The Big Bang Theory (2007–…): Season 8, Episode 18 - The Leftover Thermalization - full transcript

Tension arises when a magazine fails to mention Leonard in an article about the paper he co-wrote with Sheldon, and a blackout at Mrs. Wolowitz's home leads to a final family dinner in her honor.

...two, one, six, four, two,
zero, one, nine, eight, nine.

And that, little lady,
is pi to a thousand places.

I'd say I'm sorry I asked,
except I didn't.

Oh, look, it's the Scientific American
that covered the paper Leonard and I wrote.

Oh, let me see.

I have mixed feelings
about doing interviews.

I like the part where I talk.

I do not like the part
where the other man talks.

Sheldon, this article
doesn't mention Leonard at all.

Oh, that can't be right.

It only refers to "Dr. Cooper and his team."
Did you even talk about him?

All I did was answer
a few questions about the theory.

Then expressed my gratitude
that Scientific American...

...doesn't include
any of those smelly perfume cards.

Poor Leonard.

Why? The theory he came up with
just got mentioned in Scientific American.

- He ought to be thrilled.
- He might not be.

Oh, maybe you're right.

He is kind of a lump.

Think about it. How would you feel if you were
referred to as part of Leonard's team?

Oh, I'd be incensed.

So you see what I'm getting at?

Squeaky wheel gets the grease?


Grass is always greener?

Try again.
Well, I don't know.

We're all Groot? Just tell me.

Leonard is as much a part of this paper
as you are, and he was overlooked.

He's going to feel bad.

But it wasn't my fault.

I didn't exclude him,
and I didn't write the article.

Remember when you didn't get picked
to pull the sword out of the stone... Disneyland
and they let that kid do it?

Oh, that kid.

Poor Leonard.


For the record,
that kid was a terrible choice.

If you cry when you drop your churro,
you do not have what it takes to rule England.

Thanks for helping us
sort through all my mom's stuff.

Of course.

I know what it's like having to go through
a loved one's possessions.

My uncle was a worshipper of Krishna.

But after he died, you know what we found?

A statue of Shiva.

It may not be Crips and Bloods, okay,
but in India, it's a thing.

It'll be good that you're there.

Howard's been having trouble deciding
what to keep or let go.

Well, it's hard.

A lot of Ma's stuff
brings back fond memories.

Is that why you couldn't get rid of
her drawer full of ketchup packets?

Yes. It reminds me of us eating out...

...and her saying, "Nobody's looking.
Fill your pockets with ketchup."


...have you ever noticed...

...that only my name is on the cable bill?

- Yeah.
- Good.


And your name is on the electric bill
and mine isn't.

And I'm okay with that.

Actually, your name is on the electric bill.

Oh, right.

This is a disaster.

I don't even know
what you're talking about and I agree.


...I have to tell you something,
but you're not going to like it.

What's going on?

An article was just published
in Scientific American about our theory.

- Did they hate it?
- No. No, they loved it.

They couldn't say enough nice things
about it.

So, what's the problem?

You know how the PennySaver
only has my name on...?


They didn't mention you
in the article, only me.

- Really?
- I know.

It's not fair.

Let the anger go, buddy.

You just... You relax all your muscles.

Except for your pubococcygeus
and anal sphincter.

Let's keep those tight.

Uh, that's not necessary.

It is. They're what hold back
the urine and feces.

Look, maybe you shouldn't read it.
It'll only make you feel worse.

"Cooper and his team"?

You should know,
I had nothing to do with that.


At least they're talking about the theory.
I mean, that's what's important.

You know, you're right.

Yeah. You know, it's like when Stan Lee
and Steve Ditko created Spider-Man.

Stan Lee may get all the credit...

...but Steve Ditko knows
he was just as important.

Even though Stan Lee
gets to be in all the Marvel movies.

And he's far richer.

And he's a household name, you know...

...whereas, you know, you say "Ditko,"
that sounds like a company that makes dits.

That's not helping.

Why, I'd give more examples...

...but, well, everyone in your position's
so forgettable.

Stuart, we're here.

Nice of you to let him keep staying
at your mom's house.

Yeah, well, I tried putting him out on the curb,
but nobody took him.


- Just so you know, the power's out.
- What happened?

I called, they said a transformer blew,
it's the whole block. To be fixed by tomorrow.

- Wait, when did it go out?
- In the middle of the night.

Oh, my God.

Howie, what's wrong?

It's all defrosting.

It's okay, it's just food.

It's not just food.

This is the last food my mother ever made.

