The Big Bang Theory: Season 6, Episode 2

The Decoupling Fluctuation (4 Oct. 2012)

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Penny continues to have doubts about her relationship with Leonard. Meanwhile, Howard becomes the target of practical jokes on the space station.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Penny (as Kaley Cuoco)
Dimitri (as Pasha Lychnikoff)
Michael J. Massimino ...
Mike Massimino (as Mike Massimino NASA Astronaut)


Penny tries to figure out what her feelings for Leonard are, since she is happy with their relationship, yet she is unsure if she is in love just yet. She confides in Bernadette and Amy about the matter, which results in Amy telling Sheldon about it. Sheldon, out of concern for Leonard and his hatred for changes, tries to talk Penny into maintaining her relationship with Leonard. Meanwhile, Raj finds a new friend in Stuart, to fill the void left by Howard, and Stuart gets accepted into their social group by Sheldon, so long as he behaves as Howard would. Howard meanwhile, gets bullied by his fellow astronauts. Written by laird-3

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Sheldon tells Penny that "Leonard has a perfect driving record". It should be noted that, at the end of "The Love Car Displacement", Leonard drives at 120 mph, and is noticed and approached by the police. But, possibly, maybe one single violation of the traffic rules does not affect the "perfect driving record" or the police let him off with a warning. See more »


Sheldon tells Stuart that Howard always eats Raisinets when they visit the cinema. However, Raisinets are considered unsafe for people with severe nut allergies (like Howard) and it is almost certain that he would at some point have eaten Raisinets that caused him to have a life-threatening reaction. See more »


[first lines]
Bernadette Rostenkowski: And the next wedding present is... a gravy boat.
Penny: [writing it down] Ooh, one gravy boat.
Amy Farrah Fowler: That's from Sheldon. He told me he had it engraved.
Bernadette Rostenkowski: [Reads engraving] "In case of divorce, please return to Sheldon Cooper."
Penny: One inappropriate yet I-wish-I-thought-of-that gravy boat.
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References The Incredible Hulk (2008) See more »


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Composed and Performed by Barenaked Ladies
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One of the best episodes I have seen in a long time
5 October 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Couldn't help myself from writing this after seeing this particular episode. It was one of the best episodes I have seen in a long time....

Full of genuinely ROFL moments it really was a treat and lightened my mood in a big way. Good to see the screenplay bringing back the witty flair and giving the new season a terrific start. Scenes of Sheldon never holds back in dazzling you. Moreover the rest of the cast and specially the ones involving Howard are hilarious. The taunts of Sheldon to the new member of the crew is fun. Have to mention, The outsourcing joke over Indians never gets old. Looking forward to the rest of the season....

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