|Writers||Lee Aronsohn (Story), Richard Rosenstock (Story), Bill Prady (Teleplay), Maria Ferrari (Teleplay)|
|Starring||Molly Morgan as Bethany, Sarah Buehler as Sarah, Andy Mackenzie as Skeeter|
|Air Date||5 October 2009|
Howard and Raj visit a Goth nightclub to pick up women while Sheldon attempts to build a better Penny using chocolate-based behavior modification.
Titles and opening theme
II. Living room
III. Goth club in Hollywood
IV. Living room
V. Goth club in Hollywood
VI. Tattoo parlour
VII. Living room
VIII. Tattoo parlour
IX. Living room
- Sheldon notices that sex works even better to modify behaviour.
X. Raj's car
Notes, Commentary, and Trivia
From the casting call for this episode:
[BETH] 20s. This attractive, Goth woman meets up with Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) at a Goth club. Wolowitz has been following her updates on Twitter and decides that dressing like a vampire will attract women like Beth and her friend Sarah.…GUEST STAR
[SARAH] 20s. This attractive, Goth woman meets up with Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) at a Goth club after Wolowitz follows her friend Beth’s whereabouts on Twitter.…GUEST STAR
[SKEETER] 40s-50s. He is a tattoo artist who tries to give Wolowitz a tattoo.…CO-STAR
Note that the Twitter plot line was dropped and that "Beth" became "Bethany".
This episode starts on a Monday morning and finishes with the events during an (presumably the same) evening.
"Gothowitz" is a combination of "Goth" and Howard's last name. "Deviation" means a change from an established path, so this refers to Howard and Raj trying something new and going to a Goth club and also to Sheldon's attempt to alter Penny's behaviour with chocolates.