The apartment. BernadetteRaj, your tag's sticking out.
RajThank you. That was the closest I've come to sex in, like, two years.
BernadetteNow I feel a little gross.
RajYou're only making it seem more real for me.
HowardHey, that's my wife. If anyone's gonna make her feel gross about sex, it's me.
RajCan we please talk about something other than my depressing love life?
SheldonHow about Penny's depressing acting career?
LeonardHey. I mean, it's been a little tough, but Penny's following her dreams, and in my book, that is not depressing.
PennyAw, thank you.
HowardIs that book called Lies I Tell to Get Sex?
RajIs that a real book? I would totally read that book.
AmyCan I borrow it when you're done?
PennyWell, I'll have you guys know I turned down a part in a movie last week.
LeonardWhy would you do that?
PennyBecause it was crap. It's a sequel to that awful killer gorilla movie I was in.
BernadetteSerial Ape-ist? I thought you died in that.
SheldonShe does. 42 minutes in.
RajWhile showering topless, 16 minutes after brief side butt during a pillow fight with her sorority sisters.
SheldonI have an eidetic memory. I don't know what his problem is.
PennyOkay, well, there are no shower scenes in this one. They just try to clone me from my corpse, but my DNA gets mixed with the ape's DNA and I end up running around with giant gorilla hands and feet.
SheldonAm I missing something, or isn't that the part she was born to play? The apartment. LeonardSo, are you really not gonna do this movie?
PennyWell, I don't think it's the kind of part that's good for my career.
LeonardWell, but don't a lot of famous actors get their start doing bad movies?
PennyOkay, I don't think Meryl Streep ever had to say "Must keep gorilla hands from killing again!"
RajIf she did, it would be amazing. That woman can do no wrong.
LeonardI-I don't know anything about show business, so if you think it's reasonable to turn down paid work and just burn through your savings, I'm sure you know what you're doing.
AmyI think we're gonna go.
SheldonAre you sure? We were making fun of failed careers. We didn't get to tap the juicy vein that is Howard's.
HowardHey, I work at the same university you do.
SheldonYes, and Hawkeye's in the Avengers, but no one ever says help, Hawkeye.
BernadetteCan I ask you something? Why do you constantly feel the need to put down my husband?
PennyOh, I'm sure he does it out of love. The same way my boyfriend makes me feel terrible about my life choices.
AmyI think we're gonna go.
LeonardNo, no, no. This is not a fight. I was just excited that someone offered you a part and a little surprised that you'd rather sit at home and do nothing than take it. (Penny stands up and leaves) Now it's a fight.
SheldonWell, with that sorted out, I'm happy to answer your question, Bernadette. Howard started it.
HowardI didn't do anything. I was just sitting here.
SheldonI wasn't referring to this evening. Ten years ago, upon first seeing me, your husband claimed that I looked like C-3PO and Pee-wee Herman. And he called me C-3P-wee Herman.
RajHa-a-a. Still funny.
BernadetteThat was ten years ago.
SheldonNine years, 11 months and three weeks ago, he followed that up by replacing the slides for my lecture with photographs of nude fat women bending over.
AmyReally?
HowardThe lecture was on cosmic gas clouds. That's funny.
RajI was there. It was funny.
SheldonIn any event, that began a decade-long progression of insults, pranks and unwanted magazine subscriptions. To this day, I still get a monthly copy of Granny on Granny. Which, other than its surprisingly fun puzzle page, is complete filth. The street. AmyThanks for walking me to my car.
RajActually, it's for both of us. Last night, I watched West Side Story, and I'm a little freaked out by street gangs.
AmyWhy can't Raj find a girl? The mystery continues.
RajI don't appreciate your sarcasm, but we've still got two blocks to go, so I'll put up with it.
AmyWhatever happened with your online dating?
RajNo one was writing me back, so I stopped checking my profile.
AmyBefore I met Sheldon, I was ready to give up, too. Once, I even dropped in on my ob/gyn just to get some human contact.
RajIt has been a while since I got my prostate checked.
AmyThen I met Sheldon and look at where we are now.
RajWhat? You've kissed, like, once in three years.
AmyThat's true. Do whatever you want. Sheldon's office. HowardHey.
SheldonHello.
HowardListen, I was thinking you and I could probably try to be better friends.
SheldonReally? I was thinking what we have now is a bit much.
HowardSeriously, I was talking to Bernadette last night and she made some great points. You and I have known each other a long time, and I didn't hear the rest 'cause she took her bra off.
SheldonVery well. How do you propose we move forward?
HowardUh, for starters, we could stop insulting each other.
SheldonThat's a great idea. And in the spirit of our new arrangement, I will mask my surprise that you came up with it.
HowardAnyway, I got invited to do a little talk at NASA in Houston this weekend. They gave me two tickets. Bernadette can't go. You wanna come with me? You can visit your mom, and I'll show you around the space centre.
