Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 24, 2007
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
CBS TV Network
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The Big Bang Theory - 04x01 The Robotic Manipulation

4x01 The Robotic Manipulation

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4.67/5 (15 votes)
First Aired: Sep. 23, 2010 on CBS

Summary: Sheldon has been communicating with Amy Farrah Fowler for the past few months via text messages. Penny convinces Sheldon he should go on a date with her after he informs the group that he and Amy are going to procreate. Penny learns that this is Sheldon's first date EVER. Sheldon gets Penny…
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Main Characters in this Episode



Guest Stars

Penny played by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
Debbie Wolowitz voiced by Carol Ann Susi
Althea played by Vernee Watson

Episode Quotes

Sheldon Cooper: If Amy and I choose to bring new life into this world, it will be accomplished clinically, with fertility experts in a lab with Petri dishes. Which reminds me, you have broad hips and a certain corn-fed vigor. Is your womb available for rental?
Penny: Your hair smells nice. What fragrance are you using?
Amy Farrah Fowler: Dandruff shampoo. I have a dry scalp.
Penny: Well, your hair looks nice.
Amy Farrah Fowler: Are you a homosexual?
Penny: Um, no. Just paying you a compliment.
Amy Farrah Fowler: I would have been more flattered if you were a homosexual.
Penny: So, um, Amy, Sheldon tells me you're a Neuro... something or other?
Amy Farrah Fowler: Neurobiologist. Your "check engine" light is on.
Penny: Yeah, it's OK.
Amy Farrah Fowler: But the light indicates...
Sheldon Cooper: Don't, bother, I've wasted many an hour tilting at that particular windmill.
Penny: Uh, what is that scent you're wearing? It smells great.
Amy Farrah Fowler: Dandruff Shampoo. I have dry scalp.
Penny: Ah, well your hair looks very nice.
Amy Farrah Fowler: Are you a homosexual?
Penny: No, No, I'm just, giving you a compliment.
Amy Farrah Fowler: Hm. Would have been more flattered if you were a homosexual.
Penny: Guys, how about some music?
Sheldon Cooper: Oh, I wouldn't care for that, Amy?
Amy Farrah Fowler: No, thank you.
Penny: OK. Uncomfortable silence it is. Hey, Sheldon, have you told Amy what it was like for you growing up in Texas?
Sheldon Cooper: No.
Penny: Well, why don't you tell her?
Sheldon Cooper: Alright. It was hell.
Penny: Any follow up Amy?
Amy Farrah Fowler: No.
Penny: I, myself, grew up in Nebraska. Small town, outside of Omaha. Yeah, a nice place, mostly family farms, a few meth labs.
Sheldon Cooper: I'm sorry, how is this better than uncomfortable silence?
Penny: I don't know, I was just trying something.
Sheldon Cooper: Muggles.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • Goof (continuity error): In the car Sheldon tells Penny that it would be his first date, since square-dancing with his sister at a Teens for Jesus Fourth of July Hoedown doesn't count as a date. However, in "The Big Bang Theory" (2007) {The Psychic Vortex (#3.12)}, when Raj asks him to meet Abby and Martha for the second time, Sheldon says "Hulk agree to second date with puny humans!"
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Raj likens Howard's problem to Winnie the Pooh being stuck in the honey tree. In the story by A.A. Milne however, Winnie the Pooh actually gets stuck in the entrance to Rabbit's burrow.

Trivia

  • The term "Shamy", that represents a combination of the name Sheldon and Amy was first introduced, by Howard.
  • Verne' Watson, who plays the triage nurse, also plays the receptionist at the sperm clinic in the pilot.
  • Sheldon has his first date, since going square-dancing with his sister at a Teens for Jesus Fourth of July did not count as one.
  • The title refers to Howard's attempt to masturbate with a robot hand he borrowed from work.
  • In the Season 2 "The Barbarian Sublimation", Penny states that she hasn't had sex in 6 months. Therefore, Sheldon's estimated numbers regarding Penny's sexual partners would have to be lower
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