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The Big Bang Theory: The Beta Test Initiation

Leonard proposes that he and Penny treat their dating like software development and report "bugs" to each other. Raj gets a new phone, and falls in love with the AI contained within.

Episode Info


Episode number: 5x14
Production Number: 3X6864
Airdate: Thursday January 26th, 2012


Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Apr 05, 2012

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Guest Stars
John Ross BowieJohn Ross Bowie
As Barry Kripke
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Kevin BriefKevin Brief
As Security Guard
Recurring
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
Melissa RauchMelissa Rauch
As Bernadette Marianne Rostenkowski
Episode Notes
This episode marks the first appearance of Sheldon's internet video series, Fun With Flags, which would be a new recurring feature on the show.

The title refers to Leonard and Penny's decision to beta test their relationship before renewing it permanently.



Episode Quotes
Sheldon: You got to know how to hold 'em. You got to know how to fold 'em!

Bernadette: Who's Siri? Is he dating someone new?
Howard: Yes, his phone.
Bernadette: Is that cute or creepy?

Leonard: So, I've got a gunshot wound. That's pretty badass.
Penny: No, you've got a Reebok with a gunshot wound and an ouchie on your pinkie toe.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady
Executive ProducerChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady  |  Steven Molaro
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Goetsch  |  Eric Kaplan  |  Jim Reynolds
Supervising ProducerPeter Chakos  |  Steve Holland
ProducerFaye Oshima Belyeu  |  Maria Ferrari
Co-ProducerMary T. Quigley  |  Kelly Lee  |  Kristy Cecil
Consulting ProducerEddie Gorodetsky
Associate ProducerRyan Berdan  |  Robinson Green
Production DesignerJohn Shaffner
EditorPeter Chakos
CastingNikki Valko  |  Ken Miller (2)
Unit Production ManagerKelly Lee
First Assistant DirectorAnthony Rich
Second Assistant DirectorChris Klausen
Costume DesignerMary T. Quigley
HairstylistSylvia Surdu  |  Faye Woods
Key GripDavid Pearce
Set DecoratorAnn Shea (2)
Property MasterScott L. London
Production Sound MixerBruce Peters
Re-Recording MixerBob La Masney  |  Charlie McDaniel, III
GafferJohn Greene
Director of PhotographySteven V. Silver
Coordinating ProducerJessica Ambrosetti  |  Suzanne McCormack
Executive ConsultantDon Foster
Associate DirectorGay Linvill
Costume SupervisorSara Markowitz
Casting AssociateTara Treacy
Makeup ArtistPeggy Nichols  |  Vikki McCarter
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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