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Penny sets up Raj with a deaf friend, not knowing that she's actually a gold digger, and Sheldon decides to let his minor decisions rest on the roll of the dice.

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Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Katie Leclerc ... Emily
Brian George ... Dr. V.M. Koothrappali
Alice Amter ... Mrs. Koothrappali
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Storyline

Especially with Howard and Bernadette's impending marriage, everyone, including Raj himself, is feeling sorry for Raj not having a girlfriend. The problem of Raj finding a girlfriend or one of his friends finding him a girlfriend is his inability to speak to women unless intoxicated. Penny, however, thinks she's come up with the perfect girl who at least gets around that talking issue. Emily, who Penny knows solely from her spin class, is deaf. Despite initially needing Howard to translate since Howard knows ASL - Howard who feels he needs to take poetic license in translating what Raj wants to say - Raj and Emily seem to hit it off. Raj quickly falls head over heals in love with her, and the gang believes Emily has fallen head over heels in love with Raj. However, they soon change their minds about Emily's feelings, believing that she has only one selfish interest in Raj, which makes them see Raj in a slightly different light. As the one who got Raj into the relationship, Penny feels... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

6 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Sheldon describes Raj's family's wealth as being "About halfway between Bruce Wayne and Scrooge McDuck." The 2011 Forbes Fictional 15 puts Bruce Wayne at $7 billion and Scrooge McDuck at $44 billion, which puts Raj's NET value at approximately $25.5 billion. However, as he was described as being "Richie Rich" rich, this may put his NET value at $9.7 billion. See more »

Goofs

Leonard seems surprised to learn that Raj's family is vastly wealthy. However, in the fourth season episode The Big Bang Theory: The Benefactor Factor, Raj tells both Leonard and Howard that he grew up in a huge mansion with lots of servants. See more »

Quotes

Sheldon Cooper: Can't figure out what to do? I remember those days! If you'll excuse me, I have to...
[stands up, rolling dice]
Sheldon Cooper: Stay right here.
[sits down]
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #356 When I started writing vanity cards, way back in 1995, few people noticed them. Most of those who did assumed they were some sort of legal boilerplate. Heck, even if someone got curious and hit 'pause' on their VCR, there was no guarantee they'd be able to read the darn things. Now...forget about it. Every card gets parsed and analyzed like it was a Canticle for Leibowitz (great book, check it out). The jokes are taken way too seriously and the stories all have to have a secret meaning. (Sometimes a junkie monkey is just a junkie monkey.) Don't get me wrong. There's a part of me that loves to exploit this silliness. What other possible reason would I have to write the following poem? He knew where the bodies were buried, 'cause they weren't buried deep. Always follow the money, silence don't come cheap. See more »

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References Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) See more »

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History of Everything
(uncredited)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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