The Big Bang Theory

The Fortification Implementation

Series 8 - Episode 20 The Fortification Implementation



There's a three-pronged laughter attack in this episode: Penny is invited onto the podcast of former Star Trek: TNG child actor Wil Wheaton; Sheldon is passed over for a weekend symposium at the former home of theoretical physicist Richard Feynman; and Howard makes the shock discovery that he has a half-brother, Josh (Matt Bennett).

Perhaps the most engaging of the storylines is Amy’s attempt to extract Sheldon from his emotional black hole: “Buckle up,” he tells her, you’re in for a cranky night.” Jokes about Schrödinger jostle with bouts of gleeful juvenility – the creation of a temporary den out of duvets and sheets is especially sweet – while (the voice of) Clerks director Kevin Smith fills the cult quota.


Howard finds out that he has a half-brother, Sheldon and Amy have a platonic sleepover, and Penny gets an offer to audition for a Kevin Smith film. American comedy, starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco.

Cast & Crew

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