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The Friendship Algorithm 

Sheldon tries to make friends with Kripke in the hope that it will get him access to a coveted computer at the university.

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
John Ross Bowie ... Barry Kripke
Will Deutsch ... Jeremy
Jane Galloway Heitz Jane Galloway Heitz ... Mildred
Jade Zdanow Jade Zdanow ... Rebecca
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Storyline

Despite being unlikeable, Barry Kripke has someone who wants to be his friend: Sheldon. The only reason Sheldon wants to be his friend is to have access to the open science grid computer which Barry controls. Sheldon isn't having any luck befriending Barry in his usual friend making way, so he, approaching this task from his usual intellectual manner, asks his current friends to complete a questionnaire on why they are his friends. Still approaching the task on an intellectual level, Sheldon decides to use traditional friend making approaches, such as going out for food, for a hot beverage or to participate in a common interest. Sheldon has to find the right meeting point that offends his sensibilities the least. But does Sheldon have room in his life for one more friend, especially of the Barry variety? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The line "Yeah, he's a ginormous knob" spoken by Raj (Kunal Nayyar) in the pre-credit sequence is cut when broadcast by E4 in the UK. See more »

Goofs

Sheldon refers to "little hominid children" as though that would not include modern human children. 'Hominids', however, include modern humans. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rajesh Koothrappali: Mmmm! Gentlemen, I put it to you: the worst tapioca pudding is better than the best pudding of any other flavor.
Sheldon Cooper: First off, that is axiomatically wrong because the best pudding is chocolate. Secondly, the organic structure of tapioca makes it a jiggling bowl of potential death. It is extracted from the plant...
Howard Wolowitz:
  • Hey, I'm thinking of growing a mustache.

Leonard Hofstadter: Oh, no kidding. A Fu Manchu, a handlebar, pencil?
Sheldon Cooper: It's extracted from the plant...
Howard Wolowitz: I'm not sure yet. You know, George Clooney has ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #237 There's a funny moment in tonight's episode where Sheldon gets stuck on a rock-climbing wall and remarks, "What part of an inverse tangent function approaching an asymptote don't you understand?" I thought it'd be helpful to take a moment and examine that joke. A linear asymptote is essentially a straight line to which a graphed curve moves closer and closer but does not reach. In other words, given a function y=fn(x) with asymptote A, A represents a number that, no matter how big (or, given the function, small) you make x, y will never make it to A. The particular example Sheldon quotes is the inverse Tangent function, or Arctangent, which has two asymptotes. If you graph it, it sort of looks like a horizontal S: [shows a graph of atan x] No matter how big you make x (that is, how far you move to the right), the function is never going to hit that top line (pi/2), and no matter how small x gets (moving to the left), y is never going to be smaller than -pi/2. The more you know, the funnier it gets. See more »

Connections

References Battlestar Galactica (1978) See more »

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History of Everything
(uncredited)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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