Raj is one of a select group of scientists who has been asked to submit a proposal for sending a message out into space on one of the Discovery missions, in the possibility that the message is intercepted by alien life. Raj asks Howard, Leonard and Sheldon if they would like to help him. Based on their responses, Raj decides only to let Leonard help as Howard and Sheldon demonstrate that they would want to take over the project, whereas Leonard would be more of a collaborator. Howard and Sheldon react to Raj's decision in different ways, with the four ultimately discussing their group dynamic. A question becomes if Raj and Leonard can accomplish anything without Howard and Sheldon. Meanwhile Penny has been asked to audition for a major movie, which, if she gets it would put a crimp on her lucrative new life as a pharmaceutical sales rep. She asks for advice on what to do from an unlikely source. And Sheldon rewrites the lyrics to a number of popular songs to get children more ...
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Raj and Howard talk about how the Voyager spacecraft included a record for aliens to play but didn't provide them with a record player. In real life, the Voyager spacecraft included both a record and a record player. See more
The itsy bitsy spider is not an insect at all. Because it has eight legs and two body parts.
That's pretty cool, Sheldon.
Thank you. Do either of you know Beyoncé? I'd love her to get behind it.
CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #497
To be read aloud at my funeral.
Well... this is depressing. Which, I guess, beats the alternative. Certainly don't want my send off to be a ding-dong-the-witch-is- dead flash mob. Perhaps there's a middle ground. A little light sobbing, some clothes rending. Nothing over the top. To all the actors here, let's try and keep this day about me. Okay, now that we've settled on the appropriate level of somber, I'd like to go over a few things before LIFE GOES ON WITHOUT ME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! First, I want it known that I am deeply grateful for how things turned out. In retrospect - and yes, everything is in retrospect now - even the awful stuff seems to have had a purpose. When I was a young man a pretty girl smiled at me, so I did exactly what any young man would do, I joined her new-age religion. Seven years later I awoke, as if from a dream, and carried on like nothing happened. Which made sense because for seven years nothing happened. Being too poor to go to a doctor when I had ulcerative colitis made me a big supporter of free health care, as well as appreciative of the life-affirming qualities in a good bowel movement. Two failed marriages and many failed relationships taught me the fine art of apologizing. A decade or so of professional failures proved that hardship builds character, just not a very good one. And then there's all the great things that happened. My children - despite years of fatherly neglect - turned out to be awesome. Shaking off a severe drop in revenue, the Jack Daniels company managed to limp along without me. I stumbled into an incredible career when I realized I had a better chance at becoming the next Sherwood Schwartz than the next Bruce Springsteen. So again, looking back, other than dying, I have no real complaints. Looking forward, well, if the lights in the chapel flicker... NOW!... it means I'm a non-corporeal spiritual entity with a delightful streak of mischievousness (more Spooky than Casper). If not, the likely scenario is I exist only in your memories, and, after the ceremony, as landfill in a Jewish cemetery. So, to sum up a lifetime: "Here lies me. I did the best I could with what I had. I never stopped trying to be better. My flaws were plentiful. No need to list them here. We all know what they were -- don't we ladies? But I did love. And as I got older I think I learned how to love more. I hope that's what you remember about me."
"And that I was perfectly willing to end a heartfelt moment with a cheap dick joke." See more
Itsy Bitsy Spider
With alternate lyrics
Traditional nursery rhyme
Performed by Jim Parsons
[Sheldon sings the song to Leonard and Howard as the second rewritten nursery rhyme to get kids interested in science] See more