Bazinga! See 'Big Bang Theory' Nerd Melissa Rauch Like You've Never Seen Her Before

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Melissa Rauch in the December 2013 issue of Maxim. (Photo by: Harper Smith/Maxim)
Melissa Rauch in the December 2013 issue of Maxim. (Photo by: Harper Smith/Maxim)

“Fifty Shades of Grey Matter” could very well be the subtitle of “Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch’s super-sexy photo shoot for Maxim magazine.

Unlike her cardigan-sporting character Bernadette, Rauch rocks a very little black dress as well as a strappy dominatrix-inspired top that would boggle the minds of the “Big Bang Theory” nerds. Her on-screen husband Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) would probably spontaneously combust!

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The sizzling photos definitely prove Rauch is not her wholesome Ph.D character, who was a waitress at the Cheesecake Factory.

"I've actually never been!” Rauch told Maxim. “However, I am similar to Bernadette in that we both spent some time waiting tables. I worked at a sports bar in New York City during college. It was before fantasy football was online, so people would come in with their notebooks. One time I spilled a pitcher of beer all over someone's fantasy notebook. It really f--ked up his draft."

Rauch does have one more thing in common with Bernadette: They both like guys who can make them laugh. Of course, Howard’s brand of humor is quirkier and often inadvertent, but still, Rauch said, "I absolutely love a funny guy. I am a sucker for it. It's my number one requirement."

See Melissa Rauch as Bernadette in this "Big Bang Theory" clip:

"The Big Bang Theory" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.