SheldonI have one question. Is this a prank where we land in Houston and you've made up wanted posters that have my face with a moustache and a Spanish name and then I get arrested and deported to South America?
HowardNo.
SheldonI'm glad because I would not have seen that coming. Amy's lab. RajAmy, I could use some help.
AmyOh. Let me guess. There's an undergrad in a leather jacket snapping his fingers by the water fountain.
RajI thought about what you said last night, and I went back on the dating Web site and I was looking at this girl's profile. She's amazing.
AmyOh, she's cute. And smart. Phi Beta Kappa.
RajAnd judging by her lack of Adam's apple, she's been female her entire life. I like that in a woman.
AmyGreat, so what do you need me for?
RajWell, I was up all night trying to write to her, but I wanted to run it by you first.
AmyAll right.
RajEmily, your face is like a precious dew-kissed flower.
AmyWow.
RajI know. Powerful stuff, huh?
AmyNo. You're supposed to be yourself, not all desperate and creepy.
RajOkay, I'm getting some mixed messages here.
AmyJust say something normal like, I saw your profile. Looks like we have a lot in common, let's get a cup of coffee sometime.
RajYes. Where I can be jealous of the cup touching your ruby lips. Or you just write it for me.
AmyI'm not gonna pretend to be you.
RajI don't want you to pretend to be me. You can be like my, uh, online wingman. Like if we met her at a bar and you talked me up.
AmyWell, what would I say to her?
RajJust tell her what I'm really like. And, if you think it'll help, that you saw me changing once and my package reminded you of the muscular tail of a jaguar. Use your own words. Penny's car. SheldonThanks again for taking me to the pharmacy.
PennyOh, it's no problem. Is everything okay?
SheldonOh, I'm fine. It's just some, uh, stomach medication for my trip. There's the remote yet distinct possibility that I may end up in South America.
PennyRemember the old days when I would've said something dumb like why? Uh, that doesn't sound good.
SheldonRemember the old days when I used to point out that your check engine light was on?
PennyYes.
SheldonWell, get ready to stroll down memory lane. Penny, your check engine-
PennyYeah, I know it's on, Sheldon. Oh, no, no, no, no, no. I cannot afford this right now.
SheldonMaybe it's just something minor. Ooh, good news, the light just went out. The apartment. LeonardAre we playing individual or teams?
RajTeams are fun.
SheldonOh, in that case, I'd like to be partnered with my good friend Howard.
RajBut I'm always on Howard's team. We're best friends. The kind who finish each others...
HowardI really don't think we do-
RajDo that. See?
PennyOh, hi.
LeonardOh, how'd it go at the mechanic?
PennyNot great. Can I talk to you for a sec?
LeonardYeah, sure.
RajMaybe I can go with you guys to Houston?
HowardIsn't it a little late to get plane tick-
RajPlane tickets? Yeah.
HowardWill you please sto-
RajStop that? Okay. The stairwell. PennyI don't know what to do. My car threw a rod and it's totaled. I can't afford a new one, I have no job, and now I can't drive to auditions.
LeonardI'm so sorry. I know it's a sensitive subject, but can you reconsider that part in the movie?
PennyI did. I called them. The part's gone. They gave it to someone else. Now that girl's gonna get discovered and become famous and go on Letterman and talk about how she got her big break on a cheap monkey movie all because some dumb girl thought it was beneath her.
LeonardAt least they talked about you on Letterman. Come on, I can drive you wherever you need to go.
PennyHow? Unlike me, you have a job. I'm just gonna have to go back to being a waitress, like I will be for the rest of my life.
SheldonLeonard, would you wrap it up? We're waiting on you.
PennyI'm sorry, is the fact that my life's falling apart interfering with your board game?
SheldonIt is. You were wrong, friend Howard. She completely understood. Amy's lab. RajHey, you busy?
AmyNo. What's up?
RajHave you heard back from Emily?
AmyI have.
RajGreat. And?
AmyAnd I'm afraid she doesn't think you're right for her.
RajI give you one simple thing to do, contact a complete stranger and make her fall in love with me, and you blow it.
AmyI told her what a good guy you are, but she thought it was a bad sign that you didn't write to her yourself. She thought it made you seem too shy and passive.
RajI'm not too shy and passive. You write her back and tell her I said that. You know, when you have a second.
AmyLook, I'll see if I can change her mind tomorrow night.
RajWhat's happening tomorrow night?
AmyI'm meeting her for coffee.
RajWhat?
AmyWell, we just, we e-mailed back and forth a bit, and we kinda hit it off.
RajI find a girl I like, and you're stealing her?
AmyNo. We just ended up having a lot in common. We went to Harvard, we like Chaucer, we're both hardcore into quilting.
