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The Big Bang Theory: The Robotic Manipulation

Howard borrows a robotic arm from work and finds himself in a bind, literally. Penny accompanies Sheldon on his first date with new galpal Amy.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x1
Production Number: 3X6651
Airdate: Thursday September 23rd, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Nov 04, 2010
NL (Veronica) Feb 15, 2011

Guest Stars
Carol Ann SusiCarol Ann Susi
voiced Mrs. Wolowitz
Vernee Watson-JohnsonVernee Watson-Johnson
As Althea
Main Cast
Johnny GaleckiJohnny Galecki
As Leonard Leakey Hofstadter
Jim ParsonsJim Parsons
As Sheldon Lee Cooper
Kaley CuocoKaley Cuoco
As Penny
Simon HelbergSimon Helberg
As Howard Joel Wolowitz
Kunal NayyarKunal Nayyar
As Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali
Mayim BialikMayim Bialik
As Amy Farrah Fowler
Episode Notes
The title refers to Howard's manipulation of the uses of the robot arm.

Episode Quotes
Sheldon: I'm quite aware of the way humans usually reproduce, which is messy, unsanitary, and based on living next to you for three years, involves loud and unnecessary appeals to a deity.
Penny: Oh, God!
Sheldon: Yes exactly.

Sheldon: (to Penny) Consequently, if Amy and I choose to bring new life into this world, it will be accomplished clinically, with fertility experts in a lab with Petri dishes. Which reminds me, you have broad hips, a certain corn fed vigor, is your womb available for rental?
Leonard: Still diggin' the Shami?

Penny: Can I ask you a question?
Sheldon: Given your community college education, I encourage you to ask me as many as possible.

Penny: There's a couple of things you should probably know.
Sheldon: I have a Masters degree and two Doctorates, the things I should know, I do know.
Penny: My point is, I know more about dating than you, and if you were as smart as you think you are, you would listen to me.
Sheldon: If you know so much, how come I have a date tonight and you have nothing better to do than drive me to it?
Penny: Fair point.

Rajesh: (to Howard) You slipped and fell into a robot hand?
Howard: Yes.
Rajesh: Penis first?
Howard: Yes. Now help me!
Leonard: I'd suggest a lubricant but I have a feeling you fell on some of that as well.

Howard: (after the robot hand releases his penis) Winnie the Pooh is out of the honey tree!

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady
Executive ProducerChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady  |  Lee Aronsohn
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Goetsch  |  Eric Kaplan  |  Steven Molaro
Supervising ProducerPeter Chakos  |  Jim Reynolds
ProducerFaye Oshima Belyeu  |  Steve Holland
Co-ProducerMary T. Quigley  |  Kelly Lee  |  Maria Ferrari
Associate ProducerRyan Berdan
Production DesignerJohn Shaffner
EditorPeter Chakos
CastingKen Miller (2)  |  Nikki Valko
Unit Production ManagerKelly Lee
First Assistant DirectorAnthony Rich
Second Assistant DirectorChris Klausen
Costume DesignerMary T. Quigley
HairstylistFaye Woods
Set DecoratorAnn Shea (2)
Property MasterScott L. London
Production Sound MixerBruce Peters
Production CoordinatorRobinson Green
Re-Recording MixerCharlie McDaniel, III  |  Bob La Masney
Director of PhotographySteven V. Silver
Post Production CoordinatorMeghan Certo
Coordinating ProducerJessica Ambrosetti
Executive ConsultantEddie Gorodetsky  |  Don Foster
Associate DirectorHoward Murray
Casting AssociateTara Treacy
Makeup ArtistPeggy Nichols
Theme Song Written And Performed ByBarenaked Ladies
Science ConsultantDavid Saltzberg Ph.D.
Post Production ServicesTechnicolor
Sound Services ByWarner Bros. Post Production Services
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