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The Russian Rocket Reaction (2011)

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Sheldon and Leonard pay another visit to the comic book store and decide to start a fantasy sword collection by buying a sword replica from a prop that was used in Game of Thrones . After Leonard finishes bargaining over the price with Stuart, Wil Wheaton, one of Sheldon's over 60 sworn "mortal enemies", shows up and invites Stuart and the guys to a party at his place. Leonard accepts the invitation and is fully intending to go, an act that alienates Sheldon, who then begins treating Leonard after the principle of Schrödinger's cat: he is a friend and an enemy to him at the same time until he knows whether or not Leonard goes to the party. When Leonard is about to leave on the night of the party, he gets a text from Stuart, informing him that Brent Spiner is a guest. At first, Sheldon rejects the offer to come along, despite being a big fan, however, at last shows up to "fight for our friendship" and to meet Brent Spiner. Wil Wheaton is genuinely pleased to see Sheldon has made it and gives him a signed in-the-box original Wesley Crusher action figure as an apology for missing the Jackson, Mississippi convention that made Sheldon hate him so many years ago, supposedly ending his feud with him. After reading what Wil wrote, Sheldon declares him his friend and even hugs him. At that moment, Brent Spiner shows up and takes the action figure out of its box, deeply upsetting Sheldon, who immediately places Spiner on his list of mortal enemies. Leonard then bargains with Spiner for two signed action figures of Commander Data. They settle at $30 and the promise that he will come to Leonard's birthday party.

Meanwhile, Howard is ecstatic when his design for a "deep field space telescope" is accepted by NASA, which also requires him to travel up to the International Space Station as a Payload Specialist. As the Space Shuttle program has been decommissioned, he will have to travel in a Russian Soyuz rocket, which is launched from Kazakhstan. Upon hearing this, Bernadette's excitement turns into worry about the safety of the Soyuz rocket. She is also upset that Howard didn't tell her before making this important decision. When Howard tries to be a good boyfriend by pretending to start over with his decision making to include his fiancée in it, Bernadette promptly forbids him to go, causing Howard to get mad at her. While they are in bed, Bernadette pretends to have changed her mind and when they are about to have sex, she tells Howard that she has to go brush her teeth before. Moments later, it is revealed that Bernadette told Mrs. Wolowitz about Howard's plans, who is heard turning down the idea immediately. Howard is so angry at Bernadette's betrayal that he tells her to leave in the middle of the night. When with the girls the next day, she asks them if she she has been acting selfish and realizes that she is the one who needs to apologize (Amy refers to her action as "despicable"). Bernadette then apologizes to Howard and he forgives her. While they are kissing, Mrs. Wolowitz is heard again, making it clear that Howard's "tuchis is not leaving this planet!".

Recurring character: Wil Wheaton as himself

Notable guest stars: Brent Spiner as himself

Title reference: Bernadette's reaction to Howard planning to fly to the International Space Station with a Russian Soyuz rocket.


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