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The Closure Alternative 

Amy tries to help a depressed Sheldon find closure when one of his favorite TV shows is canceled. Raj becomes paranoid when he finds Lucy's blog.

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 7 more credits »
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Airs Tue. Jan. 29, 9:30 PM on TBS

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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
Kate Micucci ... Lucy
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Storyline

Sheldon has just learned that his favorite television show, Alphas (2011) has been canceled after two seasons on the air. What's inconceivable about the situation is that the second season ended on a cliffhanger, meaning that he will never learn what happened after that. Amy believes that Sheldon's issue is that his compulsive self needs closure. Being a neuroscientist, she believes she can help him break that need. Although he doesn't think he has a problem, he allows her to perform her therapy on him. This process will either cure him, or tear them apart. Meanwhile, Raj finds an on-line blog that Lucy has written, describing their relationship. Although he finds it a little creepy to read it - likening it to reading someone's diary - he can't help but read it anyway. Howard convinces him to use the information contained in the blog for his own carnal advantage with Lucy. And Penny can't understand why Leonard gets so excited by what she considers the little, insignificant things in ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

In this episode, Sheldon mentions that he wants to bring back the cancelled show 'Alphas' and this fact is used for humour. Ryan Cartwright, who played Gary in Alphas, appeared in an earlier episode (The 43 Peculiarity) as Penny's classmate Cole. See more »

Goofs

When Amy plays the Star Spangled Banner (minus the ending) on an electronic piano keyboard intentionally to frustrate Sheldon's need for closure, and later when Sheldon returns to finish the music on the same keyboard, they play the keys for A major, while the viewer hears the song in G major. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sheldon Cooper: Oh dear! Penny, have you been recording shows on our DVR again?
Penny: No.
Sheldon Cooper: Answer honestly; this is not a trial. That'll come later.
Penny: Absolutely not.
[quietly to Leonard]
Penny: Help me out here; I can't afford another demerit.
Leonard Hofstadter: Uh, maybe we were hacked. You know, the Chinese have been hacking everything lately.
Sheldon Cooper: Why would the Chinese make our DVR record 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'?
Leonard Hofstadter: I don't know... It's a fat guy on a Segway; that's funny everywhere.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #413

Dear Chief Justice Roberts,

The vanity card seen below was written a couple of years ago, but I think it deserves another look. It is my hope that you can see past its rimshot pessimism to the fundamental truth imbedded within. Perhaps it might even speed up your deliberations, grease the wheels, if you will. Speaking of which, a wise man once said, "When sitting on the horns of a dilemma, ask the dilemma to use a lubricant."

Sincerely,

Chuck Lorre CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #231

I believe that inherent within the God-given right to the pursuit of happiness, is the equally God-given right to the pursuit of unhappiness. That is why I support gay marriage.

Ba-dump-bump! See more »

Connections

References Serenity (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star Spangled Banner
(uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Performed by Mayim Bialik
[Amy sings the song while accompanying herself on the keyboard]
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