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Raj. Raj Koothrappali cannot speak to women, including Penny, without the aide of alcohol or medication. In scenes where Penny is present he resorts to whispering to one of the guys, or even writing notes.
|What piece of movie memorabilia do the four guys purchase in an online auction?||The Big Bang Theory
a time machine. For the hefty sum of $800 the guys purchase a full-sized time machine from the movie "Time Machine". They each pitch in $200 for a quarter-share in the time machine.
|What is the name of the female scientist who works at the same university as Sheldon, and continuously insults him?||The Big Bang Theory
Leslie. Leslie is one of the "smart" females on this show. She fits right in with all the guys as a scientist at the university where they all work. Leslie is quite promiscuous, and has been with both Leonard and Howard.
She never graduated from community college. Penny was embarrassed that she hadn't graduated from community college. For this reason she feels she isn't smart enough to date Leonard.
Wolowitz. As the typical 27 year old nerd Howard Wolowitz still lives with his mother, despite believing he is quite the ladies man. He commonly comes on to Penny with a variety of inappropriate comments.
|The guys enter a team in the Physics Bowl competition with the team name PMS. What did PMS stand for?||The Big Bang Theory
perpetual motion squad. The guys name their team PMS without realizing the more common connection to the acronym, premenstrual syndrome. The team was made up of Leonard, Wolowitz, Raj, and Leslie. They play against Sheldon, who loses the match after refusing to allow his teammates to answer any questions.
Leonard. All of these nerdy guys have think Penny is pretty hot stuff, but Leonard was the only one who actually was able to get a date with her. Unfortunately for Leonard there is never a second date and Penny soon moves on, believing she isn't smart enough to date him.
People. In "The Griffin Equivalency", Raj was selected for "People" magazine's "30 Under 30" (30 visionaries under the age of 30 to watch) list. He had discovered an object in space, dubbed "trans-Neptunian object 2008 NQ17". He was excited at first, and then was a little down when his friends (especially Sheldon, who didn't think Raj had accomplished much) didn't give him the support he'd been looking for. He soon got a swelled head, though, as other people at the university began to treat him differently and because Penny was excited for him and accompanied him to the reception. He got drunk (he had to, in order to be able to talk to Penny) and behaved a bit boorishly, and the next day, after apologizing to Penny, Raj went back to his old self.
PMS. In "The Bat Jar Conjecture" from season one, after kicking Sheldon off their team because he was a glory hog, Leonard, Howard and Raj named their team Perpetual Motion Squad, or PMS for short. They recruited Leslie Winkle to join their team; she was eager for a chance to take Sheldon down a peg. Sheldon formed his own team (with random employees from the university, since he planned on answering all the questions himself anyway) and kept the team name he'd originally wanted to use for his team with Leonard, Howard and Raj - Army Ants, or AA for short.
Howard. In the season one episode "The Peanut Reaction", Penny was shocked to learn that Leonard had never had a birthday party. Leonard explained that his mother didn't feel that the anniversary of being expelled from the birth canal was an accomplishment worthy of a celebration, so he'd never had birthday parties as a child. Penny decided to throw him one and enlisted Howard to keep Leonard busy while she took Sheldon to the mall at the last minute so he could buy a birthday gift for Leonard. They took so long at the mall that Howard ended up purposely eating a peanut granola bar and having an allergic reaction to keep Leonard at the hospital so he wouldn't go home while Raj was decorating the apartment.
Rent. In "The Loobenfeld Decay", Penny's horribly off-key singing while practicing for her performance in "Rent" led Leonard to lie and say he was unavailable to go see her performance. Sheldon thought that Leonard's lie wasn't good enough and concocted a wildly elaborate story about his fictional, drug-addicted cousin Leo. He went so far as to set up a fake Facebook page for Leo, and he also hired Toby Loobenfeld (played by DJ Qualls), an employee at the university, to pretend to be Leo. In the end it didn't matter, as Penny made Leonard watch the videotape of her performance anyway.
A napkin signed by Leonard Nimoy. In "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis", Sheldon was at first dismayed to learn that Penny had a Christmas gift for him, because it put the burden on him to properly reciprocate. He made Howard and Raj take him to the mall where he bought several gift sets of bath items, and decided that he would choose one to give Penny after he saw what she got him. When he opened a napkin that was personally addressed to him and signed by Leonard Nimoy, that Nimoy had wiped his mouth with no less, Sheldon was overjoyed and gave Penny all of the bath sets he'd bought. Thinking that that still wasn't enough, he also gave her a hug.
