918 - The Application Deterioration
Aired March 10, 2016

The Application Deterioration

Leonard, Sheldon, and Wolowitz run into problems when they file for a patent for their infinite persistence gyroscope. Also, Penny, Amy and Bernadette give Koothrappali dating advice when Emily reaches out to him after their breakup.

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Guest Stars: Laura Spencer as Emily, Alessandra Torresani as Claire, Jim Holmes as Tim

Writers: Steven Molaro (Story), Eric Kaplan (Story), Adam Faberman (Story), Steve Holland (Teleplay), Jim Reynolds (Teleplay), Maria Ferrari (Teleplay)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

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Episode Notes

  • The title refers to Leonard, Sheldon and Howard's application for a patent which goes badly when they realize the university will own their work.

> Sheldon's Spot

When Penny suggests Sheldon add a clause to his contract preventing him from making fun of Howard, Bernadette wonders how such a clause would be enforced. Sheldon says it would be enforced by his own personal code of ethics, but Amy points out there's also his obsessive-compulsive disorder. Sheldon agrees with Amy and then asks her to scoot over as part of her shadow's on his spot.

Quotes (45)

Howard: See, he's not wearing a tie.
Leonard: Well, he's a patent attorney. Maybe his tie is pending.

Leonard: Hold on, hold on. So the three of us do all the work and only end up with 25%? Patent Attorney: Dr. Hofstadter, this university has been paying your salaries for over ten years. Did you think we do that out of the goodness of our hearts?
Leonard: Well, until you just said that mean thing, kinda.

Raj: That was rough, you guys.
Penny: I know, but you did it. I'm so proud of you.
Raj: Well, anyway, I'll leave you to your girls' night.
Amy: Are you sure you don't want to stay here with us?
Raj: No, I kind of feel like being alone right now.
Bernadette: Well, if you change your mind, we'll be here.
Raj: Thank you.
Penny: Say hi to Emily for us.
Raj: Will do!

Leonard: Guys, everyone is involved in this, okay? Howard's invention, Sheldon's math, my original theory that space-time was like a supercooled liquid. Which I'm sure Penny would've mentioned if she wasn't working on that hangnail right now.
Penny: What?

Leonard: They've been out there a while.
Amy: I hope everything's okay.
Sheldon: I wonder what they're talking about.
Penny: (eavesdropping at the door) If you guys would shut up, I could tell you.

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918 'The Application Deterioration' Press Release March 4, 2016

CBS has issued the press release for the next episode of The Big Bang Theory, "The Application Deterioration", which airs Thursday, March 10. Laura Spencer reprises her role as Emily in the episode.  Full story