This is her last brisket.

This is her last meat loaf.

This is her last...

I have no idea what this is,
but it's the last one.

- Everything okay?
- No.

All Ma's food is gonna be ruined.

Why don't we take it home
and put it in our freezer?

You don't want to do that.

Refreezing not only removes moisture,
but it creates ice crystals... the fibers of the meat
that can compromise its taste and texture.

What? I saw a teachable moment,
I dropped some culinary science.

What should we do?

I'll tell you exactly what we're gonna do.
We're gonna eat it.

- There's like 20 pounds of food in there.
- All you said was I had to get rid of things.

You didn't say they couldn't pass through
my colon first.


Okay, then how about this?

Let's invite everyone over to dinner.

It'll be like Ma's feeding us one last time.

I love that.

Me too.

Oh, look, we've got enough ketchup
to cover every ounce of it.

I mean, who even reads
Scientific American?

It's kind of a big deal.

Then how come the biggest celebrity
they could get for the cover is a molecule?

Can we please just stop talking about it?

- I'm sorry. What can I do?
- Nothing. I'm fine.

No, no, I'm gonna cheer you up. Ahem.

- Here we go.
- What are we doing?

I am taking you shopping.

My baby is sad,
and I'm gonna make him happy again.

Look, I know shopping cheers you up,
but it's just not really my thing.

Well, what about this helicopter
you control with an iPad?

Does it have a camera in it?

It does have a camera in it.

Baby's listening.

Leonard. Leonard.

- Leonard.
- What?

I spoke to the reporter at the magazine.

Did you tell him it was my idea?

- I did.
- Thank you.

- What did he say?
- He said they made the editorial decision... only cite the lead scientist.

Why did he think you're the lead scientist?

It was my idea.

For an extra 4 bucks,
I can have this thing here tomorrow.

Well, I know it was your idea, but the reporter
said he's been following my work for a while.

The only reason they even mentioned it
is because my name is on it.

You know what? I did it. What's 4 bucks?

If you're trying to make me feel better,
it's not working.

Well, what if I told you
that I added your name to the cable bill?


Just as well, they had me on hold
for 20 minutes. I hung up. I...

Leonard. Leonard.


Also, Wolowitz invited us all to dinner.


...I'm ready whenever you are.

- All he had was an idea.
- Well, that is an important part.

Oh, please. I have ideas all day long.

Reverse SeaWorld,
where dolphins are allowed to pet people.

A new clothing size
between medium and large, called "marge."

Snow White retold
from the point of view of Sneezy.

Why won't Doc prescribe him something?
We finally find out.

But Leonard's idea was good.

Fine, then Grumpy,
what's he so grumpy about?

Maybe his girlfriend won't take his side.

I'm the one who thought of it.

Well, didn't he do a lot of the work?

But now he's happy to let people think
he's responsible for everything.

And that's why you get an iPad helicopter.

Is it my fault I have a much bigger reputation
than he does?

It's not your fault.

Is it my fault that my name came first
on the paper alphabetically?

Not your fault.

Is it my fault that when the reporter cited me
as the lead scientist, I didn't correct him?

Hey, look at that pretty bird.

He always needs all the attention.
He's such a baby.

I know, I know.

He is never, ever playing with my helicopter.

Okay, I'll start heating some of this stuff up.

- Thanks.
- Oh, man.

This is the boutonniere
from my high school prom. Heh-heh.

A piece of cake from my Bar Mitzvah.

- Did she throw anything away?
- No.

If I find my foreskin, I'm gonna kill myself.

Okay, so we've got, um, three briskets...

...four meat loafs, one lasagna...

No, that's noodle kugel.

One Jewish lasagna...

...two pound cakes
that are about 8 pounds each...

...and one giant container
of matzo ball soup.

Ma always kept it on hand in case I got sick.

She thought she could cure anything
with her cooking.

Even the time I got food poisoning.

From her cooking.

You okay?

Yeah, I'm okay.

- Let's get started.
- You got it.

I'm never gonna talk to her again.

Should we tell everyone not to come?

No, I wanna do this.

Okay. Well, I'll keep it together if you can.

Okay. Heh.

I'm not making any promises.

- Glad you guys could make it.
- Of course.

Looks really pretty in here.

Yeah. Turns out half a dozen menorahs
really sets a mood.

Have you thought about what you'd do
if Howard sells the house?

And there goes the mood.

Hi. Hello.

Oh, and a special hello to Leonard,
who needs to be mentioned by name.

- Subtle.
- Yeah, but you got it, right?

