The Big Bang Theory

Season 4 Episode 19

The Zarnecki Incursion

16
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 31, 2011 on CBS
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8.1
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Episode Summary

When Sheldon has his World of Warcraft account hacked and his character stolen from, the guys team up to discover out who did it. Meanwhile, Bernadette and Amy try to help Penny deal with Leonard's continuing relationship with Priya.

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  • Bereft of Ostrich

    7.5
    What would the guys do without Penny? It didn't take long at all to get bored with Pria, especially when she keeps trying to change Leonard and doesn't appreciate any of his hobbies. It's ridiculous how easily we overlook it when someone does that to us. Good episode, though not a lot of laughs.
  • Poor poor Sheldon and hilarious Amy!

    8.0
    Sheldon gets his WoW-account hacked and sets out on a quest to find the one who did it. In the meantime Penny gets more and more annoyed with Priya and has a hilarious conversation with Amy and Bernadette. The absolute highlight of this episode was Amy, even though she only had about 5 minutes of screen time she still manages to make me laugh so hard! They writers should definetely use her more since her relationship with Penny just cracks me up! The short scene where Amy was drunk and confronted Priya was great!



    But moving on, overall, this episode was just above average and the really funny scenes involved either Penny, Amy or both. And yeah, I hope that Leonard dumps Priya real soon, she is really starting to annoy me...moreless
  • Raj is hilarious, but it's episodes like these that remind me of what the show used to be before Amy.

    9.0
    This episode is my final straw. I officially miss the days before Amy Farrah Fowler. I don't find her funny at all anymore; she seems to act merely as an excuse for Penny to have screen time when she isn't dating Leonard. But that's ridiculous. Penny is at her best when she is thrown in with the guys, especially Sheldon, so there is no need for Amy. If they need someone to say something insensitive or highly scientific, that's what Sheldon is for! Plus, before Amy, I feel like Howard and Raj had much more screen time. Considering Raj was the best part of this episode with his hilarious interactions with Leonard and his sister, it has become very evident to me that if Amy would just get out of the way, the main characters could retake the stage and the show could return to its former glory! So basically, I love this show, but I just wish that the Amy plotlines would stop distracting the characters from the main action.moreless
  • 419

    7.6
    Okay, lets face it: Big Bang Theory will most likely never be what it once was. But I'm beginning to appreciate the new style/angle. There has been a lot of changes this season: Big Bang Theory gained a female cast, Leonard & Penny are involved in a love triangle, and everything else is pretty much the same.



    Gaining a female cast has changed this show a lot. It opened up some possibilities for new story lines and formats. For instance: Splitting up the males from the females (not the best format for this show, but here it worked). I'm just getting used to what the show is now.



    We got a lot of funny lines, most of them coming from Amy (I don't care what anyone says, she's an awesome addition to the cast), and we just got some fun classic interactions between Penny and the rest of the gang. The only thing that's bugging me at this point is the ever so annoying Priya/Leonard/Penny love triangle, but that's about it. Good episode overall.moreless
  • 3/31

    7.0
    "The Zarnecki Incursion" is a rare break from the norm of The Big Bang Theory as it was actually a pretty funny episode of television. Amy had numerous funny lines and this was one of the rare episodes where the female-dominated scenes did not leave me shaking my head, like the current expression goes. I could have done without the painfully awkward, but not in the way they were intending, walk up the steps for Priya and Penny, but I digress.



    Seeing the gang drive all the way there only to back down because of a bigger geek was a nice moment though. If there is one thing this show does correctly it is that it knows its audience.moreless
Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki

Leonard Hofstadter

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

Penny

Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg

Howard Wolowitz

Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar

Rajesh Koothrappali

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik

Amy Farrah Fowler

Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch

Bernadette Rostenkowski

Christopher Douglas Reed

Christopher Douglas Reed

Todd Zarnecki

Guest Star

Lanny Joon

Lanny Joon

Officer Shin

Guest Star

Aarti Mann

Aarti Mann

Priya Koothrappali

Recurring Role

Carol Ann Susi

Carol Ann Susi

Mrs. Wolowitz

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In World of Warcraft, mounts and pets are "Bind to Account" items which cannot be stolen and sold, only transferred to characters on the same account. The only way to sell a pet/mount is if the user never enabled the item when it was received.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Officer Shin: Dr. Cooper, I'm sorry for your loss, but the Pasadena police department doesn't have jurisdiction in… Pandora.
      Sheldon: That's from Avatar! World of Warcraft takes place in Azeroth. Goodness gracious, how are you allowed to carry a gun?

    • Sheldon: I thought this delay was so you could watch Wheel of Fortune with your mother.
      Wolowitz: I am, she's just bleaching her moustache. Check it out. (yells upstairs) Hey, ma! "Before and After", four words, 17 letters, two Ns, one V.
      Mrs. Wolowitz: Fanny pack of wolves!
      (the guys are dumbstruck)
      Leonard: That's incredible.

    • Sheldon: 3,000 hours. 3,000 hours clicking that mouse, collecting weapons and gold. It's almost as if it was a huge waste of time.

    • Sheldon: What kind of world do we live in where a man would take another man's battle ostrich?

    • Penny: I brought you a day-old cheesecake to cheer you up!
      Sheldon: Stale pastry is hollow succor to a man who is bereft of ostrich.
      Penny: Just say "thank you."
      Sheldon: I thought I just did.

    • Officer: Mr. Cooper—
      Sheldon: Dr. Cooper.
      Officer: (to Leonard) Seriously?
      Leonard: (nods) But not the kind with access to drugs.

    • Penny: (Looks at a CD Raj hands her) Oh, Beyonce. (Places it into the car stereo and it plays "Ride of the Valkyries) This ain't no Beyonce.

    • Penny: Give my friend his stuff back.
      Todd: I don't know what you're talking about.
      Penny: Well then, good news. Today's the day a girl's finally going to touch you in your little special place. (Kicks Todd in the crotch) Now give him his stuff back.
      Todd: (In pain) Okay.
      Sheldon: We did it! (Penny glares at him) I saw "We."

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #337.

    • Music: Ride of the Valkyries from Act III of Die Walküre (the second part of Der Ring des Nebelungen) by Richard Wagner

    • International Airdates: Australia: May 16, 2011 on Channel 9; United Kingdom: August 11, 2011 on E4; Turkey: November 22, 2011 on CNBC-e; Czech Republic: December 6, 2011 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: December 15, 2011 on Markiza

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Thirsting for vengeance, Sheldon borrows the line "Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war," from William Shakespeare's 1599 play, Julius Caesar.

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