Sep. 24, 2007
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30 min.
CBS TV Network

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The Big Bang Theory - 04x01 The Robotic Manipulation

4x01 The Robotic Manipulation

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

Debbie Wolowitz voiced by Carol Ann Susi
Althea played by Vernee Watson

Episode Quotes

Raj Koothrappali: [skeptically] You slipped and fell into a robot hand.
Howard Wolowitz: [embarrassed about what he was really doing] Yes.
Raj Koothrappali: Penis first?
Howard Wolowitz: Yes. Now, help me!
Leonard Hofstadter: I'd suggest a lubricant, but I have a feeling you fell on some of that, as well.
Penny: Who's Amy?
Leonard Hofstadter: His girlfriend.
Penny: [blindsided by the news] Sheldon has a girlfriend?
Sheldon Cooper: She's not my girlfriend.
Penny: How long has this been going on?
Leonard Hofstadter: Four months.
Sheldon Cooper: She's not my girlfriend.
Penny: Are you telling me for the past four months, I have been asking you "What's new?" and you never thought to go with "Sheldon has a girlfriend"?
Althea: I need a orderly with a wheelchair. I got a robot hand grasping a man's penis out here.
Howard Wolowitz: You think you could you be a little more discreet?
Althea: I'm sorry, we don't have a code for "robot hand grasping a man's penis".


  • 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.
  • 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!"


  • 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.
  • 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
  • The title refers to Howard's attempt to masturbate with a robot hand he borrowed from work.
  • 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.
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