The Holographic Excitation Season 6, Episode 5 -  Aired October 25, 2012

The Holographic Excitation

While Raj helps Stuart with the annual Halloween party at the comic book store, Sheldon and Amy are divided over their couples costume. Meanwhile, Penny takes a greater interest in Leonard's work, while Howard annoys his friends by constantly talking about his trip to space.

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Guest Stars: Buzz Aldrin as Himself, Janelle Marra as Claire

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

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 15.82 million Households Rating: 10.6/15 Adults 18-49 Rating: 5/15

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Episode Notes

  • The title refers to Penny's excitement about Leonard's holographic demonstration.

Episode Quotes

Stuart: Hey. Hey, look at you guys!
Amy: I'm Raggedy Ann, and he's Raggedy C-3PO.
Sheldon: It was a compromise. I lost.

Howard: A week ago, I was an astronaut.
Bernadette: Yeah, well, today you're a Smurf! Keep moving!

Howard: Okay, here it is. Bernadette said you guys are all sick of me talking about my trip to space. Is that true?
Sheldon: Yes.
Raj: No.
Sheldon: We seem to have different approaches here. I was going for helpful honesty. I have no idea what you're doing.
Raj: It's called being nice.
Sheldon: Okay. If you think being nice will get him to shut up, I'll try it.

Raj: Would you like me to help? I do have a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to soirees.
Stuart: Thanks, but I can't afford je ne sais quoi. How much for just quoi?

Howard: (Mimicking Bernadette in a high voice) Oh Howie, stop talking about space so much. Nobody likes it.
Bernadette: (In a low voice) I don't sound like that.

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As the guys shop at Stuart's comic book store, Howard gives Stuart a "souvenir" from his trip to space, a signed picture of Howard in his NASA uniform. Leonard and Sheldon have grown tired at Howard repeatedly bringing up his space adventure. Raj offers to help Stuart with the store's annual Halloween party. Meanwhile, Amy and Bernadette are spending girls night with Penny at the Cheesecake Factory. When Penny complains about having to attend the Halloween party, the girls remind her Leonard does lots of things he doesn't want to for her, and she should show more of an interest in Leonard's hobbies and work.

Back at the apartment, Sheldon and Amy are drinking tea and discussing the Halloween party. Amy is surprised to learn Sheldon would actually enjoy matching couple's costumes for Halloween, but is less than happy at his suggestions: R2-D2 and C-3PO or Hewlett and Packard. Elsewhere, Penny shows up at Leonard's lab and gets to see him at work. Penny is unexpectedly fascinated by Leonard's work, which reminds her just how great he is, leading to some amorous activities in the workplace. Later, at the university cafeteria, Raj discusses his ideas for Halloween party food in the cafeteria, and the guys are irritated when Howard yet again mentions his trip to space.

As they get ready for bed, Bernadette finally confronts Howard over his obsession with talking about his trip to space. Bernadette suggests he should only talk about his mission when other people raise the subject, which Howard reluctantly accepts. The next day at the cafeteria, Howard asks if the guys think he talks too much about space. Sheldon agrees right away, although Raj was trying to be diplomatic. Back at the apartment, Sheldon and Amy are still debating their couples costume.

As Howard and Bernadette get dressed up for the Halloween party, Howard is depressed not to be able to talk about his greatest achievement. At the party, Howard has a minor breakdown over being forced to be quiet about his space trip. Sheldon and Amy arrive as Raggedy Ann and Raggedy C-3P0, while Leonard and Penny are Albert Einstein and a sexy cop, respectively. Howard admits if he stops living his space fantasy, he'll go back to being just plain old Howard Wolowitz. Bernadette tells him plain old Howard Wolowitz is the best guy she knows, and the person she married - on purpose.