The Big Bang Theory

Season 1 Episode 4

The Luminous Fish Effect

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 15, 2007 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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?

    • Mary: (to Raj) I made chicken. I hope it's not one of the animals that you people think is magic.

    • Sheldon: You know what's interesting about caves, Leonard?
      Leonard: What?
      Sheldon: Nothing.

    • Mary: Now, you listen here. I have being telling you since you were four years old, it's okay to be smarter than everybody but you can't go around pointing it out.
      Sheldon: Why not?
      Mary: Because people don't like it. You don't remember all the ass kickings you got from the neighbor kids. Now lets get cracking. Shower, shirt, shoes and let's shove off.
      (Mary leaves the room)
      Sheldon: There wouldn't have been any ass kickings if that stupid death ray had worked.

    • Leonard: Where are you going?
      Sheldon: To my room and no one is allowed in!!

    • Penny: This is the best cobbler ever!
      Mary: You know what the secret ingredient is?
      Mary: Lard.

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions