812 - The Space Probe Disintegration
Aired January 8, 2015

The Space Probe Disintegration

When Penny and Amy feel Leonard and Sheldon force them to embrace their interests but never return the courtesy, the girls take Sheldon and Leonard along as they go shopping for dresses. The experience highlights the benefits of compromise for Sheldon and Leonard, opening the door for a change in their living situations. Elsewhere, as Raj nervously waits for the results of a space probe he helped to launch, Howard tries to take his mind off it.

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

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 18.11 million Adults 18-49 Rating: 4.6/15

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Episode Notes

  • The title refers to Raj's fear that the space probe he helped to launch will be destroyed by ice in space.

Quotes (33)

Penny: Do I really force you to do things you don't want to?
Amy: Yeah, but it's okay.
Penny: How is it okay?
Amy: I promised myself if I ever got friends I'd do whatever they said. Really, I'm lucky you found me before a cult did.

Penny: Ooh, we could go horseback riding.
Amy: I actually can't. My hips don't open wider than 22 degrees. I rode a very thin pony once. On the first bump I just popped right off.

Howard: You work in pharmaceuticals. Don't you have anything you can give him?
Bernadette: All I have is our new urine flow drug. Won't help with his anxiety, but it's so strong, when he pees he'll fly around the room like he's got a jet pack.

Penny: Sheldon, we know this is a sensitive subject, and Leonard's not going to move out until you're ready.
Sheldon: What if you did it gradually?
Leonard: All right, how about we start with two nights a week I live with Penny?
Sheldon: How about one night and I let you whistle?
Leonard: Okay.
Sheldon: When I'm not home.

Bernadette: Are you okay?
Raj: No, I'm not okay. I feel like I'm going to jump out of my skin.
Bernadette: I told you not to wax down there. It's itchy when it grows back.

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As Sheldon and Leonard prepare to play a Lord of Rings version of the board game Risk, Penny and Amy arrive to pick them up for lunch. When the guys explain they've already ordered food and invite them to play the board game, the girls complain that they're always accommodating the guys' interests but they never return the courtesy. For a change, Penny and Amy will decide what they're doing and it will be something Sheldon and Leonard don't like. After Sheldon suggests it, Penny and Amy decide to go dress shopping with Leonard and Sheldon in tow. Elsewhere, Bernadette arrives home to find a nervous Raj pacing around in her living room. Raj is nervous about a space probe he helped to launch that will soon be returning data, unless it's destroyed by space ice.

While Penny and Amy try on dresses, Sheldon and Leonard are sitting at the clothes store, bored by the lack of cell phone signal or Wifi. Sheldon realizes the girls have a point and he and Leonard should compromise more often. Leonard is shocked when Sheldon claims he is forever making compromises for him When Leonard points out how much he does for Sheldon, such as driving him around, Sheldon admits Amy taught him to drive, but he finds it scary and doesn't want to take away Leonard's purpose in life.

Raj and Howard go for a drive to try calm Raj's fears. When Raj decides he wants to go to a Hindu temple, Howard is surprised to learn his friend has a religious side he's never shared before. Back at the clothes store, Penny wonders if she also forces Amy to do things she doesn't want to do. Amy admits Penny does this but says it's okay, as Amy long ago decided that if she ever had friends she would do whatever they said. Penny points out how much Amy has grown as a person and should no longer feel the need to be so submissive to her friends.

As Sheldon and Leonard discuss how they compromise with each other in their relationship, Leonard admits the only reason he doesn't live with Penny is because of Sheldon. Sheldon points out that Leonard is often mean to him, thinking he doesn't pick up on his sarcasm or eye rolling, but he does. When the girls return, they find Sheldon and Leonard crying over their close friendship. Penny comforts Sheldon by telling him that Leonard won't move out until Sheldon is ready. Sheldon suggests that Leonard gradually move out. Leonard pitches two nights a week at Penny's, while Sheldon barters him down to one night and to let Leonard whistle in the apartment (only when Sheldon's not there).

At the Hindu temple, Raj is angered by somebody dings his car and acts like nothing happened. While Raj explodes at the guy for all the stress he's feeling right now, Howard tells him the space probe reported back fine, immediately calming Raj down. Elsewhere, the guys are making baskets at the Crafts Festival Museum and are, surprisingly, enjoying it.

Comments (16)

dave United Kingdom, 19:35 Jan 30 2015.
where can i get Leonards tree t shirt (this episode) from?
Ariel b  United States, 03:49 Jan 27 2015.
I think big bang theory is such an awesome show I hope it goes on for a long time and that all the cast members of the big bang theory are incredible at what they do so thanks to everyone on the big bang theory for making such a great TV serious
John United States, 13:43 Jan 15 2015.
in the opening credits, Penny's hair isn't long anymore!!! Best series ever needs to git on da ball here!
liberty South Africa, 08:45 Jan 10 2015.
Can't wait for Dr.Sheldon Cooper to be a professor, all hell will break loose lol
Darwin IV United States, 23:52 Jan 7 2015.
You guys should make a episode where the guys meet a real life hacker.. You should try to get the infamous hacker, Kevin Mitnick on your show. I found this phrase below on the internet. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore... and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge... and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals. Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for. I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can't stop us all... after all, we're all alike.
Swapnil Lokegaonkar India, 23:12 Jan 7 2015.
It a great scientific comedy , love to see the chemistry between physicists. hats of to Jim, Johnny,Kunal , Simon, Kaley,Melissa and Mayim. Really don't want this show to get closed ever.
Dan Muntean Romania, 07:56 Jan 7 2015.
Jim Parsons u are awesome bro,i love u 2 !!!
Gaynor Paynter South Africa, 16:32 Jan 5 2015.
If that's really you Jim, we love you too. You make life a bit less stressful! Thank you.
Russell Taylor Australia, 10:37 Jan 5 2015.
Cant wait to see the next half of the season... i hope the cast had a great Christmas!!!! i would love to see a big bang theory movie, maybe the guys can invent some sort of contraption and let all hell break loose. i got heaps of great Big Bang Theory Movie ideas.
Joe Garvey Canada, 02:24 Jan 5 2015.
Thanks to Jim Parsons for the nice comment on this site. This show and the cast are just amazing. Jim, I am also a huge tennis fan from Canada. Can't wait to see Eugenie later this month in Australia.

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