A barber's shop. LeonardI'm just gonna run to the store and get a few things. I'll pick you up when you're done.
SheldonOkay. I like it a little better when you stay, but all right.
BarberHey, Sheldon.
SheldonHello. I'm here for my haircut with Mr. D'Onofrio.
BarberI'm sorry, Uncle Tony's in the hospital. He's pretty sick.
SheldonOh, dear, Mr. D'Onofrio's in the hospital. Why do these things always happen to me?
BarberI can cut it for you.
SheldonYou're not Mr. D'Onofrio. I get my hair cut by Mr. D'Onofrio. (To Leonard) You believe this guy?
LeonardExcuse us for a second. Sheldon, it's okay, he can do it. He's a barber.
SheldonHe's not a barber, he's the nephew. He's an example of the kind of nepotism that runs rampant in the barbering industry. Besides, Mr. D'Onofrio knows exactly how I like my hair done because he has all my haircut records from my barber in Texas.
LeonardWhat are you talking about?
SheldonWhen I first moved here I was nervous about finding a new barber, so, my mother had all my haircut records sent here to Mr. D'Onofrio.
LeonardThere's no such thing as haircut records.
SheldonYes, there are.
LeonardHave you ever seen them?
SheldonNo, but my mother assured me they were sent here, and I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts that this one doesn't have them. Uh, excuse me. Do you have access to my haircut records?
BarberYour what?
SheldonTo paraphrase T.S. Eliot, this is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with a nephew.
LeonardSheldon, you're a grown man, he's a professional, and your haircut is number three on that poster from 1946. Just sit down and let him do it.
SheldonFine, but if I come out of this looking like a dork, it's on you. (Sits)
BarberSo my kid said the funniest thing today.
SheldonNope. (Runs out)
LeonardWhen you tell this story later, the word we usually use is quirky. The apartment. SheldonCan you pass the Parmesan cheese?
LeonardSure. (Sheldon blows his hair) What are you doing?
SheldonI'm trying to get the hair out of my eyes.
LeonardSheldon, you are one day late for your haircut.
SheldonThank you for captioning my nightmare.
HowardLookie here, I got my travel orders.
RajPayload Specialist Howard Wolowitz is requested to report to the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, for astronaut training Monday eight a.m.
HowardYeah, but it's from NASA, so it's oh eight hundred.
RajBut it says eight a.m.
HowardYou read it as oh eight hundred.
RajIt doesn't have an oh in front of it.
HowardYou know what does have an oh in front of it? Oh, my God, I'm an astronaut, and you're dying of jealousy.
LeonardSo, what kind of things are they- (To Sheldon) will you stop that?
SheldonI can't help it, I feel like a teen heartthrob.
PennyYou know, Sheldon, I used to cut my brother's hair. I could do it for you.
SheldonPenny, I know you mean well, offering the skills of the hill folk, but, um, here in town we don't churn our own butter, we don't, uh, make dresses out of gunny sacks, and, uh, we sure as shooting don't get our hair cut by bottle blonde-
LeonardSheldon, be nice.
SheldonI'm sorry, it's the bad boy attitude that comes with this hair.
RajYou could go to my guy. He's at Juan-Juan in Beverly Hills. They bring you a cup of tea, they'll massage your scalp. It's about two hundred dollars, but sometimes you look in the next chair and you see a superstar like Tony Danza.
HowardQuick question here, have we actually changed the conversation from I'm going to astronaut training to Sheldon can't get a haircut?
RajNow who's dying of jealousy? Oh, it's you. Amy's apartment. Amy is playing her harp. AmyI'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride. I'm wanted, I'm wanted, wanted, dead or alive. Sheldon, you're ruining girlfriend-boyfriend sing-along night.
SheldonI'm sorry. I'm looking for a barber and I'm running out of time. My hair is growing at the rate of 4.6 yoctometers per femtosecond. I mean, if you're quiet, you can hear it.
AmyWhat about Supercuts?
SheldonI tried once. They do men's and women's hair in the same room at the same time. It's like Sodom and Gomorrah with mousse.
AmyWell, this isn't a crisis. Why don't you just let your hair grow out a little?
SheldonWhy don't I let my hair grow out? Um, why don't I start wearing Birkenstocks and, uh, uh, seeking validation of my opinions by asking can you dig it?
AmyWell, I don't know. I think you might look sexy with long hair. The kind that flows down to your shoulders and blows back while riding on a horse, bareback and bare-chested. I'm gonna go brush my teeth, it might take a while. Bernadette's bedroom. Howard(On Skype) Hi.
BernadetteHi, sweetie.
HowardI miss you.
BernadetteI miss you, too. So tell me all about your first day.
HowardOh, wow, where do I even start? I got to experience zero gravity.
