The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition(S05E10).
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However, to understand the full meaning of the Twister game in this scene, it’s important to know the basic historic background of this legendary toy.
Twister is actually a physical skill game invented in 1966, produced by Milton Bradley and sold since 1985 by US toy company, Hasbro.
The interesting trivia here is that Twister was the first popular US game with physical body contact and was therefore very controversial in the 70s. Actually, critics said the physical aspect of Twister was like selling
sex in a box.
Despite this difficult start, the game made its breakthrough in 1966 when the legendary actress Eva Gabor enticed TV show host Johnny Carson to play it on The Tonight Show (1966).
After it appeared on the legendary show, early the next day dozens of people queued up in front of an Abercrombie & Fitch store in Manhattan, New York, where they sold the first versions. Shortly after this media hype and early success, it won
Game of the Year in 1967 and became a pop-cultural phenomenon.
The formerly disputed kid’s game Twister appeared then in many movies like Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991), in the music video of Tony Braxton’s
Un-Break My Heart (1996) and in TV shows like Friends (S01E04) and Supernatural (S07E23).
That’s the pop cultural history so far, now back to Penny’s apartment where she and her friends play Twister while she gets drunk on red wine.
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Amy, for example, is excited to play Twister with other people for the first time and she’s happy to have physical with her best friend Penny.
This is contrasted by Bernadette who is not amused by the Twister game because she’s too short – as she explains, due to her mom smoking during her pregnancy – and therefore can’t reach all the dots with her feet and palms.
While the Twister iconic game perfectly symbolizes and subtly unveils the weakness of the three women (alcohol, height and physical contact) it’s not documented that the TBBT producers had all these associations and pop-cultural references in mind.
Nevertheless, it looks like a nice bit of trivia and a comprehensible assumption.
Click here to re-watch the Twister game scene with Penny, Amy and Bernadette in The Big Bang Theory episode
The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition .
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