308 - The Adhesive Duck Deficiency
Aired November 16, 2009

The Adhesive Duck Deficiency

Leonard, Howard and Raj go away on a camping trip in the desert to watch a meteor display. Their camping trip takes an interesting turn when they enjoy some cookies prepared by two hippies. Back at the apartment, Penny dislocates her shoulder in the shower and must rely on Sheldon to help her.

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Writers: Chuck Lorre (Story), Bill Prady (Story), Dave Goetsch (Story), Steven Molaro (Teleplay), Eric Kaplan (Teleplay), Maria Ferrari (Teleplay)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 13.23 million Households Rating: 7.9/12 Adults 18-49 Rating: 5/12

WinnerThis episode won our Season 3 episode tournament in Spring 2010.
This episode won our Seasons 1-5 episode tournament in Summer 2012.

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Episode Notes

  • The title refers to Sheldon's claim that Penny's accident was caused by a lack of adhesive ducks in her bathtub.

> Soft Kitty

The roles are reserved in this episode as Sheldon must take care of an injured Penny. Following a trip to the hospital, a medicated Penny asks Sheldon to sing Soft Kitty to her. Sheldon initially refuses as Penny isn't sick, but she counters that injured and drugged is a kind of sick. After Sheldon relents and starts singing the song, Penny suggests they sing it as a round.

> Sheldon's Knock

When Penny calls for Sheldon after she falls in the show, Sheldon uses his knock of every closed door in apartment. As he approaches the bathroom, Penny yells for him not to knock on the door.

Quotes (20)

Howard: 1. I lost my virginity to my cousin, Jeanie. 2. It was my Uncle Murray's funeral, we were all back at my Aunt Barbara's house. Our eyes locked over the pickled herring. We never meant for it to happen. 3. To this day, I can't look at pickled herring without being aroused and ashamed. Oh, cousin Jeanie.

Wolowitz: You're such a douche
Raj: Who cares? You slept with your cousin!

Raj: If I could speak the language of rabbits, they would be amazed, and I would be their king.
Leonard: I hate my name. It has 'nerd' in it. 'Len. Nerd.'
Wolowitz: I lost my virginity to my cousin Jeanie.
Raj: I would be kind to my rabbit subjects. At first.

Sheldon: Now remember, you were given powerful pain medication and a muscle relaxer, so don't operate heavy machinery, and try not to choke on your own drool.
*Sheldon is is about to leave.*
Penny: Wait! You have to help me get into bed. (laughs) "Sheldon has to help me get into bed". Bet you thought I'd never say that!
Sheldon: Yes. Charmed. Your drug-addled candour knows no bounds.
*Sheldon follows her to her room after shutting the door. He pulls down the covers to help Penny into bed.*
Penny: You know people think you are this weird robot man who's so annoying all the time and you totally are. But then it's like that movie Wall-E at the end. You're so full of love and you can save a plant and get fat people out of their floaty chairs.
Sheldon: That's a fairly laboured metaphor but I appreciate the sentiment behind it.
Penny: Sing 'Soft Kitty' to me.
Sheldon: 'Soft kitty' is for when you're sick, you're not sick.
Penny: Injured and drugged is a kind of sick.
Sheldon: (sitting on the bed next to her) Soft Kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur...
Penny: Wait wait. Lets sing it as a round. I'll start. Soft Kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur... *Sheldon doesn't join in.*
Penny: So that is when you come in. I'll start over. Soft Kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur... Still nothing from Sheldon.
Penny: I've got all night Sheldon. *She starts again.*
Penny: Soft Kitty, warm kitty...
Sheldon: Soft Kitty, warm kitty... *They both sing the entire song together.*

Raj: With your American accent, everything you say sounds stupid.

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Recap

Leonard, Howard and Raj are camping out in the desert to observe the Leonid Meteor Shower. As they wait for shower, the guys are watching satellite TV. Back at the apartment, Sheldon is working on a paper and is recording his actions in a "personal log" in a Star Trek-like fashion.

