April 6th, 2012
05:20 PM ET
It's been quite a couple of weeks for Sheldon Cooper.
First, he's visited in a dream by "Spock," and the following week, he meets his idol, Stephen Hawking.
It wasn't totally painless, however. It turned out that Howard was assisting Hawking, and the moment Sheldon got wind of this, he insisted/begged/pleaded that Howard show Hawking one of his research papers.
So how often has Sheldon begged before? Raj cleared it up: "Three times. He begged the Fox network not to cancel 'Firefly.' He begged the TNT network to cancel 'Babylon 5.' And when he got food poisoning at the Rose Bowl Parade, he begged a deity he doesn't believe in to end his life quickly."
After all the abuse Howard has received from Sheldon over the years, he made him work for it. Some of it involved polishing Howard's large collection of belt buckles, and wearing a French maid costume.
Worst of all, Sheldon had to go shopping with Howard's mother.
It was all worth it, though, and the big moment was all it was cracked up to be, and then some. Hawking has only appeared on "The Simpsons" before (animated, obviously) and "Star Trek: Next Generation" so this was a Big Deal.
The most hilarious part was how this version of Stephen Hawking is very well aware of how much of a Big Deal he is. When Howard said it was nice to meet him, he replied, "I know."
Then when Hawking pointed out a "boo-boo" in Sheldon's research paper, he passed out.
After a pause, Hawking said, "Great, another fainter."
It was truly one of the most memorable scenes in the show's history. I would even say, greater than Nimoy last week.
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