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The Proton Transmogrification 

As the gang celebrate Star Wars Day, Sheldon has difficulty dealing with the recent death of Arthur "Professor Proton" Jeffries.

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Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 9 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny (as Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting)
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Bob Newhart ... Arthur Jeffries
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The guys are organizing Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) day, which is on May the 4th, the date so chosen because..., and as such the date cannot be changed. They run into a conundrum when they learn that Arthur Jeffries, Leonard and Sheldon's friend and childhood idol as "Professor Proton", has just passed away, his funeral service to be held that day. While Penny plans to accompany Leonard to the funeral, Sheldon plans to partake in Star Wars day with Howard and Raj, since he believes mourning is a wasted emotion, and funerals a superstitious ritual. While Amy and Bernadette are helping with the Star Wars preparations, Sheldon, Howard and Raj start watching the marathon of six movies. But Arthur's death may be hitting Sheldon harder than he realizes, as witnessed by the break he takes from watching the movies. At the funeral, Penny makes an admission about funerals in general, while Leonard contemplates his mortality. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

This episode was taped on February 11, 2014. See more »

Goofs

You can see the support being retracted before the Deathstar cake rolls off of the table. See more »

Quotes

Howard Wolowitz: Some of the physical comedy of Jar-Jar is tough to watch.
Leonard Hofstadter: At least they toned him down in the second one.
Penny: Yeah, he is pretty stupid.
Raj Koothrappali: Hey, we can say it. You can't.
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #456

The government of China has decided that "The Big Bang Theory" is not appropriate for viewing. I have to assume there was some sort of formal process involved in this decision. In all likelihood, a gaggle of communists sat in a darkened room and watched a few episodes. I like to think they took notes that were later used to formulate an official document that detailed the corrosive cultural effects caused by the shenanigans of Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Wolowitz, Koothrappali, Amy and Bernadette. I like to think that during these screenings one of them laughed out loud and was promptly sent to a re-education camp on the outskirts of Urumqi. I like to think one of them was reassured by how often the characters on the show eat Chinese takeout. I like to think there's a Chinese word for shenanigans. Regardless, the whole affair makes me very happy. The overlords of 1.3 billion people are afraid of our sitcom. Exactly what we were going for! See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) See more »

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History of Everything (Instrumental version)
(uncredited)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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