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!"

Quotes (48)

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.

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

Raj: Anyway, if it's okay with you, we should talk about Howard's bachelor party.
Sheldon: Well, seems like a bit of a let down after our lichen conversation, but, what do you know, youre half swan.

News Stories

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Episode 5.22 Ratings April 27, 2012

The April 26, 2012 episode of The Big Bang Theory topped American Idol in key adults 18-49 demographic, despite falling to a season low in the ratings.  Full story

CBS Announces Episode 5.22 April 5, 2012

CBS has announced the April 26 episode of The Big Bang Theory. Wil Wheaton returns as himself and John Ross Bowie and Kevin Sussman reprise their roles as Kripke and Stuart, respectively, in the episode.  Full story

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.

Comments (114)

patricia Whittaker United Kingdom, 12:46 Dec 15 2012.
in this episode---5.22--Sheldon wore a great checked jacket--anyone have any idea where it came from?
katie United States, 12:29 Sep 21 2012.
Please let sheldon have sex someday, maybe a full body condom. Poor Amy.
Lisa Canada, 16:14 Sep 11 2012.
My Fav episode is when Penny gives Sheldon the Signed Leonard Nimoy Napkin for Christmas. I laughed so hard I was crying.
Jack United Kingdom, 18:11 Sep 9 2012.
Pretty much my favourite episode. For two reasons. Howards laugh at the start with the joke about Kangaroos made towards him. And secondly, at the end when Penny says that what Howard said was "the most beautiful thing ive ever heard, and it came out of you". Really drifts away from the usual, 'Penny thinks Howard is disgusting' storyline. Love it!
Dee Canada, 20:36 Aug 27 2012.
Sheldon became friend s it wheaton, when Will had a party and gave him his last wesley crusher action figure, then Brent Spiner (Data) opened the package and now Data is his enemy...
ninxkcv Egypt, 01:50 Jun 4 2012.
I guess when I watched it I was in a better mood than those who said it was boring. I thought it was a very good episode with a lot of real character traits coming through. I thought I would miss the geek element, but to be honest, it doesn't matter. Love it.
autovel Italy, 14:10 May 24 2012.
the best episode of the season
mickey United States, 17:30 May 18 2012.
i love bb and the normalising of sheldon just keep him real and true to self as he grows up lol love amy as his love intrest kinda getting tired of penny and lenord try new twist ok move raj along too you could realy run with the howard thing in space lots of angles thier
laura United States, 22:25 May 10 2012.
I didn't care for this episode. It was all about silly jealousy games that have been in a million cheesy sitcoms since the year one.
Rudolf Austria, 12:47 May 3 2012.
This episode has the worst rating on IMDB with 7.3 and Nielsen demo-rating with 4.0, so I am not alone in condeming it.

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