The Big Bang Theory

The 21-Second Excitation

Season 4, Ep 8, Aired 11/11/10
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  • Episode Description
  • The guys camp out in line to see a print of Raiders of the Lost Ark with 21 extra seconds and are outraged to see Wil Wheaton and his friends being allowed to skip the line. Penny and Bernadette invite Amy to their girls night.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Melissa Rauch

    Bernadette Rostenkowski

  • Johnny Galecki

    Leonard Hofstadter

  • Jim Parsons

    Sheldon Cooper

  • Kaley Cuoco

    Penny

  • Simon Helberg

    Howard Wolowitz

  • Photos (4)
  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Olive You, Too

    By AriSky, Jun 06, 2014

  • Ouch

    By MoradElShehabi, Nov 16, 2010

  • 11/11

    By thefanof, Nov 13, 2010

  • 408

    By Canogaparkcindy, Feb 11, 2011

  • Wheeeeeeeaaaaaatoooooooooooooon!!!!

    By doguineta, Jan 12, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Sheldon: (answering phone) Hello? (pause) Well this seems like an odd time to test my cell phone quality, but go on. (pause) "Test phrases"? All right. (pause) "I'm a tote," "ullbuh," "twad." (pause) All together? "I'm a total buttwad." (pause) Why are you laughing? Hello? (cut to the slumber party) Penny: And that, girls, is how you make a phony phone call!

    • Bernadette: You know what I really like about Howard? His chest hair. Penny: Howard has a hairy chest? Bernadette: No, just the one. But it's really long.

    Notes (7)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #311.

    • As of this episode, Mayim Bialik is elevated to the main cast, but is only credited when she appears.

    • During the West Coast airing of this episode, Wil Wheaton tweeted the exact tweets Sheldon read of his on-screen persona as they aired, though the @sheldoncooper account he mentions is actually not created or endorsed by the show.

    • This episode involved a late-night shoot on the Warner Bros. backlot, a rarity for the series. During the filming, co-creator Bill Prady, stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, and guest Wil Wheaton were all active on Twitter, posting comments on—and pictures of—the proceedings.

    • International Airdates: United Kingdom: December 23, 2010 on E4; Turkey: October 4, 2011 on CNBC-e; Czech Republic: November 16, 2011 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: November 30, 2011 on Markiza

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    Allusions (1)

    • The guys talk about going to the Colonial to see the movie. Then, at the end of the show, everyone runs out of the theater. This is a reference to the 1958 movie The Blob, which features the hysterical crowd running from the Colonial Theatre.

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