613 - The Bakersfield Expedition
Aired January 10, 2013

The Bakersfield Expedition

The guys are attending Bakersfield Comic-Con dressed as "Star Trek: The Next Generation" characters, but after their trip goes off course they lose faith in their geeky interests. Meanwhile, the girls try to show more an interest in comic books.

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Guest Stars: Angela Sargeant as Lana, Matt Battaglia as Officer Reynolds, Craig Gellis as Car Thief #1, Frank Alvarez as Car Thief #2, Rick Gifford as Guy O.S.

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

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 20 million Households Rating: 11.8/19 Adults 18-49 Rating: 6.4/19

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Episode Notes

  • The title simply refers to the guys' trip to Bakersfield Comic-Con.

Quotes (19)

Bernadette: Why are they staring?
Amy: Who cares? Just soak it in. Hello, boys.
Stuart: Oh, hey. (To the other customers) Could you please stop staring? They're just girls. It's nothing you haven't seen in movies or in drawings.
Penny: Hey, Stuart.
Stuart: What brings you guys here?
Bernadette: We were looking for a recommendation about comic books.
Stuart: Oh, well, I recommend you don't open a store and sell them.
Penny: No, we were just wondering why the guys like this stuff so much, so we thought wed give it a try.
Stuart: Oh, okay. What do you think you might be into? Superhero, fantasy, graphic novels, manga? (To the customers) I swear I will turn a hose on you.

Raj: Are they actually arguing about comic books?
Leonard: No, that can't be right.
Howard: Maybe "Thor's Hammer" is a new color of nail polish.

Raj: Insurance will replace your car, it won't defunk my junk.

Raj: Can we at least rent the car from Enterprise? (nobody reacts) Oh, screw you! That's funny!

Leonard: What kind of a person steals another person's car in broad daylight?
Sheldon: What kind of person leaves his keys in the car?
Leonard: I thought we agreed this was all Koothrappali's fault.
Sheldon: You're right. (To Raj) Nice going.

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Sheldon and Leonard are readying their costumes ahead of their trip to Bakersfield Comic-Con. Penny comes over with make-up sponges for Leonard and is surprised to see he has more make-up than she does. Later, as the guys head off for the convention, Penny joins Amy and Bernadette for brunch at a restaurant. When girls realize they have never shown an interest in comic books, even though it's a big part of the guys' lives, they decide to visit the comic book store.

In Leonard's car on the drive to the convention, Sheldon has reprogrammed the GPS with his voice. As the guys pass Vasquez Rocks, the location for a lot of Star Trek filming, they decide to stop and put on their costumes for a photo shoot. As the guys pose for pictures, they notice somebody stealing Leonard's car. Meanwhile, the girls visit the comic book store and settle on reading a Thor comic. When they get back to Penny's apartment, they read through the comic and all agree it's stupid. Pretty soon, however, the girls are arguing over comic book minutiae and decide to read the story again.

After the guys try and fail to hitch a ride, they have to walk through the desert in their Star Trek costumes, even as passing vehicles throw garbage at them. They eventually reach a diner and ask to use their phone to call for assistance. After Howard calls his mom and she agrees to rent them a car, Raj is excited that they can finally make it to Comic-Con. Leonard and Howard are dejected and humiliated and would rather just go home, and surprisingly even Sheldon has no interest in going to the convention. Meanwhile, the girls are still debating Thor and head over to Leonard and Sheldon's apartment to look at more comics to help settle their argument.

As the guys return home from their failed trip, they hear the girls inside their apartment debating vigorously about Thor. Sheldon thinks the only logical explanation is that somewhere in the desert they crossed into an alternate dimension. The guys reform their landing party to investigate their strange surroundings.

Comments (64)

Wolowizzard Germany, 04:17 Jun 15 2016.
One thing that still bothers me is where the old prejudice that girls don't read comic books or don't do other geek stuff came from in the first place. In the real world, neither thing is a pure "boy's thing" or "girl's thing" (at least not anymore), there are actually girls who play/enjoy watching soccer and boys who cosplay as characters from/enjoy watching Sailor Moon. And no, they're also not all just fat, ugly, smelly, nearsighted, acne-ridden, uncomb*d socially akward freaks either. Other than that, this episode was a huge blast of eye-candy for an old Trekkie like me. :-)
Josh United States, 01:49 Apr 3 2016.
Why was Amy's dialogue all post-production for this episode? Every time we watch it my wife asks this question, and we can't find the answer anywhere!
mark mathas United States, 14:27 Nov 23 2015.
I love this show i would not miss a esposide
shyam  United Kingdom, 06:59 Apr 18 2014.
Best show in the world
Ozzie Gonzalez United States, 22:04 Oct 15 2013.
I never saw this episode
Ravish Suriname, 20:41 Feb 13 2013.
Best Comedy series ever....keep it up!
Mimi Philippines, 23:59 Jan 29 2013.
This show is so awesome!!
Jim  United Kingdom, 11:18 Jan 24 2013.
There has been some classic comedies comming out of the states but this one beats them all. I would love to see more of Sheldons mother so politicaly incorrect so refreshing. Raj & Howard together they make a great comedy duo. as for losing it's fan base not whilst the writing and acting is 2nd to none
Rinaldo India, 18:04 Jan 23 2013.
Sheldon is simply just amazing.. Guy to Guy.. Your'e just AWESOME! :)
Alison United States, 21:36 Jan 22 2013.
The theme song bothers me (as a lowly biologist). Autotrophs can't drool. Autotrophs evolved into plants.

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