The Big Bang Theory: Season 3, Episode 4

The Pirate Solution (12 Oct. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 1,430 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 2 critic

When Raj has to find a new job or be sent back to India, Sheldon's solution leaves Leonard and Penny dealing with Howard as the third wheel.

Director:

Writers:

(created by), (created by), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 16 Sep 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 29 Aug 2012
 
a list of 111 titles
created 19 Oct 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 23 Jun 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Pirate Solution (12 Oct 2009)

The Pirate Solution (12 Oct 2009) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Big Bang Theory.
« Previous Episode | 45 of 186 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

1 video »
Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Penny (as Kaley Cuoco)
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

It's Columbus Day and Thanksgiving is approaching, but Raj in particular is not in a thankful mood. His research stalled six months ago with no hope of success. With no job, his visa to stay in the United States becomes invalid which means that he will be deported back to India. Although Penny comes up with the obvious solution of Raj getting another job, jobs for astrophysicists are few and far between, with no guarantee of Raj even getting the job if there was one. With extra moneys just received from the university for his own research, Sheldon kind of offers Raj a job, but the nature of the offer is somewhat unclear, as would be Sheldon and Raj's working relationship. But a byproduct of Raj and Sheldon spending more time together is that Howard no longer has his best friend with who to hang out. So Howard decides to hang out with Leonard and Penny instead, who lose their much wanted alone time. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 October 2009 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

16:9
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The title refers to Sheldon's comment on Raj's possible deportation back to India, that an alternative is for Raj to "wander the high seas as a stateless pirate." See more »

Goofs

Raj says that halfway to India is off the coast of Japan. In fact, halfway from Pasadena, California to New Delhi, India is near the coast between the East Siberian Sea and the Laptev Sea. See more »

Quotes

Howard Wolowitz: [about going with Penny on Thanksgiving] I'd love to, but on Thanksgiving my family comes to my mother's for her famous tur-briska-fil.
Penny: Tur-briska-fil?
Howard Wolowitz: Turkey stuffed with brisket stuffed with gefilte fish. It's not as good as it sounds.
See more »

Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #262 As best as I can tell, life is intolerable. Oh, not always of course. A case can be made for all the big wonders and little blessings and blah, blah, blah. But when you really boil it down, our entire existence rests on a few really ugly premises. First, life, and by that I mean the big life, life with a capital L, must ingest other life in order for it to remain life. Or, put another way, in order to witness the miracle of creation, we must continually eat, and then poop out, a little bit of that miracle. Second, one of the charming side effects of sentient life is emotional pain. The fact that dead and fermenting plant life creates alcohol - a terrific anesthetic for emotional pain - might cause one to think that this is, by nature, a compassionate universe. Think again. Keep dulling that pain with booze and you wind up, if you're lucky, in a church basement sharing your tears with complete strangers. If you're not lucky, you wind up on a waiting list for a motorcyclist's liver. And finally, there is the ever-present knowledge of death. In order to "more fully appreciate the gift of life," we all get to ponder a violently sudden or slow and agonizingly painful descent into oblivion -- after which our beloved bodies turn into the stuff of nightmares. Which brings me back to my original premise: life is intolerable. But rather than go gently into that creepy night, I've decided to start a petition to protest the fundamental conditions of existence. I know it's not much, but it's a start. And damnit, I'm just the guy to do it! The petition is available at chucklorre.com. Sign on now and make your voice heard before you're dead and your vocal chords are being eaten by a swarm of disgusting bugs. See more »

Connections

References Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Eye of the Tiger
(uncredited)
Written by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan
Performed by Survivor
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Pirate Solution is another hilarious episode of "The Big Bang Theory"
31 March 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Having previously squandered his money on a project that didn't work out, Raj faces deportation unless he gets another job. His first offer from a British professor seems to work out until another associate turns out to be a woman so Raj drinks from a bottle from a nearby table that allows him to lose his inhibitions about communicating with the opposite sex to the point of offering this female doctor to share a hot tub. So with him losing that job, Sheldon offers Raj an opportunity to work for him. Raj eventually accepts under certain conditions which Sheldon automatically rejects. Raj accepts anyway. Meanwhile, best friend Howard feels lonely so he crashes into Leonard and Penny just as they're about to make love...Another hilarious episode of "The Big Bang Theory". Always love to hear Sheldon say, "Bazinga!" whenever he makes a joke or saying someone's name three times whenever he's knocking on a door and he needs to talk. And I just smile when Raj does a trick with his fingers that I recognized as something the late Stan Laurel did in some of his movies. So on that note, The Pirate Solution is another very funny episode of "The Big Bang Theory."


3 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
BBT Scholarship Foundation Announced wwscd
Has anyone seen what Kaley has done now?? kiwijoygirl
Like Penny could do any of these tybarius57
Howard Wolowitz's Dad Bannikus-1
Most overrated show of all time? Greg_The_MovieMan
Sheldon you can tour the Collider but you're on your own for airfare... aqib4
Discuss The Pirate Solution (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page