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The Relationship Diremption 

Penny tries to help Sheldon when he reconsiders his "relationship" with String Theory. During a dinner with Howard and Bernadette, Raj discovers Howard once embarrassed himself on a date with Emily.


Mark Cendrowski


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

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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
John Ross Bowie ... Barry Kripke
Laura Spencer ... Emily Sweeney
Stephen Hawking ... Stephen Hawking (voice)
Phyllis Timbes Phyllis Timbes ... Voicemail (voice)


Leonard, Howard and Raj are all excited by what the primordial gravity wave discovery means for the scientific community. Sheldon, on the other hand, is not excited. Leonard figures out the reason for Sheldon's indifference: he's jealous, especially as his own life work in trying to prove string theory is no closer to being accomplished than when he started twenty years ago. After a comment by Kripke, Sheldon begins to wonder if string theory can ever be proved, and thus if he is wasting his time working on it. Sheldon decides to take Penny's advice on the matter, with a little help from Cosmopolitan magazine thrown in. Meanwhile, Raj is now exclusively dating Emily after a comment he makes to Lucy. Howard and Bernadette, and Raj and Emily decide to go on a double date. When Howard sees who Emily is at that double date, he is hoping she will not remember their one and only former disastrous meeting. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

10 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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This episode was taped on March 25, 2014. See more »


Sheldon gets his story about the king wrong - the point of Attar of Nishapur's fable is that the wise men were supposed to come up with something that would make the king not only happy when he was sad but also sad when he was happy, and "This too shall pass" is always appropriate. See more »


Sheldon Cooper: I suppose I could see myself in a scientific boy band - of course I'd be the dreamy one and the smart one.
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I don't want to write these things anymore. That doesn't mean I won't. It's just, right now, at this particular moment, ech. Enough already. Half the time they're innocuous, the other half they just piss people off. To what end? What's it all about, Alfie? Anyway, sorry to vent. I know this isn't what you wanted to see when you paused your DVR. I wouldn't blame you if you threw your hands up in disgust and went off to read someone else's vanity card. Oh wait, you can't. I'm the only knucklehead who does this. Okay, I feel better. Not better enough to write something worth reading, but certainly good enough to let this one just fizzle out. See more »


References Game of Thrones (2011) See more »


History of Everything (Instrumental version)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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Raj, Howard and Emily !! creating good humor
11 April 2014 | by akiondgmeSee all my reviews

Good one..

At a double date with Raj and Emily, Howard finds that he has met Emily before, but no pleasant memories about him. I think this part is best one of the episode. Howard is doing a good job with his facial expressions and Emily also makes a good feeling about her character. I should say that this part creates a noticeable amount of curiosity in the audience mind for a couple of minutes.

Again Sheldon's 'reconsideration about continuing with String Theory' part is kind of boring here and there. Especially when we compare it with Sheldon's glory, I think that part would have been better.I personally don't appreciate the end of the episode which is related to this part.

I really liked the scene when 'Raj explains how the dating with two women goes' to Leonard and Howard. Real hilarity!

Penny does a fair job in the episode. Raj and Howard show their acting capacities competitively.

Actual Rating : 8.5

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