The Big Bang Theory

The Luminous Fish Effect

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 10/15/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Sheldon's getting fired forces him to explore what life has to offer outside physics, leaving Leonard to take drastic action to snap his friend out of his funk.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kaley Cuoco


  • Simon Helberg

    Howard Wolowitz

  • Jim Parsons

    Sheldon Cooper

  • Kunal Nayyar

    Rajesh Koothrappali

  • Johnny Galecki

    Leonard Hofstadter

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • Nightlight

    By AriSky, Sep 17, 2013

  • Great Sheldony Goodness

    By Freer, Jun 25, 2012

  • 104

    By Canogaparkcindy, Nov 03, 2010

  • Cool.

    By Sarah_LOST, Jan 13, 2010

  • Sheldon loses his job at the university, causing him to take on hobby after hobby to fill his time. Ultimately, Leonard calls Sheldon's mother to get him back on track.

    By bridgetee71185, Feb 10, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Sheldon: How's this? "Pleased to meet you, Dr. Gablehouser. How fortunate for you that the University has chosen to hire you, despite the fact that you've done no original research in 25 years, and instead have written a series of popular books that reduce the great concepts of science to a series of anecdotes, each one dumbed down to accommodate the duration of an average bowel movement. Mahalo."

    • Sheldon: I can't believe he fired me. Leonard: Well, you did call him a "glorified high school science teacher whose last successful experiment was lighting his own farts." Sheldon: In my defense, I prefaced that with, "with all due respect."

    • Howard: (to Mary) Forgive me for being so bold, but I now see where Sheldon gets his smoldering good looks. Mary: Honey, that ain't gonna work, but you keep trying.

    • Mary: Leonard, the Lord never gives us more than we can handle. Thankfully, he blessed me with two other children who were dumb as soup.

    • Sheldon: This car weighs, let's say, 4,000 pounds. Now add 140 for me, 120 for you... Penny: 120?!? Sheldon: Oh, I'm sorry. Did I insult you? Is your body mass somehow tied into your self-worth?

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    Notes (5)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #187.

    • The German episode title is "Die Leuchtfisch-Idee", meanings "The Glowing Fish Idea". The French title is "Les Poissons luminescents", meaning "The Luminous Fish". The Italian title is "L'effetto del pesce luminoso", the Spanish title is "El efecto del pez luminoso", and the Mexican title is "El efecto luminoso del pez", all exact translations.

    • This episode was part of the show's Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Turkey: September 30, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: April 28, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Germany: August 1, 2009 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: August 22, 2011 on Markiza

    • Laurie Metcalf (Mary) is the second of Johnny Galecki's former Roseanne co-stars to guest-star on this show; the first being Sara Gilbert in the previous episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • We learn Sheldon has two siblings. We'd previously only known he had a sister who works at Fuddruckers.

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