419 - The Zarnecki Incursion
Aired March 31, 2011

The Zarnecki Incursion

When Sheldon's World of Warcraft account is hacked and his digital items are taken, the guys try to find the culprit. After identifying the hacker, the guys set off on a quest to avenge Todd Zarnecki and bring Sheldon's battle ostrich home.

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Guest Stars: Carol Ann Susi as Mrs. Wolowitz, Aarti Mann as Priya, Christopher Douglas Reed as Todd, Lanny Joon as Officer Shin

Writers: Chuck Lorre (Story), Steven Molaro (Story), Maria Ferrari (Story), Bill Prady (Teleplay), Jim Reynolds (Teleplay), Dave Goetsch (Teleplay)

Director: Peter Chakos

Viewers: 11.92 million Households Rating: 7.2/12 Adults 18-49 Rating: 3.7/12

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Episode Notes

  • The title references the incursion into Sheldon's World of Warcraft account by Todd Zarnecki.

Quotes (17)

Penny: Give my friend his stuff back.
Tod Zarnecki: I don't know what you're talking about.
Penny: Well then good news. Today's the day a girl's finally going to touch you in your little special place. *Kicks him in the groin*

Raj: Come on, dude, bros before ... my sister.

Todd Zarnecki: Who is it?
Sheldon: Your doom.

Sheldon: I've never said these words before, but good job, Howard.

Sheldon:Excuse me, Penny, but "Doodle Jump" is a game. "Angry Birds" is a game. "World of Warcraft" is a massively multiplaying online role-playing... All right, technically it's a game.

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Leonard returns to the apartment to find an agitated Sheldon being calmed by a police officer. Leonard soon discovers Sheldon had called the police about a robbery - of his World of Warcraft account. With the cops unable to police the online gaming world, Sheldon assembles the gang to respond to the hacking. Over in Penny's apartment, she's talking with Amy and Bernadette about how she's angry that Priya is getting the improved Leonard that Penny sunk so much work into. When the girls leave the apartment for a night on the town, they run into Priya in the hallway in a tense situation.

In the cafeteria the next day, Howard tells the guys he has tracked down the hacker to a house within driving distance, just north of San Diego. Sheldon talks the gang into driving to the thief's house to confront him about the hacking. Having defied Priya the night before, Leonard takes the easy option and lies to her about where he's going tonight, angering Raj. When the guys arrive at Todd Zarnecki's house, he is much larger and intimidating than they had expected. Zarnecki refuses to return Sheldon's items and steals Sheldon's collectible Klingon bat'leth.

As the guys drive home defeated, Leonard's car breaks down. The guys call Penny to take them home in her car. Penny is surprised Leonard didn't call Priya, when Leonard admits he lied to her about his whereabouts. When Penny finds out the guys failed in their quest, she turns the car around and shows them how you "finish a quest in Nebraska". When Penny arrives at Zarnecki's house, she delivers a swift kick to his groin, causing him to return Sheldon's World of Warcraft belongings.

Comments (89)

Wolowizzard Germany, 03:10 Jun 20 2016.
@Al: "The Riding Valkyries" by Richard Wagner, known in the more recent past for its use in the movie "Apocalypse Now".
Al Philippines, 22:26 Jun 2 2013.
What was that song Raj played in the car?
IntactMale United States, 18:42 Apr 5 2013.
I was really disappointed with the groin kick. We pass laws for viloence against women and joke about vilence against men. A groin kick should only be used for self defense. Being mad at someone is no excuse. For Penny's character to think it is ok to do that is wrong. Also, in real life he would have slapped her.
Glenn Canada, 16:38 Sep 6 2012.
Just a thought about this episode. Wouldn't Todd sue Penny for kicking him in the... well, you know. I know she was helping them, but surely these smart guys can think of another way of getting back at him. What she did is assulting him. Penny knows Raj by this point, can't she slowly help him talking to girls without booze. There is a saying, you have to walk before you can run. He can say one word at a time until he improves.
Steven Scott United States, 10:18 Apr 12 2012.
What does Sheldon list were stolen to the police officer?
Isabell <3 Germany, 07:30 Apr 6 2012.
I love this episode :) So cool, so funny, so great!!! Sheldon is the best!!!!
Nitish India, 06:44 Mar 8 2012.
Good show; but science was missing
Matija , 11:25 Dec 17 2011.
Where can i watch the episode online
Wayne United States, 05:22 Aug 8 2011.
This is my favorite episode of season 4. So much good stuff. Penny kicking Zarnecki in the nuts and Sheldon cheering, "We did it...I said we," had me rolling.
JWS United States, 22:13 May 7 2011.
Leonard & Priya will break up eventually, and one of my hypotheses to why is this: I believe that he's going to get tired of having to be the version of himself that Priya wants him to be. (I speak from personal experience on this one.) Also, that crack about Leonard being a "boy trapped in a man's body" really was low. The Girl Group has every right to want to fling waste at Priya. The scene with the Girls at Penny's having ice cream was really funny. AMY is definitely the best new character on the show.

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