The Big Bang Theory (2007–…): Season 1, Episode 12 - The Jerusalem Duality - full transcript

Sheldon decides to give up his work and focus on other tasks when a 15-year-old prodigy joins the university, so the other guys come up with a plan to get rid of him.

Here's the problem with teleportation.

Lay it on me.

Assuming a device could be invented...

...which would identify the state of matter
of an individual in one location...

...and transmit that to a distant location
for reassembly... wouldn't have
transported the individual... would have destroyed him in one
location and re-created him in another.

How about that.

I would never use a transporter.

The original Sheldon
would have to be disintegrated... order to create a new Sheldon.

Would the new Sheldon be in any way
an improvement on the old Sheldon?

No, he would be exactly the same.

That is a problem.

So you see it too?

Dr. Hofstadter, Dr. Cooper.

Dr. Gablehauser.

I'd like you to meet Dennis Kim.

Dennis is a highly sought-after
doctoral candidate.

We're hoping to have him
do graduate work here.

- Graduate work, very impressive.
- And he's only 15 years old.

Not bad.
I myself started graduate school at 14.

Well, I lost a year while my family
was tunneling out of North Korea.

Advantage, Kim.

I thought maybe you
could show Dennis around.

Let him see why we're the best
physics research facility in the country.

I know you're not.

You don't have an Open Science Grid
computer or a free electron laser.

The string theory research
being done is a dead end.

Excuse me, that is my research,
and it is by no means a dead end.

Well, obviously, you don't see it yet,
but trust me, you will.

Dennis, we've discussed this.

We're in the process
of updating our equipment.

We welcome your input
on our research goals.

We agree to look the other way
if you use 20 percent...

...of the money you attract to smuggle
your grandfather out of Pyongyang.

We want him here, boys.

- Make it happen.
- Yes, sir.

You can count on us. We're on it.

What the hell do you mean, "dead end"?

I mean, the whole landscape
of false vacuums in string theory...

...could be as large
as 10 to the 500th power.

In addition...

Ooh, look, chocolate milk.

I sense a disturbance in the force.

A bad feeling I have about this. Mm.

So how long have you been in America?

- A year and a half.
- No kidding.

- You speak English really well.
- So do you.

Except for your tendency
to end sentences with prepositions.

What are you talking about?


He's not wrong.

All right, and this is my office.

- Is this part of the tour?
- Nope. Goodbye.

we've hardly shown him anything.

All right, this is my desk.
These are my books.

This is my door.
Please close it behind you, goodbye.

You're doing work
in quantum loop corrections.

- Keen observation, goodbye.
- You see where you went wrong, don't you?

- Leonard.
- Ha.

- Yeah?
- Get him out.

Come, I'll show you the rec center.
They've got Nautilus equipment.

Do I look like I lift weights?

Not heavy ones.

It's startling you haven't considered
a Lorentz invariant or field theory approach.

You think I haven't considered it?

- You really think I haven't considered it?
- Have you considered it?

- Get him out, Leonard.
- Come on, Dennis.

I'll show you the radiation lab.

Wow. You won the Stevenson Award?

Yes. In fact,
I am the youngest person ever to win it.

Really? How old?

Fourteen and a half.

Mm. You were the youngest
ever to win it.

It's like looking
into an obnoxious mirror, isn't it?

Mm. This is really delicious, isn't it?

Still can't talk to me
unless you're drunk, huh?

Oh, sweetie, you are so damaged.

Hey, I'm damaged too.

How about a hug for Howie?

Sure. Raj, hug Howard.


Something you'd like to share?

A tale of woe perhaps?

Fifteen years old.

Dennis Kim is 15 years old
and he's already correcting my work.

Today, I went from being
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to...

You know, that other guy.

Antonio Salieri?

Oh, God,
now even you're smarter than me.

You know, you don't have so many friends
that you can afford to start insulting them.

Just eat, Sheldon. You'll feel better.

Why waste food?

When a cow goes dry,
they don't keep feeding it...

...they just take her out
and shoot her between the eyes.

I'm confused.
Did Sheldon stop giving milk?

You can't let this kid get to you.

You knew that someday, someone would
come along who's younger and smarter.

Yes, but I assumed
I would've been dead hundreds of years.

And that there'd be an asterisk by his name
because he'd be a cyborg.

So you got a little competition.
I really don't see what the big deal is.

Of course you don't.
You've never excelled at anything.

I don't understand, exactly how did
he get any friends in the first place?

We liked Leonard.

What are you gonna do, just give up?

Yes, it's what a rational person does
when his entire life's work is invalidated... a postpubescent Asian wunderkind.

