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The Big Bang Theory: The Hawking Excitation

Howard takes advantage of Sheldon's obsession to meet visiting professor Stephen Hawking by putting him through the ringer.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x21
Production Number: 3X6871
Airdate: Thursday April 05th, 2012


Alternate Airdates:

AU (Nine Network) Apr 24, 2012
UK (E4) May 17, 2012

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (18 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking
As Himself
Recurring

Guest Stars
Carol Ann SusiCarol Ann Susi
voiced Mrs. Wolowitz
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
Melissa RauchMelissa Rauch
As Bernadette Marianne Rostenkowski
Episode Notes
Howard reveals that although he has numerous belt buckles he only owns one belt.

As in The Weekend Vortex, which aired two episodes previously, we hear the shrill voice of Mrs. Wolowitz at a location besides her house.

This episode is mostly the guys. Mayim Bialik is absent and Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch each appear in only one scene.

The title refers to Sheldon's excitement at meeting his idol, Steven Hawking.



Episode Quotes
Howard: Why should I do something nice for you?
Sheldon: To go to Jewish heaven.
Howard: Jews don't have heaven.
Sheldon: To avoid Jewish hell?
Howard: Have you met my mother? I live in Jewish hell.

Bernadette: Sheldon doesn't know when he's being mean because the part of his brain that should know is getting a wedgie from the rest of his brain.

Mrs. Wolowitz: (from the change room in the department store) You're right. Who am I kidding? You should have seen me when I was young, Sheldon. The fellas used to line up and bring me boxes of candy. Why did I eat it all?



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  |  Kristy Cecil  |  Kelly Lee
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
HairstylistFaye Woods  |  Sylvia Surdu
Set DecoratorAnn Shea (2)
Property MasterScott L. London
Construction CoordinatorRick Puccio
Production Sound MixerBruce Peters
Script SupervisorJulie Fleischer
Re-Recording MixerBob La Masney  |  Charlie McDaniel, III
Director of PhotographySteven V. Silver
Art DirectorFrancoise Cherry-Cohen
Coordinating ProducerJessica Ambrosetti  |  Suzanne McCormack
Executive ConsultantDon Foster
Associate DirectorGay Linvill
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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