404 - The Hot Troll Deviation
Aired October 14, 2010

The Hot Troll Deviation

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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Guest Stars: Melissa Rauch as Bernadette, Carol Ann Susi as Mrs. Wolowitz, Katee Sackhoff as Herself, George Takei as Himself

Writers: Chuck Lorre (Story), Steven Molaro (Story), Adam Faberman (Story), Bill Prady (Teleplay), Lee Aronsohn (Teleplay), Maria Ferrari (Teleplay)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 12.56 million Households Rating: 7.6/13 Adults 18-49 Rating: 4.3/14

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Episode Notes

  • 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.

> Sheldon's Knock

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!"

Quotes (18)

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.

Comments (53)

Kelly United States, 14:37 Feb 10 2013.
I am very disappointed in Sheldon's lack of knowledge about hydrogen sulfide. First of all, breating it is deadly.. I would not recommend this to 'stink' someone out. Also, wearing a respirator will not help you when exposed to this gas. You would need to wear a SCBA unit.
Peter United States, 21:11 Jan 18 2012.
Correction: that song is from the film _A Man And A Woman_ (France, 1966, _Un Homme Et Une Femme_).
Frankie United Kingdom, 10:23 Oct 28 2011.
Great episoide and loved the fighting between raj and Sheldon and laughed at Sheldon in gas mask and the way raj walks out of the office after lighting candles coudnt stop laughing
MF United States, 18:20 Jan 5 2011.
The song that Howard plays in his room two minutes into the episode is the theme from the movie A Man Loves a Woman.
George Czech Republic, 12:45 Dec 16 2010.
Pls pls pls, what's the song number starting at 2:21 ??? Anyway, best serial in the world. :)
TBBT Fan Canada, 11:02 Dec 1 2010.
Brobdingnagian....my favourite word now :)
Paul Eaton United Kingdom, 10:19 Nov 30 2010.
This indeed the best episode this season. 10/10
Sandra Canada, 14:50 Nov 23 2010.
Rajesh is so cute in this episode :)
42512114 Australia, 05:07 Nov 17 2010.
to all of the Aussies notice that 9 and win keep on taking it off air for other things
Moonpie Hungary, 08:01 Nov 12 2010.
This is the best episode of season 4 ×%u0110

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