The cafeteria. RajSo, anyway, last night on video chat, I spent, like, twenty minutes just staring into Lucy's eyes.
LeonardOh, that sounds romantic.
RajIt was until I realized the screen had frozen. Still one of my top three dates of all time.
LeonardSo, are we ever gonna hang out with this girl?
RajI'd love that, but she's not really comfortable around people.
SheldonYeah, I used to be uncomfortable around people, but then I learned a trick. I pretend everyone I meet is a beloved character from Star Trek.
LeonardHow's that been working for you?
SheldonOh, like a charm, unnamed crewman in a red shirt.
HowardLeonard, I may have gotten you a job.
LeonardI have a job.
SheldonYes, he does. He caters to my every whim.
HowardNo, in a couple of weeks, Stephen Hawking's team is sending an expedition to the North Sea to test hydrodynamic simulations of black holes. One of their experimental physicists dropped out, and I recommended you.
LeonardWell, do you really think I have a shot?
HowardYeah, I've worked with Hawking. I talked you up. He knows your research. I think this could happen.
LeonardHe knows, wow.
SheldonWell, now, but do you think that's a good idea? Uh, you know Star Trek. Should a guy with no name and a red shirt really go on an expedition?
RajHey, don't discourage him. This is a fantastic opportunity.
SheldonNo one asked you, Uhura. Leonard's car. SheldonWould you like to hear a classic Sheldon Cooper factoid?
LeonardWhat do you think?
SheldonGreat. I've been doing some reading about vehicular safety. Did you know that the highest number of drowning accidents happen on or around boats?
LeonardInteresting that you would bring that up when I might go work on a boat.
SheldonWell, that's the thing about factoids, they're interesting.
LeonardI know what you're doing. You don't want me going on this research trip because you're afraid to be alone.
SheldonI'm not afraid to be alone. On land. On the sea, it would be terrifying. Because of all the drowning.
LeonardSheldon.
SheldonFine, no more drowning talk. I'll change the subject. Oh. Who do you think would win in a fight, you or a shark?
LeonardLook, I appreciate your signature blend of concern for me and incredible selfishness. If I get the chance to do this, there is nothing you can say that's going to stop me.
SheldonVery well. Things between you and Penny have never been better. I hope four months apart doesn't change anything. (Leonard stops the car) I should've opened with that, huh? Raj's apartment. Lucy is looking through Raj's telescope. RajIf you look carefully at Venus, you should be able to see the International Space Station pass by.
LucyWow. Your friend was actually up there?
RajYeah. He brought me back a T-shirt that said My Friend Went to the Space Station and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt.
LucyDid he take the T-shirt to space?
RajNope. It's exactly as lousy as advertised. Speaking of friends, they have been asking to meet you. I was thinking maybe we could all hang out sometime?
LucyI don't know. How many are there?
RajLet's see. Six. That's pretty cool, I have six friends. Kind of like Sinatra.
LucyWow. Six strangers? That's a lot of pressure. Staring at me, asking me personal questions. Like, what do you do? Where are you from? Why did you lock yourself in the bathroom?
RajOkay, how about you just dip your toe in and meet one of them?
LucyWill you be there?
RajOf course.
LucyWell, that's two. Three if you count me. Oh, this is getting out of hand. Penny's apartment. PennySo, then, during my afternoon shift, I spilled an entire tray of drinks on myself.
LeonardOh, that's awful.
PennyNot really. My shirt was soaking wet. I got, like, the biggest tip of my life.
LeonardSo, listen, do you remember when I said the similarities of the equations of general relativity and hydrodynamics suggest you could find the equivalent of Unruh radiation in a large body of water?
PennyI thought I said that to you.
LeonardAnyway, Stephen Hawking's team is looking into that, and I've been invited to join them.
PennyWow, Hawking. Good for you.
LeonardWell, it is. Just, you know, I'd be gone for a while.
PennyWell, how long?
LeonardThree, four months.
