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.
Did You Know?
This episode was taped on December 10, 2013. See more
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
Are you kidding me?
Well... the diner scene. Where's my diner scene?
Well, don't ask me. Until I see the prequel, I'm lost.
No. This was supposed the big scene with me and Mark Harmon, but it's... it's gone.
They must have cut it.
Oh, Penny. I'm sorry.
I'm sure you were great.
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
History of Everything (Instrumental version)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits] See more