Penny just got a role in a theatrical performance and wants to share the good news with Leonard and Sheldon.
Penny: You’ll never guess what just happened.
Leonard: Oh, I give up.
Sheldon: I don’t guess. As a scientist I reach conclusions based on observation and experimentation, although as I’m saying this it occurs to me you may have been employing a rhetorical device rendering my response moot.
Penny: What was that?
Leonard: Believe it or not, personal growth. What happened?
Penny: Alright, remember when I auditioned for that workshop production of Rent, but I didn’t get it and I couldn’t figure out why?
Sheldon: I have a conclusion based on an observation.
Leonard: No you don’t. No he doesn’t.
Penny: Well, the girl they picked to play Mimi, she dropped out and they asked me to replace her.
Leonard: Oh, congratulations, what a lucky break.
Penny: It’s not a big deal, just a one night showcase, but they invite a lot of casting people and agents so, you never know.
Sheldon: I think I know.
Leonard: No you don’t. He doesn’t.
to reach a conclusion / come to a conclusion = You decide that something is true after you have thought about it carefully and have considered all the relevant facts
observation = the action or process of carefully watching someone or something
rhetorical device = a use of language that is intended to have an effect on its audience
to render = to cause something or someone to be in a particular state (another example: His rudeness rendered me speechless.)
moot = not important or not relevant, therefore not worth discussing
to audition = to give a short performance in order to show that you are suitable for a part in a film, play, show, etc.
workshop production = a more modest form of theatrical performance
to drop out = to not do something that you were going to do, or to stop doing something before you have completely finished
break = an opportunity for improving a situation or for success, especially one that happens unexpectedly
showcase = a situation or setting in which something is displayed or presented to its best advantage
(definitions taken from the Cambridge Dictionary, the Collins Dictionary, and Wikipedia)
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