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The Recombination Hypothesis ()


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Leonard and Penny contemplate reviving their romantic relationship.

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Leonard Hofstadter
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Sheldon Cooper
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Penny
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Howard Wolowitz
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Raj Koothrappali
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Amy Farrah Fowler
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Bernadette Rostenkowski
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Reverend White

Directed by

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Mark Cendrowski

Written by

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Chuck Lorre ... (creator) (creator) &
Bill Prady ... (creator) (creator)
 
Bill Prady ... (teleplay) &
Steven Molaro ... (teleplay)
 
Chuck Lorre ... (story)

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Jessica Ambrosetti ... coordinating producer
Ryan Berdan ... associate producer
Kristy Cecil ... co-producer
Peter Chakos ... supervising producer
Maria Ferrari ... producer
David Goetsch ... co-executive producer (as Dave Goetsch)
Eddie Gorodetsky ... consulting producer
Robinson Green ... associate producer
Steve Holland ... supervising producer
Eric Kaplan ... co-executive producer
Kelly Lee ... co-producer (as Kelly-Anne Lee)
Chuck Lorre ... executive producer
Suzanne McCormack ... coordinating producer
Steven Molaro ... executive producer
Faye Oshima Belyeu ... producer
Bill Prady ... executive producer
Mary T. Quigley ... co-producer
Jim Reynolds ... co-executive producer

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Steven V. Silver ... director of photography

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Peter Chakos

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Todd Morris ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Ken Miller
Nikki Valko

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John Shaffner

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Francoise Cherry-Cohen

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Ann Shea

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Mary T. Quigley

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Vikki McCarter ... makeup artist
Peggy Nichols ... makeup artist
Sylvia Surdu ... hair stylist
Faye Woods ... hair stylist

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Kelly Lee ... unit production manager (as Kelly-Anne Lee)

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Chris Klausen ... second assistant director
Gay Linvill ... associate director
Anthony Rich ... first assistant director

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Scott L. London ... property master
Christopher Harwood ... leadman (uncredited)

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Bob La Masney ... re-recording mixer
Charlie McDaniel ... re-recording mixer
Bruce Peters ... production sound mixer

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Eddie Braun ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

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John O'Brien ... video controller (uncredited)
Robert Zeigler ... digital imaging technician (uncredited)

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Tara Treacy ... casting associate
Adam Hochfeld ... extras casting (uncredited)

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Barenaked Ladies ... composer: theme music / performer: theme music
Leo Tee ... music clearance manager (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Joel Larson ... transportation (uncredited)
Cyril O'Neil ... picture car consultant (uncredited)
Brian Steagall ... transportation coordinator (uncredited)

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Gwendolyn Files ... production accountant
Julie Fleischer ... script supervisor
Don Foster ... executive consultant
David Saltzberg ... science consultant (as David Saltzberg Ph.D.)
Justin Hetzel ... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Kristen Kimmick ... assistant to Steven V. Silver (uncredited)
Jason T. Welden ... computer/video playback (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

After thinking about it long and hard, Leonard decides to ask Penny out on a real date again, which not only garners a shocked reaction from Penny, but the same from the rest of their mutual friends. Penny accepts Leonard's date request. While Bernadette and Amy give Penny their two cents worth of advice, Howard and Raj give Leonard theirs. After what can be described as a disastrous date, Leonard and Penny make a decision on what to do about whether or not to get back together again. Much of their decision is based on Penny's assertion that Leonard over-thinks everything. An action by Leonard shows just how much he over-thinks everything. Meanwhile, Sheldon contemplates whether or not to keep the "Zachary Quinto" life-sized cardboard cutout of Spock he received, when he really ordered the "Leonard Nimoy" Spock. And a clueless Sheldon, while playing a game with Howard and Raj, has no idea his comments are laced with sexual innuendo. Written by Huggo

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  • The Recombination Hypothesis (United States)
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  • 21 min
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Trivia Sheldon is disappointed to discover that a Mr. Spock cardboard stand-up he ordered is a portrayal of Zachary Quinto's Spock not Leonard Nimoy's Spock. According to Bill Prady, the co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, approval from Paramount, J.J. Abrams (producer of the new Star Trek series) and Zachary Quinto was required in order to mock Spock. See more »
Goofs When Sheldon tells Leonard "lizard weathermen would say things like, 'Bring a sweater. It's slow outside,'" he is incorrect. As cold-blooded animals, lizards would not generate warmth to be retained by wearing clothing. See more »
Movie Connections References Batman (1966). See more »
Soundtracks History of Everything See more »
Crazy Credits CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #374 ONE HUNDRED EPISODES Babies were born, people got married, people got divorced, people died, people were hired, fired, quit, homes were bought, expensive cars were leased, tears were shed, harsh words were spoken, fear, dread, resentment, jealousy, frustration and rage came and went like clouds in the sky. The only constant was laughter. We laughed a lot. We hope you did too. From everyone at The Big Bang Theory, thank you for watching. Oh, I almost forgot! Bill Prady went on a food delivery system, lost twenty pounds and started tucking in his shirt. See more »
Quotes Sheldon Cooper: Now, back to our game.
Raj Koothrappali: You were in the middle of an erection.
Sheldon Cooper: Oh, of course! It's right here in my hand.
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