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"The Big Bang Theory" The Benefactor Factor (2011)

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The Big Bang Theory: Season 4: Episode 15 -- A wealthy donor to the university (guest star JESSICA WALTER) makes Leonard consider how far he's willing to go for the sake of science.


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Original Air Date:
10 February 2011 (Season 4, Episode 15)
To secure needed funding for the university, Sheldon convinces Leonard to get friendly with a wealthy benefactor. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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"The Benefactor Factor" is another funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory" See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Chuck Lorre (teleplay by) &
Eric Kaplan (teleplay by) &
Steve Holland (teleplay by)

Bill Prady (story by) &
Lee Aronsohn (story by) &
David Goetsch (story by) (as Dave Goetsch)

Produced by
Jessica Ambrosetti .... coordinating producer
Lee Aronsohn .... executive producer
Ryan Berdan .... associate producer
Kristy Cecil .... co-producer
Peter Chakos .... supervising producer
Maria Ferrari .... co-producer
David Goetsch .... co-executive producer (as Dave Goetsch)
Eddie Gorodetsky .... consulting producer
Steve Holland .... producer
Eric Kaplan .... co-executive producer
Kelly Lee .... co-producer (as Kelly-Anne Lee)
Chuck Lorre .... executive producer
Steven Molaro .... executive producer
Faye Oshima Belyeu .... producer
Bill Prady .... executive producer
Mary T. Quigley .... co-producer
Jim Reynolds .... supervising 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 
Art Direction by
Francoise Cherry-Cohen (uncredited)
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)
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
Scott L. London .... property master
Sound Department
Bob La Masney .... sound re-recording mixer
Charlie McDaniel .... re-recording mixer
Bruce Peters .... production sound mixer
Brian Seagrave .... audio post-conform (uncredited)
Eddie Braun .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Greene .... gaffer
David Pearce .... key grip
John O'Brien .... video controller (uncredited)
Robert Zeigler .... digital imaging technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tara Treacy .... casting associate
Adam Hochfeld .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzanne Flores .... key costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Tony D'Amore .... final colorist (uncredited)
Todd Morris .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Barenaked Ladies .... performer: theme music
Barenaked Ladies .... theme written and performed by
Gregory Sweeney .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Leo Tee .... music clearance manager (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Cyril O'Neil .... picture car consultant (uncredited)
Brian Steagall .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Don Foster .... executive consultant
David Saltzberg .... science consultant (as David Saltzberg Ph.D.)
Russell Eida .... assistant: Lee Aronsohn (uncredited)
Mackenzie Gabriel .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Maile Gerken .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Tara Hernandez .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Justin Hetzel .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Kristen Kimmick .... assistant: Steven V. Silver (uncredited)
Jacob Murray .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jason T. Welden .... computer/video playback (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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20 min
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Sheldon has, on his desk, a green Android sculpture, from the cell phone operating system.See more »
[first lines]
Raj Koothrappali:Here's what I wonder about zombies:
[the others groan]
Raj Koothrappali:What happens if they can't get any human flesh to eat? They can't starve to death, they're already dead.
Howard Wolowitz:You take this one. I spent an hour last night on "How do vampires shave when they can't see themselves in the mirror?"
Sheldon Cooper:Well-groomed vampires meet in pairs and shave each other. Case closed.
Raj Koothrappali:Yeah, okay. So, zombies.
Leonard Hofstadter:Uh, I guess it depends on the zombies, Raj. Are we talking slow zombies, fast zombies? Like in '28 Days', if those zombies didn't eat the starved.
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
"The Benefactor Factor" is another funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory", 11 October 2011
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

In a nutshell of this last season ep of "The Big Bang Theory": University president Siebert (Joshua Malina) sees the boys in the cafeteria and invites them to a party at his house to help get the school some funding. Only Sheldon refuses considering the e-mails he constantly writes to Siebert complaining about various things. At the party, a benefactor named Mrs. Latham (Jessica Walters) takes an interest in a project Leonard's doing and invites him to ride in her limousine. Turns out she may also want something else of Leonard...Another funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory" especially when Sheldon and Penny chime in about Leonard's situation. Jim Parsons, as usual, has the best lines as Sheldon and his delivery is perfect here. So on that note, "The Benefactor Factor" really cooks in more ways than one.

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