404 - The Hot Troll Deviation
Aired October 14, 2010
Howard is embarrassed when the creepy reason behind his break-up with Bernadette is revealed. Meanwhile, a spat between Sheldon and Raj gets ugly as they engage in office warfare.
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Director: Mark Cendrowski
Viewers: 12.56 million Households Rating: 7.6/13 Adults 18-49 Rating: 4.3/14
- The title refers to Glacinda the Troll, the World of Warcraft character with whom Howard's character had an intimate moment - leading to the break-up of him and Bernadette.
When Howard goes to Penny's apartment to ask her for help patching things up with Bernadette, he knocks on the door like Sheldon and uses a voice recording of Sheldon saying "Penny!"
Leonard: Sometimes your movements are so lifelike I forget you are not a real boy.
Raj: Oh, you're so arrogant. If you were a super hero your name would be Captain Arrogant. And do you know what your super power would be? Arrogance.
Sheldon: Oh, Penny. Penny.
Penny: What's up?
Sheldon: Nothing. I just wanted to make Raj stop talking.
Raj: Sorry, dude. The thermostat's on my side of the room, so it stays Mumbai hot in here until you turn off that stupid Indian music.
Sheldon: I'll turn off the music when you get rid of that salmonella-ridden parakeet.
Raj: Oh, too bad. Sheldon's pathologically afraid of birds. Hey, look, Sheldon. Birdie, birdie, birdie.
Sheldon: That's it. Prepare for marshmallow death.
Raj: Eat flaming Nerf.
Bernadette: What's George Takei doing here?
Katie Sackhoff: Howard, do you have latent homosexual tendencies?
Howard: Of course not.
George Takei: So you say, yet here I am.
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Raj and Sheldon are arguing about work at the Cheesecake Factory. When Howard's ex-girlfriend Bernadette walks over, he hides under the table. Later, Howard is fantasising about Katee Sackhoof when he is interrupted by his mother. Bernadette and George Takei then show up in Howard's fantasy, with fantasy Bernadette suggestion he's not over her yet.
At the university cafeteria, Leonard tries to find out the reason behind Howard and Bernadette's break up. Raj and Sheldon are fighting over whether Raj can have a desk in Sheldon's office. Sheldon says there's no money for Raj's desk. When Howard suggests Raj should just buy it himself, Sheldon is unable to form a counterargument.
Howard goes to Penny's and, after knocking with a recording of Sheldon, asks Penny if she'll talk to Bernadette about him. Penny wants to know why they broke up and Howard finally reveals, much to his embarrassment, that Bernadette caught him playing World of Warcraft and having cybersex with Glacinda the Troll. Elsewhere, Sheldon arrives at his office to find Raj bought a "borbdingnagian" desk which takes up most of the room in the office. Sheldon tells Raj to expect an escalating series of tit-for-tat exchanges.
At the Cheesecake Factory, Howard and Bernadette are talking about their breakup, but they keep getting interrupted by an eavesdropping Penny. Howard says he only had cybersex because he wasn't getting any in real life, but Bernadette says that's because he never made the move. Later, Howard tells Leonard they're back together, while Leonard reveals that Glacinda the Troll is actually Steve Petterson, a "greasy old fat guy" in Facilities Management at the university.
Following their date, Howard and Bernadette are kissing as Howard hears the voices of Katee Sackhoff and George Takei telling him what to do. Howard tries to make a move, but Bernadette stops him as she wants to get to know him better this time around. Back at the university, Sheldon's wearing a gas mask in his office because he mixed hydrogen sulphide and ammonia gas to smoke Raj out of the office. Raj tries to light some cinnamon candles to take away the foul smell, when the gas explodes.