The Big Bang Theory

Season 3 Episode 4

The Pirate Solution

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 12, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Facing a return to India, Raj needs a job desperately enough to consider working for Sheldon. Meanwhile, Howard becomes a third wheel to Leonard and Penny.

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  • Deported

    There was a very different dynamic in this episode that was really and truly working for the show. It wasn't the 'serious' plotline and the 'comedic' plotline this time, but two plots that were both equally important for character development that put different groups together and shook up the established rhythms. It felt like it went somewhere (except for the whole Eye of the Tiger bits that were clearly wasting time). More of this, please.moreless
  • 304

    This episode didn't start out very well and I almost was expecting to not like the episode considering episodes that have been focused on Raj didn't set well with me in the past, but this was actually a great installment of Big Bang. Both story lines were hilarious, and we got some cool montage-esque scenes with Sheldon & Raj.

    Sheldon of course was the best thing about the episode with his arguments with Raj, and just his obsessions like his board or changing "with" to "for" every time Raj said "working with you." The Eye of The Tiger scenes just made the episode all the more memorable and just made it a great episode in general.

    The Leonard & Penny relationship is already taking a toll on me, I was worried in the beginning of the season that their relationship would ruin the chemistry of the show. And even though it's not ruined, it seems like it's getting there. Though I did like the scenes between Howard, Leonard & Penny. We got some great one liners. Overall, great episode.moreless
  • Very funny, very entertaining episode.

    Very good episode with Raj as the central character. Raj, up for deportation needs a new job. After several unsuccessful attempts, including one with where he hits on a female co-worker resulting in a "complaint", after he realizes he cannot talk to her and drinks several glasses of alcohol. Sheldon finally offers him a job. However, it turns out to be a comedic matching. Indeed, Sheldon doesn't even offer him the job right away, just a chance to get the job, interviewing him in the process. However, when the two get together, a hilarious scene (possibly one of the best sequences I have seen in a while) takes place where they squabble over the theorems of physics to the tune of Eye of the Tiger (Rocky theme). After days of work - where you can actually see the beard growth on Sheldon a little - Raj cracks and quits. Later, without even sorting their differences, they agree to work together again. Sheldon however, immediately asks for a ride home (so typical for Sheldon! but genius!)

    Meanwhile, Penny and Leonard are stepping up their love life. But Howard becomes a third wheel. After almost leaving to hang out with his mother, Lenny and Penny decide that Howard can stay but that they also need some time alone. Their scenes were also pretty funny. I liked the back and forth between these three and Sheldon and Raj.

    I have to say, this was a great episode all around. It was entertaining, funny, original. Sheldon funny as usual and Raj steps it up in this episode, showing that he too can be funny when he's not inhibited by females in the room. However, the female-in-the-room thing is kind of getting old, and I kinda wish it would just be done with. Either way, I love this show and this episode was very funny and well done.moreless
  • Raj faces deportation and Sheldon comes to his rescue..

    The hot topic of immigration has been dealt with in a number of shows. But I distinctly remember the one from HIMYM, where Robin faces deportation to Canada and must get another job in something like 2 weeks or so.

    Nevertheless, this was an excellent episode. Usually the ones where Raj is made the central character, the episode generally doesn't invoke that many laughs. Here, a new chemistry using Raj and Sheldon is experimented and the result is 30 minutes of top class comedy. Kunal Nayyar has evolved really well from a sidekick actor to one who can make or break an episode with his lines. The parallel track involving Leonard, Wolowitz, and Penny could be noted as a low point in this episode. Except for the SATC joke, which was hilarious.

    Nice going BBT.moreless
  • Raj faces deportation

    How funny was this episode, it was freaking hilarious. Raj is facing deportation after hitting a dead end on his work 6 months ago, so Sheldon offers him a job. This episode really had some great line where Sheldon always thinks he's right, Raj "Do not tell me about my own religion Sheldon, I swear to cow I'll take you out"

    The Eye of the Tiger montage was the highlight of the episode. Elsewhere Penny and Leonard were trying to get some alone time but Howard was always there, he had nowhere else to go as Raj was working with Sheldon.moreless
Elizabeth Bogush

Elizabeth Bogush

Dr. Catherine Millstone

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Oliver Muirhead

Oliver Muirhead

Professor Laughlin

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Elena Campbell-Martinez

Elena Campbell-Martinez

Cleaning Lady

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Raj says his friends may know his cousin Sanjay as Dave from AT&T Customer Service. Dave was the original name for the character before Kunal Nayyar was cast.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Raj: (to Sheldon) Okay, please don't take this the wrong way, but I'd rather swim butt-naked across the Ganges with a paper cut on my nipple and die a slow agonizing death from a viral infection than work with you.

    • Raj: So that's it. That was my last hope. I'm going to be deported. Sent home in disgrace. Exposed to the sardonic barbs of my cousin Sanjay, or as you might know him, Dave from AT&T Customer Service.

    • Howard: So, what are we watching? Sex in the City, yikes!
      Penny: Hey, I happen to love this movie.
      Howard: Fine, let's watch it. Maybe all our periods will synchronize.

    • Leonard: I've always been a little confused about this: why don't Hindus eat beef?
      Raj: We believe cows are gods.
      Sheldon: Not technically. In Hinduism, cattle are thought to be like gods.
      Raj: Do not tell me about my own culture, Sheldon! In the mood I'm in, I'll take you out, I swear to cow!

    • Leonard: That was fun. Thank you.
      Penny: Leonard, honey, you don't have to say "thank you" every time we have sex.
      Leonard: Oh, okay. Tomorrow you're going to get a card in the mail, just throw it away.

    • Penny: Hey, wanna get a little crazy?
      Leonard: What are you thinking?
      Penny: Let's slide over to Sheldon's spot and make out.
      Leonard: You are a dirty girl!

    • Sheldon: You have to drive me home.
      Raj: How did you get here?
      Sheldon: I walked.
      Raj: So walk home.
      Sheldon: I can't, there's a big dog outside.

    • Raj: Ooh, dark matter. We better bring a flashlight.

    • Raj: No, no, no, no, that rate is much too low for what you'd expect from this collision. Do you understand we're taking about dark matter colliding in outer space?
      Sheldon: Yes, of course I understand, and who are you to tell me about outer space?
      Raj: Well, I am the astrophysicist! Astro means space!
      Sheldon: Astro means star.
      Raj: Okay, let me just tell you, if we were having this argument in my native language, I'd be kicking your butt!
      Sheldon: English is your native language!

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #262.

    • The Italian episode title is "La soluzione del pirata", the French title is "La Solution pirate", the Spanish title is "La solución de los piratas", and the Mexican title is "La solución pirata". The German title is "Für ihn oder mit ihm", meaning "For Him or With Him".

    • Music: "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor

    • International Airdates: Latin America: November 17, 2009 on Warner Channel; Australia: November 23, 2009 on Channel 9; Turkey: October 18, 2010 on CNBC-e; Finland: November 1, 2010 on Sub; Czech Republic: December 7, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: October 20, 2011 on Markiza