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The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation 

After returning from the North Pole, a conflict among the guys sends Sheldon back to Texas and interferes with Leonard's reunion with Penny.

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 2 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
Laurie Metcalf ... Mary Cooper
John Ross Bowie ... Barry Kripke
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Storyline

Immediately upon the guys' arrival back from the three month long Arctic expedition, Leonard, Howard and Raj make a confession to Sheldon about their participation in Sheldon's research at the North Pole. This confession threatens Sheldon's research, his job and his friendship with the threesome. Sheldon's mother may at least have the answer to fixing the friendship. Meanwhile, Penny is really happy to see Leonard home. Leonard is equally happy to be home to see Penny. But every time they are about ready to embark on their first sexual encounter with each other, something always seems to get in the way. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Channel4 [UK]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Just before the first shot of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) with his mother (Laurie Metcalf) in Texas, there is one of the shots of atoms used to separate scenes. One of the electrons orbiting the nucleus is decorated with the Texan flag. See more »

Goofs

When Sheldon and Mary have dinner, the orientation of her soda can changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Sheldon Cooper: [to his "spot" on the couch] Hello, old friend.
[Sits down]
Sheldon Cooper: Daddy's home.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits vanity card #256 is shown, which is a picture captioned with "THANKS, COMIC-CON!" The picture has been manipulated from it's original form. This is very apparent as many audience members have been duplicated and or mirrored. One of note is the man wearing a green shirt who appears on both lower corners of the picture. See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Soft Kitty
(uncredited)
Performed by Kaley Cuoco
[Penny sings the song to Sheldon in his bedroom]
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Great show, ruined in season 3..
15 February 2011 | by msn-978-678214See all my reviews

The show in it self is great, if you can stand to watch it. I certainly can't.

The issue is pretty simple, they filmed it in-front of an live audience that laughs all the the time in a really laud and annoying way, and it do really sound (and seem) like they laugh on queue, someone holding up a sign saying "laugh now".

It totally ruins the show, a show that properly is good, but i cant watch for more then 5mins before I get too annoyed.

So before you run out an buy this season check it up on youtube or something and see if you can stand the annoyance. If you can't then don't waste your money and time.


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