A dance video game where the characters are imperial stormtroopers from Star Wars and Bobba Fett. Opens onto the apartment where Howard and Raj are dancing to the game.
RajTry to keep up, Howard, I'm killing it.
HowardYeah, I wish we looked as cool dancing in clubs as we do right now.
LeonardDon't worry, this is exactly how you look when you're dancing in clubs.
RajYou're welcome, ladies.
SheldonParadigm-shifting news, gentlemen. (Switches game off)
RajDude! I was about to Bollywood this bitch.
SheldonEarlier today, I invited Professor Stephen Hawking to join me in the popular online game Words with Friends. Moments ago, he accepted my request. Do you understand what that means?
HowardThat somewhere right now Stephen Hawking is saying, "damn it, I meant to click no."
SheldonI'll walk you through it. The game is not called Words with Strangers. No, it's not even called Words with Acquaintances. It is called Words with?
RajI'm not finishing your sentence. You pulled the plug on my funk.
SheldonFriends! It's Words with Friends! Which Stephen Hawking and I officially are. Now all I need is a bunk bed with a slide, I'll have everything I've ever wanted since I was six years old.
LeonardThat's really nice, Sheldon, I'm happy for you.
SheldonAnd I'm happy for you, too. You are now friends with someone who is officially friends with Stephen Hawking. Enjoy it, boys. You may have peaked.
HowardSheldon, I know Stephen Hawking. I worked with him.
SheldonAnd if they ever come out with a game called Words with People You Once Worked With, you'll be off to the races.
LeonardSheldon, I don't think this actually means-
SheldonHold that thought! Professor Hawking has made a move. Boy, oh, boy. Oh, it's only a matter of time before we're coming up with fun nicknames for each other. I'll be Coop. He'll be Wheels. If he's okay with that. (Leaves)
Raj(Putting game back on and removing shirt) All right. Crank up the AC, boys, it's gonna get hot in here!
BernadetteSo, I was taking a shower this morning, and when I got out, I started to dry off with what I thought was a towel but turned out to be Howard's mom's underwear. I had to take another shower. It wasn't enough. Nothing will ever be enough.
AmyI once looked in Sheldon's underwear drawer. He yelled at me. But now I know what it looks like and he can never take that away.
BernadetteThere's a book under here.
PennyOh, I'll get that.
BernadetteI got it.
PennyNo, no, it's-
BernadetteI got it. Why do you have a history textbook?
PennyNo, it's not a big deal. Just taking a class at the Pasadena Community College.
BernadetteThat's great. I didn't know you wanted to go back to school.
PennyIt's just one history class. Look, I didn't finish college, so I thought I would give it a try.
AmyNot to mention, your acting career is going south like Sherman. Read about it in your book.
BernadetteWhy would you be embarrassed to tell us?
PennyNo, I'm not embarrassed. I just didn't want anyone to know because I haven't told Leonard yet.
AmyWhy wouldn't you tell Leonard?
PennyBecause it's me going back to school, and he's gonna be all "you can do it," and "how can I help?" and "I'm so proud of you." Ugh!
BernadetteI just can't believe you could keep something like that from him.
AmyYou guys have got to be the weirdest couple I know.
PennyReally? You can't think of anyone weirder?
AmyI can, (Whispers) but she's sitting right there.
SheldonYes. I play the word quiver with a triple letter and a double word score for 72 points. That ought to let the air out of your tyres, Hawking.
AmyWow, my boyfriend is friends with Stephen Hawking and my new dandruff shampoo doesn't smell like tar. Everything really is coming up, Amy.
SheldonIt is glorious. One of the greatest intellects of our time has agreed to engage with me in a gentlemanly battle of wits. And I'm spanking him so hard his grad students won't be able to sit down.
AmyYou know, when one male dominates another, his testosterone level rises.
SheldonWhat's your point?
AmyIt's exciting to think you might be getting a testosterone level.
SheldonOoh, my friend Stephen just played the word act for 18 points. That's right, I call him Stephen now, because I checked, and he was not okay with Wheels.
AmyOh, you could turn his act into extract (pronounced with emphasis on act), and it would be for double points.
SheldonAmy. Why would you give me a word? Now, if I play extract it would be cheating.
SheldonAlthough, I could play the completely unrelated and better word extract (pronounced with emphasis on ex). Ethical conundrum avoided. Thanks, brain.
LeonardIt's crunchy. Just the way I like it.
PennyYeah, I don't think the water was really boiling.
LeonardIt's great. I love it.
PennyOkay, listen, there's something I need to tell you. I've been thinking about going back to school for a while now. So a couple months ago, I started taking a history class at the community college.
LeonardOh. That's great. Great, great, great. Why wait so long to tell me?
PennyI don't want you to make a big deal out of it.
LeonardWhy do you think I'd be like that? I get it, you're taking one class. It's nice. Maybe if it goes well, you take another, you enrol full-time. Ooh, be sure to keep an eye on which credits transfer to a four-year college.
PennyYou're making it a big deal.