PennyWhoa. When would you leave?
LeonardCouple of weeks.
PennyWow. Oh, okay, well, I'll just come visit you.
LeonardThat's the thing, you can't. I'll be on a ship in the North Sea.
PennyOn a ship? Aren't they afraid Hawking will just roll overboard?
LeonardUh, he's not gonna be there. He's just sending a team to research his theory.
PennyOh, sure. Like when you send me to kill spiders in your bathtub. Wow. Okay. Four months.
LeonardYeah. And I'm a little worried because things between us have been so great, and I'd hate to do anything that screws that up.
PennyOh, sweetie, if you're gonna screw things up, it's gonna be while you're here, not while you're away. No. I mean, look, you-you have to go. It sounds like an amazing opportunity. And I'm just basing that on how much I didn't understand what you said about it.
LeonardOkay. I'll confirm the travel arrangements in the morning.
PennyOkay. Good.
LeonardI do have to ask you one favor.
PennySure.
LeonardSheldon's nervous about me leaving. Just keep an eye on him while I'm gone.
PennyOh, I don't know. Remember what happened when I took care of your goldfish?
LeonardWell, flush Sheldon down the toilet and get me a new one. The apartment. LeonardReally, you guys do not need to throw me a going-away party.
HowardAre you kidding me? How often can you say bon voyage to somebody when they're actually going on a voyage?
AmyHello, Rajesh.
Howard(In Raj accent) Hello, Amy. Nice to see you. What can I say? It's funnier with the accent.
LeonardThere's beer in the fridge. Anyway, you guys really don't need to make a big deal.
SheldonLeonard, you're being selfish. We need to give you a proper send-off so we'll have closure when you die at sea and crabs eat your face.
PennySheldon, sweetie, shut up.
BernadetteYou know, one of the things that helped me get through Howard being in space for so long was getting married before he left.
PennyBernadette, sweetie, shut up.
RajOkay. I have a request to make.
AmyAnd now he can talk. I wanna cut open your brain and see what the heck's going on in there.
RajThe only person allowed inside this head is Dr. Phil. Anyway, I, I spoke to my new lady friend about meeting you all, and she thought it would be easier for her to start with just one.
SheldonOh, gee, I don't know. My schedule's a little busy.
RajActually, I was thinking Leonard.
LeonardOh. Thank you, Raj. I'd be honored.
HowardWhat the hell? I thought I was your best friend.
RajYou are, but you've got kind of a big personality, with your flashy clothes and your Woody Allen swagger.
PennyYou know, maybe she'd be more comfortable meeting a girl first.
RajGood idea. Bernadette?
PennyWhat the hell?
RajWell, you're very pretty. That could be intimidating to another woman.
PennyOh, yeah.
BernadetteHey, you don't think I'm pretty enough to scare your girlfriend?
HowardCalm down, Bernie. You're very scary.
AmyIt should be me.
RajWhy? So you can make jokes about cutting open my brain?
AmyA, that was not a joke, that was a sincere request. And B, more importantly, I was the outsider to this group, and I know how frightening that can be. But you guys took me in and made me feel loved, like I was family.
SheldonFine, I'll do it. Raj's apartment. AmySo, after I started dating Sheldon, I met Leonard, and then everybody else, and they've all been so wonderful to me.
LucyThat's really nice to hear.
AmyMaybe next week, we could all get together.
RajOh, Lucy, you don't have to answer that. Don't put her on the spot. She hates that. Am I right? Tell her how much you hate being put on the spot. Go ahead, tell her.
AmyIgnore him. He's a little nervous 'cause he doesn't think I understand the severity of your social anxiety.
RajWhat the? Are you crazy? You can't talk about social anxiety to someone who has social anxiety. It makes them socially anxious!
AmyExcuse me, but I'm a neurobiologist. I think I'm a little more qualified than you to understand what's not working in your girlfriend's brain!
