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

Mrs. Wolowitz voiced by Carol Ann Susi
Althea played by Vernee Watson-Johnson

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: You don't even like people touching you. How are you and Amy going to have sex?
Sheldon Cooper: Why on Earth would we do that?
Penny: To have your baby. Didn't your mom have the talk? You know, when your private parts started to grow?
Sheldon Cooper: I am well aware of the way humans usually procreate, which is messy, unsanitary, and judging from living next door to you for the past three years, involves loud and unnecessary appeals to a deity.
Penny: Oh, God.
Sheldon Cooper: Exactly.
Sheldon Cooper: Amy pointed out that between the two of us, our genetic material has the potential of creating the first in a line of intellectually superior benign overlords to guide humanity to a brighter tomorrow.
Howard Wolowitz: I'm guessing future historians will comdemn us for not taking this opportunity to kill Sheldon.


  • 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!"


  • The term "Shamy", that represents a combination of the name Sheldon and Amy was first introduced, by Howard.
  • 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.
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