The Big Bang Theory

Season 4 Episode 8

The 21-Second Excitation

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 2010 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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

    • Wil Wheaton is credited as Special Appearance by.

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.