With only a few weeks until the launch, Howard's space mission is scrapped due to technical difficulties. Rather than be disappointed, Howard is relieved, since he had always been scared of dying in space, something that he doesn't mention to anyone. However, NASA decides they do want him to go after all, instead sending him on an earlier mission... one that is scheduled to launch two days before his and Bernadette's wedding. He is hoping that Bernadette or Bernadette's tough as nails father will demand that he not go. Meanwhile, Penny decides that she wants to speed things up with Leonard, which Leonard is more than happy to do. But Leonard accidentally speeds things up just a little too much. And Amy does some speeding up of her own regarding her and Sheldon's relationship, regardless of if Sheldon likes it or not.
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The title refers to the launch date for Howard going into space that was moved up to before his wedding. See more
At the rental suit shop Sheldon explains that he is wearing long underwear in order to avoid coming in touch with someone else's sweat when trying the suit. Raj then says that his reaction is not as entertaining as when he rents bowling shoes. But in "The Wheaton Rucurrence" we learn that Sheldon actually has his own bowling shoes which he disinfects before wearing them anyway. See more
[phone rings, Howard presses speaker-phone
Hey, Howard. Dave Roeger here at NASA. We need to talk about your upcoming mission.
Yes, yes! I've been doing my pushups. I'm still stuck at nine, but... that's going all the way down with no-one holding me.
That's great, uh, but that's not why I called. We've run into a bit of a snafu. Your Soyuz capsule failed the pressurization test, so, bottom line, mission's been scrubbed.
[picks up handset
You're kidding. So what ...
CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #387 He appeared normal. He spoke and behaved just like anyone else. The fact that he had no heart was very well concealed. Well, that's not entirely true. He did have one. It was just not in his possession at the moment. And this is where the story gets complicated. The woman who had the darn thing was blithely unaware of the fact. Well, that's not entirely true either. She knew that she'd left the relationship with more stuff than when she entered it, she just hadn't bothered to do a proper inventory. (Had she done so, she would have found several other hearts, as well as a few sets of balls.) Regardless, his dilemma remained the same. A woman had absconded with a vital organ and the gnawing emptiness he felt was a direct reflection of that vacancy. Well, that's not entirely true either. The gnawing thing had actually been with him since he was a child. He just liked to assign blame for the condition. See more
References Dirty Dancing
Written by Koji Kondo
[It is what Amy calls romantic dinner music for Sheldon] See more