PennyOkay, now holding sides of hearth in position, lower mantelpiece assembly onto top tabs.
LeonardLook at that, I built a fireplace with my own two hands.
PennyYou're so butch.
LeonardAw, I got a little paper cut.
PennyOf course you did. Your hands are softer than veal.
LeonardOh, before I forget, Saturday I'm planning a little Dungeons and Dragons night with the guys.
PennyReally? That's how you're gonna spend your Saturday night?
LeonardCome on, I hardly ever get a chance to play anymore.
PennyOh, you poor thing. Is having a real-life girlfriend who has sex with you getting in the way of your board games?
LeonardLittle bit, yeah.
AmyOh, great! I've always wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons.
SheldonYeah, oh, I'm sorry. I should've mentioned this earlier. You're not invited.
SheldonAmy, from time to time, we men need to break free from the shackles of civility and get in touch with our primal animalistic selves.
AmyBy rolling dice and playing make-believe with little figurines?
SheldonYeah, like a bunch of savages.
Howard and Bernadette's apartment. Bernadette is on the webcam.
BernadetteSaturday night? But I've been working late all week. That was gonna be our night.
HowardBut I have to go. We play as a group. If-if I'm not there, then everyone will blame you. They'll be all, Bernadette ruined everything. She's the worst. So, you see? I have to play Dungeons and Dragons, for the marriage.
BernadetteYou're an idiot.
HowardI'm your idiot. Forever.
RajSo, listen, I know we talked about getting a bite to eat in Silver Lake, and then seeing the Christmas lights in Griffith Park, but Leonard's talking about a big D and D game at his place.
StuartSaturday night just went from crazy to epic. Woo-hoo!
LeonardAll right, Sheldon, to start our quest you need to open this little Christmas gift I got you.
SheldonA Christmas gift? You know I don't enjoy Christmas.
StuartWhat's wrong with Christmas?
SheldonOh, where to begin? Trees indoors. Overuse of the words 'tis and 'twas. And the absurd custom of one stocking. Everyone knows socks belong in pairs. Who uses one sock?
HowardPirate with a peg leg?
SheldonActually that helps, thank you.
LeonardWould you just look inside?
SheldonOh, a scroll. I like scrolls. They're my third favorite system of transmitting the written word. After stone tablets and skywriting. You have all been summoned to join a thrilling Dungeons and Dragons adventure. Your quest begins in a secret northern village of elves who have all been massacred. I like where this is heading. Your task is to rescue their leader from a dungeon of ogres. Oh, that's a saucy twist. That leader's name, Santa Claus. No, no, no.
LeonardIt's actually ho, ho, ho, but you'll get the hang of it. Thought it'd be fun to make a quest with a holiday theme.
SheldonFun? Mixing Dungeons and Dragons with Christmas is like making a sandwich of grape jelly, the best-tasting jelly, and petroleum jelly, the worst-tasting jelly.
LeonardOkay, here we go. You find yourselves in the smoking remains of Santa's village. Clearly, a great battle has taken place.
RajOh, man, the first monster I see, I'm gonna sneak up behind him, whip out my wand, and shoot my magic all over his ass.
StuartDo you hear yourself when you say these things?
LeonardOkay, there are ogre tracks and a trail of broken candy canes in the snow. Sheldon, what do you do?
SheldonI signal my contempt for your cruel plan to shove Christmas joy down my throat by making a gesture that says get a load of this guy. (Makes a fart noise)
LeonardFine. Howard, what do you do?
HowardI follow the ogre tracks, checking for secret doors along the way.
LeonardAnd you discover a secret door leading to a dark corridor.
HowardOkay, guys, let's make a plan, spell casters in the back, warriors in the front.
RajNo, screw that noise, I'm going in. Hang on, Santa, I'm coming for you.
LeonardOkay, you run into a room full of weapons, hit a tripwire, (Rolls the dice) a cannon blows your face off, you die, you're out of the game.
RajWhat, a-a cannon? Am I really out of the game?
LeonardOkay, come on, moving on.
RajWait, doesn't anyone have a rod of resurrection? Because if you've got one, I need it bad. Get in here with your rod and give it to me.
StuartOkay, you need to say these things in your head before you say them out loud.
Penny(Entering) Hey, guys. I don't mean to interrupt your little game, but I thought you'd like to see what you're missing out on. So, Bernadette? Bernadette's wearing leopard-print pumps and a rack-tastic red dress from Forever 21. And there's Amy, showing all kinds of ankle. In an outfit I'm assuming is from Forever 63. And I, myself, (Takes off her coat), am wearing a little number that got me out of two speeding tickets and jury duty.
SheldonI know they're making a rhetorical point, I just don't know what it is.
PennySee you, boys. We are going drinking.
RajUh, wait, can I come with you? My character died.
BernadetteSorry, Raj, it's girls' night out.
AmyMaybe another time.
Penny(Enters again) Come on.
RajOoh! Girls' night, girls' night! Ooh! Ooh!
StuartHow does he not hear that?
AmySo, what's the plan? Are we gonna teach our fellas a lesson by getting stinking drunk, luring strange men into the bathroom, and turning the toilet stall into a temple of the senses?
Bernadette & PennyNo!
AmyGeez, who's Forever 63 now?
RajCan we get another bottle of champagne for the table? Don't worry. It's my treat.
PennyWow, you should come to girls' night more often. And not just because if you weren't here, this would be a can of Pabst.
RajMy pleasure, nothing makes me happier than the chance to spoil a lady. Just ask my dog. My vet says if I give her any more foie gras, she's going to die of gout.
BernadetteHey, let's help Raj meet a girl tonight.
RajNo, no, no, I'm fine.
PennyOkay, wait, are we talking one-night stand or do we wanna get him into a relationship?
AmyLet's get him laid!
RajStop it. You're ruining girls' night.
PennyRaj, you're a great guy, you're in a bar full of single women, let us help you.
BernadetteYeah, you're a real catch. I know you're shy, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have someone wonderful in your life.
RajThat's sweet of you. But what can you do to help?
BernadetteWe'll nose around, see if we can find a nice girl, and then introduce you.
RajOkay. Well, a couple of things. Don't tell them I come from money. I want them to love me for me. They must be insanely hot. Like, nines or tens.
PennyNines or tens?
RajOkay, an eight is acceptable if she's willing to bring another eight to the hot tub.
BernadetteBottom line, you'll take any woman who'll have you, right?
RajIn a New Delhi minute.
StuartI don't remember you buying these miniatures in my store.
LeonardOh, uh, yeah. I got 'em on Amazon.
StuartSure. I get it. Why support a friend when you can support a multinational conglomerate that is crushing the life out of that friend?
LeonardI know, but when I shop online, I can do it on the toilet.
StuartHave you seen my store? The whole place is a toilet.
HowardCan we please move this along?
LeonardYeah, sorry. Uh, you come to the end of the tunnel and find a large chest. What do you do? And, Howard, do not say, I feel up the large chest.
HowardExcuse me, I'm a married man now. I wasn't gonna say anything so juvenile.
LeonardGreat. What do you do?
HowardI walk up to the large chest, bury my face in it and go "blublublublublublublublu".
SheldonI open the chest.
LeonardIt's locked, but suddenly the door behind you slams shut and now the walls of the room start closing in.
StuartThat's not good. My character and I both have claustrophobia.
LeonardGlowing letters appear on the chest that read, If squashed to death you wish not to be, sing of Svaty Vaclav and his victory.
HowardWho the hell is Svaty Vaclav?
LeonardWalls are getting closer.
StuartOh, boy, happy place, happy place.
SheldonWait, Svaty Vaclav was the Duke of Bohemia.
LeonardYou're ten seconds away from getting crushed. Nine, eight.
HowardWhat are we supposed to do?
SheldonWait, wait. Svaty Vaclav is better known as Good King Wenceslas from the beloved Victorian Christmas carol.
HowardNever heard of it. Must be the one Christmas song not written by a Jewish guy.
StuartSomebody sing the damn song.
SheldonGood King Wenceslas looked out, on the feast of Stephen. When the snow lay around about, deep and crisp and even
LeonardThe walls are getting slower.
SheldonBrightly shone the moon that night, though the frost was cruel. When a poor man came in sight gathering winter fuel.
LeonardThe walls stop. You're safe.
HowardThat was amazing, Sheldon.
StuartHow did you know that?
SheldonIt was simple. I combined a well-known historical fact about Bohemia with the memory of my grandparents, Meemaw and Pop-pop, singing Christmas carols while I sat in front of the fire and tried to build a high-energy particle accelerator out of Legos.
LeonardOkay, continuing our quest.
SheldonW-W-Wait. There's still four more verses. You don't sing a song and not finish it. Hither, page, and stand by me, if thou know'st it, telling. Yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling? Brightly shone the moon that night, though the frost...
BernadetteLooks like he's doing pretty good.
PennyOf course he is. Look, that girl just got dumped by her boyfriend. She's angry, she's drunk, and her favorite movie is Slumdog Millionaire.
AmyThat is some low-hanging fruit.
BernadetteOh, here he comes.
PennySo, how'd it go?
RajGreat. I bought her a couple of drinks, and she gave me her e-mail address.
BernadetteJennifer at not-even-if-you-were-the-last-guy-on-earth dot loser.
BernadetteI'm sorry, Raj.
RajWhy can't I find someone? I'm smart, I've got a cool job, and my naturally bronzed complexion means I can pull off mustard yellow in a way most guys can't.
PennyOh, honey, it's not you, it's them.
RajNo, it's not. She was too beautiful for me.
BernadetteWhy would you say that?
RajIt's true. I'm always attracted to women I can't have. I do it all the time. I did the same thing with the two of you.
AmyThe two of them? I don't understand.
RajWell, uh, there was a time when I had a thing for Penny, and I thought she was into me, too, because she got drunk and naked and climbed into bed with me. But apparently I misread those signals.
AmyAnd you liked Bernadette also?
RajThat was before Penny. I make it a rule to only fall for one of my friends' girlfriends at a time. I'm very old-fashioned that way.
AmySo at, uh, some point, you probably had a thing for me, too.
RajNo, not really.
PennyOh, come on, Raj, not even a little bit?
RajNot that I can think of.
RajNope. I guess the heart wants what the heart wants. Or in this case, doesn't, I mean, at all. (They stare at him) What?
The apartment. Sheldon is still singing.
SheldonYe who now will bless the poor, shall yourselves find blessing. Ba-da-bum.
SheldonI think the word you're looking for is bravo.
LeonardOkay, you leave the room and find yourself standing before a pool of melted snowmen.
SheldonMelted snowmen? Are there carrots and lumps of coal in the water?
LeonardI don't know. What's the difference?
SheldonWell it's a game of the imagination, Leonard. Paint a picture.
LeonardFine. You leave the room and find yourself standing before a pool of melted snowmen. There are carrots and lumps of coal in the water.
SheldonWhat happened to the top hats and the corncob pipes?
LeonardYou see those, too.
SheldonOh, it's like I'm really there.
StuartI gotta tell you, this, this is the most holiday fun I've had since my therapist changed my anxiety medication and I stopped caring about the blood in my stool.
LeonardWhat are you drinking there? A little eggnog?
SheldonYes. What, is there a problem?
LeonardNo, it's nice to see you enjoying a holiday beverage. Pretty Christmasy.
SheldonSince when is eggnog a Christmas drink? Eggs are available all year around. I've been known to enjoy this poolside.
LeonardCome on, Sheldon. You know all the Christmas stories, and the carols, you've got an eggnog moustache going on there. Just admit it. You're getting a little Yuletide spirit.
SheldonOh, don't be silly. Christmas is a bunch of baloney created by the tinsel industry. Why is this so important to you?
LeonardHonestly, because I had enough crappy Christmases as a kid and I'm tired of you sucking the joy out of them now.
StuartWhat was so bad about them?
LeonardI grew up in a house full of crazy academics. Instead of leaving Santa milk and cookies, we had to leave him a research paper. And in the morning, you could tell he'd been there because the paper would be graded.
SheldonNo wonder you love Christmas. That sounds amazing.
