Priya forces Leonard to choose between a relationship with her or a friendship with Penny. A magic trick by Howard has Sheldon fooled.

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Priya and Leonard's relationship has gotten to a serious stage where Leonard is wearing the clothes that she picks out for him and is trying to wear contact lenses on her suggestion, even though he can't see with them on. As his serious girlfriend, Priya asks him for a big favor: to stop being friends with Penny. She feels uncomfortable having one of his ex-girlfriends be such a big part of his life. So later, when Priya asks him if he's "talked" to Penny, he doesn't tell the complete truth. How long can Leonard get away with this little white lie before he really has to make a decision between Priya and Penny, especially as Priya is thinking about relocating to southern California for good? Meanwhile, Howard performs a card trick which confounds his friends. Sheldon states that he doesn't care about the trick, but it's obvious that not knowing how the trick is done is killing him. Written by Huggo

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The title refers to "prestidigitation" ("quick fingers"), "sleight of hand" or legerdemain which is the technique used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins secretly. See more »

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When demonstrating his magic trick to Howard, Sheldon has him pick a card from the deck, and then scans the bar code on the card with this "magic wand." It's already been established that Sheldon has an eidetic memory, so memorizing the 52 bar codes on the cards should be no problem for him, eliminating the need for the wand and the transmission to his cell phone. See more »

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Sheldon Cooper: Apparently you can't hack into a government super computer and the try to buy uranium without the department of homeland security tattling to your mother.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #335

We tell ourselves stories. We weave together different plot lines, wondering if the outcome of the story might be different were we to have done or said something other than what we had done or said, all the while knowing that the various alternative outcomes are just more stories - fictions meant to distract us from what's actually happening. And so we pause from weaving and commence breathing, gently and non-judgmentally saying hello to what is...

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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Composed and Performed by Barenaked Ladies
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"The Prestidigitation Approximation" is another pretty funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
2 November 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this last season ep of "The Big Bang Theory": Priya seems to be enough of an influence on Leonard to get him to wear contacts even though they make him bump into things. Meanwhile, Howard plays a magic card trick in front of Sheldon who doesn't believe him and tries to figure out how he does it. Anyway, about Priya, she has noticed that Penny still hangs with the gang especially ex-boyfriend Leonard and wants him to stop seeing her. Will Leonard be able to do it? I'll stop there and just say this was another funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory" especially whenever Sheldon uses his smarts in trying to figure out Howard's trick. Of course, if he really knew Howard and Raj, it probably would have been obvious to him...


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