The cafeteria. Sheldon is drawing on a napkin.
RajWhat are you drawing over there?
SheldonIt's a hypothetical containment field for a Frisbee-sized wormhole that could serve as a portal to a parallel universe.
HowardOh, you silly doodlebug.
LeonardYou know, a lot of scientists believe that making contact with other life-forms would probably not end well for us.
SheldonIt's a Frisbee-sized wormhole, Leonard. You can block it with a Frisbee. Calm down. (Hands Howard the napkin)
HowardDo you expect me to build this?
SheldonI expect you to wipe the pudding off your chin. Gentlemen. (Leaves)
HowardHave you guys ever noticed that Sheldon always disappears every day at two forty-five?
RajHe probably just goes to the bathroom.
LeonardActually, no, he goes to the bathroom at eight a.m. with optional follow-ups at one forty-five and seven ten high-fibre Fridays.
RajIt's sad that you know that.
LeonardOh, that's just the tip of the sadness iceberg.
HowardI'm looking at his public calendar. Two forty-five to three-oh-five, nothing. Yesterday, two forty-five to three-oh-five, nothing, last week, nothing, last month, nothing. He never has anything booked during that time.
RajTwenty minutes a day, completely unaccounted for.
HowardWe should figure out where he goes.
RajOoh, this is exciting. Like one of my classic murder mystery dinner parties.
LeonardRight, the case of who murdered three Saturday nights of my life?
HowardColonel Koothrapali in the kitchen with the olive spread.
RajIt was tapénade and you guys suck.
Penny's apartment. Penny is texting.
PennySo how was work today?
LeonardWell, I spent most of the afternoon growing isotopically pure crystals for neutrino detection.
PennyThat sounds like fun.
LeonardYeah, it was.
PennyOh, good, I guessed right.
LeonardWho you talking to?
PennyOh, just this guy I met at school.
LeonardOh, great. We're still dating, right?
PennyRelax. He's just a friend. We're doing an oral report together. He's really nice.
LeonardI'm sorry, what was that? I had a little stroke after oral.
PennyWould you stop? Look, he just moved here from London, okay? He doesn't really know anybody.
LeonardOh, good, an English accent, the sexiest accent you can have.
PennyNo. That's not true. There's French, there's Italian. No, you're right, it's the best.
LeonardDid you tell him you have a boyfriend?
PennyIt didn't come up.
LeonardWell, maybe you should tell him.
PennyWhat am I supposed to say?
LeonardSay, can't talk right now, hanging with my boyfriend. England sucks, you suck, USA number one.
PennyFine. Hanging with my boyfriend. Talk to you later. Happy?
LeonardYes. Thank you.
LeonardWhat did he say?
PennyDid your boyfriend make you type that?
LeonardI hate this guy.
PennyDon't be like that.
LeonardOh, come on, trust me, he's hitting on you.
PennyNo, he's not. We're just friends. Look, is this gonna be a problem? Because he's supposed to come over tomorrow to work.
PennyIf it makes you uncomfortable, I'll switch partners, even though the thing's due next week and everyone already has a partner and I'll probably end up failing the class.
LeonardThat'd be great. Thank you.
The corridor outside Sheldon's office.
HowardTwo forty-four, Right on schedule. Hey, Sheldon.
HowardRaj and I are heading over to the genetics lab to pet the glow-in-the-dark bunny. Wanna come with us?
SheldonNo, thank you.
RajAre you sure? They turn off the lights, and it's like a cute little laser show that poops all over the place.
SheldonI'm quite sure. Good day.
HowardWell, where are you going?
SheldonWhere are you going?
RajWe just told you.
SheldonI just told you.
HowardNo, you didn't.
SheldonWell, it's your word against mine; see you in court.
HowardShould we follow him?
RajI don't know, I'm torn. I wanna know where he's going, but now I kinda wanna play with the bunny.
AlexHi you guys.
HowardHey, Alex, do you know where your boss just went?
HowardDon't you know his schedule?
AlexAll I know is corduroy makes too much noise and I have to go find quieter pants.
RajBoy, what I wouldn't give to get her out of those pants and into something a little more stylish.
A corridor in the basement. Sheldon takes out a key, unlocks a door and enters.
HowardThis is where he goes? What's in there?
RajI think it's an old storage room.
HowardWhat could he be doing in there every day for twenty minutes?
RajWell, he's not doing twenty-minute abs, because if he were, he would have way better abs. Can you hear anything?
HowardNot yet. What are you doing?
HowardCan't you face the other way and listen?
RajI can't do anything right for you, can I?
HowardWhat the hell is he up to?
