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The Weekend Vortex
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Season 5, Episode 19
March 8, 2012
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"The Weekend Vortex" is the nineteenth episode of the fifth season of the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory. This episode first aired on March 8, 2012.[1]


The guys have an all-weekend gaming marathon that interferes with Amy's plans for her and Sheldon to visit her family.

Extended PlotEdit

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Kissing the stallion.
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Discussing the weekend game play with Amy.
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Raj suggests the guys spend an entire weekend together with a marathon of the new Star Wars online game, Star Wars: The Old Republic. However, Sheldon already promised Amy that he would attend her aunt's 93rd birthday party and meet her family. He tries to buy Amy's aunt a gift at the comic book store. Later, Sheldon unsuccessfully asks Penny to get Amy to change her mind. Sheldon agrees to go with Amy, but when they get in her car, he brings out his laptop to play along remotely. Amy is peeved and tells him that if the game means more than his commitment to her, he should go. Sheldon says "thanks" and leaves the car, not realizing that Amy was being sarcastic.

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Bernadette shooting Sheldon.
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Howard, on the other hand, ends up getting roped in by Bernadette to invite her to join their marathon, having no choice but to buy her a copy and a laptop. After she returns from the party, Amy visits Penny and confides to her that she wanted to prove to her family that she had a real boyfriend and not a pretend one like she had done in the past. Penny suggests a couple of female responses. They decide to go to 4A and make a scene. Amy starts a rant, but is not good at it. Penny takes over for her and berates Sheldon for being a bad boyfriend. However, they are all silenced by Raj, who gets upset and complains that none of them are taking him into account. He had hoped to have the guys get together like they used to before everyone got girlfriends. Penny tells Amy that that is the way a girl makes a scene. All the women leave and the guys get back to their game.

The next morning, Howard's mother is outside yelling at them wondering where Howard is and he heads home, ending their marathon.


  • The TV Critic: "This was very simple and perfectly watchable. It would be harder to find a more believable plot than four geeks wanting to play video games. It was especially pleasant to see Sheldon excited by someone else's plan for once...Sheldon didn't really learn his lesson but maybe he took a step toward understanding Amy's position. Otherwise this was pretty basic."[2]
  • The A.V. Club gave this episode an A-[3]
  • IMDb user reviews


  • Title Reference: The title is derived from the conflict Sheldon faces regarding how to spend his weekend, since he wants to join the Star Wars online game marathon with the guys yet he had promised Amy that he would attend her aunt's birthday party and meet her family, causing a vortex-like tension.
  • Chuck Lorre's vanity card.
  • This episode was watched by 15.04 million people with a rating of 5.1 (adults 18-49).[4]
  • This episode aired in Canada on March 8, 2012 with 3.648 million viewers and a weekly ranking of #1.[5]
  • In Australia, it aired on March 8, 2012 with 1.311 million viewers.[6]



Raj: Hey, wanna spend some time playing the new Star Wars game this weekend?
Leonard: Uh, I don't know. I kind of promised myself I'd get off the computer, be more physically active, get some exercise.
Howard: You're about to walk up three flights of stairs.
Leonard: Good point. I'm in!
Raj: You know what would be great? Let's do it like the old days.
Leonard: You're talking gaming marathon?
Raj: Yeah! Starts Saturday morning, go 48 hours, sleeping bags, junk food...
Howard: Turn off our phones so our moms can't call...
Leonard: It'd be like that World of Warcraft party from a few years ago when the neighbors called the cops on us.
Howard: (Fondly) They called the cops because of the smell--they thought we were dead.
Raj: We were bad-ass back in the day.
Leonard: Alright, let's do it!
Howard: 48 hours of Star Wars gaming.
Raj: It's on, like Alderaan!

Sheldon: Movies or video games? Or board games, or trading card games, or LEGOs, or dress up, or comic books, or dramatic readings of novelizations? Yes to all!

Amy: (About Sheldon) He and I have other plans. We are attending my Aunt Flora's 93rd birthday party.

Howard: You're a grown man! Act like one. Tell Amy you wanna spend the weekend having a sleepover and playing video games with your friends.

Amy: All the food is incredibly soft. It's like a vacation for your teeth.

Sheldon: I always thought if I were enslaved, it would be by an advanced species from another planet. Not some hotsie-totsie from Glendale.

