The apartment. AmyThis is nice, that we all get to eat together.
AmyCan we maybe put the phones down and have an actual human conversation?
SheldonWe can, but thanks to Steve Jobs, we don't have to.
PennyGuys, guys, you're never gonna believe this.
LeonardWhat happened?
PennyI just got a part on a TV show.
LeonardWhat? That's great. Guys.
HowardOh, yeah.
SheldonYay, Penny.
AmyWhat's the show?
PennyUm, NC... II... or, you know, NCSTD... I don't know, it's, it's, you know, it's the one with the letters and I'm gonna be on it!
LeonardThat's amazing.
HowardWhat's your part?
PennyUm, I play a customer in a diner and I flirt with Mark Harmon.
RajOoh, Mark Harmon, he's a dreamboat.
LeonardSo it, it's just flirting?
PennyWell, yeah. Why?
LeonardUh, no reason. I just think it's sexier when things are left to the imagination.
Amy(To Sheldon) He's wrong. The Cheesecake Factory. RajSo, I-I read a study that says a man with a dog is three times more likely to get a woman's phone number.
LeonardIs it true even when the man lets his dog lick peanut butter off his tongue?
RajI don't see why not.
HowardIf you're really desperate to meet women and like having food eaten out of your mouth, I could set you up with my mom.
SheldonWhy is that funny? That's just unhygienic.
LeonardIt's a joke.
SheldonI don't think so. I believe that a joke is a brief oral narrative with a climactic humorous twist. For example, uh, Wolowitz's mother is so fat that she decided to go on a diet, or exercise, or both. See? The twist is that people don't usually change. Well, they don't.
PennyHey, guys, don't forget, my episode's on TV tomorrow night.
HowardWe'll be there.
RajCan we bring anything?
PennyOh, that's so sweet of you, but I was gonna steal food from here. You know, my treat.
SheldonWait, if Howard's mother is coming, then you should also steal marbles. Because she's obese, and hippos are obese, and in the popular board game Hungry Hungry Hippos, they eat marbles. Maybe I need to dumb these down for you. The stairwell. SheldonLeonard, do you think I'm funny?
LeonardNo. Do you?
SheldonI think I'm hysterical.
LeonardI take it back. That was funny.
SheldonThe philosopher Henri Bergson says it's funny when a human being behaves like an object.
LeonardI bet that bit killed at The Chuckle Hut.
SheldonOh, he didn't perform stand-up comedy, he was a philosopher.
LeonardYou know, I think we're zeroing in on your problem.
SheldonPerhaps I'll spend some time developing a unified theory of comedy, which will allow me to elicit laughter from anyone at any time. Unless they're German, 'cause that's a tough crowd.
LeonardAre you set on people laughing with you? 'Cause if you're cool with at you-
SheldonI don't get it. Bernadette's car. BernadetteRaj, when you said you were gonna bring a date to watch Penny's thing tonight, I didn't think you meant Stuart.
HowardReally? I never for a second thought it'd be anything else.
RajI almost met someone last night, but I blew it. I was walking Cinnamon and this girl introduced herself, but she was so cute I panicked and said, wouldn't it be easier if instead of talking we could just sniff each other's butts?
BernadetteWell, Stuart's cute in his own way.
StuartWhen I was a baby, my mother called me her little possum.
RajAre possums cute?
StuartNot at all.
HowardIf you're so intimidated by talking to attractive girls, maybe you should practice by talking to regular people.
RajYou mean like fatties and uggos?
BernadetteOr maybe just stop talking.
HowardI'm serious. Go to the mall, talk to anybody, practice, that way when you eventually do talk to a cute girl, it won't be so scary.
BernadetteOr just keep dating the possum. The apartment. Voice on televisionParsa doesn't have those kind of resources.
Second voiceNo, and that's why he had Erin Pace rewire it...
LeonardI'm so proud of you.
PennyWe haven't even gotten to my scene yet.
LeonardI know, but you're gonna be a TV star and you haven't left me yet. That takes guts.
SheldonI don't know about you, but I'm very uncomfortable with all this.
SheldonI've never seen this show before and now I'm starting with episode 246? It's unnatural.
AmyJust think of the first 245 as the prequel.
SheldonAll right.
PennyOkay, shh, guys, guys, this is it.
Man on TVI guess it's you and me, kid.
Mark Harmon on TVWhat are you doing?
Woman on TVI'm trying to make peace.
Mark Harmon on TVWe're good.
Woman on TVGood.
PennyAre you kidding me?
LeonardWhat's wrong?
PennyWell, the diner scene. Where's my diner scene?
SheldonWell, don't ask me. Until I see the prequel, I'm lost.
