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The Big Bang Theory kicked off Friday morning in Ballroom 20 with a hilarious discussion moderated by Craig Ferguson. Here are our top seven moments from the panel!

1) Musical Theatre

Garfunkel and Oates (Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci) opened the panel with a performance of their song “If I Didn’t Have You,” originally written for Howard. “We couldn’t have imagined we’d get to sing this song. For The Big Bang Theory fans at Comic-Con,” they added, to cheers from the audience.

2) Murder Most Emmy

 “Who was the genius who decided to kill off Professor Proton?” host Craig Ferguson asked. Steve Molaro laughed, and admitted that it was his idea. The story choice was an act of revenge against Bob Newhart, who had won the show’s only Emmy Award in the role.

3) Family Reunion

Molaro divulged a fun fact from the season 7 episode starring James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher. As Jones only provided the voice for Darth Vader on Star Wars, he and Fisher had never met until they both arrived on the set of The Big Bang Theory.

“When they approached each other,” Molaro laughed, “The first thing Carrie said was “DAD!””

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We all live close together and we’re all kind of knocking into each other a lot and there’s a lot of pressure to be likeable. I personally find it very exhausting and I would like to know that even if you don’t work so hard to be likeable, you can still be loved. So one of the things I guess I think about doing is to say ‘Well, even if we all give ourselves a break and stop trying to pretend to be so goddamn likeable, we’re still loveable.’ And that’s a moral of my work and its something that I care about.
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Good touch. Bad touch. Clean touch. Tongue bath. 

Gillian Jacobs talks cleanliness with me. I’m perfect.

I think there should be more scientists and fewer lawyers. It’s better to invent a plastic airplane than to sue somebody.
—  Eric Kaplan
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Some new titles this week at PWPLS:

The Truth Doesn’t Have to Hurt: How to use criticism to strengthen relationships, improve performance, and promote change by Deb Bright

Nobody likes criticism. Handled poorly, it too often stings and breeds resentment—and most of us try to avoid it at all costs. But criticism—crafted carefully and communicated skillfully—promotes trust and respect, motivates individuals, and serves as a catalyst for change. It has the ability to turbocharge workplaces and careers. If that sounds far-fetched, it’s because few understand how to properly give and receive the kind of critical feedback that brings positive results. 

The Invisible Front: Love and loss in an era of endless war by Yochi Dreazen

The unforgettable and sensitively reported story of a military family that lost two sons—one to suicide and one in combat—and channeled their grief into fighting the armed forces’ suicide epidemic.

You are Here: Around the world in 92 minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station by Chris Hadfield

Divided by continent, YOU ARE HERE represents one (idealized) orbit of the ISS. This planetary photo tour — surprising, playful, thought-provoking, and visually delightful — is also punctuated with fun, fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity. In the spirit of his bestselling An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, YOU ARE HERE opens a singular window on our planet, using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence (and wit) of never-before-noticed landscapes, and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and every night. Every day she rattles over the same track junctions, flashes past the same stretch of cozy suburban homes. And every day she stops at the same signal and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof deck, living the perfect life that Rachel craves for herself—a lifestyle she recently lost.

Hidden Tuscany: Discovering art, culture, and memories in a well-known region’s unknown places by John Keahy

Hidden Tuscany vividly displays the coastal areas of Tuscany, a territory often overlooked by visitors to Italy eager to see Chianti, Florence or Siena. Veteran journalist and Italophile John Keahey points out the keen distinctions that the western cities maintain: in food, lifestyle, and the way its artists are paving new directions in art that differ mightily from the Renaissance-rich interior.

Does Santa Exist? A philosophical investigation by Eric Kaplan

Metaphysics isn’t ordinarily much of a laughing matter. But in the hands of acclaimed comedy writer and scholar Eric Kaplan, a search for the truth about old St. Nick becomes a deeply insightful, laugh-out-loud discussion of the way some things exist but may not really be there. Just like Santa and his reindeer.

It was Me All Along: A memoir by Andie Mitchell

All her life, Andie Mitchell had eaten lustily and mindlessly. Food was her babysitter, her best friend, her confidant, and it provided a refuge from her fractured family. But when she stepped on the scale on her twentieth birthday and it registered a shocking 268 pounds, she knew she had to change the way she thought about food and herself; that her life was at stake.

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr Cassandra Jane “CJ” Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles.

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"…seems to have sprung up simultaneously in Greece, China, and India. It makes sense that [logic] arose in these particular civilizations and not in Egypt or Mexico because these were all places where a farmer who worshiped one god, had one set of laws, and danced a certain way would meet up and do business with a farmer who worshiped a different god, had different laws, and danced a different way."

-Does Santa Exist? by Eric Kaplan