The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory

Worlds collided last season, when a love affair with Penny (Kaley Cuoco) opened a big, wide, wonderful world of romance for Leonard (Johnny Galecki). Sheldon (Jim Parsons), of course, likes the world just the way it is, thank you. And now, that Leonard and Penny have broken up again, all three can test all the variables of being neighbors once more. The result makes for a zany comic triangle with brainy, clueless Sheldon and practical, grounded Penny hilariously vying for the role of hypotenuse to level-headed Leonard. Add to this combustible chemistry, the terminally under-spoken Raj, the over-spoken Howard and guest stars like Apple’s Steve Wozniak and more and you’ve got all the fun of a series that only gets better. Entertainment Weekly raves that the show “has transformed from a cute comedy about eggheads and their hottie neighbor into an addictive ensemble piece that could be this decade’s answer to Friends.”
Worlds collided last season, when a love affair with Penny (Kaley Cuoco) opened a big, wide, wonderful world of romance for Leonard (Johnny Galecki). Sheldon (Jim Parsons), of course, likes the world just the way it is, thank you. And now, that Leonard and Penny have broken up again, all three can test all the variables of being neighbors once more. The result makes for a zany comic triangle with brainy, clueless Sheldon and practical, grounded Penny hilariously vying for the role of hypotenuse to level-headed Leonard. Add to this combustible chemistry, the terminally under-spoken Raj, the over-spoken Howard and guest stars like Apple’s Steve Wozniak and more and you’ve got all the fun of a series that only gets better. Entertainment Weekly raves that the show “has transformed from a cute comedy about eggheads and their hottie neighbor into an addictive ensemble piece that could be this decade’s answer to Friends.”

Season 4 (24 episodes)

  • 1. The Robotic Manipulation

    Original air date: 09/23/2010 Runtime: 21:24 min.

    Original air date: 09/23/2010 Runtime: 21:24 min. On the fourth season premiere, Penny (series star KALEY CUOCO) finds herself along for the ride on Sheldon's (series star JIM PARSONS) first date ever. Meanwhile, Wolowitz (series star SIMON HELBERG) finds a new use for a robotic arm. MAYIM BIALIK guest stars as Sheldon’s date, Amy Fowler.

  • 2. The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification

    Original air date: 09/30/2010 Runtime: 20:48 min.

    Original air date: 09/30/2010 Runtime: 20:48 min. When Sheldon realizes he won’t live long enough to download his consciousness into a robot body, he attempts to extend his lifespan. Apple Co-Founder STEVE WOZNIAK guest stars as Himself.

  • 3. The Zazzy Substitution

    Original air date: 10/07/2010 Runtime: 21:25 min.

    Original air date: 10/07/2010 Runtime: 21:25 min. The guys are concerned as Sheldon searches for an alternative to human companionship after he and Amy (MAYIM BIALIK) break up. LAURIE METCALF reprises her role as Sheldon’s mother.

  • 4. The Hot Troll Deviation

    Original air date: 10/14/2010 Runtime: 19:31 min.

    Original air date: 10/14/2010 Runtime: 19:31 min. An embarrassing secret of Wolowitz's comes to light, while Sheldon and Raj have a small war at work. Battlestar Galactica’s KATEE SACKHOFF and Star Trek’s GEORGE TAKEI guest star as themselves as Wolowitz's love gurus. MELISSA RAUCH reprises her role as Howard’s girlfriend, Bernadette

  • 5. The Desperation Emanation

    Original air date: 10/21/2010 Runtime: 20:30 min.

    Original air date: 10/21/2010 Runtime: 20:30 min. Leonard realizes he's the only one without a girlfriend, while Sheldon wants to get rid of his.

  • 6. The Irish Pub Formulation

    Original air date: 10/28/2010 Runtime: 21:30 min.

    Original air date: 10/28/2010 Runtime: 21:30 min. A visit from Raj’s sister (guest star AARTI MANKAD) creates tension among the guys – especially when Leonard keeps an affair secret from Sheldon, Howard and Raj.

  • 7. The Apology Insufficiency

    Original air date: 11/04/2010 Runtime: 21:28 min.

    Original air date: 11/04/2010 Runtime: 21:28 min. When an FBI agent (guest star ELIZA DUSHKU) interviews the guys for Wolowitz’s security clearance, Sheldon’s answers during the screening, put Wolowitz’s clearance in jeopardy.

  • 8. The 21-Second Excitation

    Original air date: 11/11/2010 Runtime: 19:10 min.

    Original air date: 11/11/2010 Runtime: 19:10 min. When the guys camp in line for a screening, their plans are thwarted by Sheldon’s greatest nemesis, WIL WHEATON (guest starring as himself). Meanwhile, Penny and Bernadette invite Amy to her first slumber party.

  • 9. The Boyfriend Complexity

    Original air date: 11/18/2010 Runtime: 20:58 min.

    Original air date: 11/18/2010 Runtime: 20:58 min. Penny asks Leonard to lie to her father, Wyatt (guest star KEITH CARRADINE), while Howard, Raj and Bernadette pull an all-nighter at a telescope.

