The Big Bang Theory

Season 3 Episode 23

The Lunar Excitation

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 24, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Howard and Raj try to find the perfect match for Sheldon by setting him up on an Internet dating site. Seeing her moronic new boyfriend interact with the gang makes it abundantly clear to Penny that she can't go back to dating stereotypical dumb jocks after dating Leonard.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Season 3 Finale

    I don't know about you guys, but I liked it. Everyone's saying that there wasn't that much excitement on tonight's finale, but really, how is it different from the past 2 finales? First season finale: Penny & Leonard go on their first date. Second season finale: Leonard leaves the country and Penny realizes she has feelings for Leonard. Season 3 Finale: Sheldon possibly gets a girlfriend, and Leonard & Penny have a "relapse."

    The excitation has never been incredibly high when it came to Big Bang Theory finales, and really this episode was no different, but it was still a good episode, and I actually found myself really wanting to see the next episode. We got substantial development, and I'm sure this episode could hold me over for the next couple of months.

    The cold opening was hysterical, with all of them up on the roof with Penny's new boyfriend, just a great funny scene. Overall, good season finale.moreless
  • Season Finale

    Hey, at least it wasn't as bad as the Two and a Half Men finale. It has that to look forward to.

    Mayim Bialik was revealed as Sheldon's possible girlfriend at the end of the episode. This is a key role for the show and I think it is good casting. She's been on Til Death and The Secret Life of the American Teenager as of late, but I do not expect this to be a long-running thing. Still, their first "date" should provide some laughs.

    The problem with The Big Bang Theory right now, is really the same problem with the show for the past year plus: it's all Sheldon. Raj and Howard did not say a funny thing all night, and you all know my feelings on Leonard by now. They need a new member of the cast, but when the ratings are as high as they are right now shows tend to not shake things up, despite the effect it might have on the quality.moreless
  • You won't feel much EXCITATION over this(spoiler alert!).

    The main problem of the entire show is that part of the premise is based on the LEONARD & PENNY relationship,because they'll be on and off many times over the years.Each time they get together it will have less and less impact.The same with each time they break up.

    I used to think the crew couldn't handle 2 shows at the same time(TWO AND A HALF MEN).They can.How?They used to repeat jokes between the two.Now,they have added the "loser" storylines for LEONARD just like with ALAN HARPER.I'm probably the only one that dislikes it,since it must get good reception in order to be used over and over.This time,they crossed the line.I'm very much convinced the laughs were pre-recorded.Would you laugh at LEONARD for being that much sad,and for PENNY getting away with it?

    Ignoring all that,there were laughs,mainly from PENNY's date.Other highlights include the LESLIE cameo(I thought she'd never be back)and finally discovering that SHELDON is into girls thanks to his new...whatever they are.Although it wasn't that shocker considering how catholic his mom is.Keep an eye.He could still be bi.moreless
  • Howard and Raj try to find the perfect match for Sheldon by setting him up on an Internet dating site. Seeing her moronic new boyfriend interact with the gang makes it abundantly clear to Penny that she can't go back to dating stereotypical dumb jocks.moreless

    I was really upset by this season finale nothing really exciting happens in this episode.

    The Penny and Leonard storyline was funny. And it was nice to see how much their relationship change them;

    The experiment made by the gang with the moon was a funny part with Penny's new boyfriend who was really excited about this but did not understand a thing of what they were doing! This episode shows us a new face of Penny: she is not that 'blond' that she looks like and she has learned a lot of things by staying with the boys.

    The part with the Internet dating was funny too because everybody wasn't expecting that they found the perfect match for Sheldon : a girl just like him!!! I hope she will come back next season.

    This episode was nice but not good enough for a season finale!moreless
  • minimal excitation season finale

    A pretty fair episode that picks up where the staircase implementation left off. Leonard is heartbroken over Penny yet tries to find ways to get back with her. Penny has moved on essentially yet finds it hard to go back to dating dumb jocks. Raj and Howard conspire to get Sheldon a date on an online dating site while Sheldon merely plays observer to the events that unfold.

    In its defense, the episode has quite a few good laughs. Wolowitz and Raj provided a strong comic element with their constant narrative. Penny's boyfriend was pretty funny as the dumb jock.

    It would seem the weakest link in the chain was Penny and Leonard. Their interactions do little to further the plot except maybe throw Leonard from a state of sadness to a state of despair. There is too little development in any form. Sheldon was convincing as observer in these tales. he views all and plays no part till finally he is forced to meet his online match via a disgusting sock. And the ending is pretty nice, also showcasing how much raj and Wolowitz have come to understand Sheldon over their years together. Definitely watchable.moreless
Lauri Johnson

Lauri Johnson

Mrs. Gunderson

Guest Star

Sara Gilbert

Sara Gilbert

Leslie Winkle

Recurring Role

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik

Amy Farrah Fowler

Recurring Role

Brian Smith (XXXVI)

Brian Smith (XXXVI)


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Sheldon Well, I have no difficulty believing you are not butter.

      When he looks at the container, it appears to be "Country Crock" butter, based on the color of the tub. "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" containers/tubs are usually bright yellow.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Amy Farrah Fowler, played by Mayim Bialik.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Penny: Damn you, you rat bastard!
      Leonard: Are you drunk?
      Penny: Zack was a perfectly nice guy and then you *ruined* him!
      Leonard: How did I ruin him?
      Penny: 'Cause in the olden days I never would have known he was so stupid.
      Leonard: Come on, he wasn't that stupid.
      Penny: Yes he *was*! He thought you were going to blow up the *moon*!
      Leonard: Okay, yeah, he's stupid
      Penny: He spent the entire night bragging about how *he* invented the word appeteezers!
      Leonard: (still laughing) Well, how is that my fault?
      Penny: You have destroyed my ability to tolerate idiots, now come with me.
      (grabs Leonard's hand and starts pulling him behind her)
      Leonard: W-where are we going?
      Penny: (shouts) We're gonna have *SEX*!
      Leonard: Wha- I mean oh, OK.
      Sheldon: (comes out of his bedroom) What's going on?
      Penny: Put on your noise cancelling headphones, this is gonna get *loud*.
      Sheldon: Ach, not *this* again.
      (goes back into his room)

    • Raj: I'm telling you, dude, the only way to feel better about Penny going out with other guys is for you to get back on the whores!
      (Leonard and Howard look at Raj awkwardly)
      Howard: Horse.
      Raj: What?
      Howard: The phrase is "get back on the horse", not... whores.
      Raj: That's disgusting, dude!

    • Amy: Before we proceed, I wish to stipulate that all physical contact, up to and including coitus, is off the table.
      Sheldon: May I buy you a beverage?

    • Amy: I don't object to the concept of a deity, but I am baffled by the notion of one that takes attendance.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #288.

    • The Italian episode title is "L'eccitazione lunare". The French title is "Un laser sur la Lune", meaning "A Laser on the Moon". The German title is "Nie mehr dumme Typen", meaning "No More Dummies".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: June 1, 2010 on Warner Channel; Australia: June 28, 2010 on Channel 9; United Kingdom: July 29, 2010 on E4; Czech Republic: January 10, 2011 on Prima COOL; Finland: January 10, 2011 on Sub; Turkey: March 7, 2011 on CNBC-e; Slovakia: November 18, 2011 on Markiza

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Amy Farrah Fowler, played by Mayim Bialik.


    • When the guys begin the experiment, before firing the laser Sheldon says "Make it so," borrowing Jean-Luc Picard's typical verbage on Star Trek: The Next Generation when he accepts a crew member's idea for a course of action.