The Big Bang Theory: Season 3, Episode 9

The Vengeance Formulation (23 Nov. 2009)

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Sheldon plans revenge after Kripke humiliates him on the radio. Howard has doubts about his relationship with Bernadette.

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After their third date, Bernadette wants an understanding with Howard about where their relationship is heading before proceeding to the next step of sex. Howard is unsure if Bernadette is the one for him as he always imagined ending up with a beautiful science fiction actress. One of his fantasy women, Katee Sackhoff, helps Howard figure out what he should do. But will Bernadette agree with his decision? Meanwhile, Sheldon is being interviewed by Ira Flatow on National Public Radio (NPR). While Sheldon is doing the live telephone interview from his office, Barry Kripke decides to have a little fun with Sheldon by tampering with his office's ventilation system, the resulting effect on Sheldon causing him some embarrassment with the listening audience. Leonard convinces Sheldon that he can get exact revenge on Kripke rather than hiding out and pouting, which is what Sheldon has been doing. Written by Huggo

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Title reference: Sheldon's revenge against Kripke by dropping a chemical foam from the ceiling in Kripke's lab. See more »

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When the helium gas is released into Sheldon's office his voice becomes high pitched. However, the radio announcer's voice remains at the same pitch (Sheldon even comments on it). Since helium alters the pitch of sounds by changing the speed at which sound travels, all voices (and indeed all sounds) in that office would be affected equally. See more »

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[first lines]
Howard Wolowitz: Two years later there's a knock on the door; the guy opens it, and there on the porch is the snail who says, "What the heck was that all about?"
Bernadette Rostenkowski: [giggles] I don't really get it.
Howard Wolowitz: See, it took two for the snail to-
[Bernadette kisses him]
Howard Wolowitz: Not important.
Bernadette Rostenkowski: Can I ask you a question?
Howard Wolowitz: Sure.
Bernadette Rostenkowski: Where do you think this is going?
Howard Wolowitz: To be honest, I was hoping at least second base.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #269 I have long believed that part of our problem with resolving race issues in America is our inability to accurately name what we are. Aside from the occasional Johnny and Edgar Winter, there are no white people. Any child with a box of crayons can tell you that white people are, in fact, beige. The sickly ones are gray. Following this crayon logic, one can easily see that there are really no black people. They are brown. Or perhaps raw umber. Or maybe burnt sienna. Frankly, every time I hear someone comment on America's first black president, I can't help thinking, "No, he's not. He's more like caramel." Which is why I think we should all get in the habit of calling each other what we really are. How can you racially slur a man by calling him "beigey" or "umber?" The answer is you can't. Because that's exactly what he is. The melanin doesn't lie. Buy a box of Crayolas and see for yourself. We are all members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Can I hear a kumbaya? See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland
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"The Vengeance Formulation" was another excellent episode of "The Big Bang Theory"
25 January 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this episode of "The Big Bang Theory" from last season: Howard and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) are on their third date when Bernadette asks if he's interested in a relationship or a one-night stand. Howard has to think it over. After discussing it with Leonard and Raj the next morning in the cafeteria of the school they all work, Sheldon comes by and announces he's going to be on NPR for an interview program when they do a live call-in. Actually, Kripke spoils the surprise by sarcastically mentioning it in his Elmer Fudd-speak way beforehand. Oh, and there's an appearance by "Battlestar Galactica"s Katee Sackhoff in a cameo...This was another hilariously and occasionally touching episode of "The Big Bang Theory". It's especially funny when Sheldon's interview happens and what he does about it. And it's nice to see Simon Helberg really stretch his characterization as Wolowitz. Plus his comic singing and piano playing here add a good touch to the proceedings. So that's a recommendation of the episode "The Vengeance Formulation".


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