112 - The Jerusalem Duality
Aired April 14, 2008
Sheldon is rattled when a 15-year-old physics prodigy, Dennis Kim, visits the university. Sheldon loses faith in his own work in the presence of the boy genius, so he decides to leave theoretical physics behind and focus on obtaining the Nobel Peace Prize. Concerned by Sheldon's career turn, the guys seek to derail Dennis Kim's progress.
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Director: Mark Cendrowski
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- The title refers to Sheldon's plan for peace in the Middle East by creating a new Jersualem (Neuvo Jerusalem) in the Mexican desert.
Raj: Can you believe it! He watched me work for 10 minutes and than he tried to build a little piece of software that could replace me.
Leonard: Is that really possible?
Raj: As it turned out, yes.
Sheldon: Engineering. Where the noble semiskilled laborers execute the vision of those who think and dream. Hello, Oompa-Loompas of science.
Leonard: Ok. Sheldon, I understand that you are going through a career crisis. You're searching for some other area where you can feel valuable and productive, but I need to tell you something and I want you to listen carefully.
Sheldon: All right.
Leonard: Go away!
Sheldon: Ladies and Gentlemen, honored daughters. While Mr. Kim by virtue of his youth and naivete has fallen prey to the inexplicable need for human contact, let me assure you that my research will go on uninterrupted, and that social relationships will continue to baffle and repulse me. Thank you.
Sheldon: Today, I went from being Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, to... You know, that other guy.
Howard: Antonio Salieri?
Sheldon: Oh God, now even you're smarter than me.
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Sheldon and Leonard are having lunch at the cafeteria when Dr. Gablehauser introduces them to a young North Korean physics prodigy, Dennis Kim. The university is trying to woo Dennis into completing his doctorate at Caltech. Their boss tells them to show Dennis Kim around the university, to Sheldon and Leonard give him a guided tour. Dennis points out an error in Sheldon's work and highlights that he won the prestigious Stephenson Award at a younger age than Sheldon, sending Sheldon into a funk.
Unable to cope with somebody being younger and smarter than him, Sheldon wants to stop working. He later decides to focus on a different research topic and tries to collaborate with Leonard, Raj and Howard, who each tell him to "go away". Feeling bad for their friend's loss of purpose, the rest of the guys devise a plan to eliminate Dennis Kim.
Dr. Gablehauser tells Sheldon that Dennis Kim will be joining the department and there will be a welcoming reception. Sheldon explains he has decided to change his field of focus and now aims to a build a "Neuvo Jerusalem" in the middle of the Mexican desert in a bid to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
At the welcoming party, the gang has succeeded in brining a lot of young women to the party by sending around an email declaring it "bring your daughter to work" day. Their plan looks set to fail, however, when Dennis Kim is too shy to talk to the girls. The guys try think of a way to overcome Dennis's shyness, but by the time Dr. Gablehauser calls Dennis up to give a speech, he's already decided to leave the party and go to the mall with one of the girls. Some time later, the guys see Dennis Kim with a group of teenagers, drinking and kissing in the park.