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The Application Deterioration Season 9, Episode 18 -  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

Viewers: 14.68 million Households Rating: 9.6/16 Adults 18-49 Rating: 3.5/13

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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.

Episode Quotes

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.