LeonardSorry. Whatever. It's all good.
PennyAnyway, that's it. I just thought you should know.
LeonardAm I allowed to ask how the class is going?
PennyIt's really good. We've been talking about the origins of slavery. Turn in my first paper tomorrow.
LeonardGreat topic. I can help with that. There are lots of different perspectives you can take, economic, sociological, political.
PennyHey hey hey, this is my paper. And my perspective is that slavery is bad. Oh, and my professor's black, so I'm pretty sure that's the right answer.
LeonardCan I take a look?
PennyNo, Leonard, this is my thing.
LeonardOkay, I get it.
LeonardIt's like when I started doing chin-ups, I didn't want you to see until I could do one. FYI, really close.
PennyThank you. Now behave yourself and eat your dinner. Maybe later, if you're lucky, you get to sleep with a college girl.
LeonardReally? 'Cause I went to four years of college and five years of grad school, that never happened once.
RajI think the next time I have to speak to a call centre in India, I'm going to try using an American accent.
RajBecause when I use my regular voice, I feel like I'm making fun of them.
HowardThat's ridiculous. Not to mention, your American accent is terrible.
RajDude, my accent is brilliant. (In American accent) Hey, my snow-white American friends, let's put some cow meat on the barbecue and eat it until we're all obese.
HowardThis is what you sound like. I think I'm talking in an American accent, but it really sounds like I'm wearing a set of giant dentures.
RajSheldon, do I really sound like that?
HowardTell him he sounds like that.
RajSheldon, you okay?
SheldonIt's been three days. Why hasn't Stephen Hawking played a word?
RajThe guy's a genius. Maybe you weren't challenging enough for him.
SheldonNot challenging? I was humiliating the man. I was thinking of writing a book called A Brief History of the Time I Made Stephen Hawking Cry Like a Little Girl.
HowardThere's the problem. You can't beat Hawking like that. He hates to lose. Everyone knows the guy's a big baby. I mean, forget the wheelchair, he should be in a stroller.
HowardOne time when I was working with him, he said that Johnny Depp was in The Matrix. I told him he was wrong, but he kept insisting. So I looked it up online and showed him. Well, the next day, he had a pizza party, and everyone got invited but me. And then he was all, "your invitation must have gotten lost in the matrix."
SheldonGood Lord, what have I done?
Raj(In American accent) Good Lord, what have I done?
RajAll right, hotshot, let's hear your Indian.
HowardI can't sit on that elephant, my ass is on fire from eating all this curry.
RajOkay, yeah, that's pretty good.
Penny's bedroom. Leonard sneaks from the bed and opens Penny's computer.
LeonardPlease be good. Please be good. Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Okay. She writes like she cooks.
SheldonPlay. Play. Play. Play. Play.
LeonardWhat are you doing?
SheldonTrying to use a Jedi mind trick to control Stephen Hawking. Play. Play. Ugh! He must be wearing a tinfoil hat or something.
LeonardI did a bad thing.
SheldonDoes it affect me?
SheldonThen suffer in silence. Play. Play. Play. (Knock knock knock) Stephen Hawking. (Knock knock knock) Stephen Hawking. (Knock knock knock) Stephen Hawking.
LeonardPenny started taking a class. She wrote a paper, she didn't want me to read it, I went behind her back and I read it anyway.
SheldonStephen Hawking hates me.
LeonardI don't know what to do. I mean, the paper's terrible. But if I tell her, she'll know that I read it and she'll get really mad.
SheldonI was beating him so bad, he doesn't want to be friends anymore. Why does everyone love me except Stephen Hawking?
LeonardIs it possible we're having two different conversations?
SheldonHow would I know? I'm not listening to you.
LeonardHang on. Okay, here's what we're gonna do. Chess clock. We each get five minutes to talk about our problems. We'll take turns. Each turn will consist of a statement and a helpful response from the friend. Begin.
SheldonI humiliated Stephen Hawking in a game of Words with Friends. He stopped playing, and now we're not friends anymore.
LeonardHe's probably busy. You're worried about nothing. Give it a couple more days. I'm sure he'll play, and you'll see that everything's fine. My turn. I can't let Penny hand in a bad paper, but how do I tell her it's bad without letting her know that I read it?
SheldonHmm. Beats me. Now, I know Hawking's not busy because I can see he's playing other people right now.
LeonardMaybe since you're so good, he's taking his time to meet the challenge. I want Penny to enjoy school-
SheldonWolowitz told me he's a big baby. But I didn't know that, and I played extract for 82 points. It's all Amy's fault. She told me to play it. I have got to cut her loose.
LeonardSheldon, I wasn't done talking. She hands in the paper tomorrow. I know I could help her. And she's my girlfriend. I, I should be allowed to help her. Why aren't I allowed to help her?
SheldonYeah, I hear you, brother.
LeonardNo. You need to give me some advice.
SheldonFine. Women, huh?
LeonardNo, specific to my situation.
SheldonBlonde women, huh?
SheldonIt sucks to be you.
