819 - The Skywalker Incursion
Aired April 2, 2015

The Skywalker Incursion

When Sheldon and Leonard are invited to give a lecture at UC Berkeley, they take a detour on the way there in the hopes of meeting an idol of theirs. Meanwhile, when Howard and Bernadette can't agree on the future of Howard's Doctor Who TARDIS, a ping pong battle with Penny, Raj and Amy settles the debate.

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Guest Stars: Tate Ellington as Mitchell, Michael Dempsey as Security Guard, Mark Barrett as Security Guard #2 (V.O.)

Writers: Jim Reynolds (Story), Tara Hernandez (Story), Jeremy Howe (Story), Steve Molaro (Teleplay), Steve Holland (Teleplay), Maria Ferrari (Teleplay)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

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Episode Notes

  • The title refers to Sheldon and Leonard's attempt to visit George Lucas's home, and particularly Sheldon's attempt to get past the guards at the Skywalker Ranch.

Quotes (50)

Amy: Have you made a decision about the TARDIS? I think I can sell it if we call it Big British Portapotty.

Howard: Come on, one day this may double in value and be worth half what I paid for it!

Sheldon: Amy, the Daleks are right on my tail. Quick, we need to reset the time circuits. Oh no, I left my Sonic Screwdriver behind.
Amy: Really should have thought this through.

Bernadette: If this doesn't get him in to your bedroom, nothing will.

Sheldon: Play that funky music, white boy.
Leonard: I'm surprised you know that reference.
Sheldon: What reference?

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819 'The Skywalker Incursion' Ratings April 3, 2015

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819 'The Skywalker Incursion' Pictures March 22, 2015

Pictures from the next episode of The Big Bang Theory, "The Skywalker Incursion", have been added to our gallery. The show is currently off air as CBS airs March Madness basketball, but it returns with this new episode on April 2nd. In the episode, Sheldon and Leonard take a detour on the way to give a speech at UC Berkeley, hoping to meet an idol of theirs. Meanwhile, a disagreement between Howard and Bernadette over the future of his Doctor Who TARDIS leads to a ping pong battle with Penny, Raj and Amy.  Full story

819 'The Skywalker Incursion' Press Release March 16, 2015

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Recap

Before eating dinner, Sheldon is working on an opening joke for his and Leonard's upcoming lecture at UC Berkeley. Sheldon shows Leonard, Penny and Amy the content of his Public Restroom Kit, which he takes with him when he travels to avoid unpleasant situations in public bathrooms.

In the car on their way to Berkeley, Sheldon and Leonard play a physics game Sheldon invented, "I Can't Spy". The pair are excited to be giving a lecture about their paper. Meanwhile, Bernadette and Howard invite Penny, Raj and Amy over to help them sort through Mrs. Wolowitz's house for a garage sale. Howard is surprised to see Bernadette has stuck a price label on the Doctor Who TARDIS that he was planning on keeping.

Back in Leonard's car, he and Sheldon are listening to music when Leonard notes that they're making good time. When Sheldon worries about getting to hotel too early, they realize they will be passing by George Lucas's house. Although Leonard isn't as confident as Sheldon that they'll be able to meet Mr. Lucas, he decides it's worth driving by the house anyway just to see it in person. Elsewhere, Penny and Raj are playing ping pong when Amy wonders whether Howard has decided to sell the TARDIS. Howard wants to keep it but Bernadette wants it sold. Raj suggests they settle it with a game of ping pong, but Bernadette doesn't think that's fair as she didn't have a ping pong table growing up. Penny offers to play for Bernadette and, fearing he's outmatched, Raj offers to play for Howard.

When Sheldon and Leonard arrive at the gates of the Skywalker Ranch, they try to explain through the intercom system that they're just fans who were hoping to meet Mr. Lucas. When a voice on the other end announces the speaker isn't working, the pair are unexpectedly told to drive on. The guys arrive at a checkpoint where they explain their intentions to a security guard. The guard isn't able to let the guys in, but he offers to give them some Star Wars merchandise. After the guard leaves to get the merchandise, Sheldon runs out of the car and attempts to reach the property, only to be chased and tazered by security guards.

When Raj is winning the ping pong game for Howard, Bernadette tries to convince Raj to take the TARDIS for himself. Swayed by Bernadette's offer, Raj throws the game, so Howard replaces him with Amy. Fearing Penny will be outmatched by Amy, Bernadette replaces her with Raj. Meanwhile, Sheldon and Leonard are in a security holding room on George Lucas's estate. Sheldon is worried that they'll call the police, while Leonard is angry with Sheldon for landing them in this situation. The guard tells them they are being let go, but they will be arrested if they try to enter the property again.

In the deciding match of the ping pong battle, Raj and Amy both manage to beat the other player on serves but fail to return them. Bernadette talks Amy into taking the TARDIS for her apartment by mentioning how Sheldon might feel about that. Cut to Amy's apartment where the TARDIS is now fitted over her bedroom door. Elsewhere, Sheldon and Leonard return home to the apartment. Leonard is angry that Sheldon's attempt to meet George Lucas meant they missed their lecture. Sheldon points out that they're the only one of their friends who can say they've been at George Lucas's house. Plus, Leoanrd got to see Sheldon tazered.

In Amy's bedroom, Sheldon is in character as the Fourth Doctor, when Amy begins to regret winning the TARDIS.

Comments (5)

Road Warrior Crocodile Canada, 19:19 Apr 5 2015.
Dear ER! Have some patience please. Give TBBT writers and producers some time to write a thoughtful tribute episode to Leonard Nimoy. They have just dealt with the death of Carol Ann Susi, who played Mrs. Wolowitz. I just hope that there's an episode that acknowledges Avengers: Age of Ultron. Dream sequence, Sheldon dreams: Sheldon is Hulk, Leonard is Captain America, Howard is Iron Man, Stuart is Thor, Raj is Nick Fury, Bernadette is Scarlet Witch, Amy is Hawkeye, and Penny is Black Widow. Ultron can be Barry Kripke.
er Hungary, 03:29 Apr 3 2015.
I am seriously disappointed with this show now. The episode was OK. It's not bad, but certainly not great. However this is besides the point. Where is the 'in memoriam: Leonard Nimoy' episode? It is well over a month he passed away. He had a tremendous impact on the characters life, especially Sheldon's. The show's tribute should have been an entire episode, not a few seconds image. Sorry guys, but you should be ashamed.
Rachel Heller United States, 00:15 Apr 3 2015.
I loved this episode. Both stories were wonderful. Sheldon and Leonard are the best buddies. The ping pong battle was epic.
edda Sweden, 10:37 Mar 27 2015.
Thank God.
Joe Garvey Canada, 11:05 Mar 25 2015.
I look forward to each and every episode. This is the best show I've ever seen, and I laugh through most of them. I want to see if they meet Luke Skywalker.

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