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The Big Bang Theory: The Re-Entry Minimization

Howard is home, but on his first night back Bernadette gets sick so he decides to visit his friends. His reception is not what he expected. Game Night with Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and Amy takes a competitive turn when the girls take on the guys.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x4
Production Number: 3X7604
Airdate: Thursday October 18th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Oct 18, 2012
AU (Nine Network) Oct 23, 2012
BR (Warner) Nov 06, 2012
NL (Veronica) Nov 08, 2012
UK (E4) Dec 06, 2012
NZ (2) Mar 06, 2013
TR (CNBC-e) Sep 09, 2013


Guest Stars
Kevin SussmanKevin Sussman
As Stuart
Carol Ann SusiCarol Ann Susi
voiced Mrs. Wolowitz
Pavel LychnikoffPavel Lychnikoff
As Dimitri
Michael J. MassiminoMichael J. Massimino
As Himself
Ken LernerKen Lerner
As Dr. Schneider
Jan HoagJan Hoag
As Lilian
John MendozaJohn Mendoza
As Chauffeur

Howie MandelHowie Mandel
As Himself
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
The title refers to how the others minimize Howard's return from space.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Elton JohnRocket ManCovered by Howard Wolowitz

Episode Quotes
Penny: You're unbelievable.
Sheldon: I know.

Amy: We could go to the cadaver lab at UCLA and play real life Operation.
Leonard: Uh-uh.
Sheldon: No.
Penny: I don't think so.
Amy: Are you sure? I mean the nose doesn't light up, but if the corpse is fresh enough sometimes you can get the leg to jerk.

Sheldon: (to Stuart) You had a good run, fake Wolowitz. We'll remember you with nostalgic fondness the way we do the dial-up modem, the VHS tape, or Leonard's gym membership.

Crowd Member: There he is. Howie! Howie!
Howard: Whoa, thank you. Great to be back on earth.
Howie Mandel: I think they're here for me, Ringo.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady
Executive ProducerChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady  |  Steven Molaro
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Goetsch  |  Eric Kaplan  |  Jim Reynolds  |  Faye Oshima Belyeu  |  Eddie Gorodetsky  |  Steve Holland
Supervising ProducerPeter Chakos  |  Maria Ferrari
Co-ProducerMary T. Quigley  |  Kristy Cecil  |  Kelly Lee
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
Set DecoratorAnn Shea (2)
Property MasterScott L. London
Construction CoordinatorRick Puccio
Production Sound MixerBruce Peters
Script SupervisorJulie Fleischer
Re-Recording MixerCharlie McDaniel, III  |  Bob La Masney
Director of PhotographySteven V. Silver
Story EditorAnthony Del Broccolo
Art DirectorFrancoise Cherry-Cohen
Coordinating ProducerSuzanne McCormack
Executive ConsultantDon Foster
Associate DirectorGay Linvill
Casting AssociateTara Treacy
Makeup ArtistVikki McCarter  |  Peggy 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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