RajHe is kind of a weirdo. Maybe he's got Leonard Nimoy chained up in there. Or Bill Gates. Or Stephen Hawking.
HowardWhy would he chain up Stephen Hawking?
RajHoward, please, you can't treat the man differently just because he's disabled. That's not okay.
LeonardIf you're wondering why I've been staring through the peephole, I'm trying to get a look at this guy who's coming over to Penny's.
SheldonTo be honest, I didn't know you were here.
LeonardIt's not a big deal. He's just in her history class. They're working on a project together. I don't even know why I care. You know what, I don't care.
SheldonYou think you don't care?
LeonardThis is silly. I have nothing to worry about.
SheldonOh, I don't know. I mean, statistically speaking, I'm sure you have something to worry about.
LeonardWhat do you mean?
SheldonWell, if we assume your looks are average, yeah, right off the bat, fifty percent of men on Earth are more attractive than you. That's one point five billion handsome lads standing by, waiting to rain on your parade.
LeonardWell, yeah, but this isn't just about looks. I'm, I'm way above average in a lot of other things.
SheldonNot height, vision, athleticism, or ability to digest dairy products.
LeonardI'm talking about important things like emotional maturity.
SheldonYou were just spying on your girlfriend through a peephole.
LeonardI liked it better when you thought I wasn't here.
SheldonI'm not saying you don't have attractive qualities. Your choice of friends is impeccable, you're a good sleeper, and last but not least, you buy the grapes I like. You're a real catch compared to some snoring guy with a fridge full of lousy grapes.
LeonardNone of this matters. I trust that Penny cares about me, and nothing's gonna happen with this guy.
SheldonWell, unless of course he's a skilled hypnotist.
SheldonWhile unlikely, it's still a statistical possibility. She might be performing sexual acts with him and not even know it.
LeonardNow you're just being ridiculous.
SheldonAm I? The mind's a mysterious thing, Leonard. He could be having the time of his life while she thinks she's a chicken pecking for corn. (Mimes that)
The university basement.
RajLook at us, sneaking around in the middle of the night like a couple of cat burglars.
HowardI think we're more like ninjas.
RajI don't wanna be a ninja, I wanna be a cat burglar.
HowardFine, I'll be a ninja, you be a cat burglar.
RajNo, we both have to be the same thing. Okay, we're ninjas.
RajBut next time, we'll be cat burglars.
RajAre you sure?
HowardYes, I'm sure. Now, you stand guard, I'm gonna-
Raj(Trying door) It's locked.
HowardJust keep an eye out. I'll have this open in a minute.
RajWhen did you learn how to pick locks?
HowardWhen I was starting to do magic in junior high, I thought I could be an escape artist like Harry Houdini.
RajHow did that work out?
HowardPretty good. I managed to escape friends, popularity, and every party thrown in a twelve mile radius. There. Ready?
RajHold on, hold on.
RajSheldon is a very smart man, and he obviously wants to keep this a secret.
RajWhat if it's booby-trapped?
HowardDon't worry, I'm one step ahead of him.
RajOh, great, what's your pl- (Howard pushes him inside)
HowardAre we good?
RajYeah. Huh. Forty-three? What the hell does that mean?
HowardI don't know. The solution to an equation?
RajMaybe. It's a prime number. Encryption systems are built on prime numbers.
HowardWhat kind of secret does Sheldon have to encrypt?
RajHe's always been very cagey about what he puts in his egg salad to make it so tasty.
RajReally? Well, oh, okay, one mystery solved.
Voice from OutsideOkay, good night.
Penny(Off) Thanks, Cole. See you at school.
LeonardI'll be right back.
SheldonI thought you left a long time ago.
Leonard(Rushing to catch up with Cole) 'sup?
LeonardYou, uh, moving into the apartment on the fifth floor?
ColeNo, I was just visiting a friend.
LeonardOh, cool. That cute blonde on four?
ColeYeah. You know her?
LeonardI, well, I see her around. I like to keep my distance because her boyfriend is a pretty scary dude.
LeonardYeah. He's ganged up.
ColeShe told me he's a scientist.
LeonardThat's the name of his gang. The Scientists. They are crazy.
ColeWell, thanks for the tip.
LeonardNo problem, brother. Stay frosty. (Cole leaves. Leonard spots Penny watching.) We're still dating, right?
AlexOh, hello, Dr. Hofstadter.
LeonardHey, Alex, and call me Leonard. Dr. Hofstadter is my father. And my mother. And my sister. And our cat. Although, I'm pretty sure Dr. Boots Hofstadter's degree was honorary.
AlexMay I join you, Leonard?
LeonardHey, Alex, let me ask you something. My girlfriend knows this guy at school. He's got an English accent.
AlexOoh, I love English accents.
