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The Russian Rocket Reaction (13 Oct. 2011)

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Sheldon takes offense when Leonard wants to attend a party with Wil Wheaton, while Bernadette tries to block Howard's opportunity to go into outer space.



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Since they are in the comic book store when he stops in, Leonard and Sheldon are invited by Wil Wheaton to a party at his house. Leonard has every intention of going, which may place his and Sheldon's friendship on shaky ground as Wil is still on Sheldon's arch enemy list. Can anything convince Sheldon to attend the party himself? If so, he may end up meeting more arch enemies. Meanwhile, Howard, whose project has been chosen by NASA for the International Space Station, has been asked by them to go on a three week mission to the station. He believes that all his friends will be as happy for him as he is excited about it. But one person who isn't excited at all is Bernadette, who doesn't want him to go. Bernadette uses a tactic to convince Howard not to go, but that tactic may actually paint Bernadette as the bad guy. Written by Huggo

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Bernadette gets protective of Howard on "The Russian Rocket Reaction" ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
19 November 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this ep of "The Big Bang Theory" from this season: Howard tells everybody he's going up in space. His friends are thrilled...well, except for fiancée Bernadette who has issues of abandonment with memories of her cop father always going on assignment. They later make up but she then tells his mother...who also disapproves. Meanwhile, Sheldon is mad at Leonard for accepting an invitation to attend a party at Evil Wil Wheaton's place. When Amy asks why, Sheldon recounts his teen disappointment at not seeing him at a convention he was scheduled at. I'll stop there and just say this was quite another funny ep of this still mostly excellent comedy show. And get a load of who appears at the end...

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