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The Bon Voyage Reaction 

Penny is thrown for a loop when Leonard is offered a job overseas, but the news is an even bigger shock to Sheldon. Raj and Lucy's relationship comes to a crossroad.


Mark Cendrowski


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

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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


Howard thinks that Leonard has a good shot at one of the positions working for Stephen Hawking on a four month long expedition on a ship in the North Sea. Leonard is excited to learn the job is his if he wants it. Sheldon is both jealous of Leonard and sad if Leonard goes if only because of Leonard's role as his primary gopher. In trying to convince Leonard not to go, Sheldon ultimately brings up the one item that may stop him from going: Penny. However, Penny, supporting Leonard in his dream, wants him to go. Both Penny and Sheldon have to come to terms about what losing Leonard for four months will mean to their lives. Meanwhile, Raj convinces Lucy to meet at least one of his friends, as meeting the entire group is too frightening a thought. The encounter with who ends up being the surprise choice of that friend doesn't go quite the way Raj wants, but it does lead to Raj further convincing Lucy to meet all his friends at Leonard's farewell party. Can Lucy handle the pressure of this... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

16 May 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The title refers to the reaction that they all have to Leonard leaving for an overseas job for the summer, or Raj being able to talk to women after Lucy saying goodbye (Bon Voyage) to Raj. See more »


As Howard reads the text from Lucy, and then Raj leaves the room, Howard is holding the cell phone in his left hand and his drink in his right, and Howard is looking at the phone. It cuts to Sheldon to say it didn't kill him when Howard went to space, and Howard is staring straight ahead. It then cuts back to Howard and the cell phone is now in his right hand and his drink in his left. See more »


[first lines]
Raj Koothrappali: So anyway, last night on video-chat I spent like twenty minutes just staring into Lucy's eyes.
Leonard Hofstadter: Sounds romantic.
Raj Koothrappali: It was until I realized the screen had frozen. Still one of my top three dates of all time.
Leonard Hofstadter: Are we ever going to hang out with this girl?
Raj Koothrappali: I'd love that, but she's not really comfortable around people.
Sheldon Cooper: Yeah, I used to be uncomfortable around people, but then I learned a trick; I pretend everyone I meet is a beloved character from Star Trek.
Leonard Hofstadter: How's that working for you?
Sheldon Cooper: Oh, ...
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I've been thinking about becoming a polytheist. No, this has nothing to do with missing Battlestar Galactica. And yes, I realize my blasphemous notion flies in the face of a few thousand years of "Ye shall have no other gods before me." (To be honest, even when I was a kid that commandment troubled me. It sounded like a jealous girlfriend saying, "If I catch you looking at other girls, you're in big trouble, Mister!" And don't get me started on how "no other gods before me" kinda implies that there might actually be some other gods loitering about.) But my main reason for considering becoming a Pagan (Pagish? Jewgan?), is that it neatly answers the age-old question, "Why does god allow so much suffering in the world?" When tragedy strikes, the monotheistic approach can only offer the tired old, "It is not for us to question god's will." Really? Why not us? Who else is in the questioning business? But look what happens when we ask the same question from a pantheistic perspective. Why do the gods allow so much suffering in the world? Because outside of their particular area of expertise: farming, war, fertility, what-have-you, they are not even remotely in control. The buck stops nowhere. (In this scenario both the Old Testament and New Testament deities are off the hook as far as your general suffering is concerned.) But here's the really good news: with a polytheistic approach to prayer we can micro-target our beseeching. Trouble with love? Take it to Aphrodite. Not catching enough fish? Poseidon. Are you regularly waking up from alcohol-induced blackouts in the sleeping compartment of long-haul trucks that carry circus equipment and little people? That sounds like a job for Dionysus. Need your sitcom pilot to get picked up for the Fall season? Les Moonves. In other words, whatever the crisis might be, there's a god ready to take your call. What are you waiting for? Call now and receive a free goat-sacrificing kit! (Goat sold separately.) See more »


References Star Trek (1966) See more »


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