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The Big Bang Theory: The Ornithophobia Diffusion

Leonard and Penny decide to spend a night out just being friends. Sheldon freaks out when a bird haunts the apartment.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x9
Production Number: 3X6859
Airdate: Thursday November 10th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Dec 22, 2011

Guest Stars
Blake BerrisBlake Berris
As Kevin
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 Notes
We learn in this episode that Sheldon is deathly afraid of birds although for once he's able to overcome his fears.

The title refers to the defusing of Sheldon's fear of birds.

Episode Quotes
Penny: What are you and professor fussy face up to tonight?
Leonard: Star Wars on BluRay.
Penny: You've seen that movie like a thousand times?
Leonard: Not on BluRay.

Bernadette: (letting the bird hop onto her arm) Ohh, he's a sweetie!
Sheldon: Yes, very sweet. Now, slowly and carefully, flush him down the toilet!

Amy: (after Sheldon befriends the bluejay) I guess you have to have hollow bones to get some sugar around here.

Episode Goofs
The habitats of blue jays are in the midwest and eastern sections of the United States and Canada not California where the series is set. If the bird in the episode is a real blue jay it must have escaped from a nearby zoo or bird sanctuary.

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
HairstylistSylvia Surdu  |  Faye Woods
Set DecoratorAnn Shea (2)
Property MasterScott L. London
Production Sound MixerBruce Peters
Script SupervisorJulie Fleischer
Assistant EditorTodd Morris
Re-Recording MixerBob La Masney  |  Charlie McDaniel, III
Director of PhotographySteven V. Silver
Art DirectorFrancoise Cherry-Cohen
Coordinating ProducerJessica Ambrosetti  |  Suzanne McCormack
Executive ConsultantDon Foster
Associate DirectorGay Linvill
Casting AssociateTara Treacy
Makeup ArtistPeggy Nichols  |  Vikki McCarter
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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