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The Discovery Dissipation 

Leonard has to deal with the fallout of disproving Sheldon's new scientific discovery. Raj spends a week at Howard and Bernadette's apartment.



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Ever since Sheldon made the major scientific discovery of how to stabilize a new, stable super heavy element, Sheldon has been miserable promoting his discovery since he and the world knows he came across the discovery solely by an error on his part. Even being touted as possibly winning a Nobel Prize, albeit in Chemistry, makes the situation worse. Competing actions by Leonard and Wil Wheaton make Sheldon come to a different perspective on the matter. Meanwhile, Bernadette is upset with Howard for lying to her about Raj and Cinnamon's stay with them, which she thought was only going to be for one night, but which she learns is going to be a for a week. Raj ends up having a profound effect on the Wolowitz/Rostenkowski household. Written by Huggo

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5 December 2013 (USA)  »

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The pronunciation of Barry Kripke's name and specifically in one episode (The Discovery Dissipation) Sheldon's mockery of Barry's speech impediment by calling him "Bowie", is a reference to John Ross Bowie, the actor behind Barry Kripke. See more »


Contrary to Sheldon's claim that it's the first time since he's seven years old that he's had to write a retraction, he wrote one in the third season _"The Big Bang Theory"(2007){The Electric Can Opener Flucuation (#3.1)}_, when it was discovered his readings of magnetic monopoles were caused by a can opener. See more »


Ira Flatow: This could put you on the track to a Nobel Prize, and in chemistry, no less. Very unusual, seeing as you're a physicist.
Sheldon Cooper: Yes, it's very unusual. Let's all laugh at the circus freak!
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I've been told that the act of forgiveness frees the person doing the forgiving from harboring dark, and ultimately self- destructive, emotions. While there is no guarantee that the transgressor will be relieved of shame and guilt, the forgiver will always feel better. In other words, forgiveness is, first and foremost, self-serving. Now I am all about self-serving, so for the last few years I have been practicing a sort of forgiveness mantra. Upon awakening and before retiring, I visualize those who have harmed me and imagine myself flowing love and compassion toward them. Additionally, I wish for them to have everything they could possibly want. I'm happy to report that it's working. Slowly, over time, anger has become resentment has become indifference has become amusement has become affection. And now I'm free and my heart is full.

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Bitten by a dog and there is his first breakthrough
8 December 2013 | by (Kanpur, india) – See all my reviews

Amazing episode.

Big Bang can do no wrong this season. They are connecting all the dots perfectly and more importantly in a hilarious fashion. Sheldon's trauma and how Leonard tries to come to his help in an Amyish fashion is moving in a funny way. But it was Kripke's appearance which just blew me way. The dialogues and intensity of the scene make me laugh every time I am watching it.

Raj, Howard and Bernadette are forming a perfect trio on the other side and you just watch the episode to appreciate Raj as a counselor.

As for Penny and Amy, well! they are embarrassed.

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