The Big Bang Theory: Season 1, Episode 4

The Luminous Fish Effect (15 Oct. 2007)

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Sheldon's mother is called to intervene when he delves into numerous obsessions after being fired for being disrespectful to his new boss.

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Sheldon isn't looking forward to the faculty mixer where he will meet his new boss, Dr. Eric Gablehauser, who Sheldon doesn't respect. Due to an inappropriate comment to Gablehauser, Sheldon promptly gets fired. Sheldon has no interest in getting his job back. With his new found free time, Sheldon works on a series of rather meaningless experiments at home, which drive Leonard and Penny crazy. Feeling at the end of his rope in dealing with a crazed Sheldon, Leonard calls in the one person who he thinks can get Sheldon out of his funk: his mother. Mary Cooper, a religious southerner, deals with her son in her own special way, which may have a side benefit to herself. Written by Huggo

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Trivia

Sheldon weaving on the loom is mentioned again in The Toast Derivation, where it is revealed that he made matching serapes for Leonard, Howard and Raj, the latter most of which who still wears it when the weather gets cold. See more »

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When Sheldon is driving with Penny in the car and says assume the weight of the car as 4000 pounds, his weight as 140 and Penny's as 120, he comes up with the total weight as 4400. It should be 4260 pounds. See more »

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Sheldon: You know, I've been thinking about time travel again.
Leonard: Why? Did you hit a roadblock with invisibility?
Sheldon: Put it on the back burner. Anyway, it occurs to me, if I ever did perfect a time machine I would just go into the past and give it to myself, thus eliminating the need for me to invent it in the first place.
Leonard: Interesting.
Sheldon: Yeah, it really takes the pressure off.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #187 Awright, shut up, siddown and listen. I am da immortal spirit Sheldon Leonard and for da last few years I've been using da body of Chuck Lorre to channel my ideas for new sitcoms. For da record, he's a stinkin' lousy channel and my ideas are much better than what he's puttin' on television. Dis is why I am breaking my anonymity. No matter how specifical I tell da kid what to write, he still manages to cock it up. Dharma & Greg? What da hell was dat? I specifically said "do a show about a queer guy who loves a straight chick, and she loves him back, but they can't, you know, bump uglies." But does Lorre listen? No way Jose. The putz turns it inside out, winds up with hippie chick loves uptight lawyer and then wonders why he can't buy an Emmy. (I did find a writing team to act as a channel for dat pitch, which worked out pretty good, Emmy and cash-wise.) Anyway, back to Lorre. Couple years later while he's sleepin', I whisper to him, "Two brudders inherit a midget." Funny, right? What's Lorre do? You got it. Two and a Half Men. Gimme a break! Anyway, I decide to give the mook one last chance. While he's under da gas at the dentist, I tell him to do a show about four wise guys and a sexy dame what knows da score. So what does da knucklehead do? Scientists and a waitress! It just breaks my heart. But at least the dope managed to slip my name in dis one. Now if you'll excuse me, I gotta schlep over to Milton Berle's crypt for a little pinochle with the boys. See more »

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Fourth episode of "The Big Bang Theory" is very amusing thanks to guest star Laurie Metcalf
16 October 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

After Sheldon insults his new boss at his party at the university and gets fired, he spends time at home doing "experiments" on scrambled eggs and flabbergasts Penny when he goes grocery shopping with her. So Leonard brings Sheldon's mom (Laurie Metcalf, another former co-star of Galecki's from "Rosanne") to talk some sense into her son. As Sheldon gets his job back, his new boss and his mom start to get acquainted...With this episode, we find out Sheldon's background as the son of a southern religious mother with father long departed. Some very good lines from guest star Metcalf whom I guess we'll see even more in the coming weeks. Not too hilarious but a very amusing episode of "The Big Band Theory" overall.


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