The Big Bang Theory

Season 5 Episode 21

The Hawking Excitation

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 2012 on CBS
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    The Big Bang Theory: The Five Labors of Sheldon Cooper

    The Hawking Excitation” explored the classic “I have something that you want” trope as Howard put Sheldon through the ringer.

  • Episode Summary

    When Stephen Hawking visits Caltech to give a lecture, Sheldon goes to great lengths for a chance to meet his hero in person.

    Who was the Episode MVP ?

    • Clearly the best of the season!

      Great episode, good to see Stephen Hawking having a small role at the very end of this episode.

      As with the episode itself, there were plenty of funny moments. Howard clearly takes advantage of Sheldon, and its a delight. Yet, you can't help but feel for Sheldon during his many difficult endeavours and its all nicely complemented at the end of the episode, when Howard states he gave Sheldon's work to Hawking days ago.

    • Tbbt issue

      Why cant i play the episode
    • Great to see the Guys Riffing Off Each Other...

      This was a guys based episode and all the better for it. The interesting gal moment was Bernadette proving how self centred she really can be and unpredictable! I really hope Howard is taking notes...

      Scripting was great and all the guys did a great job with their characters. It was good to see Howard not going too far with Sheldon however much you really could get to dislike Sheldon... He just can't help it!

      The absolutely best bit for me was with Professor Stephen Hawking... When Sheldon faints. I swear I could a twinkle in the Profs eyes... It really looked like he loved his part.moreless
    • Good grief, we're on a roll!

      Another good episode - can we hope we're into a storming finish towards the end of the season?

      It's amazing how much better this is when they focus more onto the 4 main guys and give them room to breathe in the script.
    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

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • In "The Agreement Dissection", Howard recalls that he said to Sheldon (in Stephen Hawking's voice), "I wish to discuss your theories of black holes". Meet me at the Randy's Donutsby the airport at 2:00 a.m." In the episode of this article, Hawking tells Sheldon, "Your thesis that the Higgs boson is a black hole accelerating backwards through time is fascinating."

      • Howard states in this episode that he owns only one belt. However, throughout the series he has been seen with a number of different belts, including piano keys, studs, and various other designs, as well as simple belts of various colors.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Howard: I want you to tell me I'm good at what I do.
        Sheldon: You're obviously good at what you do.
        Howard: Then why are you always ripping on me?
        Sheldon: Oh, I understand the confusion. I have never said that you are not good at what you do; it's just that what you do is not worth doing.

      • Penny: Why are you washing Howard's man-panties?
        Sheldon: 'Cause if I don't he won't give my paper to Stephen Hawking. He's a famous physicist—
        Penny: Yeah, yeah, I know. He's the wheelchair dude who invented time.
        Sheldon: Close enough.

      • Penny: I see that twinkle in your eye when someone says "who" instead of "whom" or thinks the moon is a planet.
        Sheldon: Or Don Quixote is about a donkey named Hotay.

      • Sheldon : Oh, gosh golly. I made a boo-boo. And I gave it to Stephen Hawking. (Passes out)
        Stephen Hawking: Great. Another fainter.

      • Sheldon: Now will you give my paper to Hawking?
        Howard : Sorry, I can't.
        Sheldon : Why not?
        Howard : I gave it to him three days ago. He was really impressed. Wants to meet you.
        Sheldon : All right then. Thank you, Howard. Please let Professor Hawking know I am available at his earliest conveniences. (Walks out of the room)
        Raj: Thought he'd be a little more excited.
        Leonard : Give it a second.
        Sheldon : WAA-WAA-HOO!

      • Mrs. Wolowitz: (inside the fitting room) Sheldon! I need your help!
        Sheldon: What is it now, Mrs. Wolowitz?
        Mrs. Wolowitz: It's this dress! When I put my front in, my back pops out! When I put my back in, my front pops out! It's like trying to keep two dogs in a bathtub!

    • NOTES (2)

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