The Big Bang Theory

Season 4 Episode 18

The Prestidigitation Approximation

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 10, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Sheldon is baffled by Wolowitz's magic trick. Meanwhile, Priya disapproves of Leonard continuing to be friends with Penny.

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  • Bippity Boppity Booyah!

    Believe in magic, you muggle! A lot of hijinx, a lot of laughs, and just enough heartbreak. It's obvious to see how the season finale's shaping up, but I'm still invested in seeing how we get there. Pretty good episode overall.
  • Funnier

    In this episode Howard does a magic card trick and it get's Sheldon's attention and it's so freakin' funny how Sheldon goes threw a lot of trouble just to find out how did Howard do it. Meanwhile Priya tries to get Leonard to not see Penny any more even if Priya is smokin' hot she could be a little bi#chy sometimes and I though that Howard did the magic trick with the card but it was just Raj and Howard teaming up to mess with Sheldon LOL and to think Sheldon was gonna get urianim to find out how howard did it.moreless
  • 3/10

    People speculated that CBS was moving The Big Bang Theory to Thursdays to be "the new Friends." They certainly are delivering the same amount of laughs Friends did.

    Okay, to be fair I did chuckle a few times during this half hour, and the storylines were not bad tonight, but The Big Bang Theory would be best not having two women arguably fighting over Leonard. The appeal of this character to fans (if there is any) is that he is a realistic portrayal of a lot of Americans. That would not make him like the realistic male.

    Sheldon being stumped as I said was kind of clever, but I think they went too far with his reaction. He committed federal crimes and they called his mother? Really TBBT?moreless

    I doubt that I would be the only person who never suspected that slapstick would be what was missing from The Big Bang Theory, but it turns out that it kind of was. Taking a break from the usual attempts at long worded technobabble and simply reverting to a basic premise to further the plot was a nice change of pace for The Big Bang Theory that I welcome with open arms.

    The episode centered around two plots: one being Sheldon's inability to understand a card trick and the other being Priya wanting Leonard to distance himself from Penny as she obviously sees her as a threat. Getting to see Sheldon knocked off of his high horse of knowledge is always welcome and brings out a great side of Jim Parsons in his acting, but the best part of the episode is what it has set up for the rest of the season. It wasn't particularly emotional but now that Leonard and Penny have parted ways somewhat it is bound to be the catalyst that will ultimately drive the show to some point. Namely their reconciliation. Throw in Johnny Galecki walking into people, walls and doors throughout the episode and you've got yourself a pretty reasonable episode of The Big Bang Theory!moreless
  • 418

    Great episode of The Big Bang Theory tonight, and definitely reminded me of the old days when this show was consistently good on a weekly basis. Kaley Cuoco was just hilarious here and her reaction time was fantastic.

    Sheldon's story line made me laugh the most with Howard & Raj tricking him in to thinking that magic was real. The whole scene in the restaurant was my favorite though, haven't laughed that hard in a while.

    I'm not loving Priya's character in general, but I'm kind of liking the rift she is causing between Penny & Leonard, and I'm looking forward to some kind of payoff at the end of the season. Great episode tonight with a lot of noteworthy scenes.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Penny: (on the secret of the card trick) Not knowing is part of the fun.
      Sheldon: "Not knowing is part of the fun." Was that the motto of your community college?

    • Penny: (to Wolowitz) I think I know how you did the card trick.
      Sheldon: Oh, now please. If I don't know, you don't know. That's axiomatic.

    • (Sheldon has hacked into the Oakridge National Laboratory)
      Leonard: That computer is used for national defense. Hacking into it is a federal crime!
      Sheldon: Relax, we're not under attack right now.
      Leonard: All right, I'm leaving before the black helicopters get here.

    • Howard: Have you ever noticed whenever [Sheldon] thinks really hard it smells like bacon?

    • Sheldon: Apparently, you can't hack into a government supercomputer, and then try to buy uranium, without the Department of Homeland Security tattling to your mother.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates: Australia: May 9, 2011 on Channel 9; United Kingdom: August 4, 2011 on E4; Turkey: November 22, 2011 on CNBC-e; Czech Republic: December 5, 2011 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: December 14, 2011 on Markiza

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #335.