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The Big Bang Theory Episode: "The Friendship Algorithm"

Season 2, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: Here's a conundrum to baffle the guys: Sheldon's intelligence, which renders him socially awkward, is also the source of his new scientific procedure for making friends.
Original Air Date: Jan 19, 2009
Guest Cast John Ross Bowie: Barry Kripke Jane Galloway Heitz: Mildred
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Season 2, Episode 13
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Length: 20:42:40
Aired: 1/19/2009
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The Big Bang Theory Episode Recap: "The Friendship Algorithm" Season 2, Episode 13

Friendship doesn't come easily to Sheldon, and this week's episode is no exception, as Sheldon struggles to befriend a co-worker in order to gain access to his computer.

As the episode begins, we find the gang in the cafeteria where Raj and Sheldon are debating pudding. Raj insists that tapioca pudding is better than chocolate pudding, which isSheldon's favorite. (I have to agree with Sheldon here — nothing can beat chocolate pudding) After a lengthy reasoning from Sheldon, Kripke stops by the table and makes fun of Leonard's negative lab results. Sheldon eventually decides that he is going to be Kripke's friend, so he can use his high tech computer.

The next scene shows Leonard altering Penny's e-mail so all of Howard's emails go in the spam folder. While Leonard continues to de-Howard Penny's computer, Sheldon is on the phone leaving Kripke a voicemail, wondering why he is not returning his calls. This leads Sheldon to come up with an idea to create a questionnaire (a fairly "short" survey of 211 questions) about friendship in order to gain more insight on becoming Kripke's friend.

Sheldon and Leonard go to the library in order to find some books on the topic of friendship. Eventually, Sheldon finds himself in the children's section and sits down with a little girl named Rebecca. In what would normally be a very creepy scenario, Sheldon seems to be unaware of how strange it is to ask a little girl, "Would you like to hang out sometime?" Leonard finally sees what is going on and gets him out of the library. "Don't look at the cameras," he says.

Finally, Sheldon comes up with an Algorithm for meeting friends. Using his chart, he gives Kripke a call and eventually sets a date to hang out with him. The next scene finds Kripke and Sheldon going rock climbing. Looking at Sheldon with his helmet and wearing the rock climbing equipment makes him look really young. (It's hard to believe Jim Parsons is actually 35 years old.) Sheldon starts to climb the wall, and is actually doing a great job until Kripke reminds him that he is already half way up. Sheldon freezes. The stress is too much for him, and he completely passes out while hanging from his wire. Easily the funniest moment of the episode.

Sheldon recovers from his rock-climbing fiasco and brings Kripke home for dinner. While Kripke goes to the bathroom to "floss out the Indian food from his teeth," (yuck!) Sheldon decides he has too many friends and needs to let one go. The friend to go is Raj because his questionnaire answers were very disturbing. Kripke comes back from the bathroom and Sheldon finally gets the courage to ask his newfound friend if he can use his computer. He tells him that he has no control over who uses the computer, leaving Sheldon stunned and unhappy. All the work, all the flow charts, all for nothing.

So, what were your thoughts on this week's episode? I was surprised to see more of Kripke in this episode, but I have to admit I liked his character a little more this episode. And for those of you that didn't know what song the guys were whistling this episode (it was driving me crazy not knowing), the song is called, "Sweet Georgia Brown," the theme from the Harlem Globetrotters. Also, where has Leslie Winkle been? I'm still waiting for the Penny/Leslie showdown to happen one week. Below are some great one-liners that seem to only get better every episode.

• "Fo Shizzle!" —Raj
• "That's not a bathing suit, that's a tan line." Leonard
• "You got it, Buddy." -Sheldon's response to Penny after handing her the survey
• "Is this your entire job? Your mother must be so proud." -Sheldon talking to the rock climbing employee

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Friendship doesn't come easily to Sheldon, and this week's episode is no exception, as Sheldon struggles to befriend a co-worker in order to gain access to his computer.

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