708 - The Itchy Brain Simulation
Aired November 14, 2013

The Itchy Brain Simulation

When a past mistake of Leonard's comes to light, he's surprised that Sheldon promises not to make a big deal out of it. Sheldon instead makes Leonard walk a mile in his shoes to learn what it feels like to be tormented by trivial matters. Meanwhile, Penny embarrasses Raj when she confronts his ex-girlfriend, Lucy.

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Guest Stars: Kate Micucci as Lucy, Morgan Hewitt as Lizzy

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

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 18.3 million Households Rating: 11.5/19 Adults 18-49 Rating: 5.2/17

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Episode Notes

  • The title refers to Sheldon's plan to make Leonard understand what it's like in his brain by way of an itchy sweater.

Quotes (22)

Howard: So you can never take it (the sweater) off?
Leonard: No.
Raj: Not even to sleep?
Leonard: No.
Howard: So you're just an idiot?
Leonard: It's called proving a point.
Howard: Is the point you're an idiot.

Leonard: If I take it off, Sheldon wins.
Penny: Sweetie, every night you don't kill him in his sleep, he wins.

Howard: The man impersonating a bear would like you to know that "Only you can prevent forest fires."
Raj: I don't get it.
Howard: You didn't have Smokey the Bear in India?
Raj: No. Was he anything like Munmun the Mongoose? He taught us not to play with cobras.
Howard: You had to be taught not to play with cobras?
Raj: You had to be taught not to burn down the forest?

Penny: See, just now you expressed your feelings to my face. How come you could do that with me but not with Raj?
Lucy: I don't know your email.

Penny: If you guys were hungry, why didn't you order something at the restaurant?
Bernadette: We did. You never brought it.
Penny: Oh, that's right. Nachos and a turkey club.
Amy: Not even close.
Penny: Well, I was too busy standing up for my friend to worry about your ... I want to say salmon.
Amy: You want to say sorry.

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Recap

Sheldon asks Leonard where the Skee-Ball tickets he collected three years ago are, as he's finally decided what prize he'd like to claim. When Leonard collects a box from the closet, he finds a rental DVD he was supposed to have returned seven years ago. Leonard apologizes to Sheldon and says he'll take care of it, if Sheldon will just stay calm about the matter. Later, Leonard tells Sheldon what it means for him to not freak out about the DVD. Sheldon tells him it's like an itch in his brain that he can't scratch, and that Leonard wouldn't joke about this if he could feel how Sheldon feels about these things. Sheldon tells Leonard he won't pester him about the DVD, if he will wear an uncomfortable sweater, to replicate Sheldon's "brain itch", until the matter is resolved. Sheldon then lets him know the DVD store went out of business.

As Bernadette and Amy try to get Penny to serve their drinks at the Cheesecake Factory, the girls see Lucy, Raj's ex-girlfriend, in the bar. Penny goes over to confront Lucy about dumping Raj the way she did. Back at the apartment, the guys quiz Leonard about his commitment to wear the itchy sweater. After the girls return to Penny's apartment, they're still hungry as Penny never brought them their food. Raj turns up to complain about Penny ruining things for him with Lucy, who he had hoped to get back together with - until Raj receives a text from Lucy asking to meet up.

Leonard arrives at Sheldon's office to let him the store owner died peacefully in his sleep, so there is no one to return the DVD to. With the issue resolved, Leonard takes the sweater off. Howard tells him he could reimburse the store owner's next of kin, which Sheldon likes the sound of, so Leonard is forced to put the itchy sweater back on. Eating dinner with Howard and Bernadette, Raj asks for their advice on how he should act when he sees Lucy the next day.

While Leonard itches and tries to find the next of kin for the DVD store owner, Penny wonders why he doesn't take the sweater off as Sheldon is not even there. Leonard claims there's a principal at stake and if he takes it off, Sheldon wins. Back in the apartment, Sheldon tries to pull a practical joke on Amy with his plastic flower lapel. Meanwhile, Lucy reveals to Raj that she's already seeing somebody. When Raj goes to Penny's to vent, she offers to set him up with somebody at the Cheesecake Factory.

When Leonard returns to the apartment frustrated as the video store owner has no next of kin, Sheldon reveals that he actually took care of the DVD issue seven years ago. He never mentioned it at the time as he thought it could one day be a teachable moment. Later, Raj's mistrust of women scares off the girl Penny set him up with.

Comments (16)

stephanie United States, 20:53 May 5 2014.
This episode was a good way to illustrate how people with OCD really feel. The feeling is something they can not control and it is sometimes actually painful. I was hoping this would help viewers understand this problem.
Len Canada, 05:14 Feb 14 2014.
Bring Lucy (Kate Micucci) back and make her a regular.... PLEASE !! Luv the Show.... best on the air !
Tim United Kingdom, 16:34 Jan 23 2014.
Yes - needs fresh or returning characters. Sheldon's mum or Leonard's mum were always entertaining,
Caroline United Kingdom, 18:00 Jan 19 2014.
This episode was not funny. Leonard really should have hit Sheldon and it is high time that he moved out. He no longer needs Sheldon as he is no longer a nerd, and Sheldon's utter inability to learn anything is staring to wear thin.
Victoria  United Kingdom, 13:28 Jan 17 2014.
This episode was rubbish! What's wrong with Sheldon. This was not funny at all, how can someone lying their ass off and then making their best friend suffer forever it's horrible! Why did't Leonard punch Sheldon in the face?! But I still love this show!!!! X
Benson Nigeria, 16:01 Dec 6 2013.
Can't really wait to see how Leonard and penny will end up......married or not, same goes for Sheldon and Amy
Bill China, 00:30 Nov 19 2013.
Nice,Good luck Lucy& Raj
Shirley Junkin Canada, 13:31 Nov 15 2013.
Molaro, Prado, Reynolds were the writers of this episode.... I'll seriously consider missing any more of the episodes these three write. It was dragged down....
jennifer United States, 12:15 Nov 15 2013.
I was very disappointed in the writing. The storyline about Leonard not returning the video was never really explained properly and then Leonard's pestering Sheldon about how he shouldn't "freak out" when he already said he wasn't going to seemed forced.
Amy United States, 11:40 Nov 15 2013.
Not the best episode. Sheldon so cruel! Amy should have said more than "Sheldon that's diabolical." She should have berated him for his cruelty.

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