The Big Bang Theory: Season 3, Episode 8

The Adhesive Duck Deficiency (16 Nov. 2009)

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Penny is forced to turn to Sheldon for help when she dislocates her shoulder in the bathtub. Meanwhile, the rest of the guys accidentally get stoned in the desert while waiting for a meteor shower.



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While Leonard, Howard and Raj are off camping to observe the Leonid meteor shower, Sheldon is at home doing work. It's lucky for Penny that Sheldon did stay behind as she dislocated her shoulder when she slipped taking a shower. She is immobile in her bathtub. She yells loud enough for Sheldon to hear and for him to come help her. On Penny's pleas, Sheldon agrees to drive her to the emergency room, despite he only holding a learner's permit and never having driven an actual automobile. Will Sheldon do better behind the wheel of an actual car than he has on his driving simulator? Beyond the drive to and from the hospital, Penny asks Sheldon for a few special favors. Meanwhile back at the campsite, Leonard, Howard and Raj are feeling the effects of the special ingredient in the cookies they ate that were given to them by some hippie women. Written by Huggo

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In this episode, Kunal Nayyar displayed his ear for accents when he accurately imitated costar Johnny Galecki's American accent. See more »


Sheldon mentions Penny's car's check engine light is on. Penny's car is a 1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet, which was never available with a check engine light. See more »


[first lines]
Howard Wolowitz: How much time do we have?
Leonard Hofstadter: Uh, T minus five hours thirty-seven minutes to onset of meteor shower.
Rajesh Koothrappali: Okay, our position is thirty-four point forty-eight degrees north, a hundred and eighteen point thirty-one west; that means the azimuth should be a hundred and sixty-eight point twenty-two degrees relative to magnetic north with an elevation of forty-nine point nighty-three.
Howard Wolowitz: Anything yet?
Leonard Hofstadter: Uh, we have a signal but there's no frame lock.
Howard Wolowitz: Hang on. How 'bout... now?
Rajesh Koothrappali: We did it. We have the ...
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #267 Last weekend I went on a movie date with a very nice lady. During the coming attractions I managed to get a piece of popcorn down the wrong pipe. I started coughing. People nearby glanced at me nervously. Then, as the movie was about to begin, I got a tickle in my nose and sneezed. Twice. The young couple sitting to my left immediately got up and moved across the aisle. The old lady directly in front of me leapt to her feet and literally vaulted over her husband in order to sit further away from me. For some reason, I was a little miffed. But then I realized the newfound power I had. I got up, crossed closer to the old lady and young couple and coughed again. They all glared at me and once again moved their seats. The game was on! Maneuvering like a knight on a chess board, I countered their move by moving two rows down and one seat over. I looked at them. I smiled. I coughed. They were stunned. How could this be happening? How had their simple movie outing turned into an Edgar Allan Poe short story? But it had! In a matter of minutes, they had become Prince Prospero and his noble cohorts, while I, I had become the Red Death! The old woman covered her mouth and nose with her hand and cried out, "Why are you doing this to us?!" I laughed and said, "Why? You want to know why? Because death, my dear woman, is the inevitable end for us all! And there is no hiding from it. Even at the AMC!" A horrible silence hung over the theater, no one moved, no one breathed. Then the movie started and we all settled down to enjoy the whacky, 3-D antics of Jim Carrey. Oh, and I'm hoping to go out with the nice lady again, but she has not returned my calls. See more »


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funniest season 3 episode
17 November 2009 | by (bangalore,india) – See all my reviews

When i started watching season 3, my expectation took a beating. The episode was not up to the mark in scale of funny. But episode 7 was pretty funny and this one i have to say i laughed. This is good stuff. Sheldon and Penny together alone, superb idea. Sheldon had do to things he would most probably avoid and the hospital scene where he was trying to comfort Penny was hilarious and embarrassingly funny. But i have to say i enjoyed the other parallel story running. The drugged scientists speaking to themselves unaware who is talking what was really cool. The last part of the episode where Sheldon tries to sing Soft Kitty left me wondering Penny in her distress did make the equations straight with Sheldon. She forced him to drive, dress a girl and sing a bedtime song, quite brilliant.

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