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The Pants Alternative 

Sheldon seeks help from the rest of the gang in overcoming his fear of public speaking when he receives an award.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 7 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali


Sheldon is this year's recipient of the college's Chancellor's Award for Science. He is surprised at being named the winner, but he believes he has been the deserving recipient every year he's been there. He changes his mind about accepting the award when he learns he has to make a speech at the awards dinner. Unbeknown to the others, Sheldon has stage fright. His four friends vow to help him overcome this fear, each playing a different but what they see as an integral part, so that he can accept the award. But Sheldon instead stumbles across a more old fashioned technique at the awards dinner to be able to make the speech. Written by Huggo

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The song that Sheldon sings at the awards ceremony is "The Elements" by Tom Lehrer and Sir Arthur Sullivan. It is a recitation of the elements (known in 1959--102) sung to the tune of "Major General's Song" from "The Pirates of Penzance". It is on Lehrer's album 'Songs and More Songs by Tom Lehrer'. See more »


While Leonard, Penny and Sheldon are watching the video of Sheldon's pants disaster online, for a brief moment, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) can be seen looking out towards the audience, or perhaps the director. See more »


[first lines]
Raj Koothrappali: OK, in Avatar when they have sex on Pandora they hook up their ponytails, so we know their ponytails are like their junk.
Howard Wolowitz: Yeah, so?
Raj Koothrappali: So, when they ride horses and fly on their birds, they also use their ponytails.
Howard Wolowitz: What's your point?
Raj Koothrappali: My point is if I were a horse or a bird I'd be very nervous around James Cameron.
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #282 We are often accused of using a 'laugh machine' on The Big Bang Theory. [Image of audience members] This is our laugh machine. See more »


References Star Trek (2009) See more »


History of Everything (Instrumental version)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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Tom Lehrer Rocks
7 December 2013 | by stejamoSee all my reviews

I hope people don't overlook this man's genius (Tom Lehrer) in writing the lyrics to "the Elements Song", basically singing the entire periodic table to the tune of "Gilbert & Sullivans" "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General." I believe any true geek who enjoys this sitcom and does not know about Tom Lehrer should familiarize themselves with him and especially his songs about mathematics! Just saying. He's very old now and will probably not be with with us much longer. Also, people in my age group (40-50) will remember him on the Electric Company television program ... he wrote "Silent E" and other classics.

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22 March 2010 (USA) See more »

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