Episode 13: The Recombination Hypothesis
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Episode 13: The Recombination Hypothesis
The Recombination HypothesisDream date with Penny.InformationSeriesThe Big Bang TheorySeason no.5Episode no.13AirdateJanuary 19, 2012DirectorMark CendrowskiEpisode GuidePrevious EpisodeThe Shiny Trinket ManeuverNext EpisodeThe Beta Test Initiation"The Recombination Hypothesis" is the thirteenth episode of the fifth season of the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory. This was the show's 100th episode, and first aired on Thursday, January 19, 2012.
"The Recombination Hypothesis" is the 100th episode of the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory and the 13th episode of the series' fifth season. It premiered on CBS in the United States on January 19, 2012. In this episode, Leonard impulsively asks Penny out for dinner on a date.
The episode begins with Sheldon receiving a cardboard cut-out of Spock he ordered, however is dismayed to find it is not the Spock played by Leonard Nimoy but rather Zachary Quinto. While Sheldon complains, Leonard sees Penny and they exchange smiles. Leonard walks over asking her if she has any plans for dinner. Penny looks surprised about being asked out on a date and accepts. As Penny nervously tries on clothes with Amy and Bernadette, Bernadette assures her that everything will work out since Leonard is crazy about her. Whilst playing Settlers of Catan, Sheldon, Howard and Raj ask Leonard why he is putting himself through another relationship with Penny, as they had broken up two years ago when things got too serious for her.
"The Recombination Hypothesis" is the first episode of a two episode arc featuring Leonard and Penny attempting to restart their relationship that has been one of the major plot lines and driving forces of the series. The arc concludes with the next episode "The Beta Test Initiation" where Penny and Leonard return from their date. The first scene is a salute to the original pilot where Leonard and Sheldon climb the stairs wearing similar outfits and they spot Penny through her apartment door wearing the same shirt from the pilot. Sheldon is disappointed to discover that a Mr. Spock cardboard stand-up he ordered is a portrayal of Zachary Quinto's Spock not Leonard Nimoy's Spock. According to Bill Prady, the co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, approval from Paramount, J. J. Abrams (producer of the new Star Trek series) and Zachary Quinto was required in order to mock Spock. Also, this is the first time that an entire episode is a "dream-sequence", a unique style of storytelling, and is the second Chuck Lorre show to achieve the "dream-sequence" story, after Two and a Half Men in the episode "Frodo's Headshots".
The Recombination Hypothesis is the 13th episode of the 5th season of The Big Bang Theory. In this episode Leonard asks Penny out on a spur-of-the-moment romantic dinner for two, as they contemplate renewing their relationship after their breakup.
All Just a Dream: Turns out the entire episode is an extended Imagine Spot where Leonard asks Penny out again but they start bickering and covering up their problems with sex. Just before being snapped out of his dream. Penny tells him that he always overthinks things, and the first thing he does exiting the dream is ask her out despite the "Bad Ending" he conceived. Penny even asks if he thought this through and he replies with an exasperated nod "Yes, and I think we should go, anyways." Big Damn Kiss: Penny gives one to Leonard before having sex with him in the daydream. Daydream Surprise: The main plot turns out to be Leonard thinking though whether he should start dating Penny again. The Stinger is Leonard and Penny's wedding, where Penny is heavily pregnant. That turns out to be Penny's own Imagine Spot, after which she says she has to go to the drug store. Foreshadowing: There are signs it was all a daydream: Leonard was uncharacteristically confident when asking out Penny. Daydream-Bernadette is socially inconsiderate when suggesting double-dating with Leonard an