RajDon't call her my girlfriend. We haven't discussed whether or not we're girlfriend or boyfriend yet. Now that it's out there, are you my girlfriend? By the way, if you say no, I'll never be happy again. Not to put you on the spot.
LucyI think I have to go to the bathroom.
RajWe might as well go ahead and eat. She's not coming back anytime soon. A store. SheldonThis is ridiculous, we're shopping for a party and this store doesn't even have a party section.
PennyYeah, it does, and here we are.
SheldonYou know, I have to say, Penny, I don't understand why you of all people are encouraging Leonard to do this.
PennyWell, I'm his girlfriend, of course I'm gonna support him.
SheldonYeah, well, you're his girlfriend for now. You know, maybe you're not aware of this, but there is a rich tradition of men at sea finding comfort in each other's arms and britches.
PennyHoney, this is a big deal for Leonard, okay? He gets to work with Stephen Hawking. Who, by the way, will not be on the boat. I checked it out.
SheldonIt's not that big of an opportunity. And even if Hawking's theories are correct, all they prove is where the universe came from, why everything exists and what its ultimate end will be. I mean, me? I'm interested in the big questions.
PennyOh, my God, Sheldon the genius is jealous of Leonard.
SheldonI'm not jealous. I'm just very unhappy that good things are happening for him and not happening for me.
PennyLook, sweetie, this is a natural thing to feel, okay? But just because good things are happening to Leonard doesn't take anything away from you. You know what? Let me tell you a little story. Once there was a girl who worked at the Cheesecake Factory, and she wasn't very good at her job.
SheldonIt was you.
PennyIt wasn't me. But she was also an actress, and we were both up for the same part in a toothpaste commercial. She got it. Look, I was so jealous. But instead of ripping out her fake blonde hair-
SheldonYou ripped out your own fake blonde hair.
PennyI, looked her in the eye, smiled and said, I'm happy for you. Because that's what friends do.
SheldonThey lie so they don't look petty.
PennyYeah.
SheldonHow?
PennyLike this. I am so happy for you.
SheldonWow. No wonder you didn't get that toothpaste commercial. Raj's apartment. Raj(On skype) Hey.
LucyHi.
RajI want to apologize for Amy last night. She was completely out of line. Are you, are you not speaking to me or did the screen freeze again?
LucyAmy wasn't the problem.
RajOkay. I know. It was me. I, I pushed too hard. I'm sorry.
LucyThank you.
RajYou know, I, I've been thinking that maybe meeting somebody one-on-one is too intense, so Friday night, my friends are having a party.
LucyA party?
RajA little one. It's, it's a farewell for Leonard, so all the attention will be on him. If you wear something brown and sit on the couch, they won't even know you're there.
LucyI'm not sure.
RajOh, please?
LucyRaj.
RajCome on. Don't make me beg. And I'm from India, so I know how to do it.
LucyOkay.
RajYeah, thank you! This means a lot to me. My friends are like my family. Unless you don't like them, in which case, they're dead to me. The apartment. BernadetteSo, have you ever spent a long time on a boat before?
LeonardYeah.
BernadetteAre you referring to the time we got stuck on the Small World ride at Disneyland?
LeonardYeah.
HowardI'm proud of you, Leonard. Working out on the North Sea for months, that's really something.
LeonardI know. As far as science goes, this is the adventure of a lifetime.
HowardMaybe your lifetime. I went to space.
LeonardIt's not a competition.
HowardYou're right, you're right. I'm really proud of you, and I'm gonna miss you when you're gone. And space beats water.
AmyRajesh, I thought Lucy was coming.
RajShe is. She's just running a little late. You know how it is, girls always fussing about their hair, their makeup. She'll be here. Just give it a rest, okay?
SheldonUm, can I have your attention, everyone? (Clinks glass) That's, uh, B-flat, for those who don't have perfect pitch. I would like to propose a toast to my best friend, Dr. Leonard Hofstadter. He has been presented with a wonderful opportunity, and I couldn't be happier for him.
