522 - The Stag Convergence Aired April 26, 2012

The Stag Convergence

Raj gets drunk at Howard's bachelor party and reveals a little too much about Howard's past sexual encounters. When Bernadette hears this in a video posted online, she reconsiders her engagement to Howard.

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Guest Stars: Kevin Sussman as Stuart, John Ross Bowie as Barry Kripke, Wil Wheaton as Himself

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

Director: Peter Chakos

Viewers: 12.65 million Households Rating: 8.8/14 Adults 18-49 Rating: 4.1/13

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Episode Notes

  • The title simply refers to the guys gathering at Howard's bachelor/stag party.

> Bazinga

During his toast to Howard on his stag night, Sheldon first says "Okay, kidding aside, Howard, you are a good friend. And I wish you nothing but happiness. Bazinga, I don't!". After Leonard chides Sheldon, he says "Double-bazinga, I do!". Later, when Raj mentions that Howard lost his virginity to his cousin and Howard points out it was his second cousin, Sheldon says she was also "the first woman [he] ever disappointed sexually. Ba-da-zinga!"

> Sheldon's Beverage Protocols

When the guys try to comfort Howard after Bernadette stopped speaking to him because of the Stag Night revelations about his past, Sheldon offers Howard a hot beverage.

"Howard: What is this?
Sheldon: You're upset. The convention is to bring an upset person a hot beverage.
Howard: No, but what is it?
Sheldon: Chicken broth. It seemed culturally appropriate. Also, there was a single cube of chicken bouillon in the cupboard when I moved in and it’s been bothering me for the last eight years. So, as they say, two birds."

Episode Quotes

Barry Kripke: Yes, yes, yes. He's a jolly good fellow. What time do the strippers arrive?

Wil Wheaton: Oh, Internet. This is so going all over you.

Raj: When I moved to America I was pretty lonely, but when I met Howard my life changed because we could be lonely together.

Wil Wheaton: Well, it was either this or another hot tub party at George Takei's house.

Howard: Actually, Barry, we're not going to have strippers tonight.
Barry Kripke: Aww, then what the flip did I get $200 in singles out for?

Recap

As the guys eat lunch in the university cafeteria, Raj changes the subject to the bachelor party he's throwing for Howard. Howard tells them he promised Bernadette there wouldn't be any strippers at the party. Later, Penny and Leonard chat in the stairwell on the night of the bachelor party. Leonard is disappointed that Penny isn't at least a little jealous or concerned that he's attending a bachelor party, where there could be strippers.

At the restaurant, Sheldon reveals he is planning to participate in all the social conventions of a stag night, including drinking alcohol. Wil Wheaton, Barry Kripke and Stuart show up at the party. Over at Penny's apartment, the girls are preparing the gift bags for the wedding. Back at the bachelor party, Raj starts the toasts for Howard. An inebriated Sheldon uses his toast to zing Howard. Leonard's toast trails off as he starts discussing how crazy he, Leonard, was back in the day. Stuart's toast also focuses more on him than Howard, while Kripke is mainly annoyed at the absence of strippers. A drunk Raj is the last up to toast Howard and he starts to recount some of the more sordid tales of Howard's bachelor days, including their threesome at Comic-Con and how Howard lost his virginity to his cousin Jeanie. Wil Wheaton is recording Raj's speech. Later that night, Bernadette picks up Howard and Raj and reveals how she watched a video of Raj's speech. Bernadette is angry that Howard lied to her about his sexual history, not telling her about his cousin, the prostitute or Raj.

The girls are at Bernadette's apartment and she is unsure whether she can go through with the marriage to Howard. Bernadette wonders whether Penny, who originally set her up with Howard, knew about all this. Bernadette is surprised that her friend didn't tell her about Howard's past. Back at the guys' apartment, Howard is trying to phone Bernadette to apologize but she won't take the call. Later, Howard shows up at Bernadette's apartment to talk to her, but she won't come out. Howard gives Penny a heartfelt message to give to Bernadette about how she's made him a better man. Bernadette overhears Howard's apology and comes out. Although she is still mad at him, the wedding is still on.