The Big Bang Theory

Season 4 Episode 8

The 21-Second Excitation

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 2010 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Olive You, Too

    Oh man, bring on the girls! I adored this episode. It was balanced between the boys and girls, it was balanced between characters, and it hit just the right amount of drama - not to mention the Wil Wheaton appearance. I loved this episode.
  • Ouch

    This episode went "out" they missed the goal this time. The first and most important thing I didn't like about this episode is the sex jokes .. unfortunately they start to make plenty of them in the show . it's totally unnecessary not mentioning that they are not funny in the first place !! they got rid of the repetition they were falling in by introducing another type of comedy but it doesn't work . Rag's rule is getting better in the 4th season though.. he's very funny .. yet , Sheldon is still the best. I hope the next episode will be better as this one doesn't count -for me- .moreless
  • 11/11

    The latest episode of The Big Bang Theory follows a format that many sitcoms do: divide the men and women into two groups with two separate storylines. The problem is that Bang does not really have any good female characters and they had to result to lesbianism (something Chuck Lorre also did on Two and a Half Men this week) and other sexual nonsense to try and generate laughs, and they failed in that regard anyway.

    Not a lot of funny things with the male characters either, except for Sheldon's responses to Wil Wheaton.

    Not a good episode here, not bad though.moreless
  • 408

    Well Amy redeemed herself as a character here. With her successfully interacting with someone other than Sheldon and still managing to bring some laughs. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing Amy with the girls more often. Although I'm still not a huge fan of Bernadette, but I've actually warmed up to Amy.

    We got some development with Penny talking about Leonard and getting uncomfortable when they were playing truth or dare. Will Wheaton returns, so far, he's been a good recurring villain, definitely better than some other ones this show has had in the past.

    Great episode overall, Sheldon stole the show here as usual, and there really wasn't much annoyances here.moreless
  • Wheeeeeeeaaaaaatoooooooooooooon!!!!

    2 plot, and they weren't even THAT good.

    Boys plot: The guys want to see the next extended "Rqaiders of the Lost Ark". Shel pressures them to go, but they say they still have time, but when they get to the cinema, the queue is very long. they still think they'll make it, but then Wheaton comes and enteres without paying, and gets the seats the guys were gonna get. Sheldon, mad, enters the cinema through the backdoor, and steals the film. Wheaton catches them in the acxt and an army of nerds chase the gang down the street.

    Girls plot: Bernadette and Penny are having a girls night and Amy invites herself cause "she's a girl". But when they learn AMy was never invited to a slumber party, they decide to have one. When they play truth of dare, they make Penny ownder why did she leave Leonard. Then Amy reads online thayt slumber parties tend to end in experimental lesbianism. So she goes and does sth to Penny ofscreen.

    Title Reference: The new "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" has 21 extra seconds.

    Overall: The boys plot had potential, but they wasted it. IT could have had more Wheaton, he is hilarious. The girls plot was fine. 8/10.moreless
Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch

Bernadette Rostenkowski

Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki

Leonard Hofstadter

Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons

Sheldon Cooper

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco


Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg

Howard Wolowitz

Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar

Rajesh Koothrappali

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • 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

    • Featured Music:
      "Raiders theme" by John Williams

    • Because of her broken leg. Kaley Cuoco (Penny) is shown working as The Cheesecake Factory's bartender again, instead her normal job as a waitress. Also, a body double is used when Penny storms off near the end of the episode.


    • 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.