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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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"The Beta Test Initiation" -- Leonard (Johnny Galecki, right) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco, left) experiment with dating, while Raj develops a peculiar relationship with his phone\'s virtual assistant, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Jan. 26 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Monty Brinton/ CBS √?¬©2012 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Thursday on TV: Are Penny and Leonard renewing their romance on 'Big Bang Theory'?

In this week's installment of The Big Bang Theory (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), Leonard unexpectedly invites Penny to a romantic dinner as they experiment with dating each other again in an episode titled "Beta Test."

Meanwhile, the ever-odd Raj develops a peculiar relationship with his phone's virtual assistant.

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