- California University: Averted; Caltech is of course a real (and well-known) university in Pasadena, CA. In a strange variation though, given the ages of each character it is unlikely they would have stayed with the same university as long as they have, at least since about 2002. It's largely just practical for the purposes of a show but it could also be that they are just comfortable with the current status of their careers.
- Also averted in the sense that everyone in the cast grew up in different locations and went to school at different places, they all found a job at Caltech. Raj is from India and went to Cambridge, Howard appears to be a local but he went to school at MIT, Leonard is from New Jersey and went to Princeton, and Sheldon is from Texas and went to East Texas.
- Call Back:
- Early in the second season, you catch the tail end of a conversation Penny was having with a boyfriend of the week, where she was trying to explain Schrödinger's Cat to him. In the first season, Sheldon used that principle of quantum physics as an analogy towards the possibility of a relationship between her and Leonard. This also doubles as foreshadowing, showing that Penny is starting to enjoy or at least retain the scientific concepts and mental exercises the others often explain to her.
- In the fourth season, Penny gave Leonard a surprise kiss in front of her father, trying to placate him by pretending her and Leonard were together. Leonard stumbled back into his apartment and explained what happened to the guys, and they started joking over Leonard pining after Penny again, with Raj making a direct quote from the pilot episode as a Leonard classic "Our children will be smart and beautiful."
- In Season 1, a sick Sheldon asks Penny, who is nursing him, to sing him a song his mother use to sing to him when he was sick, "Soft Kitty." The next season, Sheldon was homesick after being locked out of his apartment and asks Penny to sing the song to him, seeing homesick as a type of sick. The following season, after Sheldon is betrayed by the guys, Penny attempts to console him with "Soft Kitty," but is interrupted by Sheldon since 'Sad is not sick.' Again in the third season, when Sheldon is taking care of Penny after she dislocated her shoulder and was doped up on pain medication, she asks him to sing the song to her. In Season 5, Sheldon's mom actually sings it to him.
- Way back when Penny and Leonard started dating, Leonard makes a reference to The Black Eyed Peas, only for Penny to point out he had no idea who they were until he started dating her. Fast forward a few seasons and we catch Leonard rocking out to "I've Got a Feeling" on his way to work.
- In the first two episodes of the series, Sheldon and Leonard talk about "Louis/Louise," the transvestite cop who was the previous occupant of Penny's apartment. Later, during the Whole Episode Flashback "The Staircase Implementation" in Season Six, Leonard knocks on the door of that apartment, which is opened by Louis—who's wearing a full evening gown and diamond earrings.
- Way back in season 1, Dennis Kim tells Sheldon string theory is a dead and he'll see it one day. Well...
- Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: Sheldon actually insists on a bathroom schedule, occasionally attempting to discuss it with others. Leonard's mother, likewise, stands and says "I have to urinate," before going to the bathroom.
- The Cameo: In the episode where Raj gets in People Magazine's "Top 30 under 30", he brags about it to some guy sitting nearby. This turns out to be Charlie from Two and a Half Men, who tells him to call when he's on the cover. (This is a direct reference to the fact that Charlie Sheen has indeed been on the cover of People many, many times.)
- In Season 3, Lewis Black plays an entomologist who settles a dispute between Sheldon and Howard.
- Quite a few famous scientists and other nerd-based celebrities have popped up playing themselves. Stephen Hawking, Brian Greene, George Smoot, and Neil Degrasse Tyson on the science side. Summer Glau, Stan Lee, George Takei, Katee Sackhoff (twice), Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton (twice), and Leonard Nimoy on the nerd side.
- Camp Straight: Apparently, the reason why many people (including his parents) think that Raj is gay, much to his chagrin;
Raj: Wait, you don't want to put a bite of that in your mouth without trying my homemade Chantilly cream!
Raj: Yeah, okay, that time I heard it!
- Can't Hold His Liquor:
- Sheldon. It helps him get over his stage fright, but boy, does it send him off the deep end. In a later episode, he uses tequila as an impromptu mouthwash and admitted he might have swallowed a teeny bit. He immediately follows by an offhand "I love you so much" to Leonard. Even coffee to keep him awake makes him quite hyperactive.
- Likewise, Amy. It not only renders her incapable of multiplying 14x16 and causes massive vomiting followed by passing out, but she also flirts with and kisses Sheldon.
- In an interesting case of Reality Ensues, Raj finds that he can't talk to woman without a little bit of a buzz (it has sometimes just required one sip or at least the Placebo Effect). Initially, while capable of talking to women he also very quickly became drunk and obnoxious. As he continued, his ability to hold his liquor improves drastically, and that trailed into his success with women.
- Captain Obvious: Sheldon. An example in "The Financial Permeability", when Penny tells him that she's behind on her bills:
Sheldon: It occurs to me you could solve all your problems by obtaining more money.
