624 - The Bon Voyage Reaction Aired May 16, 2013

The Bon Voyage Reaction

When Leonard receives an exciting job proposal, Penny worries about their relationship, while Sheldon deals with feelings of jealousy. Meanwhile, when Raj wants more from his relationship with Lucy, he pushes too far.

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Guest Stars: Kate Micucci as Lucy

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

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 15.48 million Households Rating: 9.9/17 Adults 18-49 Rating: 4.8/16

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Episode Notes

  • The title refers to the reaction the gang has to the news Leonard is going away on an expedition.

Episode Quotes

Leonard: Sheldon's nervous about me leaving. Just keep an eye on him while I'm gone.
Penny: Oh, I don't know. Remember what happened when I took care of your goldfish?
Leonard: Well, flush Sheldon down the toilet and get me a new one.

Raj: Okay, I have a request to make.
Amy: And now he can talk. I want to cut open your brain and see what the heck is going on in there.

Bernadette: You know, one of the things that helped me get through Howard being in space for so long was getting married before he left.
Penny: Bernadette, sweetie, shut up.

Amy: Excuse me, but I'm a neurobiologist. I think I'm a little more qualified to understand what's not working in your girlfriend's brain.

Sheldon: It did not kill me when you went to space. Monkeys went to space.

Recap

As the guys eat lunch in the university cafeteria, Howard tells Leonard how he may have gotten him a job on an expedition Stephen Hawking's team is working on in the North Sea. Later, as Leonard and Sheldon drive home, Sheldon showers Leonard with factoids about the dangers of boats and the sea. Leonard figures out Sheldon doesn't want him to go on the trip as he's afraid to be alone. Leonard tells Sheldon that if he gets the chance to do this, nothing Sheldon can say will stop him. Meanwhile, Raj suggests Lucy might want to meet his friends. She is uncomfortable meeting six people at once, but he proposes that she start off meeting one.

In Penny's apartment, Leonard tells her about his opportunity to join the North Sea expedition for four months. Leonard says he's worried to go away since things have been going great between them, and he doesn't want to screw it up. Penny reassures Leonard and tells him it's an amazing opportunity, so he decides to confirm the travel arrangements. Leonard asks Penny to keep an eye on Sheldon while he's away. Later, in the apartment, the guys are talking about throwing a going away party for Leonard. Raj mentions how Lucy wants to meet on of them, and Raj decided it should be Leonard. Penny thinks she might be more comfortable meeting a girl first. Amy thinks it should be her as she was once an outsider to the group.

In Raj's apartment, Amy is explaining to Lucy how she came to be a part of the group. When Amy mentions Lucy could meet everyone next week, Raj chastises her for putting Lucy on the spot, then forces Lucy to tell her how much she dislikes being put on the spot. When Raj and Amy start arguing over Lucy's social anxiety, she excuses herself to go to the bathroom. Meanwhile, Penny and Sheldon shop at a supermarket ahead of Leonard's going away party. While they talk about Leonard's expedition, Penny realizes Sheldon is jealous of Leonard, and tells him he should be happy for Leonard, as that's what friends do.

When Raj and Lucy video chat, Raj tries to apologize for Amy's behavior the night before. Lucy tells Raj that Amy wasn't the problem, leading Raj to realize he pushed too hard again. Raj tells Lucy that maybe meeting one-on-one is too intense and that she could visit on Friday night when they're having Leonard's party. Lucy is reluctant but eventually agrees to come. On the night of the going away party, Raj wonders where Lucy is as she hasn't arrived yet. Sheldon gives a toast for Leonard, telling him he couldn't be happier for him. Raj receives a text from Lucy, saying they shouldn't see each other any more. Upset over the breakup, Raj leaves the party.

Sheldon joins Penny as she drives Leonard to the airport. While Sheldon worries about being parked in a loading zone, Leonard and Penny say their goodbyes. Leonard gives Penny a heart-shaped locket featuring a picture of him. Later, Penny stops by Raj's apartment to check on him. Raj invites Penny in and explains how he drove away the girl who has right for him. When Raj says he is unlovable, Penny tells him it's just the booze talking. Raj admits he hasn't drank since last night, leading them both to cry as they realize he's talking to her without alcohol. Soon, a newly communicative Raj is nattering on to the girls.