5:32pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Big Bang Theory' Pays Tribute to Leonard Nimoy
CBS' The Big Bang Theory paid its respects to Leonard Nimoy on Thursday.
The Chuck Lorre comedy used the co-creator/exec producer's weekly vanity card to pay homage to the actor, who died last Friday.
Rather than sharing his weekly insights, Lorre's vanity card featured an image of Nimoy and one simple sentence: "The impact you had on our show and our lives is everlasting."
Nimoy died Feb. 27 at his home in Bel Air. His granddaughter, Dani, said the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.
Star Trek — and specifically Nimoy and his beloved character, Spock — have been referenced frequently on The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon (Emmy winner Jim Parsons) dressed as Spock in an episode, and all of the guys — Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and Howard (Simon Helberg) — can recite the Vulcan's dying words.
Nimoy — Sheldon's hero — guest-starred in a 2012 episode in which he never appeared onscreen but instead voiced a Spock action figure that encouraged Sheldon to embrace his "human" form.
In addition to being referenced in Sheldon's inventive "Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock," one of The Big Bang Theory's most beloved moments also featured Nimoy.
At the show's 100th-episode celebration, Lorre told THR that the episode in which Penny (Kaley Cuoco) gifted Sheldon with a napkin signed by Nimoy (that also contained his DNA) was "a moment that rose above the show and became something else."
Check out Lorre's vanity card, below.