The Big Bang Theory: Season 5, Episode 21

The Hawking Excitation (5 Apr. 2012)

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Sheldon uses any and all means to meet his hero, Dr. Stephen Hawking.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Penny (as Kaley Cuoco)
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Renowned scientist Stephen Hawking is coming to the university for an extended guest lecture series, and an excited Howard has been asked to maintain the equipment on his wheelchair for his entire stay. Since Howard knows that Sheldon is enamored with Hawking considering him the only person on the face of the planet that is his intellectual equal, Howard plans on introducing Sheldon to Hawking, that is until Sheldon, who is yet unaware of Hawking's visit or Howard's connection, makes yet another of his condescending remarks about Howard's intellect or lack thereof. So Howard changes his mind. After Sheldon's pleading, Howard compromises: he will show Hawking Sheldon's just written paper on the boson particle, and if Hawking wants to meet him after that, he will arrange it. But first, Sheldon has to do a few favors for him, which Howard knows he can make as painful and degrading as he wants since this meeting is Sheldon's dream. Regardless, the paper will prove whether Sheldon really ... Written by Huggo

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Stephen Hawking makes an appearance in "The Hawking Excitation" ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
23 November 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this ep of "The Big Bang Theory": Howard is about to help fix Stephen Hawking's wheelchair which gets Leonard and Raj excited for their friend...and Sheldon as well as he wants to meet the person he considers his equal. But because of his constant condescension about Howard's job, Howard won't allow it...until Sheldon begs so Howard gives him some conditions to make him earn penance. I'll stop there and just say this was another excellent ep of "The Big Bang Theory". I mean, all the things Howard makes Sheldon do is really hilarious especially when Sheldon has to do some shopping with Howard's mother! Oh, and wait till you watch Sheldon and Hawking's meeting! Okay, so on that note, "The Hawking Excitation" is a way excellent ep of "The Big Bang Theory".

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