LeonardIt wasn't amazing. I got a C-minus four years in a row.
SheldonYeah, I'm familiar with your work. C-minus was your gift.
RajAmy, I'm really sorry. I didn't mean to upset you.
AmyIt's fine. I'm used to being the girl who never gets looked at twice. I didn't have my first kiss till I was 22, and the guy only did it so I'd give him back his insulin.
BernadetteSometimes the pancreas wants what the pancreas wants.
AmyForget it. I don't expect you guys to understand.
RajI understand. In seventh grade, I played Spin the Bottle and it landed on Alina Shankar. She said if I came near her, she would break the bottle and cut me.
AmyYou think that's bad? In college, I passed out at a frat party and woke up with more clothes on.
RajSometimes I get so lonely, I sit on my left hand until it goes numb, then I put it in my right hand and pretend I'm holding hands with another person.
AmyI do that, too. Sometimes the left hand tries to cop a feel. And I let it.
RajIt's kind of nice to talk to someone who understands what it feels like to be alone.
AmyIt is, isn't it?
RajBut you're not alone anymore. Now you've got Sheldon.
AmyI do. And don't worry, someday you'll have somebody, too.
RajThank you. I hope she's half as lovely and amazing as you are.
AmyThank you, Rajesh. (To the girls) He wants me, I'm good. We can go now.
RajNow that I know she doesn't like me, I'm kind of into her.
The apartment. Sheldon is writing numbers on a whiteboard.
SheldonAll right. I think I cracked the code to lower the drawbridge.
HowardGreat. Let's do it. (They pick up bells and play according to the numbers. The tune is Jingle Bells)
LeonardThe drawbridge is lowering.
StuartMy carpal tunnel's acting up.
SheldonPlay through the pain.
LeonardYou did it. The drawbridge is down. You cross the chasm and find yourself in a small dungeon room. And in the corner, chained to the wall, you see a bloodied and beaten Santa Claus. He says, ho, ho, help me.
HowardYes, we found Santa. Christmas is saved. Don't ever tell my mother I said that.
StuartI take out my skeleton key and run to Santa to unchain him.
SheldonBut first, I cast a spell of paralysis on Stuart and Howard.
HowardWhat are you doing?
SheldonYou can't talk, you're paralyzed. I get right up in Santa's big, fat face and say, well, well, well, jolly old Saint Nick, we meet again. Yeah, I believe the last time we spoke was in the Baybrook Mall in Galveston, Texas, when I was five years old, isn't that right?
SheldonMy mother dragged me there and she plopped me down on your lap and you asked me what I wanted for Christmas. And I told you, my Pop-pop, because that was the year my grandfather died. I missed him and I wanted him back.
LeonardThis is weird, right?
SheldonPop-pop was the only one in my family who encouraged me to pursue science. But you didn't bring him back, did you? No, instead, I got Lincoln Logs. Well, you can build a lot of neat things out of Lincoln Logs, but Pop-pop ain't one of 'em. And now you're here asking me for something, to save you. Well, sorry, '>Mr. Kringle, but today's not your day. I'm leaving you here to rot, and I hope the ogres feast on your bones. I take the skeleton key, and I toss it into the chasm, and on the way out, I give Santa a swift kick in his bowl full of jelly!
LeonardOkay. So Wolowitz and Stuart are paralyzed, Santa's dead, and I picked this over having sex with my girlfriend.
The apartment, late at night.
SantaOh, hello, Sheldon. You should be asleep.
SheldonWell, then, you shouldn't have jingle bells on your boots.
SantaOh. I've been wanting to talk to you. I'm sorry I disappointed you when you were a little boy. I-I can do a lot of magical things, but unfortunately bringing your Pop-pop back isn't one of them.
SantaBut I do have something special for you. Close your eyes.
SheldonOh, I hope it's a train.
SantaOh, it's better than a train.
SheldonI'm getting three trains.
SantaOkay, open 'em. (It's a cannon, pointed at Sheldon) This is for leaving me in the dungeon to be eaten alive by ogres!
SheldonWait, uh, uh, hang on. In my defense-
SantaHo, ho, ho, ya big dork. (Fires cannon)