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The Big Bang Theory Episode: "The Hofstadter Isotope"

Season 2, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: Penny is romanced by a friend of the guys' while at a comic-book store. Meanwhile, Leonard and Wolowitz search for love at a bar's ladies' night.
Original Air Date: Apr 13, 2009
Guest Cast Kevin Sussman: Stuart
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Season 2, Episode 20
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Length: 21:00
Aired: 4/13/2009
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The Big Bang Theory Episode Recap: "The Hofstadter Isotope" Season 2, Episode 20

This week Penny finds romance in a very unlikely place. Meanwhile, Leonard and Howard search for women at a bar during ladies' night.

As usual, the guys are eating in the apartment (this time Thai food) and we hear ever so slight groans from Sheldon. Turns out he is bummed because Thursday is supposed to be Pizza night...not Thai food night. Can you imagine what little Sheldon must have been like? Leonard eventually told Sheldon that it is "Anything can happen Thursday." Staying with the theme of the day, Howard mentioned that Thursday is also ladies' night at a local bar. Howard also does the unthinkable and asks if anyone is familiar with the Drake Equation. Of course, Sheldon can quote it verbatim (and boy does he ever!). With all the factors in place and the group in a consensus, they decided they should scope out the ladies' night bar scene...but quickly after Raj's classic quote "Let's bounce bitches!" they decide to just finish the Thai food and go to the comic book store instead.

The guys leave the apartment and they run into Penny. Sheldon lets her know that it is "Anything can happen Thursday!" and that they are venturing to the comic book store. Penny asked them to pick up "some comics" for her nephew's birthday, but Sheldon is not only offended by her use of the word "comics" but also her choice in the correct superhero comic book. Eventually, she found herself being dragged along (probably to spare her the hallway lecture from Sheldon.)

"Aww, cute, a little store," Penny stated as she entered the comic book store. The stares alone from the patrons could've killed someone after she made that statement. Leonard quickly made Penny aware that "they're more scared of you than you are of them." Penny meets an employee named Stewart and was quickly smitten by him. I was (sort of) shocked by this. Who would've thought that Stewart would be Penny's type? Penny is quoting Star Trek one week, falling for a guy at a comic book store the other. What next, dressing up and going to comic book convention? Maybe a Star Trek wedding? OK, that one may be a little farfetched. One of the funniest scenes of the night was when Sheldon and Leonard looked through the assortment of comic books sitting in a bin. "Got it, got it, got it, got it, got it, got it....." It felt like the scene could have gone on for minutes, but eventually they stumbled upon one they both didn't have, which was the same comic book they had to fight over. It was a very Lady and the Tramp Kind of moment — only with a comic book store among friends.

The next day was Chinese food and vintage video game Friday, and the guys were about to enjoy the night when they saw Penny and Stewart leaving to go on their date. (Penny even knew it was Chinese and video game Friday!) Leonard was immediately distracted and jealous over what he saw and asked Howard to "take me to a bar with women." Howard responded, "Really?! OK! Let me step inside and take off my underwear." I wouldn't expect anything else from him.

At the bar, Raj was struggling to order his drink (a grasshopper with a little umbrella, a chocolate martini, and a Brandy Alexander were all unacceptable drinks in Howard's mind), and Howard and Leonard decided to find some women. Howard's plan: Let the lawyers and jocks get their pick, then they can get the leftovers. Leonard's plan: Follow Howard's lead.

Meanwhile, Stewart and Penny were back from their date and Penny asked him if he wanted to come in for some "coffee." Of course, Stewart actually though that coffee meant coffee. Sheldon then came out to the hallway and started a discussion with Stewart and Stewart even responded to him by saying he was "so wrong." The conversation continued in Penny's apartment, where the argument over comic books went a little too long, and Penny passed out on her couch. I think dating a comic book guy might be a little too much for her.

Back at the bar, Howard and Leonard struggled in their attempt to find a woman. Some drinks and even a few magic tricks later, they decide to leave the bar empty-handed. On the way out, this is where we see the greatest thing ever. Raj + girl at the bar = huge make-out scene at the bar. "It must be the stupid accent of his," Howard said. The final few minutes of the show (which have turned out to be something I look forward to every week) showed a close-up of Raj's face sleeping like a little angel in bed. He opened his eyes, looked to his left, and attempted to move. The camera panned a little more and we see he is trapped in the arms of the woman from the bar! Probably remembering what he got himself into the night before, he then makes a "whatever" kind of face, smiles, and goes back to bed. Good for him!

So, what did everyone think? Will we be seeing more of Raj's bar make-out partner? Do you think he was able to even talk to her (without the assistance of a grasshopper or chocolate martini) when he woke up again? And what about Penny? Do you think she was just using Stewart for his 45 percent comic book discounts? Something tells me no. Below are some quotes from this week's episode. I didn't get them all so post your favorite below!

"I could go for some goat." ~ Raj

"Fascinating." ~Sheldon

"Oh yeah, that's captain sweatpants." ~Leonard

"Darn tootin'. I win!" ~Sheldon

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Premiered: September 24, 2007, on CBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Two nerdy physicists share an apartment and an unlikely friendship with their beautiful neighbor with whom one of them is infatuated. Like the universe after the big bang, the show's popularity expanded, thanks to breakout star Jim Parsons, along with the chemistry among the friends and the developing romance between Leonard and Penny. The addition of Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik in later seasons also enhanced the stories and relationships of the leads.



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