The apartment. LeonardThe interface is pretty simple. You put your horizontal X coordinate here, vertical Y coordinate here. When you're happy with those, you press this button.
PennyGot it. (Turns the USB missle launcher toy)
SheldonLeonard, you'll never guess who I just found online. Hey!
LeonardNice shot.
PennyEh, his giant head did most of the work.
SheldonVery mature. You're lucky I'm out of silly string. As I was saying, Leonard, you'll never guess who I just found online. Professor Proton.
LeonardYou're kidding. He's still alive?
PennyWho's Professor Proton?
LeonardHe was the host of this great- (Hit by a missle) Hey!
PennyYes! Sorry, tell me about Professor Proton.
SheldonProfessor Proton hosted my favorite science show when I was a child. I never missed an episode. He demonstrated scientific principles using everyday objects.
LeonardIt was pretty cool.
PennyAw, so cute when you use the word cool wrong. Like when kids say pasghetti.
SheldonOh, dear lord, Leonard, look. He's still available for parties and events. We should hire him.
LeonardHire him to do what?
SheldonWell, whatever we want. Hang out, do experiments, make him take 12 pictures with us, we can make a calendar.
LeonardIt would be pretty awesome to hang out with him. (To Penny) I just used awesome wrong, didn't I?
SheldonWell, I'm e-mailing him right now.
LeonardDo you remember his old theme song?
SheldonOf course I do.
TogetherGrab your goggles, put your lab coat on, here he comes, Professor Proton. The cafeteria. RajHey, I just found out I have to be at the telescope lab all weekend. Any chance you and Bernadette could take care of my dog?
HowardWhy don't you put her in a kennel?
RajWhy don't you put your mother in a home?
HowardTo be honest, she'd do better in the kennel. I'll talk to Bernie. I'm sure it's fine.
RajThank you.
SheldonIt's happening. Leonard, it's happening. Professor Proton is coming to our house.
LeonardYou're kidding.
HowardYou mean the guy who used to host that lame kids show?
SheldonAnd you just got yourself uninvited. See? I told you I'd find a tactful way to do that.
HowardHow'd you get him to come to your house?
SheldonAs Professor Proton always says, there is no problem you can't solve if you use your noggin.
LeonardAnd he wrote him a cheque.
SheldonYeah, that, too. Big cheque. Howard and Bernadette's apartment. Raj(Enters with his dog, Cinnamon, in a pink pushchair) Uncle Howard. Cinnamon's here for her sleepover party.
HowardYou know if you had a stroke, she'd eat you, right?
RajAnd it would be my pleasure to be her num-num.
HowardOkay, so what do I need to know to take care of her?
RajIt's very simple. For breakfast, she has an egg-white frittata. Feel free to give her a choice of home fries or an English muffin, but not both. We're watching our weight. Uh, for dinner, something simple, a veal chop, some scampi, whatever you like.
HowardClassy dog.
RajYes. Also, don't forget to close the toilet or she'll drink out of it.
Howatd(To Cinnamon) I feel for ya. I've got a psychotic mommy, too. Leonard's bedroom. Sheldon(Off) Leonard, are you in bed?
SheldonMe too.
SheldonI can't sleep.
LeonardWell, I can, so shut up.
SheldonDo you realize that in less than nine hours, Arthur Jeffries, aka Professor Proton, will be in our apartment?
LeonardSheldon, you know that if you stay up all night, you're gonna be sleepy tomorrow. And a sleepy Sheldon is a cranky Sheldon. And a cranky Sheldon is actually no different than a regular Sheldon. Good night.
SheldonI'm thinking of wearing a tuxedo.
LeonardThat's not ridiculous. Good night.
SheldonDo you have cufflinks?
SheldonAh, just as well. Where can you rent a tuxedo at three o'clock in the morning?
LeonardOkay, good night.
SheldonNice to meet you, Professor Proton. Nice to meet you, Professor Proton. Nice to meet you, Professor Proton. Nice to meet you, Prof- (Leonard hits him) Ow! Leonard?
SheldonI still can't sleep. Howard and Bernadette's apartment. HowardShe really tuckered herself out at the park, huh?
BernadetteYeah, you two were so cute playing together.
HowardIt was kinda fun throwing a ball and not having anyone laugh at me.
BernadetteAnd you were sweet not to throw it too far so she didn't wear out her tiny legs.
HowardYeah, that's what I was doing.
BernadetteYou know, there were a few moments today when I almost felt like we were a little family.
BernadetteYeah. I never thought of myself as a mom, but when the three of us were out there having fun, I felt like maybe someday we could do it.
HowardOf course we can. Especially if our baby's as calm and quiet as little Cinna- Son of a bitch, she's gone.
BernadetteWhere'd she go?
HowardI don't know, she didn't leave a note.
