The Big Bang Theory: Season 5, Episode 5

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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At Wil Wheaton's party one of the background guests was DC Fontana, a writer for Star Trek (TOS, TNG, and DS9). See more »

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Howard refers to residents of Kazakhstan as Kazakhi, but the correct demonym is Kazakh. See more »

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Leonard Hofstadter: Okay, Sheldon, we're going to Wil's. This is your last chance!
Sheldon Cooper: No, Leonard, this is your last chance. One day a historian is going to come to you and say: Is it true that you were friends with Dr. Sheldon Cooper? And you're going to have to choke back a hot sob of regret and humiliation as you mumble: I was... but I chose to go to a party thrown by the one kid from "Stand By Me" that no one remembers.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #359 Okay, I'm just gonna say it out loud. There are times when going crazy looks attractive. And I'm not talking about becoming charmingly eccentric. I've already got that covered nine ways to Sunday. No, I'm talking about purposely emigrating to the land of lunacy. That special psychological zip code where The Ancient Laws of Behave Yourself no longer apply. My "reasoning" is simple. It takes a great deal of effort to sustain a conservative, trustworthy persona. Surrendering that effort would involve, from a Freudian perspective, a conscious dismantling of the super ego - that part of the psyche entrusted with enforcing parental and socially approved actions. And therein lies the allure of going full frontal wack-a-doodle. The constant energy required to pass as normal would suddenly become available for doing and saying whatever pleases me in the moment. Imagine it. The id and libido completely unbound by any and all moral or cultural restrictions. Hmm... Probably won't need the shrink anymore... might need a lawyer. See more »

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Even Amy Farrah Fowler finds Sheldon's dislike of Wil Wheaton rather infantile, not that the ongoing feud wasn't one of the most enjoyable ones on recent television. And while Wheaton seemed to enjoy needling Sheldon in his last appearance and he was willing to go to sinister lengths to beat him at bowling and Mystic Lords of Ka'a (not above playing the dead grandmother card), we see that the feeling is not completely mutual. And in a fitting comic irony, another Star Trek: The Next Generation cast member supplants Wheaton as one of Sheldon's mortal enemy. "Don't worry. It doesn't take up too much of your time." A more curious is this episode is titled after a subplot not alluded to in the CBS trailer, but is worth mentioning as it is the start of things to come. After Bernadette can't dissuade Howard from going into space, she tells his mother on him, leading some more amusing lines from the unseen Mrs. Wolowitz. It was both clever and despicable at the same time. That Penny still finds Howard repulsive is amusing, while Amy more effectively gets her point across, even before having more self-serving motives for supporting the coming Wolowitz-Rostenkowski nuptials.


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