Last month we reported that the Trek-crazy CBS sitcom Big Bang Theory incorporated the gift of a Leonard Nimoy autographed napkin into their Christmas episode. As it turns out, there really is a genuine Big Bang napkin signed by Nimoy, and it is being auctioned off for charity this weekend. See below for details and an exclusive picture of the napkin in question.
Sheldon gets a Nimoy-ific gift
The napkin appeared in the Big Bang Theory Christmas episode "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis." The set up is that Sheldon (one of the nerdy scientists who are the core of the show) is obsessed with gift-giving etiquette. Basically, Penny (the neighbor) informs Sheldon that she got him a little gift for Christmas. Sheldon see this as a huge imposition as gift giving is nothing but a laying upon of an obligation to reciprocate with something of commensurate monetary and sentimental value. Not knowing what Penny might have got him sets him off on an elaborate plan to be prepared for any eventuality. However, nothing could have prepared him for the gift she bestowed, a napkin from her cafe signed with a ‘live long and prosper’ by Leonard Nimoy…see how it played out:
TrekMovie asked Mr. Nimoy if he had seen the episode and he revealed that he actually did provide Big Bang with a genuine signed napkin. He also suggested a charity where it could be auctioned. CBS has provided TrekMovie with a picture of actor Jim Parsons (who plays Sheldon) showing off the real thing.
The napkin can be yours
The Nimoy Napkin is being auctioned off at The Beit T’Shuvah "Steps to Recovery" Gala, which takes place at the Beverly Hilton this Sunday, Jan. 25. Beit T’ Shuvah is the only residential Jewish addiction program in the USA, and is based on the integration of Jewish traditions and spirituality, 12-step recovery and traditional therapy. More information about the Gala, including tickets info, can be found at beittshuvahla.org.
Parson talks Nimoy Napkin
TV Guide has more coverage of the Nimoy Napkin auction, including a video interview with actor Jim Parsons.
More Big Bang Trek
It is clear the folks behind the show Big Bang Theory are big Trekkies. We have been talking about the show here at TrekMovie for a while, and their Trek references show up in our Great Links columns on a fairly regular basis. For more on the show, including video, goto CBS.com. The show airs Mondays at 8 PM.