BernadetteWell, you were the one who was supposed to put her back in the stroller.
HowardNo, I wasn't. You were.
BernadetteNo, I wasn't.
HowardYes, you were!.
BernadetteYeah, well, you throw like a girl. The apartment. SheldonI'm getting worried.
PennyRelax, Sheldon, he's only a few minutes late.
SheldonProfessor Proton was never late when he was on TV. You know, every day, four o'clock, he was there. Unless tornadoes were ripping apart East Texas, in which case we'd join him in progress. (Phone rings) It's him. Hello. Well, I see. Yes. All right, we can come get you. Yeah, well, see you soon. Bye.
LeonardWhere is he?
SheldonThe third floor landing. The poor old guy's been walking up the stairs for half an hour. (On the third floor landing) It's really you.
LeonardMr. Jeffries, I am so sorry. We should've told you about the broken elevator.
ArthurI agree.
SheldonProfessor Proton, it's an honor to meet you.
ArthurJust, just call me Arthur.
SheldonLeonard, you hear that? Professor Proton said I should call him Arthur. That means we're friends.
ArthurNo. A friend would've, would've told me about the elevator.
SheldonLook at me. I can get as close to you as I want without my mom saying it's going to ruin my eyes.
Arthur(To Leonard) Is, uh, is he dangerous?
LeonardActually, he's a genius.
SheldonI am.
ArthurThat doesn't answer my question.
LeonardMr. Jeffries, I'm, I'm Leonard. This is my girlfriend, Penny.
Arthur(Stands up) Hello. Well, I hope I haven't, uh, kept the kids waiting too long for, for the show.
SheldonOh, no, there are no kids. No, the, the show's for me. Come on. I'll race ya, Arthur.
ArthurIs the, is the blonde girl really your, your girlfriend?
LeonardYes, sir.
ArthurYou're the genius.
The apartment. PennySo, do you do a lot of appearances like this?
ArthurOh, it-it's hard to say. I'm, I'm still trying to figure out what, what th, what this is.
LeonardWe just wanted to hang out with you and maybe learn a little about your life.
ArthurWell, there, there really isn't too much to tell. After the TV show was, was cancelled, nobody in the scientific world would, uh, would take me seriously. So I was forced to do these, uh, children's parties to, to make a living.
LeonardThat's too bad. But still, working with kids, it must be rewarding.
ArthurYou, you get bit a lot. Let me see if, if I have this straight. You, you two are, are physicists, and you, and you want me to do a children's science show?
SheldonYes. And if there's time, take 12 pictures with us in seasonal clothing.
ArthurYou know, I'm a real scientist. I, I have a PhD from Cornell University.
SheldonYeah, that's great. Did you bring your puppet?
ArthurNo, no. I, I hate that puppet.
SheldonOh, no. How could anybody hate Gino the Neutrino? It's nice, huh? I got him for 20 bucks on eBay. Including the shipping!
ArthurI'm, I'm awake, right? Th, this is happening? Bernadette's car. BernadetteCinnamon!
BernadetteYou know, maybe she doesn't recognize her name because of Raj's accent.
HowardGood thinking. (In a bad Indian accent) Cinnamon, come to Daddy.
Bernadette(Likewise) Cinnamon. Where are you, my little lamb chop?
HowardWhen this all blows over, remember that voice. It's kind of a turn-on.
BernadetteIt turns you on when I sound like Raj?
HowardCinnamon! The apartment. ArthurOkay, as, as I put the egg on top, and, and the flame goes out and, and, and the air pressure decreases in, in the flask, what do you think will happen?
PennyI think I know.
SheldonIt's gonna get sucked in. It's going to get sucked in.
PennyOkay, I didn't know.
Sheldon(It's sucked in) Yes.
PennySee, I'm not a scientist like them.
ArthurI, I figured that out.
SheldonPotato clock. Do potato clock.
PennyOh, what's that?
ArthurI, I power a clock with a, with a potato.
PennyShut up. You can do that? I mean, wouldn't that solve the world's energy crisis?
ArthurNo. Look, guys, keep your money. I, I think, uh, I, I think I'm done.
SheldonWhat, well what's wrong? Is she upsetting you? Because I can make her go away.
ArthurNo, she, she's the only reason I've, I've stayed this long.
LeonardThen what is it?
ArthurI don't know. I think I'm just, I, I just, I just don't wanna be Professor Proton any more.
SheldonWell, how can you say that? Professor Proton's the best.
ArthurWhat, what has it ever gotten me? I mean, I'm, I'm an 83-year-old man who has potatoes in, in his suitcase. Other scientists think, think I'm a joke. And the, the puppeteer who did, who did Gino, well, he also did my wife.
SheldonMr. Jeffries, I need to show you something.
PennyI'm sorry to hear about your troubles.
