The Big Bang Theory

The First Pitch Insufficiency

Series 8 - Episode 3 The First Pitch Insufficiency



Always learn from the greats, they say. Even the mighty Big Bang isn’t averse to a spot of homage, and there are two striking examples in this instalment of the know-it-all comedy. In his capacity as an astronaut, Howard is asked to throw the first pitch at an LA Angels baseball game, so he asks Bernadette and Raj to help him practise. It’s a plotline reminiscent of Niles from Frasier’s sporting incompetence in general, and his famous basketball throw in particular.

Meanwhile, Sheldon and Amy’s double date with Leonard and fiancée Penny brings out the boys’ competitive instincts, but also reveals Leonard’s incompatibility with Penny. It’s a rollercoaster relationship very like the Ross-and-Rachel vacillation in Friends. And every bit as likely to keep us on tenterhooks.


Leonard and Penny attempt to prove Sheldon wrong when he claims that he and Amy have a superior relationship. Meanwhile, Howard is nervous when Nasa asks him to throw the first pitch at a baseball game honouring National Space Day. Comedy, starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco.

Cast & Crew

Leonard Hofstadter Johnny Galecki
Sheldon Cooper Jim Parsons
Penny Kaley Cuoco
Howard Wolowitz Simon Helberg
Raj Koothrappali Kunal Nayyar
Bernadette Rostenkowski Melissa Rauch
Amy Farrah Fowler Mayim Bialik
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