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The Jerusalem Duality (14 Apr. 2008)

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Sheldon decides to give up his work and focus on other tasks when a 15-year-old prodigy joins the university, so the other guys come up with a plan to get rid of him.



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Fifteen year old genius Dennis Kim is a physics doctoral candidate who Gablehauser wants at the college at any cost. Dennis is much like Sheldon was at that age, with the ego and arrogance to match. As such, Sheldon doesn't like Dennis, especially after Dennis criticizes Sheldon's work on string theory, which is his primary research. But Sheldon realizes that one of the comments Dennis makes about his research is indeed true. For Sheldon, this realization means the end of his life as he knows it. Much to his genius friends' chagrin, Sheldon needs to find something academic to do, and who better to do it with than other geniuses (albeit less so than him). So Leonard, Howard and Raj decide that to get Sheldon back to the top of the heap status they need to take Dennis down a few notches by refocusing his fifteen year old mind on more pubescent pursuits. Written by Huggo

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Title Reference: Sheldon tries to build an exact replica of Jerusalem in the middle of the Mexican desert after his work in theoretical physics seems useless. See more »


During the scene where Sheldon approaches Leonard telling him that he wants to work with him, the notebook which is right to the laptop changes positions between shots. See more »


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Sheldon Cooper: Here's the problem with teleportation.
Leonard Hofstadter: Lay it on me.
Sheldon Cooper: Assuming a device could be invented, which would identify the quantum state of matter of an individual in one location and transmit that pattern to a distant location for reassembly, you would not have actually transported the individual; you would have destroyed him in one location and recreated him in another.
Leonard Hofstadter: How about that.
Sheldon Cooper: Personally, I would never use a transporter, because the original Sheldon would have to be ...
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #202 Tonight's story about Sheldon's ego being crushed following his encounter with a young prodigy has its roots in my own life. Around 1974 I was playing guitar for a living in Miami Beach. I was twenty-two years old and thought I was really something. In the parlance of musicians, I felt I had some "serious chops." Nights I played clubs, hotels, and private parties. For a few months I worked in a lounge band on a cruise ship. I even landed a day gig playing acoustic solo stuff at a coffee house in South Beach. That was where a professor from the University of Miami saw me play, dug what I was doing, and invited me to audit his jazz guitar class at the university. I happily accepted, thinking I might be able to teach the kids a thing or two. I still remember the first class, me sitting in the back proudly holding my beat-up '64 Fender Strat, while the college students all cradled expensive Gibsons. Of course, this only made me feel more smug. I was a working musician. These were rich kids in a rich school with instruments that daddy bought 'em. But then something happened that would change my life forever. A painfully shy, sixteen year old boy walked into the room. He could barely speak nor make eye contact with anyone, seemed dwarfed by his big jazz guitar, and was ludicrously introduced as a visiting professor to the university. His name was Pat Metheny. I'll never forget how I felt when he began to play. It was an imploding feeling, like the kind you get when your ego is being demolished like an old Vegas casino. Thankfully, the feeling was accompanied by a soft, reassuring voice in my head that whispered, "Find work in television, nobody's a prodigy there." Thirteen years later I listened to that voice (I may have been deluded, but I was no quitter). Oh, and Pat, if you happen to read this... thank you. See more »


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The Jerusalem Duality explores Sheldon's weak side in "The Big Bang Theory"
26 April 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Dr. Eric Gablehauser (Mark Harelik) brings 15-year-old Dennis Kim (Austin Lee) to Sheldon and Leonard's attention. He wants Sheldon to welcome him in as a fellow associate. Unfortunately, Sheldon is jealous of him because he accomplished so much at a younger age than when Sheldon was during his teen years (except for when Dennis' family was digging themselves out of Korea). Depressed, Sheldon then busts in on assignments of his friends' which results in the same admonition from Leonard, Howard, and Raj: "Go away!" So those three resolve to get a girl to socialize with Dennis by bringing a bunch of many of them his age to the welcoming party. For a while, he seems uninterested but after Gablehauser introduces him, Dennis comes in and says "no thanks, I'm taking Emma to the mall" as a tall blonde accompanies him. Sheldon than steps in confidently and says, "While Mr. Kim, by virtue of his youth and naiveté, has fallen prey to the inexplicable need for human contact, let me step in and assure you that my research will go on uninterrupted, and that social relationships will continue to baffle and repulse me!" We then see Dennis enjoying kissing Emma under the tree while Leonard, Howard, and Raj look on wondering how he got so lucky when they weren't as fortunate at his age while Sheldon couldn't care less...Another hilarious episode of "The Big Bang Theory" that explores Sheldon's venerability concerning himself no longer being the unique prodigy he once was. We also find out here, with Penny's questioning of why the other three hang with Sheldon who can be so arrogant at times, Howard simply says, "We liked Leonard." Also hilarious was hearing painful dating stories of Leonard and Howard when they were teens. So glad CBS renewed "The Big Bang Theory" for another season. You rock, Chuck Lorre! By the way, Emma Degerstedt had previously appeared on "Samantha Who?" as a teen Sam.

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