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The Transporter Malfunction 

Raj gets quite a surprise when he asks his parents to set him up on a date. Penny buys Leonard and Sheldon a pair of Star Trek keepsake collectibles.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Leonard Hofstadter
... Sheldon Cooper
... Penny
... Howard Wolowitz
... Raj Koothrappali
... Bernadette Rostenkowski
... Dr. V.M. Koothrappali
... Mrs. Koothrappali
... Lakshmi Choudry


To show her appreciation for all the free meals she's had at their apartment, Penny, using money from an acting residual check, gives Leonard and Sheldon each a gift: a vintage, mint, in-the-box, 1975 Mego Star Trek (1966) Transporter, with real transporter action - apiece. They both love their gift. It has additional special meaning for Leonard since it was given to him from Penny with love. And it has additional special meaning for Sheldon since his Leonard Nimoy Spock miniature action figure would fit in the toy. However, Penny is dismayed to learn that neither Leonard or Sheldon plan on opening their respective gift to play with it since doing so would diminish its value. Later, Sheldon, hearing the voice of his Spock miniature action figure in his dreams telling him to do so, decides to open his gift to play with it. The result makes him contemplate secretly switching his now useless toy with Leonard's mint condition, still-in-the-box toy. Meanwhile, on the question of whether he... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

29 March 2012 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Brian George (Dr V.M. Koothrappali) and Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler) previously worked together on the Blossom (1990) episode, Blossom: Oh, Baby (1994) as Shakir and Blossom respectively. See more »


Sheldon identifies the transporter toy as made by Mego. However, in close-ups of the box, the PaliToy logo is clearly visible. While PaliToy made toys in the UK based on the Mego molds, and are virtually identical to the US-made versions, the difference is considered significant to collectors. See more »


[first lines]
Penny: Oh my God, I love this chicken!
Sheldon Cooper: Oh, you know what they say, 'Best things in life are free'.
Penny: Okay, you're right, I eat your food a lot. Now, how 'bout this: you can raid my fridge any time you want.
Sheldon Cooper: Oh, that's very kind of you. Next time I have a hankering to wash down a D-cell battery with a jar of old pickle juice, I'll come a-knocking.
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References The Lord of the Rings (1978) See more »


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