|The Pirate Solution|
Season 3, Episode 4
October 12, 2009
"The Gothowitz Deviation"
"The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary"
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Extended PlotEditRaj must find a new job or be sent back to India. Sheldon has a solution, which is to allow 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. Sheldon and R. S episode and he accepts that Raj was right, but doesn't concede to him being wrong.
- Howard makes scrambled eggs and salami for Leonard and Penny, saying it is the perfect meal for après l'amour (sex). In two episodes prior, he expresses a similar sentiment regarding scrambled eggs and salami at the comic book store.
- When Raj is asked what he is doing during the last six months, he replies, "You know, checking e-mail, updating my Facebook status, messing up Wikipedia entries." This is consistent with what he said in the last episode "The Gothowitz Deviation", "No, I'm behind on my Wiki-reading."
- It is unlikely Rajesh didn't know astro- means "star," from Greek, as it is a standard note in introductory astronomy texts, although his mistake could've come from a lack of sleep.
- This is the fourth episode of Season 3 and details Raj's job. Raj switches focus from trans-Neptunian objects to dark matter, after facing deportation and an opportunity in stellar evolution research is squandered. Coincidentally, the fourth episode of Season 2, "The Griffin Equivalency", also deals with a significant aspect of Rajesh's career, as Raj is featured in People magazine for his discovery of a planetary body beyond the Kuiper belt.
"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
- 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)
- 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 
- 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.