Sheldon: (Knocking) Penny...Penny...Penny...
Penny: (To Leonard) Sorry Stallion, your weird friend Giraffe is here!

Raj: None of you may realize it, but I was very much looking forward to this weekend. It was gonna be like the old days, the four of us hanging out, playing video games, before you guys all got girlfriends. Do you have any idea what its like to be the only one without a girlfriend? Even if I get one some day, I'll still be the guy who got a girl after Sheldon Cooper!

Howard: That's my ride. Gotta go!

Leonard: Hey, listen, I kind of made plans with the guys this weekend, but then I wondered, because we’re in this relationship-beta-test, if I should have asked you first. Then I thought if I did check with you first, you’d think that I was taking things to seriously. And then, then I got a nosebleed.
Penny: You don’t have to check with me. Do whatever you want.
Leonard: Oh. I guess I was hoping for a different reaction, but okay.
Penny: Really, what were you hoping for?
Leonard: I don’t know, maybe that you’d be a little upset, and then you’d realize that I’m a stallion that has to run free. And that would turn you on a little.
Penny: Okay, I’m an actress. Ask me again.
Leonard: Do you mind if I spend the weekend playing video games with the guys?
Penny: Whu… the entire weekend? You mean I wouldn’t see you at all? But I ju… No, no, I knew what I was getting into. You can’t put a saddle on Leonard Hofstadter. Oh, my, is it getting hot in here? Ay, papi.
Leonard: Ay papi? What is that?
Penny: An acting choice.
Leonard: Oh. So you chose that when you become turned on, you turn into Speedy Gonzalez?
Penny: Choo got a problem with that, papi?
Leonard: Uh-uh.


  • Behind the scene photo for The Weekend Vortex.
  • the guys after pulling an all-nighter.
  • The guys slept in Leonard and Sheldon's living room.
  • The guys discussing at Leonard and Sheldon's apartment.
  • Sheldon and Stuart at Stuart's comic book store.
  • Sheldon and Penny at her apartment.
  • Amy confides in Penny regarding Sheldon.
  • Leonard and Penny in her kitchen.
  • Penny, Leonard and Sheldon at her apartment.
  • Sheldon, Leonard, and Howard at the comic book store.
  • Sheldon and Amy talk at his apartment.
  • Sheldon and Amy in a discussion.
  • Howard, Sheldon, and Amy on the couch.
  • Bernadette surprisingly joins the guys.
  • The guys are excited for their upcoming weekend gaming plan.
  • Leonard smiles at Sheldon's reaction to their weekend plan.
  • Amy frowns at the guys' weekend plans.
  • Howard tells Sheldon to act like a man.
  • Sheldon listens to Howard's advice.
  • Amy tells Penny that Sheldon is a jerk.
  • Amy is upset at Sheldon.
  • Bernadette "pews" Sheldon.
  • Bernadette's "pew, pew, pew".
  • Howard and Bernadette.
  • Howard invites Bernadette to join the guys.
  • Leonard and Penny share a sweet moment.
  • Penny and Amy make a scene.
  • Raj unpacks the food he bought.
  • Raj is upset that he is the only single man in the group.
  • Raj explains why he bought low-calorie and low-fat food.
  • Leonard and Raj during the online gaming marathon.
  • Amy is appalled by Sheldon's plan to continue gaming at her aunt's party.
  • Sheldon begs Amy to let him off the hook.
  • Sheldon and Amy in her car.
  • Sheldon introduces "Cooper Coupons".
  • Sheldon and his trademark laugh.
  • Sheldon plans to use his headset to avoid being rude.
  • Sheldon and Leonard prepare for their online gaming marathon.
  • Stuart suggests using the Excalibur as a cane for Amy's aunt.
  • Stuart also suggests the Batman Utility Belt as a gift.
  • A scene from the Star Wars online game.
  • Bernadette's Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Consular with purple robes.
  • The cast together.
  • Chuck Lorre Productions, #380


  1. The Big Bang Theory - The Weekend Vortex (TV Episode 2012) - IMDb
  2. The TV Critic's Review
  3. The Big Bang Theory: “The Weekend Vortex” - TV Club - The A.V. Club
  4. Thursday Final Ratings: ‘American Idol’ Adjusted Up; ‘Parks & Recreation’ Adjusted Down. - Zap2it
  5. Top Programs – Total Canada (English) March 5 – March 11, 2012 - BBM Canada
  6. Monday 19 March 2012 - TV Tonight
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