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The Opening Night Excitation Season 9, Episode 11 -  Aired December 17, 2015

The Opening Night Excitation

After more than five years of dating, Sheldon and Amy spend their first night together. Also, Leonard, Wolowitz, and Koothrappali must decide who will take their extra Star Wars movie ticket.

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Guest Stars: Bob Newhart as Professor Proton - Arthur Jeffries, Wil Wheaton as Himself, Jeff Witzke as Movie Goer (O.S.)

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

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 17.23 million Adults 18-49 Rating: 4.1/16

WinnerThis episode won our Season 9 episode tournament in July 2016.
This episode won our Seasons 1-9 episode tournament in August 2016.

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Episode Notes

  • The title refers to the guys' excitement at the opening night of the new Star Wars movie.

> Bazinga

When Sheldon describes one of his ideas for Amy's birthday present - an all-expense-paid trip to the "Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival" - Penny pauses and says, "Sorry, I was waiting for the Bazinga."

> Sheldon's Knock

When Sheldon goes over to Penny's apartment to see her and Bernadette, they decide to have some fun with Sheldon's door knocking routine. When Sheldon knocks on Penny's apartment door, Bernadette tells Sheldon to come in, instead of Penny. This causes Sheldon to repeat his habitualistic known but calling for Bernadette. When Penny answers this time, Sheldon tells them to "Keep it up. I got nowhere else to be", at which point Bernadette tells Sheldon to just come in. Greeting the ladies, Sheldon tells them "For future reference, if I want to watch Mean Girls, I’ll stream it on Netflix."

Episode Quotes

Amy: Okay, what is going on?
Penny: We just want you to be prepared for any surprises that could happen tomorrow.
Amy: What surprises?
Bernadette: We don't want to spoil anything, but you should know that Sheldon said he's ready to be physical.
Amy: You shut your damn mouth! You actually heard him say this?
Penny: Yes, he said he wants to do something to show you how much you mean to him.
Amy: I can't believe it. I don't know what to say.
Bernadette: Well, we're really happy for you and we know how much-
Amy: I do know what to say. Let's get me waxed!

Sheldon: Then it's settled. Amy's birthday present will be my genitals.

Sheldon: (3 knocks) Penny! (3 knocks) Penny! (3 knocks) Penny!
Bernadette: What happens if I say come in?
Penny: Well, find out.
Bernadette: Come in!
Sheldon: (silence)
(3 knocks) Bernadette! (3 knocks) Bernadette! (3 knocks) Bernadette!
Penny: Come in!
Sheldon: Keep it up. I've got nowhere else to be.
Bernadette: Just come in.
Sheldon: For future reference, if I want to watch Mean Girls, I'll just stream it on Netflix.

Professor Proton: Oh, great, this again.

Penny: Okay, let's just recap our options. We've got harp thing, sheep thing-
Bernadette: Wild thang.