PennyNo, there was supposed to be a big scene with me and Mark Harmon, but it's gone.
BernadetteWhat happened?
PennyThey must've cut it.
LeonardOh, Penny, I'm, I'm sorry.
HowardThat stinks.
RajI'm sure you were great.
PennyThis doesn't make any sense. I mean, I, I thought I did a, a really good job, I... Excuse me.
SheldonI've been studying how to make people laugh. They say that comedy is tragedy plus time. Let's tickle some ribs. Penny's apartment. Penny(On phone) No, Dad, I don't think they cut me out of the show because I was too pretty. No, I don't need you to come out and kick Mark Harmon's ass. Daddy, I gotta go. I love you. Bye.
LeonardHow you doing?
PennyOh, this is such a disaster. My parents had all my relatives over. They got one of those six-foot sandwiches, and got my brother a day pass out of rehab and now he's missing and the sandwich is missing, and they're probably in Mexico by now. So humiliating.
LeonardYou still got the part. That's a huge accomplishment.
PennyYeah, but this was supposed to be my break, okay? People were gonna see me in this show and it was gonna lead to bigger things. More auditions, more parts. Now none of that's gonna happen.
LeonardHoney, you only had, like, three lines. That wasn't gonna happen anyway.
LeonardOh, come on, no, that's not what I meant.
PennyThen what did you mean?
LeonardI don't, look, you know, words don't always have to mean things.
PennyI-I think you meant that you don't believe in me.
LeonardNope. Uh, uh, I might not know what I-I meant, but I know that I didn't mean that. Not this guy. Oh, no way.
PennyI want you, right now, to give me your 100% honest opinion. Do you think I have what it takes to really make it as an actress?
PennySo you think I'll be on TV and in movies and win awards.
PennyYes, honestly.
LeonardI don't.
PennyHow could you say that?
LeonardI don't know, I got all confused when you said honestly.
LeonardLook, do I think that you are talented and that you are beautiful? Of course I do. But isn't Los Angeles full of actresses who are just as talented, just as beautiful? All right, look, we'll come back to that.
PennyNo, please. Don't stop, go on. Tell me how I'm gonna be a waitress for the rest of my life.
LeonardThat is not what I said. Look, I think you're really good. I truly do. But this is an incredibly hard thing that you're shooting for. I mean, the odds of anyone becoming a successful actor are like a million to one.
PennyWow, thank you.
LeonardShould've let Sheldon come. The apartment. SheldonThis is interesting. Apparently, a key component in some forms of humor is the element of surprise.
AmyWell, that makes sense. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for planning and anticipation, and patients with brain lesions-
AmySheldon, you scared me. That wasn't funny.
SheldonOr maybe you have a stick up your prefrontal cortex.
AmyOkay, the notion that you can read a few books and come up with a definitive theory of comedy is absurd. I mean, humor is a complex neurological... (Sheldon drops his trousers) Okay, that's pretty good.
SheldonExcellent. A mall. StuartHow about her?
RajNo. No pretty girls. The point is to talk to regular people and work our way up to pretty girls.
StuartFine. How about that old lady with the walker?
RajThat depends. On any level, do you think she's hot?
StuartWe'll find somebody else. The apartment. SheldonKumquat?
AmyI guess.
SheldonNow, would you say ointment is more, equal to, or less funny than kumquat?
AmyI don't think I wanna go out with you anymore.
SheldonWill you please stop joking around? I'm trying to figure this out.
AmySheldon, how many words are you gonna go through?
SheldonAll of them. Penny's apartment. Penny(Watching TV) You didn't get your part cut. And you didn't get your part cut. Yep, bunch of old guys rocking out in a band, all with erectile dysfunction, you didn't get your part cut!
LeonardHey. Can we talk?
PennyWe can, but the part of Penny might get cut.
LeonardThat was really crappy of me. What you're trying to do is hard, but people do make it, and I really do believe you could be one of them.
PennyThank you.
LeonardAnd to show you how much I believe in you, I kind of got you an audition.
PennyAre you serious? For what?
LeonardThe new Star Wars movie.
PennyWhat? How did you manage that?
LeonardThere's this thing online, you put yourself on tape and just send it in, anyone can do it.
PennyCome on Leonard, this is just a PR stunt.
LeonardSo? Even if it is, you have a huge advantage because you're an actual actress. Most of the people doing this are just weirdoes and nerds. Wolowitz sent his in two days ago.
PennyReally, let it go.
