The Big Bang Theory

Season 6 Episode 1

The Date Night Variable

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 27, 2012 on CBS
out of 10
User Rating
237 votes

By Users Episode Review


    The Big Bang Theory's Season 6 Premiere: Date Night

    While his friends and their respective partners tripped over the same obstacles they’ve struggled with for several seasons, Raj struck out on his own... and that's when things got interesting.

  • Episode Summary

    Wolowitz is caught in an argument between Bernadette and his mom, even while he's in space. Meanwhile, with his friends on dates, Raj feels lonely.

    Who was the Episode MVP ?

    • I hope not.

      This show is normally hilarious however, tonight it was just average. The characters seemed to be reaching and not as funny as normal. I hope this story line is not going where I think it is with Rajesh & Stuart. If it does, I will be removing "The Big Bang" from my recording que. Television should simply entertain you with laughter and good drama. You should not be assaulted by social issues when you sit down to enjoy a TV show.moreless
    • Not a worthy season opener, they can do far better...

      Overall a nice episode, but certainly lacking something. I'm not too happy about Stewart being brought into things more. He's good as Stuart from the comic book store, not Stuart: Raj's fellow lonely guy. Scenes in space worked but not quite there with the humour.

      This kind of episode is worthy as maybe a first or second season opener, I expected far better.
    • Few smiles, no laughs, lots of bore...

      The show as it continued in its 6th season seems that the writers have come to a dead point. Everything seems to be said and done. The rest is repetition of the ever same by different characters...

      - Leonard proposed during sex,

      - Howard moving in with Bernadette,

      - Sheldon not asking Amy out,

      - Raj and Stuart being lonely,

      All seen that before. Nothing new there.

      Altogether this season premiere gave me few smiles, no laughs and in fact was BORING!

      If the show continues down this path it will end up losing its initial audience. I can get that stuff with other derivative shows where the gags can be seen a mile in advance.

    • Straight back into the groove of the last 2 seasons...

      ... unfortunately., as like the vast majority of the last 2 series, it was not remotely funny. I'm hoping that they're just off to a slow start and there's a big rebound in form to come... but I'm not holding my breath.
    • Just another average episode but....

      It was still good which is a testament to how good this show is over all. Nothing in this episode really stood out as being truly amazing but I did enjoy the parts that involved Howard and the Sheldon/Amy restaurant scene was great. I also loved watching Raj talk to Leonard and Penny during the date, that was also great. Overall, great to watch.

      One thing I can't help but feel is that Leonard is getting boring to me. They point it out pretty well that he is pretty much the touchy feely "woman" type as all he seems to talk about is relationships and how he feels. It's getting dry for me, kinda makes me want to smack him around to be honest. Like Leonard points out in another season, I get why bullies wanted to pick on him.

      I personally see Howard as the funniest in this show now with Sheldon taking second followed by Raj. Rounding up the rear are the women with Leonard being the woman who takes last place. Heck, put Stewart in front of Leonard on this list as well. I guess what I'm trying to say here is; kill Leonard!moreless
    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

    Melissa Rauch

    Melissa Rauch

    Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz

    Kevin Sussman

    Kevin Sussman

    Stuart Bloom

    Recurring Role

    Carol Ann Susi

    Carol Ann Susi

    Mrs. Wolowitz

    Recurring Role

    Pasha D. Lychnikoff

    Pasha D. Lychnikoff

    Dimitri Rezinov

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Continuity: At the end of this episode, Raj says that he puts liquor in his dog's water bowl and that he (the dog) is "an angry drunk". However, when he is given the dog by Howard and Bernadette at the end of season 5, they explain that the dog is a female.

      • Goof
        Judging from the laptop computer Howard uses, he is not on the International Space Station nor even in space as in real life the only models currently in use there are the IBM Thinkpad A31p and the Lenovo Thinkpad T61p, and the laptop used in the episode is clearly neither. No other models, except for three older IBM Thinkpad models no longer in use, have been certified by NASA for operating in space.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Amy: If you don't tell me something meaningful and from the heart then we're done.
        Sheldon: OK sit down, please (looking in her eyes) When I look into your eyes, and you look into mine, I don't feel quite normal. I feel stronger and weaker at the same time. I feel excited and at the same time, I feel terrified, and honestly I don't know what I'm feeling, but I know the kind of man I want to be.
        Amy: Sheldon... that was beautiful!
        Sheldon: It should be, it's from the first Spiderman movie.

    • NOTES (3)

      • The opening presentation is still the same, but they've changed the last shot again (where the gang is eating) for an updated one including Amy and Bernadette. This is the third time they've changed it since the original last shot in season 1.

      • Kevin Sussman (Stuart) is added to the opening credits and is now featured as a starring character.

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: September 27, 2012 on CTV
        United Kingdom: November 15, 2012 on E4/E4 HD
        Turkey: September 2, 2013 on CNBC-e
        Finland: November 28, 2013 on Sub

    • ALLUSIONS (0)