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Big Bang Theory - Episode 1.4 - "The Luminous Fish Effect"

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Big Bang Theory - Episode 1.4 -

The DVD collection of season one of CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

Chuck Lorre Productions

The Bottom Line

A fun episode, which introduces the recurring character of Mary Cooper, Sheldon's evangelical Christian mother.
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  • Hilarious dialogue.
  • Dynamic characters.
  • Introduces the character of Mary Cooper, Sheldon's mother.


  • Plotline doesn't really go anywhere, but this is a sitcom, so not a big surprise.


  • 21 minutes
  • Available on Disk 1 of The Big Bang Theory's Season One DVD collection.
  • Starring Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Simon Helberg (Howard), and Kunal Nayyar (Raj)
  • Created by Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady

Guide Review - Big Bang Theory - Episode 1.4 - "The Luminous Fish Effect"

Sheldon insults the new department head, believing that his work does not merit the position he's been appointed. In exchange, Sheldon is fired. Unfortunately, Sheldon really doesn't know how to handle a concept like unrestricted leisure time, so Leonard is forced to call his mother to help get him his job back.

Physics in This Episode

  • Time Travel - Sheldon discusses the paradox that if he ever created a time machine, he'd just go back in time and give it to himself. (This really takes the pressure off.)
  • Bioluminosity - After being fired, Sheldon becomes temporarily obsessed with the idea of injecting luminous jellyfish DNA into goldfish, so that he will have fish night lights.

Notable Quotes

Penny: When one door closes another one opens
Sheldon: No it doesn't. Not unless the two doors are connected by relays or there are motion sensors involved.

More quotes at Internet Movie Database.

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