The Big Bang Theory: Season 5, Episode 20

The Transporter Malfunction (29 Mar. 2012)

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Raj gets quite a surprise when he asks his parents to set him up on a date. Penny buys Leonard and Sheldon a pair of Star Trek keepsake collectibles.



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Penny (as Kaley Cuoco)


To show her appreciation for all the free meals she's had at their apartment, Penny, using money from an acting residual check, gives Leonard and Sheldon each a gift: a vintage, mint, in-the-box, 1975 Mego Star Trek (1966) Transporter, with real transporter action - apiece. They both love their gift. It has additional special meaning for Leonard since it was given to him from Penny with love. And it has additional special meaning for Sheldon since his Leonard Nimoy Spock miniature action figure would fit in the toy. However, Penny is dismayed to learn that neither Leonard or Sheldon plan on opening their respective gift to play with it since doing so would diminish its value. Later, Sheldon, hearing the voice of his Spock miniature action figure in his dreams telling him to do so, decides to open his gift to play with it. The result makes him contemplate secretly switching his now useless toy with Leonard's mint condition, still-in-the-box toy. Meanwhile, on the question of whether he... Written by Huggo

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When Sheldon dreams that he's woken up on an alien planet, the distinctive arch of the Guardian of Forever from the original Star Trek series episode "City on the Edge of Forever" is visible in the background. See more »


When Leonard opens his transporter after Sheldon breaks it, he should have noticed that there was a problem because it wasn't sealed. When Sheldon opens it, he breaks the seal. See more »


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Penny: Oh my God, I love this chicken!
Sheldon Cooper: Oh, you know what they say, 'Best things in life are free'.
Penny: Okay, you're right, I eat your food a lot. Now, how 'bout this: you can raid my fridge any time you want.
Sheldon Cooper: Oh, that's very kind of you. Next time I have a hankering to wash down a D-cell battery with a jar of old pickle juice, I'll come a-knocking.
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Leonard Nimoy makes an appearance, sort of, on "The Transporter Malfunction" ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
23 November 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this ep of "The Big Bang Theory": Penny, since she's always eating at Leonard and Sheldon's apartment, uses her commercial residual check to pay for two vintage 1975 Mego-Spock-transporter toys for Sheldon and Leonard. Neither wants to play with them since opening them would make them lose selling value. But then Sheldon dreams of you-know-who (Leonard Nimoy's voice) who tells how illogical it would be to not play with it. Meanwhile, after Howard demands Raj to tell him if he's bringing someone to his wedding, Raj tells his parents online about being ready for their matchmaking skills. So the woman they chose comes and she and Raj seem to hit it off but she has a surprise for him...Not as funny as the last few but still funny enough especially with the voice of the original Spock finally on the show! Love all the positions the Spock toy is positioned in with each camera cut and/or edit. And all of Raj's sexual vibes are also good for laughs. So on that note, "The Transporter Malfunction" was another good ep of "The Big Bang Theory".

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