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The Raiders Minimization 

Sheldon gets mad at Amy for ruining one of his favorite movies, Raj and Stuart try to make their online dating profiles more appealing, and Leonard tries to play the sympathy card with Penny.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 8 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Christine Baranski ... Dr. Beverly Hofstadter
Kevin Sussman ... Stuart Bloom
Christine Corpuz ... Woman


For her Psychology class, Penny has on the recommended reading list one of Leonard's mother's books. Leonard doesn't want Penny to read it, and all about his troubled childhood. Penny does whatever she can, including having sex, to help Leonard overcome his feelings about her reading the book. Although Leonard's depressed feeling about Penny reading the book and about his childhood are short lived, Leonard decides to continue the ruse to get favors out of Penny. Meanwhile, Amy is indulging Sheldon's latest want, that to watch one of his favorite movies with him, namely Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Although she does not intend to do so, Amy ends up ruining the movie for Sheldon by pointing out that the character of Indiana Jones really is incidental to the movie's outcome, i.e. that the outcome would have happened with or without Indy. Sheldon goes to great lengths to ruin one of Amy's favorite arts/entertainment titles for her, which isn't as easy as he would like. And Raj and ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

10 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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This episode contains spoilers for "Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)". See more »


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[last lines]
Howard Wolowitz: Wait! Wait! If it wasn't for Indiana Jones, the ark would never have ended up at the warehouse.
Sheldon Cooper: That's true. He collected and delivered the ark to the proper authorities for filing.
Raj Koothrappali: Like a hero!
Leonard HofstadterSheldon CooperHoward Wolowitz: Yeah!
Leonard Hofstadter: Although technically Indy was supposed to take the ark to a museum to be studied; he couldn't even get that done.
Leonard HofstadterSheldon CooperHoward WolowitzRaj Koothrappali: Aw.
Sheldon Cooper: Man.
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Perhaps I've read too much science fiction, but I can't help thinking that the way out of this protracted battle over universal health care is a good ol' Edgar Allan Poe/Michael Crichton-style plague. Who's going to bicker over access to medical care or insurance deductibles if one wet cough from a busboy kills all the rack o' lamb-eating small government advocates in the restaurant? Who's going to fight against pre-existing condition coverage when it becomes frighteningly clear that we are all, rich and poor, smart and stupid, cute and inbred, swimming in the exact same bacterial soup? I'm betting no one. Because when that day happens, helping a sick person get well will not be an act of mercy or generosity. It will be the very definition of selfishness. And if history has taught us anything, selfishness rocks the casbah. Of course, there is plenty of sci-fi literature that takes this story down an even darker path. It involves everyone with a wet cough getting rounded up at gunpoint and trucked into "rehabilitation camps" in North Dakota. A privileged young man, raised on rack o' lamb, sees their suffering and sacrifices himself in order to lead them to a free clinic in Canada. When things are looking particularly grim in their march out of viral bondage, a small government advocate smiles cruelly and says to the young man, "Where's your health insurance now, Moses?" See more »


References Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »


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The Raiders Maximization
2 November 2013 | by hollywoodfox24See all my reviews

Although I thought this was a very entertaining episode, I thought the allegation that Indiana Jones was irrelevant to the outcome of the story to be incorrect. Amy stated that with or without Indiana Jones, the Nazis still would have found the ark, brought it to the island, opened it, and died. While the guys were analyzing these allegations in the school cafeteria, Howard countered that the Nazis never would have even found the ark because they were digging in the wrong place and the only reason they got the ark was because Indy found it first. Leonard begrudgingly stated that the Nazis were only digging in the wrong place because Indy had the medallion and without Indy they would have had the medallion and dug in the right place.

However, according to the story it doesn't appear that the Nazis would have even known where to find the medallion without Indy, since they were looking for Abner Ravenwood but didn't know where in the world to find him. Indy knew that his former mentor Abner had collected certain artifacts so he went looking for Abner in Nepal and found Abner's daughter Marion who was Indy's former girlfriend. The Nazis showed up right after Indy also looking for the medallion, and surely would have obtained it, by torturing Marion if necessary, if Indy wasn't there to fight them.

But without Indy, the Nazis would have not even known to go to Nepal to look for the medallion, because they didn't know about Marion, where she was living, or that she even had the medallion, since they were looking only for Abner. When Indy embarked on his journey, it clearly showed a Nazi spy following him on the plane ride, while peering over a Life magazine. The Nazis knew they couldn't find the medallion on their own which is why they started following Indy when they found out through their spies that he started searching for Abner also. The Nazi spy on the plane ride was almost certainly alerting his cohorts along the way about where Indy was going, which is how they all ended up at a remote mountain bar in Nepal.

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