Soft Kitty. We first hear "Soft Kitty", a song that Sheldon's mother sang to him when he was young, in the season one episode "The Pancake Batter Anomaly". Sheldon was sick and asked Penny to take care of him, since his friends had gone into hiding at the first sign of his illness. He asked Penny to sing "Soft Kitty" and taught her the words: "Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur. Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr purr purr." Sheldon also asked Penny to sing it to him in "The Vegas Renormalization" when he had to spend the night at her apartment because he was locked out of his and couldn't get to sleep. He justified his request by saying that homesick was a kind of sick.
The Jewish Girlfriend Experience. A few episodes earlier, Howard had begun a friends-with-benefits relationship with Leslie Winkle. When she broke it off with him in "The Vegas Renormalization", Leonard and Raj took him to Las Vegas (at Sheldon's suggestion) to cheer him up. Howard was quite depressed and stayed in his room looking at Leslie's Facebook page when Leonard and Raj went to the hotel bar. A prostitute tried to pick up Raj, and he and Leonard decided to buy her services for Howard. They asked her to act like she was just a regular woman who was interested in a date with Howard. Mikaela (the prostitute) asked, "So you want the girlfriend experience?" and Raj said that they would love for her to provide the 'Jewish girlfriend experience' instead. In acting the part, to get Howard's attention, Mikaela approached the buffet table while Howard, Leonard and Raj were standing there and said aloud, "What, would it kill them to maybe put out a brisket?"
His mother. In "The Panty Pinata Polarization", Sheldon and Penny got into a feud after he banished her from his apartment for breaking his rules (such as touching his food and sitting in his spot). After Sheldon took Penny's clothes from the laundry room and draped her underwear from the telephone wire outside of his apartment, Leonard stepped in by going to Penny's and giving her a piece of paper, calling it "Sheldon's kryptonite". She seemed reluctant to use it, but Leonard said, "It'll shorten the war by five years and save many lives!" We can deduce that the information on the piece of paper was Sheldon's mother's phone number and that Penny called her and tattled on Sheldon, because his mother then phoned him and made him take the underwear down and apologize to Penny, despite him whining that Penny started it.
A string quartet. In season one's "The Hamburger Postulate", Leslie Winkle (played by Sara Gilbert) invited Leonard to join the string quartet she played with, as Leonard was a cellist and the group needed one. Leonard was a bit reluctant at first, as a couple episodes earlier he'd asked Leslie out and was shot down, but he went ahead and joined the group. He ended up hooking up with Leslie and wanted to pursue a relationship with her, but she wasn't interested.
He looks for the 'acoustic sweet spot'.. This can be seen in the season two episode "The White Asparagus Triangulation". Leonard was seeing Dr. Stephanie Barnett and Sheldon was spending a lot of time with Leonard and Stephanie. When Leonard left Sheldon a note saying that he and Stephanie were going to the movies, Sheldon took that as an invitation to join them and tracked them down. He told them to wait while he found seats (even though Leonard and Stephanie were already sitting). Sheldon then sat in various spots in the theatre, making "Ha!" noises and listening to the acoustics in the room. It turned out that Leonard and Stephanie were already sitting in the 'acoustic sweet spot'.
Mayim Bialik. Mayim Bialik, best known for her starring role on "Blossom" (1990-1995), joined the cast of "The Big Bang Theory" as a recurring character beginning in the third season finale, "The Lunar Excitation", continuing into the fourth season. She played Amy Farrah Fowler (nearly always called by all three names), Sheldon's 'perfect match'. Howard and Raj had set up an online dating profile for Sheldon just for fun, and surprisingly, the site returned a match for him. Howard and Raj blackmailed Sheldon into meeting Amy, who turned out to be exactly like Sheldon, only female.
Stu the Cockatoo is New at the Zoo. In the second season episode "The Friendship Algorithm", Sheldon wanted to befriend Barry Kripke because he heard that Kripke controlled access to a special computer that Sheldon wanted to use. Sheldon had trouble convincing Kripke to become his friend, so he went to a bookstore to find a book to help him. The clerk pointed him towards the children's section where he found the book "Stu the Cockatoo is New at the Zoo". Sheldon managed to win Kripke over by proposing that they engage in a shared interest together. Sheldon found rock climbing to be the least objectionable of Kripke's suggestions, so off they went. It seemed to work, despite Sheldon fainting when he got halfway up the rock climbing wall, and Sheldon decided to 'let Raj go' from his circle of friends to make room for Kripke. However, it was then revealed that Kripke had no control over access to the computer, so Sheldon abandoned his new friendship and let Raj back in.
America's Next Top Model. At the beginning of the episode, Penny went over to watch "America's Next Top Model" at Leonard and Sheldon's place because her cable had been cut off. Howard and Raj were there and took great interest in the beautiful women on the show. After Penny told them that all the contestants lived together in a house somewhere in L.A., Howard and Raj made it their mission to locate the house and get inside. They actually succeeded, after having military spy planes and NASA satellites locate the house for them. They got inside under the guise of being repairmen. What happened once they got inside, though, was never revealed.
