Isn’t it geektastic? Simon Helberg and his Big Bang Theory costars treated fans to a sweet serenade on the Thursday, Oct. 24, episode of the sitcom when Helberg’s character, Howard Wolowitz, celebrated the anniversary of his first date with wife Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz (played by Melissa Rauch). His gift to her and, subsequently, to Big Bang fans? An original — and super adorable — song about what his life would be like if he’d never met her. (See it in the video above!)
Howard had planned a big performance of the quirky little ditty with his pals Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Raj (Kunal Nayyar), and Amy (Mayim Bialik) singing backup and playing instruments behind him. But that plan had to be changed slightly when Bernadette was unexpectedly quarantined at her lab. Determined not to let the incident spoil their anniversary, the group packed up Howard’s piano and did a scaled-down version of the song outside her window.
The quirky little ditty, written by Big Bang Theory guest star Kate Micucci and her Garfunkel & Oates writing partner Riki Lindhome, features tons of geeky references to science, technology, and pop culture icons like Steve Jobs and Joss Whedon. Sample lyrics include:
“If I didn’t have you / Life would be dreary / I’d be string theory / Without any string / I’d be binary code without a one / A cathode-ray tube without an electron gun / I’d be Firefly, Buffy, and Avengers without Joss Whedon / I’d speak a lot more Klingon Heghlu meH QaQ jajvam / And he’d definitely still live with his mom.”
On Friday, Oct. 25, one day after the episode aired, the CBS show released the song on iTunes to help raise money for MusiCares, an organization that provides financial and medical services and resources for people in the music industry.
Watch the entire performance above, and buy the song on iTunes to support MusiCares!