The Big Bang Theory

Season 7 Episode 12

The Hesitation Ramification

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 02, 2014 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Penny turns to Leonard for comfort after her guest appearance on NCIS does not turn out well. She ends up putting Leonard on the spot regarding their relationship. Sheldon works on his sense of humor and Raj practices talking to girls.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Cliff hanger


    I got a little bored at the start however as it went on, I got really into it and when Penny proposed to Leonard I couldn't take my eyes off the TV! I physically cannot wait any longer for the next episode!!!
  • Truly dire

    Most of this series has been pretty mediocre - funny-ish in parts without really hitting the heights, but not hitting the depths of series 4 & 5.

    However, this one bombed big time - dreadfully dull & unfunny all the way through. It appears to be a "plot positioning" episode - setting stuff up for later episodes, so let's hope there's some payoff later.
  • Ramification most certainly...

    This was simply the weakest episode of this current season. Every character was meaninglessly dumbed down for no reason that made sense. It was also very unfunny. All the set pieces simply failed! Lets hope that all of this is due to Christmas overindulgence and that things will get back on track in the next few episodes?
  • Just keep dating the Possum

    I had mixed feelings on initially watching this episode and to a certain degree, I agree with the first two reviewers.

    However, on watching it a couple more times, I've revised my opinion up, although my 7.0 rating is lower than usual.

    While there were some funny moments within the whole Sheldon "I'm a funny guy" idea, it really didn't do that much for me.

    I wondered when the writers would bring in the entire "Penny down on one knee, proposal" bit but didn't expect it so quickly after the original concept. I thought it was pretty funny up to a point.

    That point and two others are what are beginning to get me down about how the show is progressing, or not !

    Leonard and Penny break up again. Sorry, so over that, I'm afraid, even though I don't think it will happen this time.

    Continual Raj is gay gags. Over that, as well and it's about time the writers got it sorted. In the early seasons, he got laid more often that the rest of the guys put together.

    Sheldon and Amy. I love Amy to bits but I wish she would just kick Sheldon in his useless groin and dump his stupid butt. It only seems that when he loses her that he can move forward in a relationship.

    OK, the show's 6 1/2 years in and because it concentrates predominently on the group relationships, new ideas are getting hard to come by but we're just getting re-hashed scenes here and it's not good enough for the most watched comedy in the USA.

    Incidently, I loved the reference to NCIS, the most watched Police procedural and I was disappointed that they didn't manage to get Mark Harmon on in a cameo.

    Not as bad as initially painted by the first reviewers but the writers report card reads "Must try harder"moreless
  • OMG... So many funny moments.

    This has to be one of the few episodes over the last seasons where I laughed so many places during the episode. Bernadette's fake laugh, Sheldon in his undies and Penny's sarcastic repetition of Leonards "ahmmm". Great episode!

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode, Penny gets a guest role on NCIS. Raj comments that Mark Harmon is a dreamboat. He should know, since Kunal Nayyar had a guest role on NCIS before working on The Big Bang Theory.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Howard: Vader is here now on this moon. I felt his presence. He has come for me. He can feel when I'm near.
      Bernadette: How many times do I have to tell you to replace the toilet paper when it's empty?
      Howard: I'm in the middle of something!
      Berandette: So am I!

    • Sheldon: Can't sleep?
      Leonard: No.
      Sheldon: Would you like to talk about it?
      Leonard: Penny proposed and I didn't say yes.
      Sheldon: Why not?
      Leonard: That's a good question.
      Sheldon: Does that mean the relationship is over?
      Leonard: I don't know.
      Sheldon: Why don't you ask her?
      Leonard: Because I am afraid to know the answer.
      Sheldon: Well, I'm sorry.
      Leonard: That's it? You're not going to make some dumb joke or inappropriate comment?
      Sheldon: No. You're my friend and I'm sorry.

    • Leonard: Yes. How much for a hundred long stemmed red roses? Really? How much for three?
      Penny: Hey.
      Leonard: Yeah, I'll call you back.
      Penny: Look, I know you were just trying to help with your Star Wars thing. I didn't mean to call it idiotic.
      Leonard: Well, I don't think you called it idiotic.
      Penny: Oh. Sorry, I meant to. Anyway, um,. I was just upset with myself. I wasn't mad at you. I just feel like everything is falling apart.
      Leonard: Come on. It's OK.
      Penny: No, it's not OK. Look at me. OK. I took a temp job as a waitress forever ago, and still doing it. I can't quit because guess what, I can't do at anything else. And I finally get me big break and it goes away. I'm such a mess.
      Leonard: No, you're not.
      Penny: Really? Cause this morning at Starbucks a pair of old underwear fell out of my pant leg. And it wasn't the only one in there.
      Leonard: OK, listen to me. This is just a minor setback.
      Penny: No it's not. I've been out here for like ten years. I've nothing to show for it.
      Leonard: You have me.
      Penny: You're right. I do have you. Mmm. Let's get married.
      Leonard: What?
      Penny: Ohh. Leonard Hofstadter...will you marry me?
      Leonard: Ummmm.
      Penny: Did you seriously just say, "Ummm"?
      Leonard: Look you know I love you, but you're drunk and sad and feeling lost…
      Penny: OK, don't want to marry me?
      Leonard: That is not what I said.
      Penny: No forget it. I take it back. Offer's off the table.
      Sheldon: Who's in the mood to laugh?
      Leonard: Really not a good time.
      Sheldon: But I used science to construct the perfect joke.
      Penny: I'm gonna go.
      Leonard: No. Penny don't
      Penny: No, no. I just need to be alone.

    • Penny: You didn't get your part cut. And you didn't get your part cut. Yep a bunch of old guys rocking out in a band all with erectile dysfunction, you didn't get your part cut.
      Leonard: Hey, can we talk?
      Penny: We can, but the part of Penny might get cut.

    • Penny: Are you kidding me?
      Leonard: Really because...
      Penny: Well...the diner scene. Where's my diner scene?
      Sheldon: Well, don't ask me. Until I see the prequel, I'm lost.
      Penny: No. This was supposed the big scene with me and Mark Harmon, but it''s gone.
      Bernadette: What happened?
      Penny: They must have cut it.
      Leonard: Oh, Penny. I'm sorry.
      Howard: That stinks.
      Raj: I'm sure you were great.
      Penny: This doesn't make any sense to me. I mean...I thought I did a really good job. I...Excuse me.

    • Sheldon: A joke is a brief oral narrative summary with a climatic humorous twist.

    • Amy: It's nice that we all get to eat together. (The guys mumble in agreement) Can we maybe put the phones down and have an actual human conversation?
      Sheldon: We can, but thanks to Steve Jobs we don't have to.
      Penny: Guys, guys. You're never going to believe this.
      Leonard: What happened?
      Penny: I just got a job on a TV show.
      Amy: Congratulations.
      Leonard: That's great. Guys! (Guys mumble acknowledgement.)
      Amy: What's the show?
      Penny: NCII or you know NCSC. I don't know. It's the one with all the letters and I'm going to be on it.
      Leonard: That's amazing.
      Howard: What's your part?
      Penny: I play a customer in a diner and I flirt with Mark Harmon.
      Raj: OOO. Mark Harmon. He's a dreamboat.
      Leonard: So it's just flirting.
      Penny: Yea, why?
      Leonard: No reason. I just think it's sexier when left to the imagination.
      Penny: Oh.
      Amy: He's wrong.

  • NOTES (1)