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The Solder Excursion Diversion 

Amy is shocked at a revelation from Sheldon after she buys him a new laptop. Meanwhile, Raj sells out Leonard and Howard after they lie to their wives in order to attend an early screening of a movie.



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Leonard and Howard have started working on the prototype, and accept Penny and Bernadette's offer to help. The boys leave the girls in the lab while they need to go to the hardware store to buy more solder. En route, the boys get lured into a free preview movie screening, about which they plan to lie to the girls why they are delayed. They however text Raj about what they are doing, Raj who has since ended up at the lab himself. Raj has to decide to who his allegiance lies, the boys or the girls. Meanwhile, Amy is trying to convince Sheldon to replace his broken down laptop, which seem to be on its last legs. Sheldon is reluctant to replace it, but he is even more reluctant to recycle it when it does eventually break down, even though the electronics store will give him store credit for it. Sheldon decides to come clean to Amy about why he doesn't want to recycle it. Written by Huggo

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31 March 2016 (USA)  »

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The operating system that Sheldon's computer shows when it dies is Windows Vista. End of mainstream support for this operating system ended April 10, 2012. See more »


Practically speaking, there is no way that the 'failing of the video and the sound cutting out' could occur due to a hardware problem. See more »


[first lines]
Amy Farrah Fowler: [on computer breaking up] I didn't understand your email.
Sheldon Cooper: Upuh, can you repeat that; you're breaking up
Amy Farrah Fowler: I didn't understand your email.
Sheldon Cooper: Ah, yo, I had to get a little creative because the S, R and M keys stopped working.
Amy Farrah Fowler: [reading] Deah, Aby, could you plethe dwive be to the twain stowe sub time tobowwow.
Sheldon Cooper: Is that a yes?
Amy Farrah Fowler: Sheldon, why don't you get a new computer? You know that one's out of date.
Sheldon Cooper: Oh, but I like this computer.
Amy Farrah Fowler: The video is failing and the sound is cutting out.
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I don't mean to offend anyone, but God told me to write this vanity card. The following are His words. I just took dictation.

Dear Humanity, You are all animated by me. Like electricity lights a bulb, I light you. What you call awareness is, in fact, me. Some awareness plays soaring piano concertos, some shoots three from the perimeter, some drive around in little cars looking for parking violations. It's still me. Just in a different guise. God in drag, if you will. Simply put, each and every one of you is a perfect expression of my timeless, universe-straddling ineffability. You are also meaningless and inconsequential. It's a paradox, I know. But only to you. Which brings me to the purpose of this vanity card. In your endless quest to forge an identity, you have lost sight of what you are. So I will say it again. When you strip away all the temporary labels- American, Iranian, Israeli, Russian, Chinese, young man, old woman, soldier, florist, gay, straight, rich, poor, liberal, conservative, Muslim, Christian, Hindu or Jew- when those identities are taken away, and believe me, they eventually will be, then all that is left of you... is me. Consider this the next time you feel compelled to hurt or kill someone. Look at them. See me. Then act. On a lighter note, that was a really funny episode of Big Bang tonight! That Sheldon is a hoot! See more »


References 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) See more »


[Sheldon plays the song when he puts his dead laptop to rest]
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For some odd reason... I loved it.
1 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Okay, let's get something straight here. After reading some spoilers before the episode aired, I gotta admit, I didn't hold much hope for this episode. I thought that it sounded a little bit boring and clichéd, but last nights episode really defied my expectations.

The Main Plot (Sheldon & Amy): For me, this plot was a great example of how 'The Big Bang Theory' has developed its characters. To see Sheldon feel so embarrassed and ashamed was not what I expected. He finally opened up to Am y and connected with her on a human level. It was really nice to see Amy try to comfort Sheldon, even though she was kind of shocked. I really like to see the human side of Sheldon every now and then, like in this episode. (P.S. I laughed so much at the laptop's funeral service)

The Sub-Plot (Penny, Leonard, Howard, Bernadette & Raj): I liked to see Penny finally taking an interest in Leonard's work. I really enjoyed the dialogue between each couple and I enjoyed the Raj jokes about the closet. I think the writers had the choice of either;

-Letting Howard and Leonard feel bad and let the girls (and Raj) tell them off (In my opinion, this would have felt a little overplayed.)

-Letting Howard and Leonard figure out that they had done wrong and do the right thing and apologize. (This, I felt, was a good choice as it symbolized the growth of the characters.)

So, overall, I loved tonight's episode and felt that the show has returned to the feel-good sitcom we all grew to love. (The golf ball.. Classic Sheldon!)

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