The Big Bang Theory

Season 7 Episode 4

The Raiders Minimization

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 10, 2013 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Sheldon plots to get even with Amy after she wrecks Raiders of the Lost Ark. Leonard learns a new technique to influence Penny. Stuart and Raj turn to the Internet for dating help.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Not Useless!

    Laughed so hard at poor Leonard's Easter egg hunt, "Do you wanna know how long I looked? June!"

    But Indiana wasn't useless in Raiders! He saves the girl! So yes, he wasn't needed to save the ark, and yes, my jaw dropped along with Sheldon's, but Marion would have died without him!

    I love how this show makes me laugh and want to argue.
  • AWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Boy did Amy spoil my love for Raiders!!!! That was a great script written around the observation by Amy that Indiana was not necessary for the plot of Raiders. Then to see it expand from there as the gang of geeks took it to heart. If you love Raiders maybe you should ignore this episode! But Leonard and Penny's plot line dealing with his mother's child psychology book was fun as well. And I am getting to really like the persona that Bernadette is taking on with Howard, firmly expressing herself, she does that well producing lots of funny moments. Finally Sheldon's plan to put down Amy for her Raiders remark topped it all off. Little House on the Prairie, ewwww!!!moreless
  • sheldon gets pwnd

    Amy: ... if Indy weren't in the movie, the Nazis would have still found the ark, taken it to the island, opened it up and all died ... just like they did.

    Sheldon: [jaw dropped]

    Amy: Let me close that for you.

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-Wolowitz

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Despite Amy's insistence that Indiana Jones' presence was not necessary to the story, the Nazis did not know where the headpiece was located and they followed Indy to Nepal to obtain it from Marian. First Amy was wrong and then the other guys when they seemed to acknowledge her fact.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Leonard: Hey I was jus...what is happening?
      Penny: (Penny dressed in a nightie) I want just a little treat. I know you've been feeling really bad about your Mom lately.
      Leonard: Oh, I have so bad.
      Penny: And I want you to feel better. So I planned something very special for you.
      Leonard: I can already feel it working.
      Beverly: (Penny turns her laptop around and there is Beverly Hofstadter) Hello, Leonard!
      Leonard: Mom?
      Beverly: I understand you have been whining about my parenting in order to emotionally manipulate your girlfriend.
      Leonard: I, um.
      Penny: (Penny gets up and leaves) Bernadette told me everything. Now you don't get the left or the right (breasts)
      Beverly: Let's discussed why you continue to involve me in your sex life.
      Leonard: Oh please, mommy. No mommy.
      Beverly: When you were six years old you walked in on me and your father naked. I was swatting his bottom with your brand new ping pong paddle.
      Leonard: I didn't dream that?
      Beverly: How did that make you feel?
      Leonard: Penny, come back! I'm sad for real now.

    • Sheldon: Hang on. You spend time with Amy. Can you think anything she's fond of that has a bunch of flaws that she hasn't noticed?
      Leonard: I gotta go.

    • Sheldon: Amy ruined Raiders of the Lost Ark for me. So now I'm trying to find something beloved to her and ruin that.
      Howard: Because her life wasn't enough?

    • Sheldon: Well. You sit back, relax and enjoy a beloved childhood memory. You see that cabin there. I read they were illegally squatting on Indian land. Well, personally I think what we did to the Native Americans was wrong, but this is your favorite show, not mine. Oh look at little Laura Ingalls eating that peanut butter sandwich. Peanut butter, huh. That's strange since peanut butter wasn't introduced until the early 1900's. (Amy stops smiling) If I knew this show was about time travel I would have watched it much sooner.
      Amy: (Amy stops the show) You're trying to get back at me for what I said about "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
      Sheldon: That's silly. Almost as silly as Dr. Baker having a telephone since telephones only existed in large cities at the time. It's more like Little House on the Preposterous.
      Amy: Sheldon were in a relationship. When you get angry, tell me. You don't need to seek revenge.
      Sheldon: Are you sure? Every time my Dad stayed out all night my Mom put hamster poop in his chewing tobacco.
      Amy: Well, that's not how we're going to do it.
      Sheldon: Well, fine. I'm mad at you. Not only did you ruin Raiders for me but you may have ruined the whole franchise, except for the fourth one which was bad before you got your mits on it.
      Amy: I shouldn't have said it. I'm sorry.
      Sheldon: Thank you.
      Amy: You feel better?
      Sheldon: Yes. But not as good when I tell you, your precious Garfield has no reason to hate Mondays. He's a cat. He doesn't have a job.

    • Sheldon: So what'd you think?
      Amy: It was good.
      Sheldon: That's it? Good?
      Amy: I enjoyed it. When you told me I was going to be "losing my virginity" (air quotes), I didn't think you meant showing me "Raiders of the Lost Ark" for the first time.
      Sheldon: My apologies. I chose my words poorly. I should've said "You are about to have your world rocked on my couch".

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