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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 » Season 7
The Big Bang Theory - 07x12 The Hesitation Ramification

7x12 The Hesitation Ramification

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4.59/5 (46 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

Penny played by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
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: Yes. How much for a hundred long stemmed red roses? Really? How much for three?
Penny: Hey.
Leonard Hofstadter: Yeah, I'll call you back.
Penny: Look, I know you were just trying to help with your Star Wars thing. I didn't mean to call it idiotic.
Leonard Hofstadter: Well, I don't think you called it idiotic.
Penny: Oh. Sorry, I meant to. Anyway, um,. I was just upset with myself. I wasn't mad at you. I just feel like everything is falling apart.
Leonard Hofstadter: Come on. It's OK.
Penny: No, it's not OK. Look at me. OK. I took a temp job as a waitress forever ago, and still doing it. I can't quit because guess what, I can't do at anything else. And I finally get me big break and it goes away. I'm such a mess.
Leonard Hofstadter: No you're not.
Penny: Really? Cause this morning at Starbucks a pair of old underwear fell out of my pant leg. And it wasn't the only one in there.
Sheldon Cooper: A joke is a brief oral narrative summary with a climatic humorous twist.
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.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • 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?"

Trivia

  • 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 NCIS episode Penny was supposed to be on was "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" (2003) {Kill Chain (#11.12)}.
  • 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.
  • Title Reference: Penny asks Leonard an important question and he hesitates on answering since she is not sober.
  • 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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