Leonard and Penny's potential relationship. Schrodinger's cat was a thought experiment proposed by Erwin Schrodinger, in which he put a cat and a vial of poison inside a box and sealed it. The point of the experiment was to propose that, without looking inside the box, there was no way to know if the poison had been released, therefore no way to know if the cat was dead or alive. Schrodinger said that while the box was sealed, then, the cat could be thought of as both alive and dead at the same time.
In the first season finale, "The Tangerine Factor", Sheldon used the experiment as a metaphor when Penny asked him for advice about whether she should date Leonard or not. The metaphor illustrated that the only way to know whether it was a good idea or bad idea would be to go on a date and find out. When Leonard picked up Penny for their date, they kissed and Penny said, "Well the cat's alive, let's go to dinner!"
The Lord of the Rings. In "The Precious Fragmentation", they bought a box full of random items at a garage sale, which ended up containing a ring used as a prop in "The Lord of the Rings" films. Since there were only a small handful of the rings made for the movie, it was a collector's item of great value. Since the four guys couldn't agree on what to do with it, Leonard gave it to Penny to keep safe until they decided. Penny returned it to him after Sheldon attempted to steal it from her while she slept, and she awoke and punched him in the face. Though Leonard then told everyone that he had sent the ring to director Peter Jackson, it was later shown that he actually hid it in his bedroom. Sheldon found out and the episode ended with them physically fighting over it.
Gynecologist. This is mentioned in a few episodes, usually when Raj tries to play 'the poverty card' and says something about growing up poor in India. One of his friends then points out that his father is a gynecologist and his family is well-off. For example, in "The Griffin Equivalency", Raj was selected to be in People magazine and said that his story was "a heartwarming and personal narrative... a humble boy from New Delhi overcame poverty and prejudice and journeyed to America..." Howard then said, "Poverty? Your father is a gynecologist. He drives a Bentley!" Raj then tried to defend his story, saying that the Bentley "is a lease!"
"To eat them or to make them leave our boyfriends alone". At the beginning of the episode titled "The Cushion Saturation", Leonard and his friends had been playing paintball. Later, in his apartment, Penny saw the paintball gun and picked it up. Leonard told her she should play with them sometime, and Penny turned him down saying that in Nebraska they only shoot things if they want to eat them or make them leave their boyfriends alone. She then accidentally shot paint at the couch, right on Sheldon's 'spot'. They panicked, knowing Sheldon would freak out and Leonard suggested that Penny tell Sheldon she was trying to get the couch to leave her boyfriend alone.
The Flash. In "The Middle Earth Paradigm", it was agreed that the only fair solution was that none of them could be The Flash. Raj decided to go as Thor, Howard dressed up as Robin Hood (but looked like Peter Pan), Leonard called dibs on being Frodo from "The Lord of the Rings" and Sheldon had the confusing costume of the Doppler Effect. As a side note, Sheldon also donned his Flash costume in the season two episode "The Work Song Nanocluster" when he got really hyper after drinking coffee for the first time.
Football. Leonard, who was dating Penny at the time, wanted to learn about football so that he could hang out with her and her friends while they watched games and have something to contribute to the conversation. It was then revealed that Sheldon knew a surprising amount about the game, having grown up in Texas with a sports-loving father. Sheldon also mentioned that he knew a lot about frying meats that aren't chicken as if they were chicken, another popular thing to do in Texas.
Master's degree. It's been pointed out in several episodes that Howard 'only' has a Master's degree (in engineering), while his three best friends all have PhDs. One example of Howard being singled out as having less education occurred in season two's "The Griffin Equivalency", when the guys' boss, Dr. Gablehouser, entered Raj's office while Howard, Leonard and Sheldon were there, and they all greeted each other:
Raj: "Dr. Gablehouser."
Dr. Gablehauser: "Dr. Koothrappali."
Leonard: "Dr. Gablehouser."
Dr. Gablehouser: "Dr. Hofstadter."
Sheldon: "Dr. Gablehouser."
Dr. Gablehouser: "Dr. Cooper."
Howard: "Dr. Gablehouser."
Dr. Gablehouser: "*Mister* Wolowitz."
Cello. We find out that Leonard plays the cello after being invited to play in a string quartet by Leslie Winkle.
Raj. Raj becomes Sheldon's work mate after he loses his job because he would have been deported.
The Roommate Agreement. The Room Mate Agreement covers everything, from girlfriends to zombies!
Froot Loops. The astronauts call Howard 'Froot Loops' after an unfortunate webchat where his mother shouts to Howard about Froot Loops.