When Sheldon inadvertently ruins Howard's chances of working on a government surveillance satellite, he finds himself guilt-ridden. Unfortunately, he finds that simply saying "I'm sorry" won't be enough.
- Change the Uncomfortable Subject: When Leonard starts talking about his trouble with women, Sheldon quickly starts talking about the capybara, the world's largest rodent. He freely admits it was a desperate attempt at changing the subject.
- Continuity Nod: While talking to the FBI agent, Sheldon accidentally brings up the time Howard crashed the Mars Rover back in "The Lizard-Spock Expansion". He also mentions Leonard almost giving showing rocket fuel to what turned out to be a North Korean spy, from "The Staircase Implementation."
- Never My Fault: Howard acts as though his not getting to work on the surveillance sattellite is all Sheldon's fault. Even though Sheldon (accidentally) spills the beans to the FBI agent, Howard is the idiot who crashed the Mars Rover, the reason why he was rejected, in the first place. And yet he pins the blame entirely on Sheldon.