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The Vengeance Formulation 

Sheldon plans revenge after Kripke humiliates him on the radio. Howard develops 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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23 November 2009 (USA)  »

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Katee Sackhoff is the second Battlestar Galactica (2004) actor to appear on the show. The first had been Michael Trucco, who'd played her character's eventual husband, in The Big Bang Theory: The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis (2008). See more »


When Kripke is turning on the helium gas that flows into Sheldon's office, he keeps twisting the knob on top of the canister (as if the more he turns it the more gas is used). However, the knob on top simply opens it and does not need to be turned very far. In order to increase the actual flow one would adjust the dials on the left of the canister. See more »


[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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Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland
Performed by Simon Helberg
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I think I'm the only one here that has this opinion
10 October 2012 | by (Gotham City, US) – See all my reviews

Maybe it's just me but does anyone think that Leonard was being a complete jerk to poor Howard at the end. First off, if I had a girlfriend who got invited to do something with a roommate and he didn't even bother to mention it to me as a unspoken common courtesy I'd be hacked. Then if he tried to make her feel guilty about him or her not telling you, would really cross the line. Howard even asks Leonard "Why aren't you helping me?!?" He even asks "Why are you "Text Blocking" me?". (the equivalent of saying the crass term "C--- Blocking" in a nicer way. Leonard sarcastically asks Bernadette and Howard if he should leave the room. After Bernadette says no he says "Good, I wasn't going to anyway." with an arrogant smug smile. Nice. Finally Bernadette has the audacity to ask Leonard if she should accept Howard back. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!??!! And then Leonard mentally tortures Howard for a while before he says yes to her but adding one final insult to Howard at the same time. My question is this. Why did Leonard have anything at all in Howard's relationship with Bernadette? Hmm, I don't ever remember Howard trying to "Text Block" Leonard when he was dating Penny. Why?

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