LeonardThank you, Sheldon. That must've been very hard for you to say.
SheldonWell, I mean it. I'm really happy for you. (To Penny) And that's how you get a toothpaste commercial. Cheers.
PennyCheers.
HowardIt was really nice of you to try to be happy for Leonard.
SheldonThank you.
HowardIt must've killed you when I went to space.
Raj(Looking at phone) Oh, no.
HowardBuddy, you okay? Oh, man.
BernadetteWhat's going on?
RajUh, go ahead. Read it.
HowardRaj, I can't come to the party. This is all just too much for me. I don't think we should see each other any more. Sorry. Lucy.
RajExcuse me.
PennyRaj, I'm so sorry.
AmyMe too.
SheldonIt did not kill me when you went to space. Monkeys went to space. Penny's car, outside the Airport. PennyWell, here we are.
LeonardYep. I'm really gonna miss you.
PennyI'm gonna miss you, too.
SheldonPenny, we're in the red zone. You see, the white zone is for loading and unloading. We're breaking the law.
PennyOkay, there's no space in the white zone, so-
LeonardAnyway, we can e-mail, and I think the phone connections are pretty good.
SheldonAll right, you have to get out of the car right now. I'm not going to jail for you.
LeonardWould you just relax?
SheldonOh, I see a space in the white zone. Quick, circle the airport.
PennyDid you bring enough inhalers?
LeonardYeah.
PennyAnd, uh, extra Dramamine? You remember what happened on It's a Small World.
LeonardI'm covered.
PennyOkay.
SheldonOh, dear Lord, a police officer's glancing in our direction. We've been made.
LeonardCalm down. I'm getting out. I have something I wanna give you.
PennyOh, Leonard.
SheldonIt's just a heart-shaped locket with a picture of Leonard's face in it. He got it at the mall on clearance. Now move, move, move.
PennyI love you.
LeonardI love you, too.
SheldonDon't worry, Officer. They just love each other. We're not smuggling drugs. Raj's apartment. PennyRaj, it's Penny. Are you in there?
RajHang on.
PennyHey. I'm just coming back from the airport. I wanted to see how you're doing.
RajThat's, that's very nice of you. Uh, come, come. Come on in.
PennyCan't stay long. I left Sheldon in the car with the window cracked open. He's gonna go through that activity book in, like, 30 seconds, so- Are you okay?
RajNo.
PennyOh. I'm so sorry.
RajNo. It's my fault. You know, I finally found someone who was right for me, and I, I drove her away.
PennyOh, Raj.
RajPenny, I, I miss her already.
PennyI know how you feel. I miss Leonard, too.
RajWhat's like, what is wrong with me? Why, why can't I ever have love?
PennyYou will.
RajNo, I, I won't. I'm, I'm unlovable.
PennyAw, that's just the booze talking.
RajNo, it's not. I haven't had a drink since last night.
PennyYou're talking to me.
RajI am. And now I'm crying for a whole different reason!
PennyOh, me too. Penny's apartment. RajSo, I guess what I'm saying is I get where Lucy's coming from.
PennyThat's great. Do you want some wine?
RajUh, no, water's fine. Anyhow, I, I've been thinking about it a lot and, and I totally see why Lucy did what she did. I pushed too hard. But you know what? If I back off and give her enough space, maybe there's still a future for us. Yeah, the funny thing about life is that, you know, sometimes-
Amy(To Bernadette) Does he ever shut up?
Rajbut then it turns good again, and that means it's better than if it had never been bad for a while. I know that now, thing's aren't good, they are in fact very very bad but at least my heart is starting to heal. Slowly but surely. And oh how I cried. It was like a little, uh, thunderstorm on my face. But I'm a man, okay? So I need to pull myself together, pick up a pen and get it all out in my journal. I mean, it's not all bad, right? Having my heart broken has allowed me to finally speak in front of you, so, you know, a silver lining-