The Big Bang Theory

Season 3 Episode 8

The Adhesive Duck Deficiency

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 16, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

With the rest of the gang off on a desert camping trip to view the Leonid meteor shower, Sheldon must play hero after Penny slips in the tub and dislocates her shoulder.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • In Rounds

    There's just something about the Penny-Sheldon dynamic that I can't get enough of. They're completely incompatible in that opposites attract kind of way. Their interactions are always comedy gold, even if they're getting to the point they're a tad overdone (but they had quite a break, so it's okay). The others out camping served to broaden the world and give us a sadly over-used pot storyline. A pretty good episode overall, though the ending totally nailed it.moreless
  • One plot was great the other one was not so good

    I enjoyed the Penny and Sheldon plot a lot but not the Raj,Leonard and Howard plot
  • What the what?

    I watched this with a friend who was seeing The Big Bang Theory for the first time and needless to say the show did not garner a new viewer. Maybe it's because I just saw a pot-infused episode of One Tree Hill, or that I watch reruns of That 70's Show regularly, but I was just not impressed with Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady's attempt to capture the feeling of getting high in tonight's installment. The scenes just felt forced, contrived and were just not funny.

    The Sheldon and Penny scenes were a little better, but still retained the awkwardness that played the Leonard, Raj and Howard scenes, and not in a good way.

    Outside of Sheldon filling out the form at the hospital, very little to laugh at here.moreless
  • Sheldon-Penny story was good

    Big Bang's usual strategy of separating the actors into two groups usually works really well. This one followed a proven formation for success. Splitting up Sheldon and Penny into one, and Howard, Leonard, and Raj into other. Unfortunately, things didn't work out as planned.

    Although, I must admit I did laugh watching the three high on pot infused cookies, experiencing the usual hallucinations, unexplained laughter, and a mad craving for food. But at the same time, this isn't the kind of laughs you expect from a show like Big Bang. If I wanna laugh watching a couple a potheads, I'll rent a Seth Rogen movie, not tune into CBS. Sheldon and Penny's track was brilliant. However, I felt a tad uncomfortable when Sheldon held Penny's boob. I mean, whatever be it, I don't ever want Sheldon to be in a relationship or be the subject or object of sex-infused jokes.

    Fair episode otherwise.moreless
  • The best episode ever.

    this was my favorite episode not just of this season but all of them.

    The boy's in the desert where freaking hilarious, and although it may not be the most original of idea's the writing and acting where so good that I don't even care. Raj's rant about being the rabbit king where the highlight of the story.

    But stealing the show ( as usual ) where Penny and Sheldon. They work so well together and the result was awesome. Some have found it a little uncomfortable but I am a Penny/Sheldon shipper so I loved it, The 'Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty' duet at the end was fantastic. Though I don't think that they are heading in the direction of P/S, He was just being a good friend.

    This episode was fantastic and deserves a 50/10!! :Dmoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Howard tell the guys the story of when he lost his virginity to his cousin Jeannie, at his uncle Murray's funeral at his aunt Barbara's house. Yet in "The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary", he told Bernadette he lost his virginity in a car.

    • In this episode Penny asks Sheldon: "You have your learner's permit, right?" This should be no surprise to Penny as she was with him when he got it back in "The Euclid Alternative".

    • Trying to get Sheldon to drive faster, Penny says, "Warp speed ahead, Mr. Spock", to which Sheldon replies that that order would never be given to the Science Officer, but to the Navigator/Helmsman instead. However in a few of the very early Star Trek episodes Kirk DID give Spock the orders for warp speed and course changes before the writers established that he should give them to the Navigator/Helmsman.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Sheldon: (filling out Penny's medical history in the ER) Moving to psychiatric disorders, list all major behavioral diagnoses, e.g. depression, anxiety, etc.
      Penny: Oh, my God, what the hell does this have to do with my stupid shoulder?!
      Sheldon: (writes) Episodes of sub-psychotic rage.
      Penny: (sotto voce) Ass.
      Sheldon: (writes) Possible Tourette's.

    • Sheldon: (over phone when Siam Palace wouldn't divide his take-out order) You keep in mind that my sharply-worded comments on recently took down a local muffin store.

    • Sheldon: The 'Check Engine' light is on; we need to find a service station.
      Penny: No, the light's been on since I bought the car.
      Sheldon: All the more reason to consult with a mechanic before it explodes!
      Penny: It's not gonna explode, just keep driving. Warp speed ahead, Mr. Spock.
      Sheldon: Mr. Spock did not pilot the Enterprise, he was a science officer, and I guarantee you that if he ever saw the Enterprise's 'Check Engine' light blinking, he would pull the ship over immediately!

    • (Sheldon is helping Penny get dressed, keeping his eyes closed)

      Penny: Is that my arm?

      Sheldon: It doesn't feel like an arm....

      Penny: Then maybe you should let it go.

      Sheldon: (quickly removing his hands) Alrighty.

    • Raj: (in a drug-induced state) If I could speak the language of rabbits, they would be amazed, and I would be their king. I would be kind to my rabbit subjects. (pause) At first. One day I'll hold a great ball for the president of France, but the rabbits, they hate me and don't come. I'm embarrassed, so I eat all the lettuce in the world and make them watch.

    • Leonard: I hate my name! It's got "nerd" in it: Len-nerd. You know what's a cool name? Angelo. That has Angel and Jell-O in it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #267.

    • The Italian episode title is "La carenza delle paperelle adesive", the Spanish title is "La deficiencia del pato adhesivo", and the Mexican title is "La deficiencia adhesiva del pato", all exact translations. The German title is "Das Suppentattoo", meaning "The Soup Tattoo". The French title is "Bras cassé et Voie lactée", meaning "Broken Arm and Milky Way".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: December 16, 2009 on Warner Channel; Australia: February 22, 2010 on Channel 9; Finland: November 15, 2010 on Sub, Turkey: November 22, 2010 on CNBC-e; Czech Republic: December 14, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: October 26, 2011 on Markiza


    • Sheldon mentions that "a prohibition against looking is well established in heroic mythology; Lot and his wife, Perseus and Medusa, and Orpheus and Eurydice..."

      *Lot's wife turned to a pillar of salt after turning around to look at the city of Sodom as it burned (she and her family were told to leave and not look back).

      *Perseus was the only one to not turn to stone after looking at Medusa.

      *Orpheus was a hero in Greek mythology who made beautiful music and tried to save his wife, Eurydice from the Underworld. She was allowedto return with him to earth on one condition: he should walk in front of her and not look back until they both had reached the upper world. He set off with Eurydice following, and, in his anxiety, as soon as he reached the upper world, he turned to look at her, forgetting that both needed to be in the upper world, and she vanished for the second time, but now forever.

    • In the final "Soft Kitty" scene, Penny references the film WALL·E with her quote, "You're so full of love, and you can save a plant and get fat people out of the floaty chairs."