|Writers||Bill Prady and Steven Molaro (story), Dave Goetsch (Teleplay), Richard Rosenstock (Teleplay)|
|Starring||Zachary Abel as Todd, Jason Mesches as Denny|
|Air Date||2nd November 2009|
"What's funny about Cylon toast?"
Sheldon teaches Leonard how to understand football while a kite-fighting incident threatens Howard and Raj's friendship.
I. Stairway, Saturday afternoon, 31 October 2009
Titles and opening theme
- Leonard and Sheldon are kite fighting against Howard and Raj.
- Leonard is wondering why Penny doesn't want her friends to meet him.
- When Raj suggests a particular kite move to Howard, the latter becomes distracted by a passing female jogger. He hands his kite over to Raj and goes after her. Raj loses his prized Patang to Sheldon.
III. Leonard's car
V. Living room, Sunday afternoon, November 1 2009
VI. kitchen of apartment, Saturday afternoon
VII. Raj's apartment,
VIII. Penny's apartment, Saturday afternoon, November 7 2009
IX. La Brea Tar Pits
Notes and Trivia
This episode was filmed fifth, but was aired sixth.
Since the Nebraska-Oklahoma game was on Saturday, November 7, 2009, we can deduce that the episode begins on a Saturday afternoon, October 31. The next day, Sunday November 1, Leonard is watching a Patriots football game on TV, trying to learn about the sport.
The title refers to the football team that Penny and her friends root for, the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. A vortex is a rotation or a whirlpool of water or (more applicable in this case) of air, which alludes to the fighting kites.