The Big Bang Theory: Season 1, Episode 10

The Loobenfeld Decay (24 Mar. 2008)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 1,315 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Leonard lies to Penny so that he and Sheldon can get out of watching her perform. However, Sheldon believes that the lie has too many loose ends, so he comes up with a new, unnecessarily complex one to replace it.

Director:

Writers:

(created by), (creator), 5 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3761 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
list image
a list of 320 titles
created 04 Jul 2012
 
a list of 1134 titles
created 26 Jan 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 24 Feb 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Loobenfeld Decay (24 Mar 2008)

The Loobenfeld Decay (24 Mar 2008) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Big Bang Theory.
« Previous Episode | 11 of 163 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

1 video »
Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Toby Loobenfeld (as D.J. Qualls)
Edit

Storyline

Penny has the role of Mimi in a one-day workshop stage production of Rent, and asks Leonard and Sheldon if they want to go see her perform. Based on hearing Penny sing badly, Leonard and Sheldon decline, with Leonard even lying to her to get out of it. Sheldon is feeling uncomfortable in being a part of Leonard's lie, so he takes proactive measures to get out of that lie. Sheldon's actions don't hurt Penny but rather confuse Leonard. But Sheldon takes his proactive measure to the extreme, utilizing the hidden talents of Toby Loobenfeld, a research assistant in the particle physics lab. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 March 2008 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

16:9
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In a very uncharacteristic move, the usually germaphobic Sheldon pulls food out of the garbage can. See more »

Goofs

When Sheldon drops the chicken in the trash, it's sitting on the edge of the can as he lets it go and the bag tips over on its side as it falls in. When he goes back to the trash can to get the chicken, the bag is sitting upright in the can allowing him to just grab the handles and pull the bag out. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Leonard: No, see, the liquid metal terminators were created in the future by Skynet, and Skynet was developed by Miles Dyson but that future no longer exists due to Dyson's death in Terminator 2.
Sheldon Cooper: Okay. Then riddle me this: assuming all the good Terminators were originally evil Terminators created by Skynet but then reprogrammed by the future John Connor, why would Skynet, an artificial computer intelligence, bother to create a petite, hot, 17-year old killer robot?
Leonard: Skynet is kinky? I dunno.
Sheldon Cooper:
See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening scroll of the time line when it gets to 91,000 there is a mistake the dates read 93,000BC 92,000BC 91,0009C 90,000BC for some reason 91,000 is a 9c not a BC. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.112 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Big Bang Theory Theme (Instrumental)
Composed and Performed by Barenaked Ladies
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Loobenfeld Decay was a mostly amusing episode of "The Big Bang Theory"
16 April 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Sheldon and Leonard are arguing the logic of the Terminator movies and TV series when they hear some awful singing. It's Penny who tells them she's performing in a local production of "Rent" for one night only and invites them to see her on stage. Leonard mentions that he and Sheldon are going to a symposium that night though Sheldon almost ruins that lie by nearly mentioning the real night of that. After she's gone, Leonard mentions to his roommate why he lied to Penny and the necessities of doing so for social purposes. Sheldon decides to replace that fib for a more complicated one about a cousin who's in rehab. That "cousin" later appears in the form of a fellow colleague/aspiring actor who argues about characterization with Sheldon. Hardly matters since Penny taped her performance and gets Leonard to watch while he leaves Sheldon and the "actor" alone with their bickering...Pretty funny, if not hilarious episode of "The Big Bang Theory". As usual, Sheldon has much of the best lines though D. J. Qualls as the fake cousin steals the few scenes he's in with his constant embellishments. Penny herself has her moments when trying to explain to Howard and Raj the story that Sheldon told about his "cousin". Oh, and as a Filipino born in this country, I was not offended by Qualls "childhood abuse" from a chaplain from that Asian country. Though according to Chuck Lorre's censored vanity card, it was originally supposed to be a Catholic priest! (Again, while Catholic, not offended.) Very glad this show is back.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What should happen after/when Sheldon and Amy have sex? patricia92243
Someone should tell Howard Princeton beats MIT in the rankings tvfan42
Could An Alternate Reality or Sliding Doors Episode Work? emuboy
Emily and the power dynamic of girls joseph_wei
The Spaghetti Catalyst is just amazing WildcatsRule03
Emily, where to sit? vink0286
Discuss The Loobenfeld Decay (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?