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The Big Bang Theory [04/05/12] - "The Hawking Excitation"

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by ScubaCat, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Obviously he's found a way to warp the time-space continuum, but he's not telling anyone else. Bastard.
  2. YCantAngieRead

    YCantAngieRead Not Entirely Current

    Nov 5, 2003
    Yeah. He was diagnosed in his 20's. The average person with ALS lives for several years. It's astonishing, really.

    I missed AFF. :(

    But what I liked the most was you could tell Hawking was enjoying himself, even through facial twitches. His small smile when Sheldon fainted was golden.
  3. Cearbhaill

    Cearbhaill Garden obsessed

    Aug 1, 2004
    Raking leaves
    This x a million.
  4. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    If you go to his Web site, there's an excellent autobiographical piece about his journey with ALS...
  5. YCantAngieRead

    YCantAngieRead Not Entirely Current

    Nov 5, 2003
  6. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Active Member TCF Club

    Jul 8, 2004
    West St....
    hehe Stephen Hawking said 'boner'! hehe :D

    I laughed out loud more in this ep than I have in a long time watching this show. Half the time it seemed like the guys were getting a genuine laugh at Sheldon's expense.
  7. tiams

    tiams New Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    It just made me sad.
  8. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    Hawking is a great lecturer, and a funny guy.

    [Side note: The only time I seriously feared getting trampled to death in a crowd was when I was trying to get a seat for one of Hawking's lectures. Ah, the things we nerds do for science.]
  9. MegaHertz67

    MegaHertz67 Registered Smart Ass

    Apr 18, 2005
    I saw that and it made me smile.

    Famous people are prisoners of their fame to some respect. Some enjoy and learn to work with the trappings of fame, some are haunted and consumed by it. Hawking has world-wide fame, but he is also a prisoner of his body. Again, some learn how to continue to live within their limitations or even break through those limits, others retreat and shrink from the public eye.

    For all of the amazing things he's accomplished, the number of people he's inspired both with his mind and his continued ability to live and thrive, that small smile...to me...reflected the spark of life that he has within him. It also proves that you're never too smart to laugh at a sight gag.
  10. Fish Man

    Fish Man Phish Food

    Mar 4, 2002
    0.7 miles...
    Very well said!
  11. photoshopgrl

    photoshopgrl Nerd Fashionista

    Nov 22, 2008
    Boring Ohio
    This x a billion. Silly maybe but I swear I got a bit verklempt when he smiled.
  12. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Thanks for that! Very cool.
    I wonder what the 'alien on the turtleneck' thing is. Maybe since I'm not actually a nerd I just don't get it, but I wish they would have elaborated on it, since they mentioned it. I had never noticed the aliens on Howard's turtlenecks.
  13. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    It's clearly some sort of inside joke among the cast and crew. But she did say it's something we might be able to figure out.

    I never noticed it until now either. I wonder if it goes way back to the first season/episode.
  14. ct1

    ct1 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jun 27, 2003
    I saw Hawking in person at a tribute ceremony sort of thing. He spoke on a number of topics, but when mentioning his work on futurama and the simpsons he got the biggest grin and twinkle in his eye -- you could tell how much he truly enjoyed those experiences.

    I'm sure this was a treat for him as well as those who were privileged to work with him on this episode.
  15. YCantAngieRead

    YCantAngieRead Not Entirely Current

    Nov 5, 2003
    I don't think Hawking has always had the happiest of lives-weren't there allegations of abuse by his spouse at one point?

    So it's nice to see even a glimmer of happy.
  16. Cearbhaill

    Cearbhaill Garden obsessed

    Aug 1, 2004
    Raking leaves
    He was wearing one in the (aired) pilot.
  17. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

    Feb 5, 2003
    One story that I recall is actually him leaving his wife for his nurse.

    Apparently, there was an affair. :eek:
  18. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Me too. I thought this one was really funny.
  19. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

    Jul 10, 2003
    Imagine you're trying to stuff a sleeping bag in a closet... Or something like that.

    Sheldon, will you hold me? x_x
  20. Wilhite

    Wilhite ...no stinkin' title

    Oct 26, 2003
    We watched this one last night in reruns.

    The visual of a 6 year old Sheldon in a desk chair with a Speak and Spell taped to it is priceless.

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