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The Wiggly Finger Catalyst 

Penny sets up Raj with a deaf friend, not knowing that she's actually a gold digger, and Sheldon decides to let his minor decisions rest on the roll of the dice.



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Especially with Howard and Bernadette's impending marriage, everyone, including Raj himself, is feeling sorry for Raj not having a girlfriend. The problem of Raj finding a girlfriend or one of his friends finding him a girlfriend is his inability to speak to women unless intoxicated. Penny, however, thinks she's come up with the perfect girl who at least gets around that talking issue. Emily, who Penny knows solely from her spin class, is deaf. Despite initially needing Howard to translate since Howard knows ASL - Howard who feels he needs to take poetic license in translating what Raj wants to say - Raj and Emily seem to hit it off. Raj quickly falls head over heals in love with her, and the gang believes Emily has fallen head over heels in love with Raj. However, they soon change their minds about Emily's feelings, believing that she has only one selfish interest in Raj, which makes them see Raj in a slightly different light. As the one who got Raj into the relationship, Penny feels... Written by Huggo

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6 October 2011 (USA)  »

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Sheldon works as a Notary Public. See more »


Leonard seems surprised to learn that Raj's family is vastly wealthy. However, in the fourth season episode The Big Bang Theory: The Benefactor Factor, Raj tells both Leonard and Howard that he grew up in a huge mansion with lots of servants. See more »


Penny: Mustache is looking good there, Sheldon.
Sheldon Cooper: Don't thank me, thank the dice. They told me what percentage of my face to shave.
Howard Wolowitz: Why are you still doing this?
Sheldon Cooper: Because it's working. In the past few weeks, unburdened by trivial decisions, I have co-authored two papers in notable peer review journals, and I'm close to figuring out why the Large Hadron Collider has yet to isolate the Higgs boson particle.
Leonard Hofstadter: You forgot to mention got chafed testicles because you no longer wear underpants.
Sheldon Cooper: The dice giveth ...
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #356 When I started writing vanity cards, way back in 1995, few people noticed them. Most of those who did assumed they were some sort of legal boilerplate. Heck, even if someone got curious and hit 'pause' on their VCR, there was no guarantee they'd be able to read the darn things. Now...forget about it. Every card gets parsed and analyzed like it was a Canticle for Leibowitz (great book, check it out). The jokes are taken way too seriously and the stories all have to have a secret meaning. (Sometimes a junkie monkey is just a junkie monkey.) Don't get me wrong. There's a part of me that loves to exploit this silliness. What other possible reason would I have to write the following poem? He knew where the bodies were buried, 'cause they weren't buried deep. Always follow the money, silence don't come cheap. See more »


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A good Raj episode and a clever Sheldon subplot
1 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Raj is feeling lonely being the only one of the four guys without a girlfriend-- of course, Sheldon doesn't dispute that notion, possibly because the viewers and his cohorts get the idea. Penny, of course, has the same idea Raj had in "Desperation Emanation", introducing Raj to Emily, who is deaf. Coincidentally, Katie LeClerc (who is hearing impaired rather than deaf) plays a deaf character on the ABC Family drama "Switched at Birth". The result is some fun moments between Howard and Raj, serving notice that dynamic may still be reminiscent of Joey and Chandler on "Friends" even after Howard ties the knot. And again some hints of the "old Howard" are still evident when he's ogling women at the gym. We may also see why Priya worries that her parents would not approve of Leonard when they cut off Raj, leading Emily to lose interest. The Sheldon subplot, where he leaves trivial decisions to a roll of the dice was the most cleverly conceived since he sought menial employment while stuck on a physics problem. I will (rolls the dice) stop right here.

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