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The Pirate Solution
Pirate Solution
Big Bang Theory episode
Season 3, Episode 4
October 12, 2009
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"The Pirate Solution" is the fourth episode of the third season of the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory. This episode first aired on October 12, 2009.


When Raj is faced with having to return to India, Sheldon hires him and they work long hours. With no buddy, Howard starts hanging out with Leonard and Penny.

Extended PlotEdit

Raj must find a new job or be sent back to India. Sheldon has a solution, which is to allow
Howard watching "Sex in the City".
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Raj to work for him, rather than work with him. Raj reluctantly accepts the offer. With Raj working for Sheldon, it makes Howard lonely, so he tries to stay with Leonard and Penny (even making them breakfast), but they would rather be alone. S
How did he know?
heldon and R. S episode and he accepts that Raj was right, but doesn't concede to him being wrong.


  • "An episode where very little seems to happen. If the show is going to pair Sheldon and Raj at work from now on then this could have amusing consequences but we shall have to wait and see." - The TV Critic's Review
  • IMDb user reviews


  • Title Reference: Episode name comes from Sheldon's comment on Raj's emigration back to India to "wander the high seas as a stateless pirate".
  • Chuck Lorre's vanity card [1]
  • This episode was watched by 13.07 million people with a rating of 5.0 (adults 18-49).
  • This episode aired in Canada on October 12, 2009.



Leonard: What do you mean he's getting deported?
Sheldon: I believe it means that the U.S. government is going to expel him from the country. He can then either return to his native India, emigrate to another country that's willing to accept him, or wander the high seas as a stateless pirate. (long pause ensues) Personally, I'd choose pirate.

Raj: I don't want to go back to India. It's hot and loud, and there are so many people, (pauses) you have no idea, they are everywhere.

(Sheldon is doing some research)
Raj: Sheldon, are you busy?
Sheldon: Of course, I'm busy.
Raj: Shall I wait?
Sheldon: Yes, please.
(Raj waits)
Sheldon: (8 seconds later) How may I help you?
Raj: I've reconsidered your offer to let me work with you.
Sheldon: For me.
Raj: Yes, for you.

Howard: Well, usually, on Sundays, I go with Raj to scam on hippie chicks at the farmers market, but he’s still working with Sheldon, so I thought I’d come over here and make you guys scrambled eggs and salami. It’s the perfect meal for apres l’amour.
Penny: Oh, kill me.
Howard: By the way, I couldn’t help overhearing your big finish. Bravo, Leonard.
Penny: See, if you had killed me when I said kill me, I wouldn’t have had to hear that.

Sheldon: Dr. Koothrappali, as your superior, I forbid you from writing on my board!
Raj: You are not my superior.
Sheldon: I am in every way.
Raj: Oh, yeah? Can you do this? (performs complex finger trick)

Sheldon: (Knock, knock, knock) Raj. (Knock, knock, knock) Raj. (Knock, knock, knock) Raj.
Raj: (opens door) I’m busy.
Sheldon: Doing what?
Raj: (Performs finger trick again)
Sheldon: All right, you’ve made your point.


Gallery Edit

  • Working for Sheldon.
  • How did he know??
  • Penny and Leonard.
  • Working in Sheldon's office.
  • Professor Laughlin and Dr. Catherine Millstone.
  • Professor Laughlin.
  • Raj hitting on his colleague.
  • At the Caltech cafeteria.
  • Penny and Leonard in the morning.
  • Couple in the morning.
  • Raj looking into a new job.
  • Taking Sheldon home.
  • Raj and Sheldon.
  • Sunday morning.
  • Sheldon.
  • Raj thinking about his future.
  • Working in Sheldon's office.
  • Working in Sheldon's office.
  • Chuck Lorre Productions, #262
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