408 - The 21-Second Excitation
Aired November 11, 2010

The 21-Second Excitation

The guys camp out to attend a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark featuring 21 seconds of never-before-seen footage. When the guys find themselves at the back of the line, Sheldon is given another reason to hate his nemesis Wil Wheaton. Meanwhile, Penny's girl night with Bernadette turns into a slumber party when Amy invites herself along.

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Guest Stars: Melissa Rauch as Bernadette, Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler, Wil Wheaton as Himself, Eric Andre as Joey

Writers: Chuck Lorre (Story), Bill Prady (Story), Jim Reynolds (Story), Lee Aronsohn (Teleplay), Steve Holland (Teleplay), Steven Molaro (Teleplay)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 13.11 million Households Rating: 7.7/13 Adults 18-49 Rating: 4.2/12

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Episode Notes

  • The title refers to the twenty-one seconds of extra footage in the showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark that the guys plan on attending.

Quotes (26)

Raj: Guys, I just did a quick calculation. Judging by the size of the theater and this line we may not get in.
(Sheldon wakes up and jumps out of his chair.)
Sheldon: What did he say?
Leonard: Nice going, Raj. I just got him down for his nap.

Penny: Okay, help me out here. How does an archaeology professor get that good with a whip?
Howard: Maybe he took a class at the adult bookstore. That's how I learned.

Sheldon: Under normal circumstances I'd say I told you so. But, as I have told you so with such vehemence and frequency already the phrase has lost all meaning. Therefore, I will be replacing it with the phrase, I have informed you thusly.

Howard: We're looking for Sheldon, not Marmaduke.

Bernadette: Besides, Penny and I are having a girl's night tonight.
Amy: Girls night, what does that entail?
Bernadette: Oh you know, girls get together hang out share girl talk.
Amy: I'm a girl.
Bernadette: Oh well maybe you could join us. I'll ask Penny.
Amy: No need, Penny and I are very close.
Leonard: You are?
Amy: Yes, In fact our mensies are synchronized.

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While the guys watch Raiders of the Lost Ark, they're surprised to hear Penny has never seen the movie before. Howard invites her along with them to watch the film on Friday with twenty-one seconds of previously unseen footage. Later that week, the guys are the Cheesecake Factory five hours before the movie is screened. Sheldon gets agitated at the thought of missing the start of the movie and is pestering his friends to hurry up. Meanwhile, Amy learns that Bernadette is joining Penny for a girl's night in. Amy goes over to Penny and invites herself along.

At the theater, the guys walk to the back of the line as Sheldon points out where they would have been if they'd gotten there earlier. At Penny's apartment, Amy is filling the girls in on our unusually firm cervix, when Penny points that girl talk isn't always specifically about their lady parts. When the wine starts flowing, Penny suggests the girls sleep over, leading to excitement from Amy at attending her first slumber party.

Sheldon is woken up from his nap when Raj points out they might not get into the theater to see the movie. Wil Wheaton walks up and, after mocking Sheldon, cuts in line and gets his friends in before everyone else. Back at Penny's apartment, after they do each other's nails, Penny makes a prank phone call to Sheldon.

When the guys reach the theater door, the attendant blocks from entering, As they are leaving in disappointment, Sheldon notices a side door and runs into the theater. Elsewhere, an inappropriate question about Penny and Leonard's relationship causes Penny to leave the girls' game of Truth or Dare. When the guys find Sheldon in the theater, he's holding the movie print and, after Wil Wheaton sees him, runs out of the theater.

Back at the apartment, Amy's plan to console Penny is even more inappropriate at she tries "harmless experimentation with lesbianism".

Comments (47)

jan lee United States, 23:33 Feb 14 2013.
The show has evolved from good to BEST in the comedy field. The addition of Amy Fowler is one of the reasons for its continued success. All the women are excellent in their parts, too.
Ohimai Canada, 09:29 Nov 12 2012.
Thought the show couldn't get any funnier and Amy comes over to prove me wrong!!
um United Kingdom, 10:57 Apr 27 2012.
Hmm, yes the Amy takes over from Sheldon factor...there's no doubt the show's dynamic has changed now, how far do you go catering for Amy, a female Sheldon, when Sheldon's still there? Wouldn't it just be better to focus back on what made the show great - Sheldon, three geeky friends and a girl next door than squeese in storylines about three girls that look like a different show? 19 minutes on 7 main characters is a bit ambitious and it looks untidy now. For me, Howard, Raj, Bernadette and Amy need a spin off of their own. The show can't cope with all these big characters.
Nitish India, 13:27 Feb 23 2012.
GR88 show; good to see kaley back
bb United States, 09:27 Sep 21 2011.
That guy working at the theater would totally get fired. He cussed at customers and let other people in because he thought they were cool.
oz Ghana, 16:14 Jul 9 2011.
I think Amy is not a bad character at all. she makes the whole show very realistic. Nobody is one of a kind in the world.
Leslie United States, 00:06 Jun 29 2011.
Amy has fast become a favourite character. I love the ladies on this show as much as the guys.
tbbtfan United States, 20:38 Jun 2 2011.
I think Amy is funny but she takes away from the hilarity and supremacy of Sheldon. Sheldon in some way needs to be reestablished as the supreme mind of the world...that will make the show a lot better if you could find a way to show his dominance of mind
Spike142 United States, 20:41 May 31 2011.
Everyone that hates Amy doesn't seem to understand the term Parallelism. She's not a bad character at all. MORE WILL WHEATON!! Every good sitcom needs a good a bad guest star.
naymee United Kingdom, 20:24 May 7 2011.
im glad theyv got sheldon a girlfriend but it loved the show more before amy was in it. Its funny when theres one peron like sheldon bt when theres 2 its too much

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