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The Precious Fragmentation 

The guys' friendship is threatened when they find a ring from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 7 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
Frank Maharajh ... Venkatesh Koothrappali
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Storyline

Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj jointly purchase a box, whose contents are unknown, for $60 at a garage sale. While sorting through it, they find that it contains primarily pop culture related items. They are happy with some of the contents, and less so with others. But when one of Howard's friends verifies the authenticity of one of the items, the guys think they've won the lottery when in their possession is the missing (stolen) one of only nine in total rings used in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Being a stolen item, the ring has no open market value, but they determine its black market value is in the range of $10,000 to $15,000. The four argue about to who among the four the ring rightly belongs, and thus who decides what to do with it. They agree to let Penny hold onto it until they decide. After an incident with Sheldon, Penny doesn't want to be the keeper of the ring anymore. Howard comes up with what all four agree is an amenable solution as to who gets to ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sheldon's "ketchup" spiel was almost a word for word recitation of a portion of the "ketchup" entry on Wikipedia at the time, with the only difference being that a few other flavorings had been omitted. See more »

Goofs

The original rings worn in the movies did not have the elvish writing on them. That was added digitally in post-production. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Leonard Hofstadter: Why do I always have to carry the heavy stuff?
Sheldon Cooper: Well it's very simple. In our ragtag band of scientists with nothing to lose, I am the smart one, Wolowitz is the funny one, and Koothrappali is the loveable foreigner who struggles to understand our ways and fails. That leaves you, by default, as the muscle.
Leonard Hofstadter: One more floor and I'd be the pulled muscle.
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #280 You know you're getting old when... You throw your back out on the toilet. You shave your ears. Your second wife calls your first wife "ma'am." You're genuinely excited when your prescriptions arrive in the mail. You read the obits in the newspaper to check the ages of the dead people. You read a newspaper. You're bummed out that the smokin' hot chick from Body Heat now looks like William Shatner in drag. You say "bummed out." Women your age have real breasts and artificial hips. Masturbation leaves you winded. You try to amuse the kid hooking up your Blu-ray player by telling him about Betamax. You pee in morse code -- dots and dashes -- and have to look down to see when you're done. Your car radio is set to "classic rock" so you have something to switch to during NPR pledge drives. Your doctor says things like, "that's normal for a man your age" and "consider yourself lucky." Beneath your chin is what appears to be a neck skin hammock. Beneath your penis is what appears to be two ping pong balls hanging from a flesh-colored bolo tie. You choose your new car because it offers great lumbar support and convenient cup holders. Watching "The Who" perform at the Superbowl made you inconsolably sad. You wonder if the orgasm you're about to have will actually end your life. Your doctor tells you a new medication will reduce the amount of semen in your body and your only response is, "so what." Your car radio is set to "classic rock" so you have something to...oh, wait, I already did that one. See more »

Connections

References The A-Team (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

History of Everything (Instrumental version)
(uncredited)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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