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The Big Bang Theory: The Russian Rocket Reaction

Sheldon's arch nemesis invites the guys to a party at his house and Leonard decides to go, angering Sheldon. Howard gets the opportunity of a lifetime but his decision doesn't sit well with Bernadette.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x5
Production Number: 3X6855
Airdate: Thursday October 13th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Nov 24, 2011

  • Currently 8.2/10
8.2/10 (18 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Wil WheatonWil Wheaton
As Himself (Special Appearance by)

Guest Stars
Carol Ann SusiCarol Ann Susi
voiced Mrs. Wolowitz
Kevin SussmanKevin Sussman
As Stuart

Brent SpinerBrent Spiner
As Himself
Main Cast
Johnny GaleckiJohnny Galecki
As Leonard Leakey Hofstadter
Jim ParsonsJim Parsons
As Sheldon Lee Cooper
Kaley CuocoKaley Cuoco
As Penny
Simon HelbergSimon Helberg
As Howard Joel Wolowitz
Kunal NayyarKunal Nayyar
As Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali
Mayim BialikMayim Bialik
As Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa RauchMelissa Rauch
As Bernadette Marianne Rostenkowski
Episode Quotes
Penny: Wait, what is going on?
Sheldon: In case you have forgotten, Schrodinger's cat is a thought experiment...
Penny: No no, I didn't forget. Umm, there's this cat in a box, and until you open it, it's either dead or alive or both. Although back in Nebraska, our cat got stuck in my brother's camp trunk and we did not need to open it to know there was all kinds of dead cat in there.
Amy: Homespun stories, knowledge of physics, and a bosom that defies it, you're the whole package, aren't you?

Bernadette: Are those Russian rockets safe?
Howard: Well, as safe as it can be when it was built by the good folks who brought you Chernobyl.

Amy: I don't understand, what difference does it make if Leonard goes to Wil Wheaton's party?
Penny: Wil Wheaton is Sheldon's mortal enemy.

Amy: Sheldon I know you are a bit of a left handed monkey wrench but, you really have a mortal enemy?
Sheldon: In fact I have 61 of them. Would you like to see the list?
Penny: Oh, say no, say no, say no, say no...
Sheldon: You just got off the list, would you like back on it?

Cultural References
Bernadette: NASA doesn't have a shuttle anymore.

The launch of shuttle Atlantis on July 8, 2011 was the end of the United Stated space shuttle program.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady
Executive ProducerChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady  |  Steven Molaro
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Goetsch  |  Eric Kaplan  |  Jim Reynolds
Supervising ProducerPeter Chakos  |  Steve Holland
ProducerFaye Oshima Belyeu  |  Maria Ferrari
Co-ProducerMary T. Quigley  |  Kristy Cecil  |  Kelly Lee
Consulting ProducerEddie Gorodetsky
Associate ProducerRyan Berdan  |  Robinson Green
Production DesignerJohn Shaffner
EditorPeter Chakos
CastingNikki Valko  |  Ken Miller (2)
Unit Production ManagerKelly Lee
First Assistant DirectorAnthony Rich
Second Assistant DirectorChris Klausen
Costume DesignerMary T. Quigley
HairstylistFaye Woods  |  Sylvia Surdu
Set DecoratorAnn Shea (2)
Property MasterScott L. London
Production Sound MixerBruce Peters
Script SupervisorJulie Fleischer
Re-Recording MixerCharlie McDaniel, III  |  Bob La Masney
Director of PhotographySteven V. Silver
Art DirectorFrancoise Cherry-Cohen
Coordinating ProducerJessica Ambrosetti  |  Suzanne McCormack
Executive ConsultantDon Foster
Associate DirectorHoward Murray
Costume SupervisorSara Markowitz
Casting AssociateTara Treacy
Makeup ArtistVikki McCarter  |  Peggy Nichols
Theme Song Written And Performed ByBarenaked Ladies
Science ConsultantDavid Saltzberg Ph.D.
Post Production ServicesTechnicolor
Sound Services ByWarner Bros. Post Production Services
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