He ceases his fruitless efforts,
he donates his body to scientific research...

...and he waits to die.

I'm confused again. Is he waiting, or do
we get to shoot him between the eyes?

- Hey.
- Hey.

I've decided you're right.

- My career is not over.
- Great.

But since Dennis Kim
has rendered my research pointless...

...I just have to find
something else to focus on.


So I've decided
I'm going to collaborate with you.


So, what exactly is it you do?

I know you chatter on about it all the time,
but I've never really paid attention.

Right now, I'm designing an experiment
to study the soft component...

...of cosmic radiation at sea level,
but I don't need help.

Oh, sure you do.

Now see, what's this here in the schematic,
a laser array?

- Yes.
- Now, hmm...

What happens if you use argon lasers
instead of helium-neon?

- It would blow up.
- Are you sure?

- Pretty sure.
- "Pretty sure" is not very scientific.

Is this how you normally work?
Just hunches and guesses and stuff?


I understand that you're going
through a bit of a career crisis.

You're searching for some other area
where you can feel valuable and productive.

But I need to tell you something,
and listen carefully.

- All right.
- Go away.

If you're concerned about sharing credit
with me, your name can go first... I'm going.

It's a small brown paper bag, Ma.

I'm looking at it right now.

Why would I make that up?
There's no Ding Dong in it.

How are two Ding Dongs tomorrow
gonna help me today?

So this is Engineering, huh?

I'll talk to you later.

where the noble semiskilled laborers...

...execute the vision
of those who think and dream.

Hello, Oompa Loompas of science.

Sheldon, what are you doing here?

I just came by to say hello.

For three years,
you've never come by to say hello.

Well, up until now,
I've had better things to do.

So, what are we making today?

A small payload support structure for
a European science experimental package...

- ...that's going up on the next space shuttle.
- Really? How does it work?

It will be attached to the payload bay...

...and the sensor apparatus will rest on it.


So it's a shelf.

No, you don't understand.

During acceleration, it needs
to stay perfectly level and provide...

Yeah, okay, it's a shelf.

I notice you're using titanium.

Did you give any consideration
to carbon nanotubes?

They're lighter, cheaper
and have twice the tensile strength.

Sheldon, there's a diploma in my office
that says I have a master's in engineering.

And you also have a note from your mother
that says, "I love you, Bubula."

But neither of those is a cogent argument
for titanium over nanotubes.

- Sheldon.
- Yes?

Go away.

Did Leonard tell you to say that?

No, I thought of it all by myself.

Huh? Can't be a coincidence.

There must be some causal link
I'm missing.

Go away.

Curiouser and curiouser.

- Is he here?
- If he were, I wouldn't be.

You know what he did?
He watched me work...

...and then started to design a simple piece
of software that could replace me.

Is that even possible?

As it turns out, yes.

- Something's gotta be done about him.
- Like what?

He'll never cope with the fact
that some 15-year-old is smarter...

...and more accomplished than he is.

What if something were to happen to him
so he was no longer a threat to Sheldon?

Then our problem would be solved.

Hang on, are we talking about
murdering Dennis Kim?

I'm not saying no.

We don't have to go that far.
There are other means.

We can't send him back to North Korea.

He knows how to get out.

The only thing we need to do
is make this Kim kid lose his focus.

It won't happen. He is not interested
in anything but physics.

- What about biology?
- What?

You know, biology.

The one thing that can completely derail
a world-class mind.

- Howard, he's 15.
- Yeah, so?

When I was 15, I met Denise Palmeri...

...and my grade point average
fell from a 5.0 to a 1.8.

She was sleeping with you?

No, I just wasted a lot of time thinking
about what it would be like if she did.

Oh, good, you're all here.

I've decided that if the three of you drop
whatever you're working on and join me...

...we could lick cold fusion
in less than a decade, 12 years tops.

Go away?


Could it be me?

Hey, guys, what's up?

We need a hot 15-year-old Asian girl
with a thing for smart guys.

- What?
- Howard, that's racist.

Any 15-year-old girl will do the trick.

It's possible
she may have misunderstood us.


- Dr. Cooper. Oh, are we interrupting?
- No, no, please come in.

I think you'll appreciate this.
This is very exciting.

- What are you working on?
- Something remarkable.

Since my prospects for the Nobel Prize
in Physics have disappeared... Thank you.

...I've decided to refocus my efforts
and use my people skills... win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Look, I'm going
to solve the Middle East crisis... building an exact replica of Jerusalem
in the middle of the Mexican desert.

To what end?

You know, it's like the baseball movie.
"Build it and they will come."

Who will come?

The Jewish people.

What if they don't come?

We'll make it nice, put out a spread.

