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The Friendship Contraction 

Leonard signs out of his roommate agreement, reducing himself and Sheldon to mere acquaintances, while Howard tries to think of a cool astronaut nickname for himself.

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 6 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Carol Ann Susi ... Debbie Wolowitz (voice)
Kevin Sussman ... Stuart Bloom
Michael Massimino ... Mike Massimino (as Mike Massimino NASA Astronaut)
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Storyline

As Leonard is feeling sleep deprived because of Sheldon, Leonard is in no mood to have to drive Sheldon to the dentist's office as per the roommate agreement. As such, Leonard willingly invokes what Sheldon tells him is clause 209 in the agreement, namely that the agreement be dissolved, that they no longer be friends, and that their only formal responsibilities to each other be payment of rent, payment of utilities and the perfunctory "'sup" as they pass each other in the hallway. Sheldon is equally as willing. However, Sheldon may change his mind when no one in his social circle, even Amy, seems willing to take on the duties that used to be performed by Leonard. Sheldon tries to show Leonard that he needs him as a friend, while Leonard really doesn't mind doing these little favors for Sheldon but wants them not to be a mandatory part of their relationship. Meanwhile, Raj has noticed that all Howard's astronaut colleagues have cool nicknames, while Howard doesn't. As Howard states ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The Han Solo and Chewbacca figures are still on Leonard's nightstand. See more »

Goofs

When Leonard says he's going home for a nap, Sheldon tells him he can't go because he has to take him to the dentist at 4pm. However, when Sheldon arrives home later that evening he informs Amy that she will be taking him to the dentist the next day. It is never mentioned that the appointment had been rescheduled. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Sheldon sounds a virtual klaxon in Leonard's bedroom]
Leonard Hofstadter: Yahhh! What the hell!
Sheldon Cooper: Emergency preparedness drill.
Leonard Hofstadter: Oh, no, come on!
Sheldon Cooper: You know how it works. Once a quarter; keep our readiness up. Now, rise and shine sleepyhead, half the town is probably dead.
Leonard Hofstadter: I have to get a lock for my door.
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #375 (CENSORED)

I've long known that due to the FCC's equal time rules, I cannot use this space to espouse political views. To do so would set in motion a legal action which demands that an opposing opinion be flashed on the screen for a split second at the end of a sitcom (I'm guessing). With that in mind, I worked hard to write what I thought was a very balanced, centrist vanity card; a simple, rational essay that no one could disagree with. CBS disagreed. CENSORED! See more »

Connections

References Red Dwarf (1988) See more »

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Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)
(uncredited)
Written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
[The ringtone on Howard's phone, played before and during his video call with Mike Massimino]
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"The Friendship Contraction" was another funny enough ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
17 November 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Not as funny as the last few eps of "The Big Bang Theory" but funny enough what with Shelden being himself and driving Leonard crazy with his demands, as usual. So much so, in fact that Leonard is willing to break up the roommate agreement to get some sleep. Meanwhile, Howard and Raj are trying to think up an astronaut nickname for the former since his other fellow travelers have one. Oh, and Stuart the comic store guy (Kevin Sussman) is also in this...Plenty of very funny lines and situations abound and Jim Parsons' readings and reactions are, as usual, sublime. Like I said, not a great but a very good episode of "The Big Bang Theory". So on that note, "The Friendship Contraction" ep of "The Big Bang Theory" gets a recommendation from me.


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