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The Grant Allocation Derivation 

Leonard is caught between a rock and a hard place when he's responsible for distributing extra grant money. Also, Bernadette turns the backyard playhouse into a hideaway from her husband and kids.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 7 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny Hofstadter
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Joshua Malina ... President Siebert
John Ross Bowie ... Barry Kripke
Maribeth Monroe ... Dr. Lee


President Siebert has asked Leonard to be in charge of dispersing what little of the administrative funds there are left for the year, Siebert not caring what is done with those funds. While Siebert could not care less, he foisting the job on Leonard solely to get it off his own plate, Leonard takes the job very seriously. Being a scientist, he wants to make the decision as empirical as he can. The decision becomes even harder when he has a shortlist of three, those three individuals, which includes some friends among the ranks, who place more and more pressure on him to come up with a decision that will make at least two hate him, which he could not tolerate in always needing validation in his life. Leonard figures that he has to make the best of a bad situation. Meanwhile, Bernadette is feeling overwhelmed both at work and at home. On the spur of the moment, she decides to tell Howard a little white lie in that she has to work late, while in reality she ends up hiding in the newly ... Written by Huggo

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1 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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This episode was taped on October 16, 2018. See more »


When Bernadette is first seen sitting inside Halley's playhouse, she is on the phone with Howard and there is nothing seen behind her. In the next shot behind her we can see a floral curtain. See more »


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show me the money..
2 November 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

The Big Bang Theory

Almost a cultural hub and a dream project for the nerd and movie goers out there, The Big Bang Theory lift off from the first episode in '07 possibly breaking many records on broadcasting and awards shows; this is another one of Chuck Lorre's production as it too resembles with the others on its hardcore and counter argumentative humor. And unlike others, its witty and sharp humor doesn't walk on 'mundane sitcom rituals' which they carried off till the mid series quite nicely after which the plot grew thin and the humor got petty and childish to a point where the viewers have started to feel like a homework that doesn't end.

On performance level, Parsons is never reliable on his co-stars, he is literally a one man army and the reason behind it is not that he is given the range and content to flaunt his skills but even when the writing goes frizzy in its latter season, he delivers unflinchingly. On the other hand, Galecki is convincing throughout the series along with Helberg supporting him decently.

The narrative that was once fluid, gripping and thought-provoking has now turned into this misconceived mixture of rotted out ideas, that ought not to draw even a chuckle, let along be intriguing enough to keep the audience tangled in these undercooked characters' mundane life.

Another main reason, why the ideas narrowed down as it aged on screen was because of too many lead actors sharing the screen and the writers being restricted on offering and dividing the work or humor to each and everyone resulting into low quality of the final product. Even though the series have somehow found itself in the 12th season it still hasn't offered much on character development (their work on Sheldon is appreciative but not worth the effort).

Season 12

With an attempt of attaining a closure to a higher ideal, the last season is sculpted to justify and culminate the entire series and as much as the hopes are higher, the maturity on writing is equally lower where the offered final product is of a daily soap quality.

The Grant Allocation Derivation

The solutions are the best part in this episode, whether it be then of Helberg's marital one or Galecki's work issue, but that only sums up the last act, the rest of the episode is brimmed with sloppy writing and outdated one-liners.

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