The Big Bang Theory: The Transporter Malfunction (2012)


Sheldon & Spock Parson & Nimoy


Penny (Kaley Cuoco) gets Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) a collectible Star Trek transporter toy.

Wikipedia Episode Summary: When Sheldon complains about Penny constantly mooching their food, she buys both Leonard and him a mint, in the box 1975 Star Trek transporter toy. She's disappointed when they refuse to take them out of the boxes to preserve their value. That night Sheldon dreams his Spock action figure (voiced by Leonard Nimoy) declares it illogical to own a toy that does not get played with. When Sheldon awakes, he joyfully opens the transporter and promptly breaks it. Sheldon immediately switches it with Leonard's hoping he won't be found out since Leonard was not planning on opening his toy. Later Sheldon has a nightmare about being chastised by his toy Spock about his actions and being attacked by a Gorn. When Leonard decides to play with his toy since it was a present from his girlfriend Penny, Sheldon is forced to confess that he broke it and return Leonard's property.

Meanwhile, Raj, depressed at the prospect of attending Howard's wedding alone, asks his parents to find him a potential wife. He hits it off with the new girl until she admits she is a lesbian, looking for a sham marriage to cover her homosexuality, and that she assumed Raj was also gay. Raj contemplates going through with the marriage, feeling as though he will never find someone, who is not gay, that actually loves him. To cheer him up, Howard and Bernardette get him a female Yorkie puppy.


What the Press Has to Say:

Finally. The moment that Star Trek and The Big Bang Theory fans have been waiting for is almost upon us. Leonard Nimoy will reprise his legendary role as Spock in an upcoming episode of the popular comedy. Nimoy won't be there in the flesh. Instead, he'll provide the voice of Spock -- or a Spock action figure Sheldon thinks is talking to him during a dream sequence -- in the episode "The Weekend Vortex."

The episode will air Thursday, March 29 on CBS.

Source: Star

Leonard Nimoy Beams Into CBS' 'The Big Bang Theory'

"For years, we thought it would be fantastic to have Leonard Nimoy appear on the show and we think we’ve found a really different and fun way to make that happen," executive producer Steve Molaro tells THR. "As thrilled as we are he's doing it, we're even more thrilled just to get our pictures taken with him.”

Added executive producer Bill Prady in a statement released shortly afterward: "Leonard Nimoy's first appearance on Big Bang was as DNA on a napkin. For this episode, we are delighted to hear his voice. We look forward to introducing Mr. Nimoy, body part by body part, over the course of many seasons to come."

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

‘The Big Bang Theory’: Leonard Nimoy dazzles in a new way

CBS had the most viewers Thursday night, and Fox had the most young adults.

Fox’s “American Idol” remained the most-watched program with 15.9 million viewers, according to updated ratings. A year ago, the comparable “Idol” had 22.6 million viewers. Heejun Han was ejected from the Fox singing contest, leaving the final eight.

Three CBS series were close behind “Idol”: “Person of Interest” with 14.6 million, “The Big Bang Theory” with 14 million and “The Mentalist” with 13.6 million. The weak link in the CBS lineup was “Rules of Engagement” with 8.7 million fans.

But “Big Bang Theory” was the most popular series Thursday with young adults. “Big Bang” featured an unusual guest appearance by “Star Trek” legend Leonard Nimoy, who provided the voice for a Spock action figure.

Here are the prime-time averages for the broadcast networks: CBS with 13.2 million, Fox with 12.4 million, ABC with 4.9 million for mostly reruns, NBC with 3.1 million and The CW with 1.9 million. Fox finished its night with “Touch,” which brought in 8.9 million Kiefer Sutherland fans.

Source: Orlando Sentinel (Submitted by Grace)


Preview for TBBT - The Transporter Malfunction

Clips from the episode


Review by TV Reception on Tumblr:

Sheldon’s storyline however stole the show! Leonard Nimoy having a voice cameo was really funny, especially how the Spock figure kept changing his pose as the camera cut back to him/it. Nimoy making a physical cameo in the episode would’ve been better, though just having his voice worked in this case. It seems that Sheldon has become more proficient at lying, though in the end it seems he’ll always tell the truth. Penny and Leonard’s relationship remains stable. It’s great that she knows what to get Leonard as a present; hopefully knowing each other a lot better will keep together this time round.



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'The Big Bang Theory': Leonard Nimoy Reminds Sheldon of His Human Half

During the episode, the icon voices a Spock action figure that Leonard (Johnny Galecki) gifts to his roommate and encourages the highly illogical Sheldon (Jim Parsons) to embrace his "human" form and play with a valuable mint-in-box Star Trek transporter toy.

