Sep. 24, 2007
Returning Series
30 min.
CBS TV Network

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The Big Bang Theory - 07x12 The Hesitation Ramification

7x12 The Hesitation Ramification

4.55/5 (47 votes)
First Aired: Jan. 02, 2014 on CBS
Summary: When Penny’s big acting break on NCIS is a bust, Leonard struggles to help her, which results in Penny asking Leonard a bold relationship question. Meanwhile, Sheldon tries to learn how to be funny and Raj tries to work on his “game” before talking to girls.

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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Stuart Bloom played by Kevin Sussman
Security Guard played by Marcus Folmar
Leroy Gibbs in 'NCIS' played by Mark Harmon
Anthony DiNozzo in 'NCIS' played by Michael Weatherly
Beautiful Young Woman played by Lexie Contursi
Army Lt. Col. Hollis Mann in 'NCIS' played by Susanna Thompson

Episode Quotes

Leonard Hofstadter: OK, listen to me. This is just a minor setback.
Penny: No it's not. I've been out here for like ten years. I've nothing to show for it.
Leonard Hofstadter: You have me.
Penny: You're right. I do have you. Mmm. Let's get married.
Leonard Hofstadter: What?
Penny: Ohh. Leonard Hofstadter... will you marry me?
Leonard Hofstadter: Ummm.
Penny: Did you seriously just say, "Ummm"?
Leonard Hofstadter: Look you know I love you, but you're drunk and sad and feeling lost...
Penny: OK, so... so... you don't want to marry me?
Leonard Hofstadter: That is not what I said.
Penny: No forget it. I take it back. Offers off the table.
Sheldon Cooper: Who's in the mood to laugh?
Leonard Hofstadter: Really not a good time.
Sheldon Cooper: But I used science to construct the perfect joke.
Penny: I'm gonna go.
Leonard Hofstadter: No. Penny don't.
Penny: No, no. I just need to be alone.
Penny: Are you kidding me?
Leonard Hofstadter: Really because...
Penny: Well... the diner scene. Where's my diner scene?
Sheldon Cooper: Well, don't ask me. Until I see the prequel, I'm lost.
Penny: No. This was supposed the big scene with me and Mark Harmon, but it's... it's gone.
Bernadette Rostenkowski: What happened?
Penny: They must have cut it.
Leonard Hofstadter: Oh, Penny. I'm sorry.
Howard Wolowitz: That stinks.
Raj Koothrappali: I'm sure you were great.
Penny: This doesn't make any sense to me. I mean... I thought I did a really good job. I... Excuse me.
Amy Farrah Fowler: It's nice that we all get to eat together. [the guys mumble in agreement] Can we maybe put the phones down and have an actual human conversation?
Sheldon Cooper: We can, but thanks to Steve Jobs we don't have to.
Penny: Guys, guys. You're never going to believe this.
Leonard Hofstadter: What happened?
Penny: I just got a job on a TV show.
Amy Farrah Fowler: Congratulations.
Leonard Hofstadter: That's great. Guys! [Guys mumble acknowledgement]
Howard Wolowitz: What's the show?
Penny: NCII or you know NCSC. I don't know. It's the one with all the letters and I'm going to be on it.
Leonard Hofstadter: That's amazing.
Howard Wolowitz: What's your part?
Penny: I play a customer in a diner and I flirt with Mark Harmon.
Raj Koothrappali: Ooooh. Mark Harmon. He's a dreamboat.
Leonard Hofstadter: So it's just flirting.
Penny: Yea, why?
Leonard Hofstadter: No reason. I just think it's sexier when left to the imagination.
Penny: Oh.
Amy Farrah Fowler: He's wrong.


  • Goof (continuity error): When the gang sits down to watch Penny's "NCIS" appearance, Stuart joins them, holding a water bottle at about waist height. It then cuts to a close-up of Penny and Leonard and Stuart can be seen already holding the bottle to his mouth.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the introduction, when everyone except Amy is looking at their smart phones, Sheldon points out that thanks to Steve Jobs, people no longer have the chore of having to talk to each other at communal meals. However, in "The Alient Parasite Hypothesis", he is of the opposite opinion, and says "Isn't the point of a communal meal the exchange of ideas and opinions, the opportunity to consider the important issues of the day?"


  • SPOILER: During the on-spec "Star Wars 7" audition tape, that Leonard mentions earlier in the episode, Howard states his full name as Howard Joel Wolowitz.
  • In the end credits vanity card #436, Chuck Lorre reveals that the filming matches the story where the small part played by a young, relatively unknown actress named Lexie Contursi ended up on the cutting room floor due to no fault of her own.
  • While sitting at the restaurant, Raj notes that a man with a dog has increased chances of getting a woman's phone number, to which Leonard responds to by asking if it's true even if he lets the dog lick peanut butter off his tongue. This episode also involves Penny getting a part on "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" (2003) in which she flirts with Mark Harmon. Mark Harmon starred in Summer School, which has a scene where he lets his dog lick peanut butter off his tongue.
  • The scene at the restaurant when Bernadette fakes laughing is a reference to Meg Ryan's famous scene in "When Harry Met Sally." Wolowitz' next line confirms this when he responds by saying he fakes his orgasms.
  • Penny's scene in NCIS is cut from the show, embarrassing her in front of everyone. In real life Kunal Nayyar has appeared on "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" (2003) {Suspicion (#4.12)} as Youssef Zidan.
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