Okay, well, speaking of spreads...

...we're having a welcoming party
this afternoon for Mr. Kim...

- ...who's agreed to join us at the university.
- Of course he has.

The oracle told us little Neo was the one.

You can see the matrix, can't you?

Okay, well, obviously, you're very busy
with your, ah, um...

Come, Dennis.

You'll have to excuse Dr. Cooper.
He's been under a lot of, um...

He's nuts.



They'll come, they'll settle
And I'll win the prize

I don't understand your objections,
Professor Goldfarb.

Why wouldn't the Sonora Desert
make a perfectly good Promised Land?

Go away.

We could call it Nuevo Jerusalem.

Please go away.

Said Pharaoh to Moses.

Why are all these young women here?

It's Take Your Daughter to Work Day.

Really? I was not aware of that.

Oh, yes.
There was a very official e-mail...

...that was sent to everyone
whose files indicated...

...they had daughters
between the ages of 14 and 16.


- Smooth.
- Thank you.

There's the man of the hour.

So we have a socially awkward genius in
a room of attractive age-appropriate women.

All he has to do is hook up with one.

Anyone else see the flaw in this plan?

We need a social catalyst.

Like what?
We can't get 15-year-old girls drunk.

- Or can we?
- No, we can't.

I don't think you mean we can't.
I think you mean we shouldn't.

Hey, Howard, you're a Jew.

If there was another Wailing Wall
exactly like the one in Jerusalem...

...but close to taco stands
and cheap prescription drugs...

...would you still wail at it?

Okay, it's definitely me.

We cannot leave this to chance.
Let's pick a girl...

...and figure out
how to get her with Dennis.

How about that one?

Uh-uh. I know the type. Cheerleader,
student council, goes out with jocks.

Won't look at anybody
in the gifted program.

If she does agree to go out,
it turns out to be a setup.

You're in your mom's car with your pants off
while the whole football team laughs.

- Are you crying?
- No, I have allergies.

Okay. Uh...

Oh, hey, how about her?

Sure, if he wants to spend years
doing her homework...

...while she drinks herself into a stupor
with nonfat White Russians.

And you're holding her head
while she's puking...

...and wishes more guys were like you.

She gets into Cornell,
because you wrote her essay.

And you drive up to visit her one weekend
and she acts like she doesn't know you.

Okay, so not her either.

How about her?

Interesting, kind of pretty, a little chubby,
so probably low self-esteem.

I think that's our girl.

One of us should go talk to her.

I can't talk to her, you do it.

I can't just go up and talk to her.

Howard, you talk to her.

I don't know, she'll never go for the kid
once she gets a peek at this.

In India, this would be simpler.

Five minutes with her dad, 20 goats
and a laptop, and we'd be done.

Well, we're not in India.

Why don't we do it your way, then?

We'll arrange for her to move in across the
hall so he can pathetically moon over her.

- Okay, that was uncalled for.
- You started it, dude.


Could I have everyone's attention,

What a wonderful occasion this is.

And how fortunate that it should
fall on Take Your Daughter to Work Day.

We're here to welcome Mr. Dennis Kim
to our little family.

Welcome, Dennis Kim.

Mr. Kim was not only the valedictorian
at Stanford University...

...he is also the youngest recipient
of the prestigious Stevenson Award.

Youngest till the cyborgs rise up.

And now, without any further ado...

...let me introduce the man of the hour,
Mr. Dennis Kim.

Dennis? Dennis.


Would you like to tell us
about your upcoming research?

Oh, no, thanks.
I'm going to the mall with Emma.

The kid got a girl.


Did anyone see how he did it?

Don't worry, I've got this.

Ladies and gentlemen,
honored daughters...

...while Mr. Kim,
by virtue of his youth and naiveté...

...has fallen prey to the inexplicable need
for human contact...

...let me step in and assure you
that my research will go on uninterrupted.

And that social relationships
will continue to baffle and repulse me.

Thank you.


- He's back.
- Yeah, mission accomplished.

Forget the mission. How did that
little yutz get a girl on his own?

I guess times have changed
since we were young.

Smart is the new sexy.

Then why do we go home alone
every night? We're still smart.

Maybe we're too smart.

So smart, it's off-putting.

Yeah, let's go with that.


Components I built
are on the space station...

...and I get a ticket
for launching a rocket in the park.

I don't know if the ticket was so much for
the launch as for telling the policewoman:

"You have to frisk me.
I have another rocket in my pants."

Hey, look at that.

It's Dennis Kim.

Wow, I almost didn't recognize him.

I kind of feel bad
about what we did to him.

Yeah, we really ruined his life.

Screw him, he was weak.

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