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The Tenure Turbulence 

Leonard, Sheldon, Raj and Kripke battle for tenure at the university.

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... Leonard Hofstadter
... Sheldon Cooper
... Penny
... Howard Wolowitz
... Raj Koothrappali
... Amy Farrah Fowler
... Bernadette Rostenkowski
... Janine Davis
... Barry Kripke
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The death of Professor Tupperman at Cal Tech opens up a tenured position. Leonard, Sheldon, Raj and Kripke each have different reasons for wanting the tenure opening. They believe the best way to secure this goal is to schmooze those on the tenure committee, which includes Director of Employee Relations, Janine Davis, who Sheldon in particular had a previous bad experience. But the most effective schmoozing may be done at Professor Tupperman's memorial, where the entire committee will be in attendance. While significant others in their lives support their respective man in whatever way they can, Howard does whatever he can to ensure a cat-fight between his friends. Written by Huggo

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4 April 2013 (USA)  »

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In trying to influence Janine Davis to vote for him obtaining tenure, Sheldon gives her a DVD copy of the miniseries Roots (1977), which starred Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) cast member and Big Bang Theory guest star LeVar Burton See more »

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When Kripke talks to the guys in the cafeteria, a woman in a gray cardigan and black skirt can be seen behind Sheldon and Raj, using the soda machine. It then cuts to a shot of Howard and Leonard, and she is standing behind them. See more »

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Leonard Hofstadter: I was reading about this jellyfish that never dies; instead it reverts to its asexual and then grows up again.
Howard Wolowitz: We thought my ninety-year-old grandfather had reverted to an asexual state, but the lawsuit from his Jamaican caregiver proved us all wrong.
Leonard Hofstadter: My point is immortality is not only a possibility; it is real.
Raj Koothrappali: Only if you're this jellyfish, which periodically reverts to a mass of undifferentiated protoplasm.
Sheldon Cooper: If I could keep my Gmail account I'd be OK with that.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #412

Recently TV Guide asked me to answer some questions for an upcoming article about where TV has been and where it's going. Unfortunately, I chose to respond while fighting a cold with my faithful sidekick, Nighttime Robitussin.

Among anything that has aired over the past sixty years, what program has influenced you the most (and how)? "Busty Coeds vs. Lusty Cheerleaders Part 3." (How do you think?) Give us your dream three-hour night of television (cherry picking any comedies and dramas from the entire history of TV). "Busty Coeds vs. Lusty Cheerleaders Parts 1, 2 & 3." What's missing from television in 2013? A reality show entitled, "The Pre-Moistened Housewives of Alhambra." What is there too much of on TV now? Soft core porn. Which TV icons (past and present) do you admire the most? Rod Serling, Jackie Gleason, George Burns, Jack Benny, Phil Silvers, Ernie Kovacs, Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, Carl Reiner, the Smothers Brothers, Gene Roddenberry, James L. Brooks, Larry Gelbart, Norman Lear, Glen and Les Charles, Jon Stewart, Steven Bochco, Larry David, Phil Rosenthal, Vince Gilligan, David Simon, David Chase and Bob Newhart (but only because after ten years of begging, he finally agreed to be on one of my shows). What do you think TV will look like twenty years from now? It will be very thin. Guilty pleasure: What are you embarrassed to admit you've enjoyed watching, either now or in the past? After twenty- five years of working in television, I no longer experience embarrassment. Has TV pushed the content boundaries too far? Does it not push those boundaries far enough? As the result of a childhood head trauma, boundaries mean nothing to me. I laugh at boundaries. Ha-ha! I'm sorry, what was the question? Whose work in TV doesn't get enough credit? The nice lady in craft services. What's your legacy? One hundred years from now, if people bother to consider me, I would like them to say, "Why is Chuck Lorre still alive?" See more »

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References Roots (1977) See more »

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History of Everything
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Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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"The Tenure Turbulence" was another hilarious ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
4 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

In this recent ep of "The Big Bang Theory": A tenured professor has died leaving the position open for Leonard, Sheldon, and Raj. So they all try to suck up to Mrs. Davis. Yes, the same one Sheldon unknowingly offended in a previous episode. Amy offers her services since she's a fellow instructor but Penny has the sex appeal to get the rise out the rest of the elderly male committee. Of course, it's Kripke they're all keeping their eye on...This was another hilarious ep of the show with a welcome return of Regina King as Mrs. Davis. Sheldon is hilariously as clueless as ever but Leonard does some great physical comedy when he tries to exercise on a workout machine next to Mrs. Davis. So on that note, "The Tenure Turbulence" was another very funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory".


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