The Big Bang Theory

Season 3 Episode 7

The Guitarist Amplification

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Leonard and Penny's first big fight sees Sheldon playing mediator due to childhood trauma that's left him with an inability to be around loud verbal conflicts.

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  • We Meet Again

    This episode hit home in a number of ways, from being a similar situation to what caused a recent break-up to going beyond the funny to the too-true category. Yet it didn't feel as though the jokes were in bad taste, which is a startling accomplishment. It's good to remember that everyone has their issues and that they affect the others around them. This episode continues the tone of real-ness that's blossomed this season. Good episode.moreless
  • Just bad TV.

    The Big Bang Theory is going This season started out weak, the only good episode was the third one, followed by two more great episodes. But this and last week's episode are just horrible. They've lost it. This whole thing with Leonard and Penny is ridiculous. But can't be more ridiculous than the new COUPLE Wolowitz and Raj. It's just NOT funny.

    I did laugh once, but that was it. Did they fired all the good writes for this season???

    Two and a Half Men is proving to be the best comedy on TV once again, and Big Bang is proving to be the most over-hyped series of this decade.moreless
  • 307

    A great episode of Big Bang tonight, and definitely a stand out episode. Sheldon of course was the best, and yes the Penny & Leonard relationship is getting tiresome but we got some great one liners from each cast member, especially Kayley Cuoco. In the last episode, they had a Howard & Raj bromance episode, but now they're dragging on the same joke over on to this episode? That kind of plot is good for one episode, not the entire series, and I hope they don't continue with this.

    Sheldon was particularly funny with his problems with fighting, it was just hilarious that Penny & Leonard played parental figures to Sheldon just like when he was younger. The scene between Sheldon & Penny at the Cheesecake Factory was definitely the best. Overall, great episode with some really great moments.moreless
  • Leonard and Penny have a fight when Penny tells Leonard that a guy friend of hers is sleeping on her couch, something which makes Sheldon remember his childhood trauma.

    This is by far the best episode of this season.

    Jim Parson (Sheldon Cooper) gives an Emmy worth performance something which makes us nostalgic about the good old days of season 1 and 2. When Sheldon is on the center of the episode, it seems like the show is at its best. Hope that they keep this up with the following episodes because I am not so satisfied with this season (not as much as I was with the previous ones).

    I believe this show still has lots to give but they need to make the rest of the cast (besides Leonard and Penny) just as important. Overall a great show and an even greater episode. Enjoy!moreless
  • This might be the reason of why I changed my mind

    Leonard is mad at Penny because her ex will be sleeping in her couch, what provokes a fight between them. Thanks to this, Sheldon becomes traumatized and his childhood unhappiness returns.

    I think this was the episode that made me change my show's review. I had once written a review about this show saying it was bad, it was all because I had seen some episodes that I didnt like. As I had many time off I decided to watch the show, and I discovered that it was getting better. It was getting funnier and I thought it was doing good. But was this episode what made me change the review. This was a really funny episode.moreless
Kevin Sussman

Kevin Sussman

Stuart Bloom

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Brian George

Brian George

Dr. Koothrappali

Recurring Role

Alice Amter

Alice Amter

Mrs. Koothrappali

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Howard: (About Leonard and Penny fighting) At the very lease, when she knew Leonard was upset about it, she should have backed off.
      Raj: You mean like when a guy's upset because his friend agreed to take a cooking class with him and then doesn't show up because he's doing a Jew-fast with his mother?
      Howard: I didn't know you were upset about that.
      Raj : Really? Did you miss all the sudden indicators, like me saying, "Howard, I am upset."
      Howard : Okay. Sorry.
      Raj: Maybe it means something different in this country. Back in India, it means you are upset with a guy named Howard!
      Howard: I said I'm sorry.
      Raj : "Sorry" doesn't make up for the fact that I had to make chicken and rice with this vegan guy. Do you know what vegan chicken and rice is? RICE!
      Howard: Do you think I was having fun sitting around all night, listening to my mother saying, (Imitates his mother) "Have you ever peed so much in your life?"

    • Penny: Come on, Sheldon, let's go home. Look, we're done fighting.
      Sheldon: I've heard that before, but then the next thing you know I'm hiding in my bedroom, blaring a Richard Feinman lecture while my mom is shouting that Jesus would forgive her if she put ground glass in my dad's meatloaf, and my dad's on the roof skeet-shooting her Franklin Mint collectible plates.

    • Raj: Why don't you think I can find a woman for myself?
      Mrs. Koothrappali: Because you're 27, and the closest thing we have to a daughter-in-law is that Jewish boy, Howard.

    • Sheldon: First, I notice that you offer soup and a half-sandwich?
      Penny: Yes.
      Sheldon: Where exactly does the half-sandwich come from? Are you giving me half of someone else's sandwich, or do I have to wait for someone else in the restaurant to order the other half?
      Penny: No, no, Sheldon, they just make a half-sandwich.
      Sheldon: You can't make a half-sandwich. If it's not half of a whole sandwich, it's just a small sandwich.

    • Sheldon: (yelling at Raj and Howard) Stop it, both of you. All this fighting, I might as well be back with my parents! "Damn it, George, I told you if you didn't quit drinkin' I'd leave you!" "Well, I guess that makes you a liar, 'cause I'm drunk as hell and you're still here!" "Stop yelling! You're making Sheldon cry!" "I'll tell you what's making Sheldon cry! That I let you name him Sheldon."

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #111.

    • Original Title: "The Wandering Troubador Catalyst"

    • The Italian episode title is "L'amplificazione del chitarrista", the Spanish title is "La amplificación guitarrista", and the Mexican title is "La ampliación guitarrista", all exact translations. The German title is "Der Gitarrist auf der Couch", meaning "The Guitarist on the Couch". The French title is "Disputes insupportables", meaning "Unbearable Disputes".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: December 8, 2009 on Warner Channel; Australia: February 15, 2010 on Channel 9; Turkey: November 8, 2010 on CNBC-e; Finland: November 15, 2010 on Sub; Czech Republic: December 13, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: October 25, 2011 on Markiza


    • Raj comments, "It's like my girl Beyoncé says: 'If you liked it, then you should've put a ring on it,'" quoting the chorus of her 2008 song "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)".