As Sheldon orders his dinner from Siam Palace, he hears Penny shouting from across the hall. Sheldon runs to her apartment and, after knocking on her door, is told to enter. Sheldon hears Penny calling from her bedroom and runs to her bedroom door, knocking again. Sheldon, after being told not to dare knock on her bathroom door, enters to find Penny in the bathtub. She explains she slipped in the shower and dislocated her shoulder. Sheldon puts the accident down to lack of adhesive stickers in the tub (Sheldon has ducks). Penny begs Sheldon to drive her to the emergency room. Though Sheldon initially resists, he comes round and declares "Never let it be said that Sheldon Lee Cooper ignored the pleas of a damsel in distress".

Back in the desert, Howard and Raj are on the lookout for women. They find a group of fifty-something middle school teachers in a VW Microbus wearing tie-dye Grateful Dead t-shirts, who give them some homemade cookies. Elsewhere, Penny needs Sheldon's help dressing. She tells Sheldon to close his eyes and put her clothes on. Sheldon agrees to do this, explaining there's a well established prohibition against looking in heroic mythology. Sheldon proceeds to dress Penny, although his lack of sight leads to some inappropriate touching.

The guys are now experiencing the effects of the cookies they ate. They stare mindlessly at the stars. When Leonard feels the earth is moving too fast for him, Raj squints to slow the earth down. Back in Pasadena, Penny and Sheldon are now in her car. Sheldon prepares for his first time driving an actual motor vehicle.

In the desert, the guys are now particularly incoherent as Raj rambles on about becoming the leader of rabbits, Leonard obsesses over his name having "nerd" in it, while Howard reveals he lost his virginity to his second cousin Jeanie. Meanwhile, Sheldon is driving Penny to the hospital - extremely slowly and cautiously. While at a stop light, Sheldon wonders why Penny has the Chinese character for soup tattooed on her right buttock. Penny claims it's the symbol for courage, but Sheldon is clear that it's soup. Sheldon explains that, despite his earlier promise, the hero always peeks.

Back at the camp, the guys have a full blown case of the munchies as they go searching for more food to devour. In the hospital emergency room, Sheldon annoys Penny as he fills out her medical form. When Penny admits she's scared and in a lot of pain, Sheldon tries comfort her with his best "There, there. Everything's going to be fine. Sheldon is here", though it comes across terrifying. Elsewhere, Howard remembers his mother packed him a care package containing brisket, potatoes and carrots. The guys ravage the food, unaware the meteor shower is now happening.

Sheldon walks Penny back to her apartment door where she asks him to put her to bed. Penny, in a drug-addled state, starts babbling about how people think Sheldon is an annoying robot man, but that underneath - like Wall-E - he's full of love. Penny then asks Sheldon to sing him Soft Kitty and, after he eventually agrees, they sing it in the round. Back at the camp, the guys are making fun of Howard for sleeping with his cousin.

Comments (43)

kap de sha India, 06:07 Aug 31 2014.
ya right its d best ever..............i love dis episode he he he
Stephen Hawking United Kingdom, 15:07 Aug 30 2014.
Sheldon must have felt a right tit :-)
Tom McGowan Canada, 23:52 Dec 17 2013.
arguably best episode ever.only "hot troll deviation" or "agreement disection" can compare.
Ana United States, 22:25 Aug 31 2013.
The age group is wrong! I'm 13, and I love this show!the part when Sheldon says that Penny looks fat and is having her period I watched twice, I was dying! :%u2022D
Quentin United States, 21:02 May 27 2013.
Penny really does like Sheldon, though it's a shaky truce. Sheldon's the only one of all of them she could trust in a situation like this, and he was the perfect gentleman. Imagine if Howard was the only one around. She'd sooner lay there and starve to death
Carlos United Kingdom, 16:00 Jan 27 2013.
And guess what... she was his cousin! Hilarious, my favourite episode
Safta United States, 23:42 Sep 25 2012.
This 73 year old grandmother, a retired mechanical engineer and closet Trekkie, watches every rerun with relish. The show has almost single-handledly kept away the depression of my recent widowhood.
audrie Canada, 22:46 Sep 20 2012.
they are wonderful,all of them,I am82 and watch rerun after rerun
margaret kerr United Kingdom, 14:20 Sep 4 2012.
i love any episode that has raj and howard in it could not see big bang without then please gives us more, more much more of them.
Glenn Canada, 18:18 Sep 1 2012.
This has to be maybe the funniest episode ever. I love Penny in this one, that's not my arm, heheheh and when they sing Soft Kitty together. Man, I can sing that song now, heheh.I thought the guys were a little hard on Howard though.

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