LeonardLook, maybe it is a long shot, but sometimes long shots happen. Luke Skywalker was only given one chance to destroy the Death Star. He had to get a torpedo into an exhaust port that was only two meters wide, but with the help of The Force, he- wow, I can feel you hating me right now. The mall. StuartHow about that lady in the sweat suit, speed-walking?
RajYeah, she seems friendly and easy to- never mind, she's gone. You know, maybe talking to people is too hard.
StuartWe could go over to that department store, practice on the mannequins.
RajI don't know. They're dressed very stylishly. They're probably stuck-up. This is ridiculous. The next person that walks by, no matter who it is, they're the one. We're gonna die here. The Cheesecake Factory. AmyHello.
HowardWhere's Sheldon?
AmyHe's home trying to use science to determine the basis of humor.
BernadetteThat's interesting.
AmyIt's exhausting. Do you have any idea how hard it is to laugh at a knock-knock joke that starts with knock-knock-knock, Amy, knock-knock-knock, Amy, knock-knock-knock, Amy?
BernadetteIf you want him to stop, sometimes the easiest thing to do is just fake a laugh.
HowardFake a laugh? Do you ever do that with me?
BernadetteNo, of course not.
HowardWell, I'd be able to tell anyway.
BernadetteI don't think you would.
HowardPlease, I've made plenty of girls laugh, sometimes just by asking them out. (Bernadette laughs uncontrollably) Yeah? Well, I fake my orgasms. The apartment. Leonard(On phone) Yes, how much for a-a hundred long-stemmed red roses? Really? How much for three?
LeonardYeah, I'll call you back.
PennyLook, I know you were just trying to help with your Star Wars thing. I didn't mean to call it idiotic.
LeonardWell, I don't think you called it idiotic.
PennyOh. Sorry, I meant to. Anyway, um, I was just upset with myself. I wasn't mad at you. I just feel like everything is falling apart.
LeonardOh, come on. It's okay.
PennyNo, it's not okay. Look at me, okay? I took a temp job as a waitress forever ago, and I'm still doing it. I can't quit, because guess what? I can't do anything else. And I finally get my big break, and it goes away. I'm such a mess.
LeonardNo, you're not.
PennyReally? 'Cause this morning at Starbucks, a pair of old underwear fell out of my pant leg. And it wasn't the only one in there.
LeonardOkay, listen to me, this is just a minor setback.
PennyNo, it's not, okay? I've been out here for, like, ten years. I've nothing to show for it.
LeonardWell, you have me.
PennyYou're right. I do have you. Mm. Let's get married.
PennyOoh. Leonard Hofstadter, will you marry me?
PennyDid you seriously just say um?
LeonardLook, you know I love you but, but you're, you're drunk and sad and feeling lost.
PennyOkay, so, so you don't wanna marry me?
LeonardThat is not what I said.
PennyNo, forget it. I take it back. Offer's off the table.
SheldonWho's in the mood to laugh?
LeonardReally not a good time.
SheldonBut I used science to construct the perfect joke.
PennyI'm gonna go.
LeonardPenny, don't.
PennyNo, no, I just need to be alone.
SheldonSo, a sandwich, a rabbi and yo mama walk into a bar. Where are you going?
LeonardTo my room.
SheldonShould I follow you?
SheldonLeonard, wait.
SheldonI forgot to tell you the sandwich is promiscuous. The mall. StuartHow about those guys on that bench over there? They look pathetic. I bet we could talk to them.
RajThat's a mirror.
StuartOh, yeah.
Security GuardHey, fellas, mall's closing.
Security GuardYeah. Good night.
RajUh, excuse me.
Security GuardYeah?
RajUh, do, do you like being a mall security guard?
Security GuardIt's all right.
RajOkay, nice talking to you.
StuartSmooth. The apartment. SheldonCan't sleep?
SheldonWould you like to talk about it?
LeonardPenny proposed, and I didn't say yes.
SheldonWhy not?
LeonardThat's a good question.
SheldonDoes that mean the relationship is over?
LeonardI don't know.
SheldonWhy don't you ask her?
LeonardBecause I'm afraid to know the answer.
SheldonWell, I'm sorry.
LeonardThat's it? You're not gonna make some dumb joke or some inappropriate comment?
SheldonNo. You're my friend, and, I'm sorry.
LeonardDid you just put a kick me sign on my back?
SheldonNo. That wouldn't be funny at all. (Tears the sign off) Howard and Bernadette's bedroom. HowardStar Wars audition, take one, starring Howard Joel Wolowitz, real-life astronaut. Vader is here, now, on this moon. I felt his presence. He's come for me. He can feel when I'm near-
BernadetteHow many times do I have to tell you to replace the toilet paper when it's empty?
HowardI'm in the middle of something.
BernadetteSo am I.