What is this?
Howard: It's a robot arm.
Nurse: Where's the rest of the robot?
Howard: I only built the arm.
Nurse: Because that's all you needed, right?

Sheldon: I am aware of the way humans usually reproduce which is messy, unsanitary and based on living next to you for three years, involves loud and unnecessary appeals to a deity.
Penny: Oh, God.
Sheldon: Yes, exactly.

Rajesh: You know there's something I've always wondered about Aquaman
Leonard: Yeah?
Rajesh: Where does he poop?
Leonard: What?
Rajesh: What do the toilet look like in Atlantis? How would you flush it? And when you did flush it, where would the poop go?

Raj: When Winnie-the-Pooh got his head stuck in the honey tree, his friends all grabbed onto him and pulled and pulled.
Leonard: You do what you want I'm not touching another man's honey tree.

Wolowitz: Winnie-the-Pooh is out of the honey tree.

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Comments (381)

harshith  Norway, 13:45 Aug 3 2014.
I love this TV show.. All characters are awesome.... Love u all from India
Pranav India, 02:08 Dec 5 2013.
I just love Simon Helberg's character Howard. Sometimes he just trumps Jim Parson's character Sheldon. That is why I have hard time choosing my favorite character between Howard and Sheldon. Love you guys, from India!!
Juicestor United Arab Emirates, 11:10 May 29 2013.
Sheldon is awsome
Evie United Kingdom, 04:29 Jan 19 2013.
i loove TBBT i know the whole 1.46 big bang song its awsome!
SLC India, 13:07 Aug 26 2012.
BBt rock....one of the best show ever
Tyler Sheldon  United States, 09:41 May 13 2012.
The Big Bang Thoery rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Shravan varma United Arab Emirates, 13:40 Mar 5 2012.
I jus Love BBT .... You rockssssssss
tbiboz Philippines, 09:55 Dec 25 2011.
I liked sheldon doing the math on penny....:)
liz Australia, 02:07 Dec 16 2011.
i love big bang coz its da best lolol ^.^ just love em cant find a show as best as this mofo lololol
Andrea Italy, 13:16 Dec 7 2011.
I love TBBT!!!!! Spettacolo, il miglior show del mondo!!! Sheldon and Penny forever...

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