But what could persuade the anal retentive collector in Sheldon to open the box and destroy the toy's value? In a clip from Thursday's "The Transporter Malfunction" episode exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter, Nimoy's "little Spock" uses logic and reason to help convince Sheldon to live a little using phrases like "illogical" and "fascinating."

"I thoroughly enjoyed myself," the Star Trek legend told The Hollywood Reporter of his experience filming the episode. "[They're] a talented company and a smart show; they made me welcome."

Co-creator Chuck Lorre told THR at Big Bang's 100th episode party last year that the episode in which Penny (Kaley Cuoco) gives Sheldon a Nimoy-signed napkin -- complete with his DNA -- stands as his favorite "nerd moment" on the long-running series.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

'Big Bang Theory' creator on tonight's Leonard Nimoy cameo: 'Fantasy get'

How do you achieve nerd nirvana? Book Spock and the smartest guy on the planet for cameos.

The Big Bang Theory was already enjoying its most watched season to date (16.3 million) when it exceeded expectations by luring Leonard Nimoy and Stephen Hawking in the same week. “These are two fantasy gets,” Co-Creator/Executive Producer Bill Prady told EW. “Nimoy hits that level of pop culture fandom, and Stephen is the heir to Einstein. It’s a thrill beyond thrills.”


Nimoy had helped out the CBS comedy before: He actually provided an autographed napkin for a previous episode. This time, he spent an evening on the set with the cast and crew. Though Parsons was never a Star Trek viewer, Nimoy’s visit was a huge deal to Prady — though the scribe says he was “really restrained” around Spock’s alter-ego.

Hosting high-profile guests now leaves the show in a bit of a pickle: How do they top Spock and Hawking? “George Lucas, maybe?” suggests Parsons. “Sheldon would want to give him a piece of his mind for certain episodes of Star Wars.”


'The Big Bang Theory': Leonard Nimoy Voices Tiny Spock Action Figure As Sheldon's Conscience

"The Big Bang Theory" (Thu., 8 p.m. ET on CBS) has never had any problem scoring major genre guest stars, but they certainly hit the jackpot this week, by nabbing one of Sheldon Cooper's biggest idols. Or at least, they got most of him.

Leonard Nimoy appeared in the form of a Spock action figure, but the venerable actor voiced the little figure in several dream sequences throughout the episode. It was all while Sheldon wrestled with whether or not to open and play with the vintage Transporter Room toy Penny had gotten for him in thanks for all the mooching she's done.

Eventually, he succumbed, but broke the action figure and quickly switched it for the one Penny bought Leonard. But a guilty conscience, in the form of Tiny Spock, convinced him to come clean, and after several, several, several lies, he finally did. Zap2It honored Nimoy by skipping the rating, instead giving the episode Spock's signature line.

Source: Huffington Post

'Big Bang Theory': The tell-tale Spock

After years of sponging off of her neighbors, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) decides to do a nice thing and get Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) a present they'll each appreciate - a classic "Star Trek" transporter room toy.

Being the geeks they are, they refuse to open the gifts as it would immediately devalue them. But curiosity gets the better of Sheldon after "Action Figure Spock," voiced by Leonard Nimoy, tells him in a dream that it would be illogical to not play with his present. This goes well until the transporter quickly breaks. Sheldon is now faced with the conundrum of what to do next.

He quickly decides to swap the toy with the identical version that Leonard has. But in a scene reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," we soon find out that the pressure may be too much for even Sheldon to handle.

In the other storyline, the unlucky-in-love Raj (Kunal Nayyar) enlists his parents help in finding him a mate. This goes perfectly until we find out that Raj and his date may not exactly see eye-to-eye on a few things - most notably which "team" they're playing for. But in the end Raj finds the perfect partner, and she's adorable.

In the spirit of Nimoy's guest starring role, rather than assigning a rating on Thursday's (March 29) episode, we'll just say it should "live long and prosper."

Source: Zap2it

Spock, basketball, country are winners for CBS

LOS ANGELES — CBS created its own version of March madness, earning a weekly ratings victory with college basketball, country music and a dash of Mr. Spock.

Besides scoring with special programming last week, the network had a monopoly on dramas and sitcoms in the top 10, including "NCIS" and "The Big Bang Theory."

Leonard Nimoy lent his Spock voice and spirit to the CBS comedy, haunting Jim Parsons' Sheldon after he breaks a vintage "Star Trek" toy.