What happens when a physicist’s laptop fizzles out? If the physicist is Sheldon Cooper, he covers it with a blanket, plays “Taps” on his phone, and mourns the loss of a device that is equivalent to a security blanket. It’s a good thing he has a thoughtful girlfriend who buys him a new laptop. But not just any laptop — a super cool one purchased from Sheldon’s computer guy who knows all of the latest bells and whistles.
Sheldon is like a kid in a candy shop. Or a nerd dressed as Kylo Ren at Comic-Con. The resolution on his new laptop is incredible. Who cares about gazing into Amy’s eyes during Skype? Sheldon’s going to count her nose hairs. Amy mentions that Sheldon can recycle his old computer for store credit, but he declines. When she asks why he’s being so weird, he gives in. Sheldon has a secret. And since he let Amy take a peek at what’s underneath his Superman T-shirt, he might as well divulge this information, too.
One non-disclosure agreement later, Amy and Sheldon take a trip across town and arrive at a storage unit. Welcome to the fortress of shame! Everything that Sheldon has ever owned is packed up in boxes with labels. Books, clothes, VHS tapes, electronics, a bin of pine cones, and old tooth brushes line the walls and tables. There’s even sporting equipment. Well, it’s a golf ball that his brother threw at him once, but it still counts. Who knew Sheldon was an ridiculously organized hoarder?
Instead of freaking out, sweet Amy explains to Sheldon that this revelation does not bother her in the slightest. She’s proud that he chose to share the location of his childhood teddy bear with snot stains. Sheldon is touched by her trust. In fact, he agrees to get rid of the golf ball as a baby step. He tells Amy he’ll always have the dent in his head to remember the moment. Of course, he’ll have the ball, too, because he rolled it right back into the storage unit when Amy wasn’t looking.
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Dishonesty is definitely in the air tonight. When Penny and Bernadette show up at the lab to check on Howard and Leonard, they are recruited to help out with the tedious setup of a project. Howard and Leonard leave to run an errand and are approached by a man outside of a theater who is giving away free screenings to an upcoming movie. Once the man hints that the movie stars Will Smith, it takes two seconds for Howard to determine that the screening is probably for Suicide Squad. Suddenly the errand morphs into a road trip with a flat tire. Howard excels at thinking up little white lies. His secret? It’s all in the details.
Back at the lab, the girls invite Raj to help them with the project while the guys are fixing an imaginary flat. It would have been a perfect lie had Howard not texted Raj to rub it in that he was missing out on seeing the movie. The trio concoct a plan to bust Howard and Leonard when they return, but the guys come clean. They apologize with flowers and the promise of a lovely dinner. To quote Raj, “That was anticlimactic.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Sheldon: Choosing a new laptop is an incredibly personal ritual. You have taken away weeks of agonizing thought, tedious research, sleepless nights filled with indecision. Haven’t I lost enough?
Sheldon: What good is having a girlfriend if you can’t unload you psychological sewage on her?