On Monday’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, titled “The First Pitch Insufficiency,” Bernadette tries to teach Howard how to pitch a baseball, while Leonard and Penny go on a less-than-ideal double date with Sheldon and Amy.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Howard has been asked to throw out the first pitch at an upcoming Los Angeles Angels baseball game in honor of Space Day and decides that the best way to prepare for the opportunity is with a baseball video game. Raj throws insults at Howard during each pitch in order to make the experience seem more authentic.
Later on, Bernadette offers to teach Howard to throw a ball, telling him that she used to play softball back in the day. She also finds time to mock his run, which is about as pathetic as his pitching.
Sheldon and Amy return home from a date and tell Leonard and Penny that since Sheldon was gone for a few months and missed so many dates, he’s contractually obligated under The Relationship Agreement, to make them up.
Sheldon asks Penny and Leonard to join them on their next date and Amy tells him that just because it’s a double date, doesn’t mean it counts as two. Sheldon then admits that he now doesn’t care one way or another if Penny and Leonard go.
When the four friends leave for their double date, Sheldon points out that his relationship with Amy is better than the relationship that Leonard and Penny have with each other. He further elaborates by saying that Penny’s relationship with chardonnay is better than her relationship with Leonard.
At a gymnasium, Bernadette plans to teach Howard how to throw a ball and tells him that, in major league baseball, the distance from the home plate to the pitcher’s mound is 60 feet, a fact which shocks Howard when he realizes just how far 60 feet really is.
When it finally comes time to throw the ball, Howard proves to his wife just how terrible he is, which frustrates an impatient Bernadette.
Back at their apartment, Howard video chats with his astronaut friend Mike Massimino and asks him for some advice on the situation. Mike tells him that no matter what he does, he can’t win. If he does a good job, no one will care. But, if he fails, he’ll be the laughing stock of YouTube.
On the already terrible double date, Penny tells and inquisitive Amy that she and Leonard won’t get married for a while, or at least until she can prove to her mother that she isn’t pregnant.
Leonard is still frustrated with Sheldon’s assertion earlier in the night, which prompts Sheldon to pull out a relationship compatibility test on his phone, which is, according to him, very accurate. Leonard insists that he and Penny take it, but Penny gets up and walks over to the bar.
When Leonard follows Penny, he finds out that she’s scared that they have nothing in common. How will their eventual marriage work if they don’t share any interests? Leonard admits that he too is scared, which only serves to terrify Penny even more, because she’s based the entire relationship on Leonard’s infatuation with her.
Back at the table, Leonard no longer wants to take the test and tells Penny that being scared of their differences only makes him want to take her hand and experience everything with her.
It’s finally time for Howard to throw the pitch at the baseball game and the entire game has come out to support him. Sheldon, however, asks Amy if they can leave after the first pitch and go across the street to Disneyland.
Howard gives the entire stadium a speech about how he tried to prepare for the event, but couldn’t because he’s not an athlete – he’s a scientist. He then unveils a working prototype of the Mars Rover and uses it to deliver the ball to the catcher. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t think the entire situation through, when the Rover moves very slowly.
The crowd begins to boo, with Raj even yelling, “You suck, Wolowitz!” Sheldon tells Amy that they’ll have enough time to go to Disneyland and be back by the time the pitch is finally delivered.
The Big Bang Theory season 8, episode 4 “The Hook-up Reverberation” will airs Monday, October 6 at 8PM EST on CBS.