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Sheldon takes offense when Leonard wants to attend a party with Wil Wheaton, while Bernadette tries to block Howard's opportunity to go into outer space.

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... Leonard Hofstadter
... Sheldon Cooper
... Penny
... Howard Wolowitz
... Raj Koothrappali
... Amy Farrah Fowler
... Bernadette Rostenkowski
... Wil Wheaton
... Debbie Wolowitz (voice)
... Stuart Bloom
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Since they are in the comic book store when he stops in, Leonard and Sheldon are invited by Wil Wheaton to a party at his house. Leonard has every intention of going, which may place his and Sheldon's friendship on shaky ground as Wil is still on Sheldon's arch enemy list. Can anything convince Sheldon to attend the party himself? If so, he may end up meeting more arch enemies. Meanwhile, Howard, whose project has been chosen by NASA for the International Space Station, has been asked by them to go on a three week mission to the station. He believes that all his friends will be as happy for him as he is excited about it. But one person who isn't excited at all is Bernadette, who doesn't want him to go. Bernadette uses a tactic to convince Howard not to go, but that tactic may actually paint Bernadette as the bad guy. Written by Huggo

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13 October 2011 (USA)  »

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Trivia

When Howard tells Bernadette about his father leaving him when he was 11, she surprisingly had no sympathy. See more »

Goofs

Stuart refers to the sword as a replica of the one seen on Game of Thrones. However, the sword from the show has an entirely different cross guard (simpler and more curved), a simpler grip, and a much longer wolf head pommel. The one shown in the episode was made from the book's description. The makers also sell a version of Eddard Stark's sword entirely unlike the one seen in the show Game of Thrones. See more »

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Sheldon: At this moment our relationship exists in two mutually contradictory states. Until you either do not go or go to Wil Wheaton's party you are simultaneously my friend and not my friend. I am characterizing this phenomenon as 'Schroedinger's friendship'.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #359 Okay, I'm just gonna say it out loud. There are times when going crazy looks attractive. And I'm not talking about becoming charmingly eccentric. I've already got that covered nine ways to Sunday. No, I'm talking about purposely emigrating to the land of lunacy. That special psychological zip code where The Ancient Laws of Behave Yourself no longer apply. My "reasoning" is simple. It takes a great deal of effort to sustain a conservative, trustworthy persona. Surrendering that effort would involve, from a Freudian perspective, a conscious dismantling of the super ego - that part of the psyche entrusted with enforcing parental and socially approved actions. And therein lies the allure of going full frontal wack-a-doodle. The constant energy required to pass as normal would suddenly become available for doing and saying whatever pleases me in the moment. Imagine it. The id and libido completely unbound by any and all moral or cultural restrictions. Hmm... Probably won't need the shrink anymore... might need a lawyer. See more »

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References Puckman (1980) See more »

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Let's Stay Together
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Written by Al Green, Willie Mitchell & Al Jackson Jr.
Performed by Al Green
[Howard plays the song in the bedroom while Bernadette goes to "brush her teeth"]
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