SheldonLeonard, wait. No. I listened to your dumb thing. (Tries to use a Jedi mind trick) Leonard, come back. Leonard, come back. Leonard, come back.
SheldonOh, of course, it only works on the weak-minded.
LeonardGood morning, sunshine.
PennyLeonard. It's eight a.m. It's like the middle of the night.
LeonardI know, but I have to go to work, and I made you breakfast.
PennyOh, wow, that's so sweet. Hey, what's this?
LeonardUh, before you open that, um, are you familiar with the story of The Shoemaker and the Elves?
PennyElves? Come on, Leonard. It's too early for Lord of the Rings.
LeonardNo, no. Listen, um, once upon a time, there was this shoemaker and when he went to bed at night, elves would sneak in and they would make all these amazing shoes for him. And when the shoemaker woke up in the morning, he, he would be super happy, not mad at the elves at all. Open it.
PennyOkay. An examination of the economic, cultural, and political roots of slavery in the Old South, 1619 to 1865. What the hell is this?
LeonardDon't ask me. A little elf did it.
PennySo let me get this straight. You just assumed my paper would be bad so you wrote one for me?
LeonardNo, I assumed it would be good. Then I read it.
LeonardNo, I, I mean, it was good. There were just a few things that needed a little polishing.
PennyYou changed every word.
LeonardThat's not true. Uh, slavery. 1619. Your name at the top. That's all you.
PennyYou are such an ass. This is exactly why I didn't wanna tell you I was taking a class in the first place.
LeonardPlease don't be upset. I just, I didn't want you ending up with a bad grade and get discouraged and give up on the idea of going back to school.
PennyRight, because me being in school is so important to you. That way, you wouldn't have to be dating someone who's only a waitress.
LeonardOh, come on, you know that's not true.
PennyDo I? Listen to me. I need to do this on my own. If I fail, I fail. If I pass, I pass. Do you get it?
LeonardI'm sorry. I was just trying to help.
PennyYeah, well, next time don't. Oh, and since you like stories so much, this is not The Shoemaker and the Elves, okay? This is, Give a man a fish, he eats it. Teach a man to fish, he, sells it or something. Whatever, I don't know, it's just a lot better than what you did, you big jerk!
HowardYou ever hear back from Hawking?
SheldonNo. It would appear as if I've lost him. Stupid brain.
RajIt'll be okay.
SheldonHow can it be okay? Stephen Hawking's a genius and he talks like a robot. It's everything I've ever wanted in a friend.
RajYeah, but if he's a sore loser, maybe you're better off without him.
SheldonYou're right. I guess I just have to make lemonade out of the two of you. He played! He played! Coop and Rolling Thunder are together again. He was okay with that nickname.
HowardSo, now all you have to do is let him win.
SheldonYeah, way ahead of you. I will play the word at for two measly points, throwing the game and thus securing my friendship with the smartest man in the world.
HowardWhat are you waiting for? Hit send.
SheldonI can't. Losing on purpose is intellectually dishonest.
RajSo don't do it.
SheldonOh, but I wanna be Hawking's friend.
HowardSo do it.
SheldonOh, but if I do, I'll be a phony, a sellout, a Hollywood poser.
RajThen don't do it.
SheldonI won't. This feels right. My mother always said, to thine own self be true.
HowardGood for you.
Sheldon'Course she also told me that every animal in the world got on one boat, so what does she know? And send.
LeonardOh, hey. Haven't heard from you in a couple days. You still mad at me?
PennyNope. I have no reason to "B" mad at you. Minus.
PennyThat's right. On my paper. Not yours, mine, you punk-ass elf.
LeonardI don't know what to say.
PennyHmm, how about, gee, Penny, you're smarter than I thought. You may be the one in school, but I'm the one who learned a lesson. I'm so stupid, Penny. Duh.
SheldonShe sounds exactly like you.
AmyHow'd it go with Leonard?
PennyI don't think he'll be making that mistake again.
PennySo, I know this goes without saying, but if either of you tell Leonard you helped me rewrite this paper, I will beat you both with a bag of oranges.
PennyNow, ladies, we got a B-minus on this paper. I think if we put our heads together, on the next one we could get an A.
BernadetteUh, but we got you a B-minus on purpose to make it believable.
PennyBelievable? You saying I'm not smart?
AmyI feel like I'm in high school again.
BernadetteYeah, doing the prom queen's homework so she'll like us.
AmyI know. It's finally working.
The apartment. Sheldon's phone rings.
SheldonIt's Stephen Hawking.
LeonardWell answer it. I wanna hear.
SheldonProfessor Hawking, how nice of you to call.
Stephen HawkingHello. I really enjoyed our game, Dr. Cooper.
SheldonOh, me too.
Stephen HawkingOr should I say Dr. Loser? Ha, ha, ha.
SheldonYes, congratulations. You won fair and square. Uh, very impressive, sir.
Stephen HawkingDo you like brain teasers?
SheldonOh, I love brain teasers.
Stephen HawkingWhat does Sheldon Cooper and a black hole have in common? They both suck. Neener-neener.