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The Big Bang Theory: The Jerusalem Duality

Sheldon becomes jealous of a newly hired 15 year old Korean scientific prodigy.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 3T6611
Airdate: Monday April 14th, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Apr 30, 2008
NL (Veronica) May 18, 2009

Guest Stars
Mark HarelikMark Harelik
As Dr. Eric Gablehauser
Mark HarelikMark Harelik
As Dr. Eric Gablehauser

Joel BrooksJoel Brooks
As Professor Goldfarb
Main Cast
Johnny GaleckiJohnny Galecki
As Leonard Leakey Hofstadter
Johnny GaleckiJohnny Galecki
As Leonard Leakey Hofstadter
Jim ParsonsJim Parsons
As Sheldon Lee Cooper
Jim ParsonsJim Parsons
As Sheldon Lee Cooper
Kaley CuocoKaley Cuoco
As Penny
Kaley CuocoKaley Cuoco
As Penny
Simon HelbergSimon Helberg
As Howard Joel Wolowitz
Kunal NayyarKunal Nayyar
As Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali
Kunal NayyarKunal Nayyar
As Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali
Episode Notes
Rating: 7.69 million

This episode reveals that Howard is called "Bubula" by his mother.

This episode reveals that Sheldon is able to make a simple piece of software that can replace Rajesh at his job.

The episode title refers to Sheldon's plan for Middle East peace by creating a new Jerusalem in the Mexican desert.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
(Unknown artist)Cielito LindoSheldon sings in his office

Episode Quotes
Sheldon: I would never use a transporter. The original Sheldon would have to be disintegrated in order to create a new Sheldon.
Leonard: Would the new Sheldon be in any way an improvement on the old Sheldon?
Sheldon: No, he would be exactly the same.
Leonard: That is a problem.

Sheldon: What the hell do you mean, "dead end"?
Dennis Kim: I mean, the whole landscape of false vacuums in string theory could be as large as 10 to the 500th power. In addition... ooh, look, chocolate milk!

Leonard: You speak English really well.
Dennis Kim: So do you. Except for your tendency to end sentences with prepositions.
Leonard: What are you talking about?
Dennis Kim: That.

Leonard: Go away!
Sheldon: If you're concerned about sharing credit with me, your name can go first -- I'm going.

Episode Goofs
When Howard and Sheldon are in Howard's research lab, Howard wears goggles that, in some camera angles, reflect the stage lights.

Cultural References
Howard: (on phone with his mother) There's no Ding Dong in it.

A ding dong is a chocolate cake that's round, with the exception of a flat top and bottom. The shape is quite similar to a hockey puck. The name of the cake comes from the sound of a ringing bell (hence, "ding dong") and the cake is filled with a white cream on the inside. To make it easier to have it in a lunch bag without the chocolate glaze melting, it is wrapped in a square of thick aluminum foil.

Sheldon: Since my prospects for the Nobel Prize in Physics have disappeared...

The Nobel Prize is a Sweden-based international monetary prize established in 1895 by Swedish chemist and inventor Alfred Nobel. The Nobel Prizes are separated into categories, such as physics, chemistry, physiology, medicine, literature etc., and the awards are widely considered one of the most prestigious awards anyone can receive.

Sheldon: The oracle told us little Neo was the one. You can see the Matrix, can't you?

Sheldon is referring to the highly popular film/video game franchise The Matrix, in which "The Oracle" predicted "The One" being a man named Neo who had no idea he was so important for the fictional world of "Matrix".

Visual: Sheldon wears a sweater with an image of Superman's logo.

Superman is a fictional comic book superhero in the DC Comics. The character is world-wide known for being an American cultural icon, and the character was first created in 1932. Superman is also widely famous for all his superhuman powers; super-strength, speed, stamina, durability, senses, intelligence, regeneration, super-breath, heat vision, x-ray vision and flight.

Episode References
When all the guys and Penny are sitting in the apartment eating take-out, Penny asks Rajesh if he still can't talk to her unless he's drunk. This is a reference to "The Grasshopper Experiment (1x08)", in which Penny mixed a drink that enabled Raj to speak to women, but only for as long as he's drunk.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady
Executive ProducerChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady  |  Lee Aronsohn
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Goetsch  |  Robert Cohen (1)
ProducerSteven Molaro  |  Faye Oshima Belyeu
Co-ProducerMary T. Quigley  |  Peter Chakos
Consulting ProducerJennifer Glickman  |  Stephen Engel
Associate ProducerKristy Cecil
CastingKen Miller (2)  |  Nikki Valko
Unit Production ManagerKelly Lee
First Assistant DirectorAnthony Rich
Second Assistant DirectorChris Klausen
Costume DesignerMary T. Quigley
HairstylistFaye Woods
Set DecoratorAnn Shea (2)
Script SupervisorJulie Fleischer
Re-Recording MixerBob La Masney  |  Charlie McDaniel, III
Director of PhotographySteven V. Silver
Executive ConsultantEddie Gorodetsky  |  Mark Roberts (2)  |  Don Foster
Casting AssociatePeter Pappas
Makeup ArtistPeggy Nichols
Theme Song Written And Performed ByBarenaked Ladies
Science ConsultantDavid Saltzberg Ph.D.
Sound Services ByWarner Bros. Post Production Services
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