619 - The Closet Reconfiguration Aired March 14, 2013

The Closet Reconfiguration

When Sheldon reorganizes Howard's closet, he finds an unopened letter from Howard's father. Howard is torn over whether he should finally read the letter or not. Meanwhile, Leonard and Penny throw their first "grown-up" cocktail party in their apartment.

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Writers: Chuck Lorre (Story), Jim Reynolds (Story), Maria Ferrari (Story), Steven Molaro (Teleplay), Steve Holland (Teleplay), Eric Kaplan (Teleplay)

Director: Anthony Rich

Viewers: 15.9 million Households Rating: 11/18 Adults 18-49 Rating: 4.8/16

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Episode Notes

  • The title simply refers to the reorganization of Howard's closet by Sheldon.

Episode Quotes

Bernadette: I told you you shouldn't have espresso after dinner. I know the little cups make you feel big but it's not worth it.

Bernadette: You can't just throw everything in the closet.
Howard: Hey, you can tell me what to do and how to do it, but not both at the same time. This isn't sex.

Sheldon: Did you also have a dog? Because I found what appears to be a battery-operated chew toy.
Penny: Party's over. Party's over.

Leonard: Where have you been?
Sheldon: Oh, Leonard, if I was prone to sarcasm I'd say I was pulling off a major heist at the museum of laundry baskets.
Leonard: (Counts to 10 and takes a breath) What I meant was, gee Sheldon! You were gone a long time!

Sheldon: Is there any reason you're keeping this dead goldfish?
Penny: Damn, I forgot to feed him. And that I had him.

Recap

Bernadette and Howard are cleaning their apartment ahead of a dinner party they're throwing in the apartment. When Howard lazily throws everything in their already cluttered closet, Bernadette realizes they need to clean the closet up. Howard suggests they show Sheldon the closet, but Bernadette doen't think they can ask their guest to straighten their closet. Howard says they should just show it to him and let the goblins in his head take it from there. Later, ass the gang arrives for the party, Sheldon has brought his own Thai food even though Bernadette spent all day cooking Thai food just for him. Bernadette tells Howard to show Sheldon the closet.

As Sheldon tidies up the closet, Leonard anounces it's time to go. Sheldon begs for five more minutes to tidy, so Howard offers to take him home when he's done. Sheldon tells Howard he found an unopened letter from Howard, which he opened to check what sort of correspondence it was. Howard doesn't want to hear what was in the later and decides to take Sheldon home. Meanwhile, as they arrive home from the party, Leonard and Penny decide they could throw a dinner party, too.

Later that night, Bernadette finds Howard awake in the kitchen. Howard is conflicted about the letter from his father. He's curious what's inside it, but he has no desire to let the man who abandoned him and his mother explain his actions. Howard decides to do what he should have done a long time ago, and burns the letter. Later, Penny, Amy and Bernadette are discussing the letter. They're curious what was in the letter and decide to ask Sheldon what he read. The girls find Sheldon in the laundry room and talk him into revealing the letter's contents. When Sheldon returns to the apartment and reveals that he told the girls what's in the letter, Leonard coerces the information out of him as well.

Back in the apartment, the gang are all dressed up for Leonard and Penny's dinner party. Leonard tells the guys not to bring up Howard's letter. Before Howard and Bernadette get to the apartment, she reveals to him that she knows what's in his dad's letter. Howard enters and threatens Sheldon when the others admit they also know. Betrayed by his friends, Howard walks out of the party with Bernadette following after.

Bernadette finds Howard in the closet looking through old photos. Howard is impressed by the job Sheldon did on the closet, even if he is angry over him reading the letter. Bernadette pulls Howard away to the living room where his friends have gathered. The guys came up with a solution to Howard's strife over whether or not he wants to know what's in the letter. They will each present Howard with an account of what the letter said, only one of which is true, but they won't tell him which is the true account. Howard is pleased with their accounts and he wants all of them to be true. They decide to head back to Penny and Leonard's dinner party.

Back at the apartment, the guys are pleased that Howard is now feeling better. Meanwhile, Sheldon has left the dinner party to tidy up Penny's closet.