BernadetteCool. How do they do that?
HowardIt's pretty neat. You get in this plane that goes almost straight up for, like, 20 seconds, and then straight back down like it's gonna crash, and they do it over and over again, you know, no matter how many times you throw up.
BernadetteYou threw up?
HowardYeah, and the craziest part is, because there's no gravity, the throw-up kind of floats there, in a little ball, and if your mouth is open because you're screaming, sometimes it just floats right back in. Boy, does everyone laugh at you when that happens.
BernadetteThat sounds mean.
HowardNo. Yeah, I would've laughed, too, but I didn't want the vomit to come back out. Anyway, oh, could you do me a favor and overnight me some more underwear?
BernadetteSure, why?
HowardI got a look at the centrifuge they're gonna spin me around in tomorrow, and I have a hunch I packed a little light. A hospital ward. SheldonMr. D'Onofrio? It's Sheldon. They didn't have anything barber-themed in the gift shop, so, I got you this. I don't know if you can read his little T-shirt. It says, um, get well bear-y soon. Trust me, if you were even a little conscious right now, you'd be laughing. Anyway, there's new studies that show, people in comas are aware of everything going on around them. With that in mind, if you can hear me, move away from the light and toward the sound of these scissors.
NurseCan I help you?
SheldonYes. Do you have something I could use as a cape?
NurseOh, dear, did we spit out our pills, slip out of the ninth floor, and go on a little adventure?
SheldonOh, no, no, I'm just here to get my hair cut.
NurseI-I see. J-Jus-Just wait here one moment. Security!
SheldonI gotta run. But not with scissors, that would be unsafe. The apartment. PennySo, if I move my horsey here, isn't that checkmate and I win?
PennyWell, is it or isn't it?
LeonardYou know, I think this is a good stopping point. Uh, it's your first real game. I threw a lot of information at you.
PennyWell, no, I mean, your king is trapped. He can't go here because of my lighthouse, and he can't go here because of my pointy-head guy.
LeonardLike I said, complicated game.
PennySo did I win or not?
LeonardDid you have fun? Because if you had fun, then you are, you are a winner. Now that's, that-that's what chess is all about.
PennyOh, hey. Sorry, Sheldon, I'll move.
SheldonEh, why? My spot, your spot, what difference does it make?
PennyOkay, what just happened?
LeonardI don't know. Between you playing chess like Bobby Fischer and Sheldon being okay with you in his spot, I'm guessing someone went back in time, stepped on a bug, and changed the course of human events.
PennyUh, sweetie, are you all right?
SheldonNo, I'm not all right. It's been six days since I was supposed to get a haircut and nothing horrible has happened.
PennyOkay, I'm sorry, I don't understand.
SheldonLeonard, explain it to her.
LeonardOh, uh, he's crazy.
SheldonI have spent my whole life trying to bring order to the universe by carefully planning every moment of every day. But all my efforts, our dinner schedule, my pyjama rotation, my bowel movement spreadsheet, it's clear now, I've been wasting my time.
LeonardGood. I'm taking that disgusting chart off the fridge.
PennyYou know, Sh-Sheldon, sometimes it's nice not knowing what's coming. I mean, look at me and Leonard. We went out, we broke up, now we're trying again. We don't know what's gonna happen.
SheldonOh, please, everyone knows what's going to happen. But I see your point.
LeonardI think this could be good for you. Maybe it's time for you to shake things up a bit.
SheldonYou're right. I should embrace the chaos.
LeonardGreat. What are you gonna do first?
SheldonI don't know. I could do anything. All bets are off. The world is my oyster. I got it. I'm gonna put on my Tuesday pyjamas tonight. LeonardI gotta tell you, I'm a little worried about him.
PennyIf I were you, I'd be worried that a girl who's never played chess in her life just kicked your ass. Bernadette's bedroom. Howard(On Skype) Hi.
BernadetteHowie, what happened to you?
HowardWe did overnight survival training in the wilderness. Big fun. Big, big fun. I was gonna freshen up for you but I blacked out a little on the way to the bathroom.
BernadetteSurvival training? Is that like camping?
HowardUh-huh. Except you don't have food or water, and they don't have a sunset Sabbath service like they do at Camp Hess-Kramer.
BernadetteDo you sleep in tents?
HowardNo. I slept in a hole I dug in the ground with my bare hands. And at some point during the night, an armadillo crawled in and spooned me.
BernadettePoor baby.
HowardBut I did it. I survived. I wasn't sure I was going to when the sandstorm hit. I just pulled my turtleneck up over my head and waited for death. But somehow as I sat there, wrapped in a cocoon of my own neck-sweat, I found that primal part of the human spirit that just wants to keep on living, no matter what the cost.
BernadetteYou're so brave. I'm proud of you.
