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The Hesitation Ramification 

After Leonard tries to help Penny following a failed role on a TV show, she makes an important decision. Meanwhile, Raj and Stuart try to practice their social skills, and Sheldon navigates the intricacies of being funny.

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Kevin Sussman ... Stuart Bloom
Marcus Folmar ... Security Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lexie Contursi ... Beautiful Young Woman (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

An excited Penny gets a small part on the latest episode of NCIS (2003). She not only tells everyone she knows about it, but she believes this part is her big break. The gang decide to watch the show along with her. But Penny and her friends' excited anticipation turns to disappointment when she sees that her one and only scene was cut. Trying to be the supportive boyfriend, Leonard may inadvertently destroy his and Penny's relationship instead. Meanwhile, Raj and Stuart have come to the conclusion that they don't know how to talk to pretty girls. So they decide to go to the mall to practice by talking to not so pretty girls. And Sheldon, who believes he is funny, tries to discover the science behind comedy. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

This episode was taped on December 10, 2013. See more »

Goofs

In the introduction, when everyone except Amy is looking at their smart phones, Sheldon points out that thanks to Steve Jobs, people no longer have the chore of having to talk to each other at communal meals. However, in The Big Bang Theory: The Alien Parasite Hypothesis, he is of the opposite opinion, and says "Isn't the point of a communal meal the exchange of ideas and opinions, the opportunity to consider the important issues of the day?" See more »

Quotes

Penny: Are you kidding me?
Leonard Hofstadter: Really because...
Penny: Well... the diner scene. Where's my diner scene?
Sheldon Cooper: Well, don't ask me. Until I see the prequel, I'm lost.
Penny: No. This was supposed the big scene with me and Mark Harmon, but it's... it's gone.
Bernadette Rostenkowski: What happened?
Penny: They must have cut it.
Leonard Hofstadter: Oh, Penny. I'm sorry.
Howard Wolowitz: That stinks.
Raj Koothrappali: I'm sure you were great.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #436

This vanity card is dedicated to a very pretty and very talented young actress named Lexie Contursi. Let me explain. In tonight's episode of "The Big Bang Theory," Penny struggles emotionally when her small guest role on "NCIS" is cut. In an unrelated story, which oddly became very related, Koothrappali and Stuart go to a shopping mall with a plan to talk to unattractive strangers in order to build up their confidence with attractive girls. Almost immediately they are approached by a beautiful young woman, played by Lexie, who asks them for directions to a coffee shop. Sadly, or hopefully, comically, they run from her because they've yet to do the grunt work of talking to regular-looking folks. And here's where the two stories intersect. We had to cut it in order to get the episode down to the required running time. Penny gets cut. Lexie gets cut. One is make believe. One is real. Which is why I wanted to take this opportunity to tell Lexie, and all her friends and relatives, that she nailed the part. Just nailed it. The fact that it did not appear in tonight's episode had absolutely nothing to do with her performance. So, on behalf of everyone at "The Big Bang Theory," I'd like to extend a heartfelt apology to Lexie Contursi, and assure her that we will try to find a way to get her back on the show. Of course an even better resolution would be if she became a big movie star and got to tell David Letterman the funny story of the time she had one stupid line in a sitcom and it got cut. It happens, Lexie. Ask Sharon Stone about the time she didn't get the part of Paul Reiser's girlfriend on "My Two Dads." See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

History of Everything (Instrumental version)
(uncredited)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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"The Hesitation Ramification" ep of "The Big Bang Theory" is another fine one of its kind
6 January 2014 | by tavmSee all my reviews

In this recent ep of "The Big Bang Theory": Penny is excited about her part in the "CSI" series and tells her friends about it. Sheldon gets hung up on his "laugh-making" skills (he doesn't have one, get it?). Raj and Stuart try to make conversations at strangers in a mall in order to prepare for socialization with women. I'll stop there and just say not only is there plenty of laughs in this one but there is also something of a dramatic arc concerning Leonard and Penny that is not resolved quickly so it will continue to the next one. I got a kick out of Sheldon trying to determine what is funny and I also liked Bernadette's laugh which references a certain scene in a certain movie. So on that note, "The Hesitation Ramification" ep of "The Big Bang Theory" is another gem of an episode.


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