LeonardYeah, you all do. Anyway, I feel like he's hitting on her. She says he's just being nice and that I should trust her.
AlexIt's probably harmless. You know how it is. I'm sure you get hit on all the time.
LeonardRight. Because girls are always like, ooh, that guy owns two Star Trek uniforms and gets a lot of ear infections. I gotta get me some of that.
AlexI don't know, I bet it happens more than you realize.
LeonardTrust me, it doesn't.
AlexYou sure? You're cute, you're funny. Maybe you're getting hit on, and you don't even know it.
AlexYep, pretty sure.
Leonard(Laughs) Okay, I gotta get back to work. Thanks for listening.
LeonardHope-hope no girls rip my clothes off on the way. (laughs)
RajCome on, we're smart guys. We can figure this out.
HowardForty-three. What is forty-three? Besides my mom's neck size.
RajIt's the atomic number for technetium.
HowardThat stuff's radioactive.
RajDo you think he's building a bomb?
HowardAh, it took him two years to put together that Lego Death Star, I'm not worried.
RajOoh, this could be something. forty-three is the number of calories in half a cup of fat-free yoghurt.
HowardWhy would you know that?
RajI'm sorry. We can't all eat whatever we want and still stay thin. Wait, in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, isn't forty-three the answer to the question of life, the universe,and everything?
HowardThat's forty-two, dumb-ass.
RajHey, hey. Feelings.
HowardWe should stop. I'm exhausted.
RajYeah, me too. We've got more important things to do. Who cares what stupid forty-three means?
RajLet's go home. You wanna get something to eat?
RajWhat the balls is forty-three?
HowardI have to know! (They both go back)
PennyHey, shouldn't you be out with your gang, spray painting equations on the side of buildings?
LeonardCome on, I'm sorry.
PennyI just can't believe you don't trust me.
LeonardI do, of course I do.
PennyThen why did you embarrass me in front of my friend, who, by the way, knew exactly who you were?
PennyYour picture's on my refrigerator.
LeonardOh. You know, I'm really starting to not like this guy.
PennyWhat is your problem? Do you use up all your thinking at work and then have none left over for when you get home?
LeonardI don't know. It-it-it's hard sometimes. Everywhere you go, guys hit on you, even if I'm standing right there. And they're all taller than me. Why is everyone taller than me? You know what, this is all in my head. It's my problem, not yours.
PennyLeonard, why do you always do this? Listen to me, you're the one I'm with. You know I love you, so will you please relax because you're driving me crazy.
LeonardYou know that's the first time you ever said that you love me.
LeonardWe're just supposed to pretend it's not a big deal?
PennyThat's exactly what we're gonna do because you're about to make me cry, and we both know if I start crying, you're gonna start crying.
LeonardYou're right, you should go.
Penny(Crying) All right.
Leonard(Crying) She loves me. (Receives text) "Hey, it's Alex. Nice having coffee with you. If you wanna talk more, I'm always available. Smiley face, smiley face. What a friendly girl."
HowardOkay, picture's up. Looks like the camera's working.
RajThat's good quality video.
HowardIt better be. It's the spare camera for the Mars rover.
RajHow did you get your hands on that?
HowardMillion dollar camera, ten dollar lock.
RajOh, my God, here he comes. This is it.
HowardWhat the hell is that thing?
RajI don't know.
Sheldon(On screen) This is Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Experimental log. Wormhole generator test forty-four.
HowardWormhole generator test? (On screen a wormhole appears)
SheldonThe first forty-three parallel universes I've checked proved to be empty. I see no reason to suspect universe number forty-four will be any different. (Puts his head in the wormhole)
HowardOh, my God!
Sheldon(With an alien creature stuck to his face) Oh! It's eating my face!
RajAah! It's eating his face!
Sheldon(Throwing alien onto the laptop) I found your webcam and replaced the video feed. You two should be ashamed of yourselves.
RajSheldon, we're really sorry.
HowardYeah, really sorry.
SheldonSorry? You may not realize it, but I have difficulty navigating certain aspects of daily life. You know, understanding sarcasm, feigning interest in others, not talking about trains as much as I want to. It's exhausting. Which is why, for twenty minutes a day, I like to go down to that room, turn my mind off and do what I need to do to recharge.
HowardBut what are you doing in there?
RajAnd what does forty-three mean?
SheldonYou don't need to know, you don't deserve to know, and you will never know.
RajYeah, well, I know how to make your egg salad now.
The room in the basement. Sheldon enters, takes out a box, takes a beanbag from the box, then starts playing keepie uppie.
SheldonOne, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Drat. I'm never gonna get to forty-three again. One, two, three, four. Rats.