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The Terminator Decoupling 

On a train to San Francisco, Howard, Raj and Leonard fight for the affections of sci-fi star Summer Glau, while Sheldon is forced to turn to Penny for help when he leaves his flash drive behind.

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Summer Glau ... Summer Glau
George Smoot ... Dr. George Smoot
Robert Clotworthy ... Train Conductor (voice)
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Storyline

Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj are all taking a train trip to San Francisco to attend a symposium, at where the scheduled keynote speaker is Nobel Prize winning physicist Dr. George Smoot. Leonard, Howard and Raj, who all wanted to travel by plane instead, change their mind about taking the train when they see on board the beautiful Summer Glau, who they recognize from her role in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008). Howard and Raj argue about who between the two has the right to hit on her, Raj who would need to take a trip to the bar car first. Meanwhile, Sheldon has forgotten an electronic file at the apartment he deems important for Dr. Smoot. After Leonard talks him out of getting off the train to go back to retrieve it, Sheldon decides on the slightly less abhorrent option of telephoning Penny to email it to him, which would entail Penny entering his (gasp) bedroom. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9
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Trivia

When Sheldon (Jim Parsons) mentions a round table on the non-equilibrium Green's function approach to photoionization processes in atoms, he is likely referring to the work by physicists in Kiel, which had been submitted for publication a month before the episode aired. See more »

Goofs

When Sheldon is on the phone with Penny and hands the phone to Leonard, his phone isn't showing a phone dialing app. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Howard Wolowitz: Okay, Raj, hand me the number six Torx screwdriver.
Sheldon Cooper: Stop! We can't do this; it's not right.
Rajesh Koothrappali: Sheldon, you have two choices; either you let him put a bigger hard drive in the TiVo, or you delete stuff before we go out of town.
Sheldon Cooper: But once you open the box, you've voided the warranty. The warranty is a sacred covenant we've entered into with the manufacturer; he offers to stand by his equipment, and we in return agree not to violate the integrity of the internal hardware. This little ...
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #243 Trying to get a break as a song writer I find out where Harry Nilsson lives and bring him a box of reel-to-reel tapes of my original songs. He threatens to kill me if I ever come to his house again. Not funny then, funny now. While working at Marvel Animation I'm told I don't have what it takes to write for the Muppet Babies. Sadly, it's true. Not funny then, funny now. Write French Kissin' in the USA which is covered by Debbie Harry and released as the first single for her debut solo album. It effectively ends her solo career. Not funny then, funny now. Co-write theme song for new animated series called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The show is a massive international success. The music publisher tells my partner and I that we will not be paid music royalties for the millions of video games and video cassettes being sold. The reason we are given is that they'd rather not pay us. Not funny then, still not funny. See more »

Connections

References Slumdog Millionaire (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

History of Everything
(uncredited)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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