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I am not native english speaker, can someone please explain me the joke Leonard said? 

Raj: Oh, my God, this tomato is amazing! I can eat it like an apple.
Dr. Wolcott: My secret is I fertilize it with my own manure.
Howard: The look on your face.
Leonard: (chuckles) It's a sort of grin. You want to know what kind? 

Thank you very much

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It's a reference to a relatively vulgar English phrase: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/shit-eating_grin

It usually describes somebody with a smug or self-satisfied smile but can also be used to describe somebody faking a smile. In this case, Leonard was joking that Raj had a literal version of this after eating the self-fertilized tomato.

Notably, they probably would not have been allowed to say the actual phrase on network television, but they set the joke up in a way that let them allude to it.

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