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

7x12 The Hesitation Ramification

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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

Howard Wolowitz: Vader is here now on this moon. I felt his presence. He has come for me. He can feel when I'm near.
Bernadette Rostenkowski: How many times do I have to tell you to replace the toilet paper when it's empty?
Howard Wolowitz: I'm in the middle of something!
Bernadette Rostenkowski: So am I!
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.
Sheldon Cooper: Can't sleep?
Leonard Hofstadter: No.
Sheldon Cooper: Would you like to talk about it?
Leonard Hofstadter: Penny proposed and I didn't say yes.
Sheldon Cooper: Why not?
Leonard Hofstadter: That's a good question.
Sheldon Cooper: Does that mean the relationship is over?
Leonard Hofstadter: I don't know.
Sheldon Cooper: Why don't you ask her?
Leonard Hofstadter: Because I am afraid to know the answer.
Sheldon Cooper: Well, I'm sorry.
Leonard Hofstadter: That's it? You're not going to make some dumb joke or inappropriate comment?
Sheldon Cooper: No. You're my friend and I'm sorry.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • 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?"
  • 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.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • SPOILER: The restaurant scene with Bernadette and Howard discussing fake laughter is a subtle parody of the famous Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan fake orgasm scene from "When Harry Met Sally".
  • SPOILER: Penny proposes to Leonard while drunk. This could also be the hesitation that the episode title refers to.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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