RajYour words fall like acid rain on the wounded petals of my heart. Bernadette's car. HowardThat's Sheldon. He says he'll be down in a minute.
BernadetteWhat are you doing?
HowardOh, he's not coming out until he sees proof you don't have an air freshener in your car.
BernadetteThis is gonna be a long weekend for you.
HowardYou're the reason I'm doing it.
BernadetteI said to stop insulting each other. I didn't tell you to take him on a romantic getaway.
HowardHow do I know what you said? Damn you and your noise-cancelling breasts.
SheldonHello.
BernadetteHi.
HowardHey, buddy.
BernadetteYou excited for Texas?
SheldonOh, very much so.
HowardIt's not every day you get to tour NASA with a real astronaut.
SheldonOh, who's the real astronaut?
HowardBuzz Aldrin.
SheldonOh. Yay. An airplane. Sheldon(Tap, tap, tap) Howard? Howard? Howard?
HowardWhat now?
SheldonI have to go to the bathroom.
HowardYou just went to the bathroom.
SheldonBut I didn't use it because it didn't seem safe. Despite all my e-mails, the toilet didn't have a seatbelt.
HowardWell, it still doesn't.
SheldonI realize that, but safety concerns went out the window two apple juices ago.
HowardFine.
SheldonWhy are you getting annoyed?
HowardI'm trying to be a better friend, but you constantly say and do irritating things.
SheldonLike when?
HowardWhen? How about in the car? I'm an astronaut, and you know it. You just don't like admitting it, because you're jealous.
SheldonWell, truth be told, as a child, I did dream of going to space. Those astronauts were my heroes. And when you got to go, it was hard for me.
HowardThank you.
SheldonBecause it made me realize they'll just send anyone up there. Aren't you going to let me out?
HowardNo.
SheldonBut I still need to use the bathroom.
HowardHere you go. Be creative. What's the matter? Scared of a little turbulence?
SheldonNo, turbulence is just the equalization of diurnal temperature variations in the atmosphere. I'm not scared at all. Oh, apple juice, stay where you are.
HowardOh, this is nothing. I experienced way worse when I was plummeting back to Earth, apparently not being a real astronaut. Okay, that was a big one.
SheldonI take it back. I'm scared of turbulence!
HowardI'm gonna need that bag back. Penny's apartment. LeonardYou sure you wanna do this?
PennyYeah. Why wouldn't I want to get my old job back? It'll be fun to see everyone. I haven't talked to them since I said I quit, see you at the Oscars, bitches. Come on, let's just get this over with.
LeonardLet's get this over with. Am I driving you to the Cheesecake Factory, or are we having sex? I'm just, I'm trying to lighten the mood.
PennyI know. Thank you.
LeonardSorry.
PennyIt's just so humiliating.
LeonardSo humiliating? Am I driving you to the Cheesecake Factory? I'm sorry. I'll. I'll stop. I'll stop. Outside the building. LeonardCome on, don't look so sad. You never know what's gonna happen. Maybe tonight will be great.
PennySweetie, I know you're trying to make me feel better, and I love you for that, but it's making me feel worse, and I kinda hate you. This isn't your car.
LeonardI know. I thought we'd take yours.
PennyI don't understand.
LeonardIt's nothing fancy, but it'll get you to auditions, and at least for now, you don't have to go back to waitressing.
PennyI don't know what to say.
LeonardDon't say anything.
PennyOh, my God.
LeonardI mean, you could say thank you. I did just buy you a car. A coffee shop. AmyLook, I admit that it's odd that Rajesh didn't write to you himself, but if you get to know him, you'll see he's just a sweet, regular guy. As a counterpoint, here he is, uninvited and visibly sweaty.
RajHello, Emily.
EmilyHello.
RajAmy told me you were concerned that I might be too passive and shy. Let me ask you something. Would a passive guy barge in here to look you in the eye and say, hey, dew-kissed flower, what's up?
EmilyNo, but a weird guy with no boundaries might.
RajUh, okay, that's a separate issue. Let's put a pin in that and just focus on the passive thing.
EmilyI'm leaving.
AmyAre we still gonna go to that Chaucer reading Friday?
EmilyYou know, I think I'm just gonna go by myself.
RajNot my best first date. Yeah, but not my worst, either. The airplane. SheldonI'm sorry for every mean thing I ever did or said to you.
HowardI'm sorry, too. It's all my fault.
SheldonIf you weren't my friend, there'd be a hole in my life.
HowardThank you, Sheldon.
SheldonKind of like when Firefly was cancelled. But not as big.
AnnouncementThe captain has turned off the fasten seat belt sign. You're now free to move about the cabin.
HowardIt's over.
SheldonYeah.
HowardShould we stop holding hands now?
SheldonIn a minute.
HowardOkay, good.