HowardI ate a butterfly. It was so small and beautiful, but I was so hungry.
BernadetteAre you crying?
HowardNo, I don't think it's possible. I'm severely dehydrated. My pee is like toothpaste.
BernadetteHowie, if you're not able to do this, come home. It won't change how I feel about you.
HowardThanks, honey, but I can't quit. If I do, I'll just be a guy who had a chance to be an astronaut and gave it up.
BernadetteWell, is there anything I could do to help?
HowardNo. Wait. Send more underwear. Leonard's bedroom. Leonard wakes to the sound of bongos. Leonard(Going to living room) Don't let this be Sheldon playing bongos. Please don't let this be Sheldon playing bongos.
SheldonHello, Leonard, do you like my bongos? Bet you didn't know that I had bongos.
LeonardSheldon, it's three o'clock in the morning.
SheldonThree in the morning is a good time for bongos.
LeonardI was sleeping.
SheldonLeonard sleeps while I play bongos.
LeonardNo, he doesn't.
SheldonLeonard no sleep while I play bongos. Bongo solo.
LeonardStop! Stop it! Stop! Stop! Stop it!
Penny(Entering) What the hell?!
LeonardOh, hi, Penny, guess what? Sheldon got bongos.
PennyWhy did you get bongos?
SheldonRichard Feynman played the bongos. I thought I'd give that a try.
LeonardRichard Feynman was a famous physicist.
PennyOh, Leonard, it's three o'clock in the morning. I don't care if Richard Feynman was a purple leprechaun who lived in my butt.
SheldonPenny meant if he were a purple leprechaun. Penny forgot to use the subjunctive.
LeonardSheldon, go to bed. You have work in the morning.
SheldonMaybe, maybe not. Maybe tomorrow I start a bongo band and tour the world.
LeonardW-w-wuh, no, no, hang on,uh, uh, roommate agreement. No hootenannies, sing-alongs, or barbershop quartets after ten p.m.
SheldonRoommate agreement? Are you kidding? We are living in a world of chaos. Roommate agreement.
PennyWhere are you going?
SheldonWherever the music takes me, kitten. I play bongos walking down the stairs. (Sound of falling) Oh! Oh! Never play bongos walking down the stairs. Howard's hotel room. There is a knock on the door. BernadetteSurprise.
HowardWhat are you doing here?
BernadetteI'm here to help you get through this. You can't do it on your own, you need someone to take care of you.
HowardOh, I love you so much.
BernadetteOh, I love you.
Mrs Wolowitz(Off) Howard, your bath is getting cold!
HowardDon't worry, once she falls asleep, I'll spoon you like an armadillo. Amy's apartment. AmyHe showed up in the middle of the night with his bongos. I foolishly thought it was some sort of musical booty call.
LeonardPoor guy. He must've been exhausted. Sheldon like to sleep while Leonard play the bongo!
AmyThat was kind of uncalled for.
LeonardNo, it was called for.
SheldonWhat's going on?
PennyAll right, Sheldon, this craziness has gone on long enough. Please come home so I can cut your hair.
SheldonPenny, you're not trained. You're not licensed. Most importantly, you don't have access to my haircut records.
PennyAll right, honey, look, we've known each other for a long time now, right? I've taken you to Disneyland, I kicked a bully in the nuts for you, I sing you Soft Kitty when you're sick, you've even saw me naked once.
LeonardI'm sorry, duh, what?
PennyIt was a long story. Anyway, Sheldon, I promise I know what I'm doing. Please let me cut your hair.
SheldonAmy, what do you think?
AmyThere's not a hair on my body I wouldn't let this woman trim.
SheldonFine, let's go. Thank you for letting me sleep on your couch.
AmyThere's only so many times a woman can say how about the bed?
LeonardWhat's this about Sheldon seeing you naked?
SheldonOh, relax. It was just her bottom and her breasts. Penny's apartment. Penny is cutting Sheldon's hair. PennyAlmost done.
SheldonAt the end of the haircut, Mr. D'Onofrio would tell me a dirty joke.
PennyWell, sorry, I don't know any dirty jokes.
SheldonThat's okay, I never understood them anyway.
PennyOkay, what do you think?
SheldonHmm, well, it's a little Hollywood. But I think I can pull it off. Well done, Penny.
PennyTold ya. Okay, I'm just gonna clean up your neck a little and then you are good to go.
SheldonFun time. Hah. Sorry, sometimes the clippers tickle me.
PennyOkay. (Sheldon laughs and jerks, Penny accidentally shaves a strip up the back of his head) Okay, yep, we're all done now. It's just, it's good. Let me just take that away from you. Okay.
SgeldonThank you very much.
PennyYou are welcome. (After he leaves) Yeah, I'm gonna have to move.