The Application Deterioration
Sheldon, Leonard, and Howard move forward with patenting their gyroscope idea, but are shocked to learn that, as Caltech employees, they are only entitled to 25% of any profits, and that Howard, as a NASA employee, is not legally entitled to any profits. They reluctantly agree to sign, allowing Sheldon to write their own contract to share the money from the remaining 25% with Howard. Bernadette is against this, as Sheldon belittles Howard every time they try to work together. When confronted about this, Sheldon agrees to make it part of the contract that he be respectful of Howard for the purposes of the patent. Sheldon also shows his generosity by stipulating that 1/4 of his profits will go to a scholarship fund for the Wolowitzs’ baby. Meanwhile, Emily sends Raj a belated Valentine’s gift and wants to see him again. Raj turns to the women for advice, but decides to go through with seeing her after they say he shouldn’t. On his way there, Claire calls him to say she is now single and he should see her instead, since Emily is just manipulating him. Raj drives back and forth while talking to both women, unsure of whom he should see, before choosing Emily and ultimately sleeping with her.
Title reference: The men being shocked that, to apply for a patent, they must give up most of their profits.