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"The Big Bang Theory" The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation (2009)

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The Big Bang Theory: Season 3: Episode 1 -- Sheldon flees back to Texas in disgrace when he learns that the guys tampered with his arctic expedition data - threatening Leonard's hopes for a romantic encounter with Penny.


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Original Air Date:
21 September 2009 (Season 3, Episode 1)
After returning from the North Pole, a conflict among the guys sends Sheldon back to Texas and interferes with Leonard's reunion with Penny. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Great show, ruined in season 3.. See more (2 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Mark Cendrowski 
Writing credits
Chuck Lorre (created by) &
Bill Prady (created by)

Steven Molaro (written by)

Maria Ferrari (executive story editor)

Produced by
Lee Aronsohn .... executive producer
Kristy Cecil .... associate producer
Peter Chakos .... producer
Mona Garcea .... coordinating producer
Brian George .... associate producer (as Brian Scott George)
David Goetsch .... co-executive producer (as Dave Goetsch)
Steve Holland .... co-producer
Eric Kaplan .... co-executive producer
Kelly Lee .... co-producer (as Kelly-Anne Lee)
Chuck Lorre .... executive producer
Steven Molaro .... co-executive producer
Faye Oshima Belyeu .... producer
Bill Prady .... executive producer
Mary T. Quigley .... co-producer
Jim Reynolds .... producer
Richard Rosenstock .... consulting producer
Cinematography by
Steven V. Silver (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Chakos 
Casting by
Ken Miller (casting by)
Nikki Valko (casting by)
Production Design by
John Shaffner 
Set Decoration by
Ann Shea 
Costume Design by
Mary T. Quigley 
Makeup Department
Peggy Nichols .... make-up artist
Faye Woods .... hair stylist
Production Management
Kelly Lee .... unit production manager (as Kelly-Anne Lee)
Ryan Berdan .... post production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Klausen .... second assistant director
Howard Murray .... associate director
Anthony Joseph Rich .... first assistant director (as Anthony Rich)
Art Department
Francoise Cherry-Cohen .... set designer
Jiye Choi .... promotional art
Scott L. London .... property master
Samantha Englender .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Justin Freibrun .... set dresser (uncredited)
Christopher Harwood .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bob La Masney .... re-recording mixer
Charlie McDaniel .... re-recording mixer
Bruce Peters .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Scott Forbes .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Dan Carrington .... Flame artist (uncredited)
Rick Cortes .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Bryan Whitaker .... flame artist (uncredited)
Eddie Braun .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John O'Brien .... video controller (uncredited)
Robert Zeigler .... digital imaging technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Adam Hochfeld .... extras casting (uncredited)
Candace Miller .... extras casting (uncredited)
Tara Treacy .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nicole Felts .... set costumer (uncredited)
Julie Heath .... key costumer (uncredited)
Sara Markowitz .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Tony D'Amore .... final colorist (uncredited)
Todd Morris .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Barenaked Ladies .... theme written and performed by
Gregory Sweeney .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Leo Tee .... music clearance manager (uncredited)
Other crew
Maria Ferrari .... executive story editor
Julie Fleischer .... script supervisor
Don Foster .... executive consultant
Eddie Gorodetsky .... executive consultant
John Malakoff .... production travel consultant
Mark Roberts .... executive consultant
David Saltzberg .... science consultant (as David Saltzberg Ph.D.)
Charles Chen .... audience coordinator (uncredited)
Russell Eida .... assistant: lee aronsohn (uncredited)
Maile Gerken .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Justin Hetzel .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lisa Maniker .... product placement (uncredited)
Mindy Stevenson .... accounting auditor (uncredited)
Jason T. Welden .... computer/video playback (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chuck Lorre  created by
Bill Prady  created by

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Additional Details

21 min | UK:25 min
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Finland:S | UK:12 (Blu-ray rating)

Did You Know?

Just before the first shot of Sheldon with his mother in Texas, there is one of the shots of atoms used to separate scenes. One of the electrons orbiting the nucleus is decorated with the Texan flag.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Penny uses an analogy from the Star Trek movie to try and cheer up Sheldon. Throughout the entire series, however, she makes no secret of the fact that she finds the Star Trek series boring. If the boys weren't at home to take her to the movie, why would she have gone to know that plot detail?See more »
Sheldon Cooper:I realize you're currently at the mercy of your primitive biological urges, but as you have an entire lifetime of poor decisions ahead of you, may I interrupt this one?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Super Mario Bros. (1985) (VG)See more »
Soft KittySee more »


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1 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Great show, ruined in season 3.., 15 February 2011
Author: Peter Lilltiger Bengtsson from Sweden

The show in it self is great, if you can stand to watch it. I certainly can't.

The issue is pretty simple, they filmed it in-front of an live audience that laughs all the the time in a really laud and annoying way, and it do really sound (and seem) like they laugh on queue, someone holding up a sign saying "laugh now".

It totally ruins the show, a show that properly is good, but i cant watch for more then 5mins before I get too annoyed.

So before you run out an buy this season check it up on youtube or something and see if you can stand the annoyance. If you can't then don't waste your money and time.

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