The Big Bang Theory: Season 5, Episode 23

The Launch Acceleration (3 May 2012)

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NASA cancel, and later reinstate Howard's mission into space, coinciding with his wedding. Leonard inadvertently jeopardizes his relationship with Penny.



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With only a few weeks until the launch, Howard's space mission is scrapped due to technical difficulties. Rather than be disappointed, Howard is relieved, since he had always been scared of dying in space, something that he doesn't mention to anyone. However, NASA decides they do want him to go after all, instead sending him on an earlier mission... one that is scheduled to launch two days before his and Bernadette's wedding. He is hoping that Bernadette or Bernadette's tough as nails father will demand that he not go. Meanwhile, Penny decides that she wants to speed things up with Leonard, which Leonard is more than happy to do. But Leonard accidentally speeds things up just a little too much. And Amy does some speeding up of her own regarding her and Sheldon's relationship, regardless of if Sheldon likes it or not. Written by Huggo

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The title refers to the launch date for Howard going into space that was moved up to before his wedding. See more »


At the rental suit shop Sheldon explains that he is wearing long underwear in order to avoid coming in touch with someone else's sweat when trying the suit. Raj then says that his reaction is not as entertaining as when he rents bowling shoes. But in "The Wheaton Rucurrence" we learn that Sheldon actually has his own bowling shoes which he disinfects before wearing them anyway. See more »


[first lines]
Howard Wolowitz: [phone rings, Howard presses speaker-phone] Howard Wolowitz.
Dave Roeger: Hey, Howard. Dave Roeger here at NASA. We need to talk about your upcoming mission.
Howard Wolowitz: Yes, yes! I've been doing my pushups. I'm still stuck at nine, but... that's going all the way down with no-one holding me.
Dave Roeger: That's great, uh, but that's not why I called. We've run into a bit of a snafu. Your Soyuz capsule failed the pressurization test, so, bottom line, mission's been scrubbed.
Howard Wolowitz: [picks up handset] You're kidding. So what ...
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #387 He appeared normal. He spoke and behaved just like anyone else. The fact that he had no heart was very well concealed. Well, that's not entirely true. He did have one. It was just not in his possession at the moment. And this is where the story gets complicated. The woman who had the darn thing was blithely unaware of the fact. Well, that's not entirely true either. She knew that she'd left the relationship with more stuff than when she entered it, she just hadn't bothered to do a proper inventory. (Had she done so, she would have found several other hearts, as well as a few sets of balls.) Regardless, his dilemma remained the same. A woman had absconded with a vital organ and the gnawing emptiness he felt was a direct reflection of that vacancy. Well, that's not entirely true either. The gnawing thing had actually been with him since he was a child. He just liked to assign blame for the condition. See more »


References How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) See more »


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4 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This Howard storyline has ruined this season , the characters at his best when hes trying to chat up women the whole concept of him getting married isn't even remotely funny or entertaining , and its not just his storyline the storyline with lenoard and penny needs to freaking stop i want her character written out of the show this arc is without a doubt the worst thing about the show its ruining what could be the best comedy show of all time.

Sheldon's storyline is the same just funnier because lets face it , its Sheldon. But still boring.

The last 2 episodes have been diabolical , and i used to love this freaking show hell I've gone back to season 1 just to forget about this BS season the worst thing about all of this though is howards nasa project , STOP DRAGGING IT GET HIM INTO SPACE GET HIM MARRIED and be done with it!

I miss Raj :( We are barely seeing him , hes so funny but the writers aren't giving him enough limelight.


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