906 - The Helium Insufficiency
Aired October 26, 2015

The Helium Insufficiency

In the midst of a nation-wide helium shortage, Sheldon and Leonard take desperate measures to get the supplies they need. Also, Penny and Bernadette download a dating app on Amy's phone to try and find her a new man.

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Guest Stars: Kevin Sussman as Stuart, John Ross Bowie as Barry Kripke, Michael Rapaport as Kenny, Elena Campbell-Martinez as Maria

Writers: Steve Holland (Story), Maria Ferrari (Story), Anthony Del Broccolo (Story), Steven Molaro (Teleplay), Eric Kaplan (Teleplay), Jim Reynolds (Teleplay)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 16.32 million Adults 18-49 Rating: 4.4/14

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Episode Notes

  • The title refers to the shortage of helium which leads Leonard and Sheldon to turn to a black market dealer.

Quotes (40)

Leonard: What are we going to do?
Sheldon: Perform the experiment immediately.
Leonard: I'd love to, but we need liquid helium and our shipment's on back order for a month.
Sheldon: A month? What? Are you kidding me? That would have been a good time for you to soften the blow.
Leonard: That shirt brings out the blue in your eyes.
Sheldon: Thank you. Aren't you sweet.

Sheldon: Uh, but this is violating university code.
Leonard: A little, but if I may quote Einstein, "The pursuit of science calls us to ignore the rules set by man"
Sheldon: Huh. All right, do it. Tell him we're in.
Leonard: Done.
Sheldon: I can't find that quote on the Internet. Did you make that up?
Leonard: Before I answer, may I just say your skin has never looked better.
Sheldon: Aren't you just made of sugar.

Sheldon: He has glasses and I'm a know-it-all. We are not built for prison.

Dealer: But you ain't getting your money back.
Sheldon: You're taking advantage of us? We clarified nomenclature together.
Dealer: Look, I enjoy semantic digressions as much as the next guy, but, uh, this is business.

Leonard: It says right here on Wikipedia, "A Mexican standoff is a confrontation between at least three parties."
Sheldon: How can you trust Wikipedia if they use "between" to refer to three parties?
Dealer: They should've used "among," right?
Sheldon: Or "amongst," if they were feeling whimsically archaic.
Dealer: All right, enough with the chitchat. Are we gonna watch Ernest Goes to Jail or not?
Sheldon: Absolutely. But don't be surprised if this movie sets you on the straight and narrow.
Dealer: I am open to change.

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906 'The Helium Insufficiency' Pictures October 21, 2015

We have added pictures from next week's episode of The Big Bang Theory, "The Helium Insufficiency", to our gallery. Michael Rapaport (Prison Break, Friends) guest stars in the episode.  Full story

906 'The Helium Insufficiency' Press Release October 19, 2015

CBS has issued the press release for next week's episode of The Big Bang Theory, "The Helium Insufficiency". Michael Rapaport (Friends, Prison Break) will guest star as Kenny, a chemical dealer on the black market, in the episode.  Full story