  • 10. The Alien Parasite Hypothesis

    Original air date: 12/09/2010 Runtime: 20:03 min.

    Original air date: 12/09/2010 Runtime: 20:03 min. Amy finds she has sexual feelings for Penny's ex, Zack (guest star BRIAN THOMAS SMITH) while Koothrappali and Wolowitz try to prove who would be the better superhero

  • 11. The Justice League Recombination

    Original air date: 12/16/2010 Runtime: 20:18 min.

    Original air date: 12/16/2010 Runtime: 20:18 min. The guys find a "super" use for Penny's new boyfriend, Zack, when they enter a costume contest as the Justice League.

  • 12. The Bus Pants Utilization

    Original air date: 01/06/2011 Runtime: 21:29 min.

    Original air date: 01/06/2011 Runtime: 21:29 min. Leonard’s idea for a smartphone app derails his friendship with Sheldon as they fight for control of the project.

  • 13. The Love Car Displacement

    Original air date: 01/20/2011 Runtime: 21:20 min.

    Original air date: 01/20/2011 Runtime: 21:20 min. Tension runs high when everyone is staying at the same hotel for a science event and Bernadette runs into her ex-boyfriend (guest star RICK FOX, three-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers).

  • 14. The Thespian Catalyst

    Original air date: 02/03/2011 Runtime: 21:27 min.

    Original air date: 02/03/2011 Runtime: 21:27 min. Sheldon wants Penny to give him acting lessons, hoping that they will help him become a better teacher. Meanwhile, Koothrappali fantasizes about his best friend's girlfriend.

  • 15. The Benefactor Factor

    Original air date: 02/10/2011 Runtime: 19:57 min.

    Original air date: 02/10/2011 Runtime: 19:57 min. A wealthy donor to the university makes Leonard consider how far he's willing to go for the sake of science. JESSICA WALTER (Arrested Development) guest stars as the widowed benefactress and JOSHUA MALINA (The West Wing) guest stars as the University President.

  • 16. The Cohabitation Formulation

    Original air date: 02/17/2011 Runtime: 20:29 min.

    Original air date: 02/17/2011 Runtime: 20:29 min. As Wolowitz contemplates taking things with Bernadette to the next level, he must choose between his girlfriend and his mother. Meanwhile, Leonard rekindles his relationship with Raj’s sister, Priya.

  • 17. The Toast Derivation

    Original air date: 02/24/2011 Runtime: 21:22 min.

    Original air date: 02/24/2011 Runtime: 21:22 min. When the gang starts hanging out at Raj’s and Sheldon realizes it’s actually Leonard who is the center of their social group, Sheldon decides to get a new group of friends.

  • 18. The Prestidigitation Approximation

    Original air date: 03/10/2011 Runtime: 20:58 min.

    Original air date: 03/10/2011 Runtime: 20:58 min. Leonard must choose between his new girlfriend, Priya, and his friendship with Penny. Meanwhile, Howard drives Sheldon crazy with a magic trick.

  • 19. The Zarnecki Incursion

    Original air date: 03/31/2011 Runtime: 21:24 min.

    Original air date: 03/31/2011 Runtime: 21:24 min. When someone hacks Sheldon’s online gaming account, the guys go on a quest to find the culprit.

  • 20. The Herb Garden Germination

    Original air date: 04/07/2011 Runtime: 20:51 min.

    Original air date: 04/07/2011 Runtime: 20:51 min. Sheldon and Amy experiment on their friends by spreading gossip, while Howard takes a big step in his relationship with Bernadette.

  • 21. The Agreement Dissection

    Original air date: 04/28/2011 Runtime: 20:40 min.

    Original air date: 04/28/2011 Runtime: 20:40 min. Priya uses her lawyer skills to pick apart the roommate agreement…and put Sheldon in his place. Meanwhile, the girls take Sheldon dancing.

  • 22. The Wildebeest Implementation

    Original air date: 05/05/2011 Runtime: 21:08 min.

    Original air date: 05/05/2011 Runtime: 21:08 min. Raj attempts to cure his social anxiety disorder of talking to women, while Penny uses Bernadette to spy on Leonard and his girlfriend.

  • 23. The Engagement Reaction

    Original air date: 05/12/2011 Runtime: 19:42 min.

    Original air date: 05/12/2011 Runtime: 19:42 min. When Howard finally breaks the news to his mom that he’s engaged to Bernadette, it lands her in the hospital.

  • 24. The Roommate Transmogrification

    Original air date: 05/19/2011 Runtime: 21:27 min.

    Original air date: 05/19/2011 Runtime: 21:27 min. When Bernadette receives her Ph.D., the guys take joy in reminding an emasculated Wolowitz that he is the only one in their group who isn't a doctor. Meanwhile, Koothrappali becomes Sheldon's new roommate after hearing Leonard and Priya engaging in a Star Trek bedroom fantasy, on the fourth season finale.