The Hook-Up Reverberation Season 8, Episode 4 -  Aired October 6, 2014

The Hook-Up Reverberation

Raj's openness about his romantic history, including his inadvertent hook-up with Penny, leads to tension when Emily finally meets Penny. After Emily is frosty to Penny, Raj tries to patch things up.

Meanwhile, the guys consider investing in Stuart's comic book store to help it reopen after the fire, although the women in their lives don't see the investment potential.

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Guest Stars: Laura Spencer as Emily

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

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 15.75 million Households Rating: 10.3/16 Adults 18-49 Rating: 4.5/14

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Episode Notes

Episode Quotes

Howard: You know, when I was a kid I loved going there but I could never get a ride.
Raj: Ooh, what if we got a van and drove around, and picked kids up?
Sheldon: Nice! Like at parks and schools.
Howard: Toy stores, puppet shows.
Leonard: Hold on, so your idea is to get a van and cruise the streets looking for kids to pick up?
Sheldon: Yes!
Leonard: And are you going to use candy to lure them in?
Raj: We are now!

Sheldon: I have some odd freckles on my buttocks. Can I make an appointment for you to look at them?
Emily: Erm, okay, I guess.
Amy: I'm with him three years, nothing. She's with him two minutes and he's taking his pants off.

Amy: Can you see how a grown man and accomplished scientist who invests in a store that sells picture books about flying men in colorful underwear might be wasting both his financial and intellectual resources?
Sheldon: No.
Amy: Then I think it's a terrific idea.
Sheldon: Great! Wait until you hear about our van.

Leonard: Will you stay out of this?
Sheldon: If only Penny had said that once in a while.

Raj: I'm not the kind of guy who drops his friends because he's in a relationship.
Leonard: What happens if she doesn't like us?
Raj: Hey, you're my dear friends. You'll get a Christmas card for a couple of years and then you're dead to me.

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Raj's girlfriend Emily is finally going to meet Leonard and Penny, having already met much of the gang, at a dinner party at Sheldon and Leonard's apartment. When Emily arrives and is introduced to Penny, she gets the feeling that Emily is not so fond of her. Despite the frostiness Penny feels, Emily agrees to let Penny come by her workplace so she can get some practice for her new job as a pharmaceutical sales rep.

As the guys are browsing at the other comic book store, they realize how much they miss Stuart's place and consider investing in the store to help it re-open. Although Sheldon is motivated by a desire to get away from Capitol Comics, which he likens to a "rave at the third little pig's house", Howard's main motivation seems to be getting Stuart back on his feet and out of his mother's house.

Penny arrives at Emily's office to try out her sales pitch as a new pharma rep. When Penny senses again that Emily doesn't like her, she asks if there's a problem. Emily initially denies there is, but eventually admits she's uncomfortable with Penny after Raj admitted they once hooked up.

Back at their apartment, the guys are discussing their business plan for the comic book store. When Howard remembers he always had trouble getting to a comic book store as a kid, Raj proposes a van which could drive around and pick kids up. Only Leonard seems to see the potential flaw in the plan. As the guys are discussing their great idea, Penny turns up and is angry at Raj for telling Emily about their hook-up. Back in her apartment, Penny, Bernadette and Amy discuss Emily's dislike of Penny.

The guys return to Capitol Comics and discuss their plans for the Comic Center some more, while Leonard worries Penny might have downsized her list of romantic partners. Now the guys have considered their plans for the store, Leonard, Howard and Sheldon each present their investment idea to their significant other. Penny is surprised Leonard involved her in a significant financial decision and wonders whether mountains of credit card debt are something they should also talk about as a couple. Bernadette quickly shoots down Howard's plan to invest in the store and is unswayed by his arguments. Sheldon tells his plan to Amy with the caveat that she must like it, boxing her into a corner. Amy tries to point out the ridiculousness of a great man like Sheldon investing in a comic book store, but in the end she simply says it's a terrific idea. In the end, the guys decide not to invest in the comic book store.

Raj takes Emily to Penny's apartment to try get them to patch things up. Emily apologizes to Penny for being frosty to her and they agree to go out on a double date. However, when Raj and Emily leave Penny's apartment, both Emily and Penny remark that they hate each other.