ArthurUh, thanks.
PennyBut if-if you don't mind me asking, uh, the potato clock, how does it work? Is it a trick clock or a trick potato?
Arthur(To Leonard) Wh-what do you two talk about?
SheldonI wrote a fan letter to you when I was a child in Texas, and you sent this autographed picture back to me. Do you remember that?
ArthurI'll, I'll give you a hint. I have a bracelet with my own address on it.
SheldonWell, anyway, um, you may find this hard to believe, but I didn't have any friends growing up.
ArthurNo, I, I get that.
SheldonBut, um, I did have you. And every day at four o'clock, you'd come to my house on Channel 68, and we'd do science together. If-if it hadn't been for you, well, who knows what would've become of me? You know? Instead of a world-class physicist, I could've wound up as a-a hobo. Or a surgeon.
LeonardI bet there are important discoveries being made every day because you inspired millions of kids to pursue science. In a way, their discoveries are your discoveries.
SheldonYeah, it's true. A generation of young scientists are standing on your shoulders.
ArthurWell, thank, thank you, guys. That, that, that means a lot.
LeonardIt's important you know how much you mean to us.
PennyArthur, are you okay?
ArthurI'm having a problem with my pacemaker.
LeonardI'll, I'll call for help.
PennyAny chance we could plug it into the potato?
ArthurNo. The telescope lab. Raj's phone rings. RajHello? What do you mean, you found my dog? She's with my friends. Is she okay? Oh, thank you. Uh, just text me your address, I'm on my way. Oh, and if she's hungry, go ahead and feed her. But do not give her anything starchy. She's having risotto for dinner. The apartment. ParamedicYour vitals are stable, but let's take you in for some tests just to be safe.
LeonardYou want one of us to go with you in the ambulance?
SheldonI'll do it.
ArthurHe's not a relative, he's not allowed, right?
ParamedicNo, that's not a rule. He can go.
SheldonOh, yeah.
ArthurI can't catch a break today.
PennyWe'll pack up your stuff and meet you at the hospital.
LeonardI'm sorry things turned out this way.
ArthurWell, at, at this point, I'm just glad someone's carrying me down the stairs.
SheldonMet my childhood hero, now I get to ride in an ambulance. Boy, if we can get him to do that calendar, this'll be the best day ever. Howard and Bernadette's apartment. BernadetteCan't believe we lost her. What was I thinking? I'd be a terrible mom.
HowardWell, maybe with the first one. But kids are like pancakes. The first one's always a throwaway. How's this look?
BernadetteIt's fine. Where'd you get that picture of her?
HowardIt's not her. I just googled Foo-Foo little dogs. (Skype tone) It's Raj. Stay quiet. Hey, bad timing. Bernadette just took Cinnamon out for a walk.
RajInteresting. Did they take a walk down Liars' Lane?
RajA lane frequented by liars. Like you, you big liar.
HowardYou have her?
BernadetteOh, thank God she's okay.
RajWell, I trusted you, and you let me down. The poor thing's been shaking for hours.
HowardI'm really sorry.
BernadetteHang on, you've had her for hours?
RajYes. I picked her up, and then we both went for massages to try and calm down. And then we got Pinkberry.
BernadetteSo you knew she was okay, and you couldn't pick up the phone to tell us?
RajWell, I, I thought about-
BernadetteDon't "well" me, mister. We've been worried sick. She could've been dead for all we knew. You should be ashamed of yourself.
RajSorry. I, I just-
BernadetteSorry's not good enough. Maybe you need to take some time and think about what you've done.
HowardNice guilt trip. You are gonna be an amazing mom. A hospital room. SheldonSoft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur. Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr.
ArthurThank you, Sheldon. That, that was very nice.
SheldonWant me to sing it again?
ArthurNo. The fourth, the fourth time was, was the charm.
SheldonThere anything I can get for you? Some apple juice? Uh, some Jell-O?
ArthurNo. No, thank you. But I, I do, I do have a favor to, to ask.
SheldonName it.
ArthurWell, I'm, I'm booked to do a children's party tomorrow, and, um, frankly I, you know, I, I don't feel up to it.
SheldonOh, you're not. You look awful.
ArthurThank, thank you. Anyway, uh, I mean, you know my act better than anybody. I was, I was hoping that maybe, you know, maybe you'd fill in for me.
SheldonAre you saying that you want me to be Professor Proton?
SheldonOh, my. What an honor. Oh, this is like being asked to ascend Mount Olympus and dine with the gods.
ArthurOr a Korean family in Alhambra.
SheldonBut they'll know I'm not you. Should I call myself Professor Proton Jr.?
ArthurSounds great.
SheldonSo, in a way it's like I'm your son.
ArthurWhat, Whatever.
Sheldon(Hugs him) Father.
ArthurSure, what the hell.