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The Weekend Vortex
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The Big Bang Theory episode
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 Thursday, 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

Twv- Leonard and Penny

Kissing the stallion.

The weekend vortex amy and sheldon

Discussing the weekend game play with Amy.

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Bernadette shooting Sheldon.

Raj wants to have a weekend marathon playing the new Star Wars online game like they used to before everybody got girlfriends. Sheldon is very excited except Amy informed him he already agreed to attend her aunt's 93rd birthday party at her nursing home, even following the Relationship Agreement of 72 hours notice, checking the tire pressure on her car, and calling the CDC to see what kind of inoculations are required for Orange County. (there aren't any). Sheldon reluctantly agrees.

Sheldon first tries to find Amy's aunt a gift at the comic book store. A Sword of Excalibur as a cane or a Batman utility belt to carry pills. The guys think Sheldon should just ignore Amy and join them. He's a grown-up, he should be able to have a sleepover and play video games all weekend. Sheldon laments, I always thought I would be enslaved by some advanced species from another planet, not by some hotsy-totsy from Glendale.”

Leonard checks with Penny and she was fine with it. He thought she’s have another reaction so using her acting she humors him telling him that he is stallion that has to run free. Sheldon came by and asked her to manipulate Amy into understanding why he wasn't going to the birthday party, Penny wasn't going to do it despite a bribe using either Gummy bears or “Cooper Coupons”.

Saturday Sheldon gets into Amy’s car determined to come, but using his laptop and wifi connection to play off site. Amy doesn't want him ignoring her relatives and mistakenly tells him if his gaming means more to him, he might as well stay. He then thanks her and leaves, though not before asking her to bring back a piece of birthday cake.

In the apartment, the guys prepare for their games and find that Howard, who knuckled under and invited Bernadette to join them for the weekend. She thought that it sounded like fun.

Amy ends up at Penny’s telling her sad story. Amy was given crap about her lack of a boyfriend throughout the party. They thought he wasn't real like her made-up boyfriend Armen, the miniature horse breeder. She just wanted to show off Sheldon. Amy mused, “Think about it, I'm dating Sheldon Cooper. He's handsome, he's lanky, he's brilliant, and his skin has that pale, waxy quality.” Penny agreed that sickly is the new sexy. If one is in a relationship, it leaves you open to getting hurt. Though Penny thinks it that it is hilarious that Leonard would ever hurt her. Penny suggests they play quarters, but then they have to stop before Penny gets really drunk because Amy is really good at it. Then Penny tries to help Amy with her problem. Withholding sex will only work with Sheldon once he hits puberty, and the "silent treatment" actually works for Sheldon. Plan C: make a scene.

Bernadette is really enjoying the game killing bad guys by pointing her finger at them and going "pew! pew! pew!" and shouting "whee!" to make the land speeder go. Very cute, but annoying for the guys. She also is the team healer and is concentrating on her fiancée. ("My Howie Wowie has an owie."), Amy interrupts threatening to leave Sheldon for Armen. Sheldon asks "Armen who?" throwing off her tirade. Penny takes over telling Sheldon how much he hurt Amy. Sheldon understand and concedes that calling him her boyfriend isn't enough if she can't lord it over others. He gives her some Cooper Coupons as restitution. Penny tells him that she doesn't want his stupid coupons, though Amy immediately redeems that one for a trip to the California Science Center. Raj then complains that he was very much looking forward to this weekend. It was going to be just like the old days. The four of them, hanging out, playing video games, before everybody got girlfriends. Even if he gets one someday, he'll still be the guy who got a girlfriend AFTER SHELDON COOPER! Penny then tells Amy that that's how a girl makes a scene. Penny apologizes to Raj and all the girls leave. Amy is going to hold Penny’s hair as she throws up.

The next day while everyone is asleep, Howard's mother stops by and screams at him for turning off his phone and making her spend a half-hour walking up those ferkakta stairs. Howard tells them that his ride is there and leaves.


  • 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]

Costume NotesEdit

  • Penny wears a red button down shirt with two pockets that at one time was available at Target but is no longer available.



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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