Wil Wheaton invites Sheldon to be part of a documentary about Leonard Nimoy. During the interview, Sheldon reveals a few surprises. Meanwhile, Bernadette decides to renovate Howard's childhood home, and more secrets are revealed.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Invoked in this following exchange:
- All of the Other Reindeer: Played with. During the "cold open," Leonard discusses a child development study; a child who is popular at thirteen will grow up to have problems later. Raj says he was popular...but it was amongst the servants. Whose names he didn't know. We also get examples of the others' Hilariously Abusive Childhoods.
- Based on a Great Big Lie: Subverted. In this case, Sheldon has based most of his Real Life on fictional characters and lessons (rather than fiction based on "reality"). Now that he's confronted with real situations, he has no idea how to cope with them.
- Big Brother Bully: Both Sheldon and Leonard were bullied by their brothers as kids.
- Big "WHAT?!": Penny gives probably her biggest "What!?" of the series when she finds out about Sheldon having planned on asking Amy to marry him.
- Concealing Canvas: Sheldon keeps his valuables in a wall safe hidden behind his dry erase board. This comes as a complete surprise to Leonard, as does the "floor safe" that Sheldon had installed previously.
- Continuity Nod: Sheldon brings out the napkin signed by Nimoy in "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis."
- Disproportionate Retribution: Discussed in a joke. While Adam is interviewing Sheldon, Leonard asks Wil why he wants to punish Adam.
(rotates shoulder) I can still hear it clicking.
- Also, the schoolyard bully breaking Sheldon's collarbone when Sheldon attempted a "Vulcan nerve pinch" on him. Made even worse in the fact Sheldon only attempted it cause said bully was threatening him.
- Documentary Episode: The parts when Sheldon is on camera, anyway.
- Follow Your Nose: When she learns that Sheldon started hiding his Pop-Tarts in the floor safe, Penny says "I knew I could smell them."
- I Want Grandkids: Mike Rostenkowski is revealed to be this trope and urges Howard to imagine how the den can be converted into a nursery.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: "Spockumentary."Sheldon: It was Leonard's joke.
- Men Can't Keep House: Howard and Mike both leave the household duties (and child rearing in Mike's case) to their wives.
- Mood Whiplash: The light, awkward humour of Sheldon's fanboy gushing quickly changes when the others find out about the ring. Crosses the Line Twice with Sheldon's story about "nine-fingered Nana."
- Nerds Speak Klingon : In this case, Vulcan.
- Spy Cam: Sheldon reveals there's one inside the Aquaman figure atop a bookcase.
- Tearjerker / Wham Episode / The Woobie: You feel kind of bad for all the gang, but the last scene when Sheldon decides to ask Amy to marry him...and sees her on a date, kissing another man is utterly heartbreaking.Penny: When I see him like this, I just want to give him a big hug.
- This Is Reality: In The Tag, Sheldon and Leonard discuss the folly of focusing too much on fictional TV characters.