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The Communication Deterioration 

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When Raj is asked to create a message on the off chance a NASA mission discovers alien life, the guys fight over what he should do, while Penny contemplates returning to acting.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 8 more credits »





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
Sara Erikson ... Gwen
Kelli Goss ... Chelsea
Phoebe Neidhardt ... Casting Assistant
Jeff Jingle Jeff Jingle ... Alien (voice)
Mark Maitre Mark Maitre ... Alien #2 (voice)


Raj is one of a select group of scientists who has been asked to submit a proposal for sending a message out into space on one of the Discovery missions, in the possibility that the message is intercepted by alien life. Raj asks Howard, Leonard and Sheldon if they would like to help him. Based on their responses, Raj decides only to let Leonard help as Howard and Sheldon demonstrate that they would want to take over the project, whereas Leonard would be more of a collaborator. Howard and Sheldon react to Raj's decision in different ways, with the four ultimately discussing their group dynamic. A question becomes if Raj and Leonard can accomplish anything without Howard and Sheldon. Meanwhile Penny has been asked to audition for a major movie, which, if she gets it would put a crimp on her lucrative new life as a pharmaceutical sales rep. She asks for advice on what to do from an unlikely source. And Sheldon rewrites the lyrics to a number of popular songs to get children more ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

16 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Title Reference: The title concerns the communication system that Leonard and Raj are developing for NASA to contact aliens and the breakdown of communication between them and the other guys. See more »


During the opening scene Howard, Sheldon, Raj and Leonard sit together in the break room with their meals while the drink bottle on Leonard's tray is never opened and remains full. As the camera angles change from points of view on opposite sides of the table, so does the label "Zero" rotate in order for the label to always remain readable. While the sequence continues, however, the view from over Leonard's shoulder is shot at times without rotating the bottle. That camera angle reveals a distinctly visible "Zero" label on the bottle, then a large red square symbol shows, returns again to the Zero label, and then is back displaying the large red square symbol view...all while the bottle remains full and unopened. See more »


Leonard Hofstadter: Now that we're all on the same page, let's get together tonight and work on it.
Sheldon Cooper: Get together tonight? Leonard, stop trying to control everything, and give poor Raj a chance to come up with what we should do. Go ahead, Raj.
Raj Koothrappali: Okay, I think we should do it right now.
Sheldon Cooper: Tonight works better for me.
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Crazy Credits


To be read aloud at my funeral.

Well... this is depressing. Which, I guess, beats the alternative. Certainly don't want my send off to be a ding-dong-the-witch-is- dead flash mob. Perhaps there's a middle ground. A little light sobbing, some clothes rending. Nothing over the top. To all the actors here, let's try and keep this day about me. Okay, now that we've settled on the appropriate level of somber, I'd like to go over a few things before LIFE GOES ON WITHOUT ME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! First, I want it known that I am deeply grateful for how things turned out. In retrospect - and yes, everything is in retrospect now - even the awful stuff seems to have had a purpose. When I was a young man a pretty girl smiled at me, so I did exactly what any young man would do, I joined her new-age religion. Seven years later I awoke, as if from a dream, and carried on like nothing happened. Which made sense because for seven years nothing happened. Being too poor to go to a doctor when I had ulcerative colitis made me a big supporter of free health care, as well as appreciative of the life-affirming qualities in a good bowel movement. Two failed marriages and many failed relationships taught me the fine art of apologizing. A decade or so of professional failures proved that hardship builds character, just not a very good one. And then there's all the great things that happened. My children - despite years of fatherly neglect - turned out to be awesome. Shaking off a severe drop in revenue, the Jack Daniels company managed to limp along without me. I stumbled into an incredible career when I realized I had a better chance at becoming the next Sherwood Schwartz than the next Bruce Springsteen. So again, looking back, other than dying, I have no real complaints. Looking forward, well, if the lights in the chapel flicker... NOW!... it means I'm a non-corporeal spiritual entity with a delightful streak of mischievousness (more Spooky than Casper). If not, the likely scenario is I exist only in your memories, and, after the ceremony, as landfill in a Jewish cemetery. So, to sum up a lifetime: "Here lies me. I did the best I could with what I had. I never stopped trying to be better. My flaws were plentiful. No need to list them here. We all know what they were -- don't we ladies? But I did love. And as I got older I think I learned how to love more. I hope that's what you remember about me."

"And that I was perfectly willing to end a heartfelt moment with a cheap dick joke." See more »


References MacGyver (1985) See more »


James Clerk Maxwell
Sung to the tune of "Bingo"
Traditional nursery rhyme
Performed by Jim Parsons
[Sheldon sings the song to Leonard and Howard as the first rewritten nursery rhyme to get kids interested in science]
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Boring, lazy and it keeps getting worse!
16 April 2015 | by joonas134See all my reviews

Where they are going with this stuff, everything is just messed up and it's not even funny anymore! I want to laugh a lot and just enjoy the entertainment. My favourite person is Sheldon and Howard and there are just become so pathetic at where acting goes, just plain boring, tedious and childish. Raj is just annoying and Bernadette and Penny are the same attitude problems. Leonard is just fake and pretending almost everything in this season, there's no charm anymore what we got earlier seasons a lot.

Where are the real jokes and originality? There are just rushing with all this writing, I mean in this episode I didn't laugh once. For a sit-com I have to now watch re-runs of Chuck Lorre's TAHM and that cheer me up, not this crap anymore. Big Bang Theory is ruined and just become another B-class poor humor, soap opera show. I love Seasons 1-6, this is just getting on my nerves and it's really painful to watch. Season 8 is just a joke for the real fans.

Chuck Lorre, I hope you will fix this madness AND if you make same ending finale when you finish these series like TAHM, I never ever watch another show from you. That's a promise.

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