Hey, guys.

I just want everyone to know, uh,
tonight's not a sad occasion.

We just wanna have the kind of dinner
we've all had here so many times before.

Good food, good friends,
and sometime around midnight...

...heartburn that makes you pray for death.

- Need any help in the kitchen?
- No, we got it.

Make yourselves comfortable.

All right, hey, you two,
we're here for Howard right now, okay?

- Yes, so please behave yourselves.
- Fine.

Of course.

So I heard you two wrote a paper together.
How's that going?

This food is amazing.

And not a vegetable in sight.

That's not true.
We've got tomatoes right here.

All these bright people
sitting around a table by candlelight...

...feels like we could be
in an 18th-century French salon.


Penny, a salon is a gathering
where intellectuals entertained each other...

...with sparkling conversations...

- ...about issues of the day.
- Oh, so it's like The View.

Sheldon, The View is a daytime talk show
hosted by women.

Oh, I'm aware.
It features Whoopi Goldberg.

She played Guinan on Star Trek: Next Gen.

- Penny, Next Gen refers to Star Trek...
- Shut up.

I would like to propose a salon topic.

Ooh, please do, Rajesh.

The lead in The Hunger Games is a woman.

Marvel has made Thor a female.

Wait, who's "Tor"?

You know, Thor, the god of thunder.

As I was saying, is this a sign
that our society... approaching gender equality?

Certainly a lot more women
are reading comic books now.

It's true. At the store,
I had to put a seat on the toilet.

We won't know if there's equality
until female Thor has a baby...

...and the Avengers are cool
with her pumping breast milk at work.

I wonder if only a baby who is worthy
can suckle at the bosom of Thor. Heh.

Okay, new salon topic.

Salons: dumb thing from a long time ago...

...or interesting thing made dumb
by talking about superheroes? Discuss.

I don't believe it matters what the topic is.

What's crucial for a salon
is that we conduct the discussion... an elevated and insightful way.

It's all about the execution.

Of course you'd focus on that,
rather than the inspiration.

Uh, new salon topic: What's more important,
an idea or its execution?

Oh, that's fun.

Yeah, good for you, Leonard.
That's a lovely little notion.

Kind of like, "I wish I could talk
to my uncle in Chicago."

Yeah, now stand back
while I invent the telephone.

Hello? Oh, hold on.

Leonard, it's your uncle.
He says you just got burned.

- Sheldon.
- No, it's okay.

We're all adults trying to have
an intelligent discussion.

At least I am. Howard, what do you think?

Well, I guess, as an engineer,
I lean towards execution.

I spend my days trying to take ideas
and make them real.

Well said, old chap.

I thought eloquence had died,
here it stands before us.

Starting today, it will go: Gettysburg Address,
"I have a dream," and what you just said.

Oh, now he's a genius? All you ever do
is make fun of him and engineering.

Leonard, please. His mother just died.

- You're being ridiculous.
- Yeah, so are you.

Guys, if I wanted to hear people be bitchy,
I'd go to my real salon.

Lots of people could've had that idea.

But very few people could've worked out
the math the way I did.

Lots of people also didn't have that idea.

Like everyone in the entire world except for me.

Well, apparently Leonard thinks he's better
than everyone in the whole world.

Including those fighting for our freedom.

Well, I don't know about you,
but I support our boys overseas.

- And girls.
- You already ruined Thor. Give it a rest.

So I'm just supposed to be okay
with you hogging all the credit?

I didn't hog anything...

...unlike you and that weird lasagna
with raisins in it.

- You want some of this? I'll give you some.
- Sheldon, Leonard, living room right now!

She said my name first. That must kill you.

I don't know what you're doing,
but this is a very difficult time for my husband!

We're eating the last food
his mother ever made...

...and you were gonna throw it
at each other like children?

Whatever it is you're fighting about,
put it aside...

...go back in there, be a good friend to Howard
or there's no dessert for either of you!

Look at me when I'm talking to you,
and don't think...

You guys ever notice sometimes
Bernadette sounds like my mom?

- I don't hear it.
- No, not at all.

I don't think I've eaten that much
in my entire life.

It's why my people wandered the desert
for 40 years.

It took that long to walk it off.

You see, Penny,
the Israelites were in the desert...

Shut up.

I'm so glad you two are done fighting.

Right now, I'm just trying to burp
without throwing up.

Hang on.
Physics Today mentioned the paper.

- What'd they say?
- Who cares?

- Did they mention Leonard?
- They did.


Good news, I found more Tums.