|Writers||Chuck Lorre (Story), Lee Aronsohn (Story), Dave Goetsch (Story), Steven Molaro (Teleplay), Eric Kaplan (Teleplay), Steve Holland (Teleplay)|
|Starring||Mayim Bialijk as Amy Fowler, Carol Ann Susi as Mrs. Wolowitz, Vernee Watson as Althea|
|Air Date||23 September 2010|
Penny finds herself along for the ride on Sheldon's first date ever, while Wolowitz finds a new use for a robotic arm.
I. Living room
- The guys unpack their Chinese food for dinner using the "Wolowitz programmable (robotic) hand" that Howard built.
Titles and Opening Themes
II. Living room
III. hallway between apartments
IV. Howard's bedroom
- Howard is enjoying a massage from his robotic hand and gets an idea...
V. Penny's car
VI. Living room
VII. Penny's car
VIII. Howard's bedroom
X. Hospital Emergency Room
XII. Living room
Notes and Trivia
This episode was taped on August 10, 2010.
This episode takes place approximately four months after the final episode of season three. During that time, Amy and Sheldon have become friends via text messages, emails, and tweets. The episode begins with a Chinese food meal, which suggests it's Friday night. The date and Howard's encounter with the robot hand most likely take place later in the weekend. There is nothing concrete to indicate this, but the guess is based on the idea that Howard "borrowed" the robot over one weekend since it wouldn't be missed until Monday.
The title makes obvious reference to the robot arm and hand built by Howard. It can also refer to the robotic way Sheldon and Amy pursue their relationship and by extension to the mechanical way in which they intend to procreate.