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"The Gates Excitation"[1] is the eighteenth episode of the eleventh season of the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory. The episode will air on Thursday, March 29, 2018.


Everyone gets excited when computer geek Bill Gates visits Penny at work. Amy gets tired of Bernadette continually talking about her kids.

Extended Plot

The episode starts in Apartment 4A with Penny telling everyone that Bill Gates will visit her work place and she gets to spend a whole day with him on April 1st. Everyone is excited about it but Sheldon, who is almost convinced that it is an April fools' day joke.

In the next scene, Leonard and Penny talk about how cool Bill Gates visit really is.

Next we are in Howard and Bernedette's living room and see Stuart leaving with the kids to go to the park and Amy and Bernadette getting to spend some time together. Bernie is torn between her roles as a mother and a working person. Amy tries to help and suggests that they could go eat something, but they end up finishing an episode of Bob the Builder first.

In the next scene, Penny finds Sheldon in the laundry room where he is still not convinced that the Bill Gates story is true.

In a pretaped restaurant scene, Amy tries to talk with Bernie about something other than children.

Back in 4A, Penny tells Leonard, Howard and Raj that she needs to go to work to prepare her day with Gates. Leonard comments that it is a Sunday, but then Penny shows him the schedule on her phone and says it is very tight. The guys try to convince her to get them an autograph, which she declines. After Penny leaves, Leonard reveals that he saw the hotel where Gates is staying so they all follow her.

In a pretaped scene, we see the guys nursing drinks in the hotel lobby when Leonard spots Gates and rushes to greet him.

Back in Howard and Bernadette's living room, Bernie still contemplates her life while Amy gently tries to make her realize her behavioral changes.

On the stairwell (pretaped), Leonard shows Sheldon a picture of himself and Gates and says Gates is staying in a hotel in Thousand Oaks so Sheldon is immediately off.

When Leonard arrives in 4A, Penny surprises him with the fact that she has arranged a reception where Leonard gets to meet Gates.

Back in Howard and Bernadette's living room, we hear Bernie reading a story to the kids.

Next Howard, Raj and Leonard are in the Comic Book Store without Stuart when Sheldon enters to confront Leonard that Gates wasn't staying in Thousand Oaks. When Leonard mentions the Double Tree in Long Beach, Sheldon is immediately off again.

When Penny is about to leave for the reception, Leonard is sick on the couch so she leaves without him.

In another pretaped restaurant scene, Bernie tries to show to Amy that she can actually talk about something other than motherhood.

In a pretaped scene, Penny video calls Leonard with Bill Gates in tow.

In the last scene, the entrance door of 4A has a sign "I am sorry" which Sheldon finds (first) and thinks it is Leonard's way of apologizing to him. Leonard has arranged for a romantic dinner with candles, roses and food. Sheldon appreciates it and asks "What’s for dinner"? or something like that.

Thanks to taping report by Silver1984.[2]



  • Title Reference: Bill Gates visits Penny at her work.
  • Taping date: February 21, 2018
  • This episode was watched by xx.xx million people with a rating of x.x (adults 18-49).
  • Total viewers including DVR users xx.xx million.
  • The Big Bang Theory was ranked #x for the week ending xx March 2018.
  • This episode aired in Canada on March, 2018.


To be entered.


  • The computer billionaire Bill Gates will make his first episode appearance.
  • Previously Sheldon reported that he has a restraining order against him from Bill Gates. Howard also mentioned that Gates once punched Sheldon for an offensive remark during his visit to Cal Tech.


To be entered.