- Caretaker Reversal: In Season 1, Sheldon gets sick and makes Penny take care of him. In Season 3, Penny gets injured and makes Sheldon take her to the hospital and take care of her afterwards. What connects these two instances most solidly is the song "Soft Kitty." Sheldon teaches the song to Penny to sing to him ('cause that's what his mother did when he was sick as a youngster). Then, when Penny is injured, she makes him sing it to her.
Penny: Sing "Soft Kitty" to me.
Sheldon: "Soft Kitty" is for when you're sick. You're not sick.
Penny: Injured and drugged is a kind of sick.
- Casanova Wannabe:
- The Cast Showoff: Leonard has been shown playing the cello, Howard and Sheldon both play the piano. And they sing!
- Amy plays the harp and sings as well.
- Penny once gave Sheldon a drink that he didn't know was alcoholic, to give Jim Parsons an excuse to play the piano and sing in the Cheesecake Factory.
- "The Love Spell Potential" features Howard as the DM for a Dungeons & Dragons game, and lets Simon Hedberg show off excellent impressions of Nicolas Cage, Al Pacino, and Christopher Walken, along with other hilarious voices and sound effects (much to Sheldon's delight).
- Casting Gag: The actors who play Leonard and Leslie previously played David and Darlene on Roseanne. Sheldon's mother is played by Laurie Metcalf, also from Roseanne. Christine Baranski co-starred in Cybill, also written/produced by Chuck Lorre (who was writer/producer for Roseanne).
- Catch Phrase: Sheldon created his own with "Bazinga!" whenever he attempts a joke or prank. Unusually, it is only used a handful of times a season.
- A species of bee has been named "Euglossa bazinga".
- Also, "Excuse Me" when Sheldon has to interject with someone's statement
- "Rats!" and "Drat!" when Sheldon is unsuccessful at something.
- "Here we go...." whenever someone causes Sheldon to go into an explanation he has apparently said previously numerous times. Usually said by Leonard.
- "I'm not crazy. My mother had me tested."
- Catfight: Occurs when Penny and new neighbor Alicia's rivalry over her leading Raj, Leonard, and Howard on culminates in a "What're you gonna do about it, bitch?"
- Cavemen vs. Astronauts Debate: Often done with the guys getting into massive arguments over geek items or general discussions like whether mummies and zombies are basically the same thing. Although it gets epic when the girls try experimenting with reading The Mighty Thor and found it to be stupid, but ended up getting into a complicated and intense debate over the mechanics of lifting Mjölnir.
If Harry Potter
's wand can make decisions why not Thor's hammer? Amy:
If you are going to start comparing wands and hammers... I cannot take you seriously!
- Celibate Eccentric Genius: Dr. Sheldon Cooper before Amy Farrah Fowler came along. Even his dynamic with Amy isn't particularly conventionally romantic.
- In the backstory, Leonard's parents only had sex in order to procreate. Once that was done, they were done.
- Celebrity Paradox: The geeks have a discussion about both Danica McKellar and Mayim Bialik in one first season episode. It would've been weird enough if just the former had played a bit part later in the series, but when the latter plays Sheldon's date and eventually gets a starring role, this gets a bit weirder...
- Wil Wheaton wears a t-shirt of "The Guild", which Simon Helberg (Howard) once appeared in as the "Kevinator".
- Raj's dad is played by Brian George, the same actor who plays Julian Bashir's father in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but none of the guys (who are all avid Star Trek fans) have noticed.
- Sheldon's previous flatmate was played by Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn in The Walking Dead. A few seasons later, Sheldon asks Leonard if he wants to watch that very show.
- In the first season, they group mention their love of the show Scrubs. Raj later has a brief, and doomed, relationship with Lucy, who is played by Kate Micucci, who was Stephanie Gooch on Scrubs.
- Character Development: At the beginning, Penny was a girl who wouldn't ever date someone like Leonard and Leonard wasn't a guy who understood what a relationship with a "normal" girl really meant. They both had to change a lot before they could realistically become a couple. Penny later mentioned that being with Leonard spoiled her ability to date dumb guys.
- When Howard started dating Bernadette, he grew out of his Casanova Wannabe tendencies and learned to be in a real relationship (it's implied that he never had a third date with the same woman before). This culminates in him being the first member of the group to get married. Howard's sincere and heartfelt apology to Bernadette after she learns how he used to be, admitting that he's no longer that creepy loner since he met her and that she's the reason why he's become a better man. This actually ends up reducing Penny to tears at how far he's come since they first met.
- Raj has come to master the art of drinking to talk to women, but not so much to become an obnoxious slob. In the Season 6 finale, he talked to Penny while completely sober.
- Sheldon, despite all of his eccentricities and very regimented lifestyle, has come to appreciate social interaction much more. Throughout the first three seasons he often complained about Penny hanging around them since she didn't have much, if any, of the same interests. After a scare that she might stop hanging out with them late in the third season, he admitted that he had come to enjoy her presence. In Season 5, he also began pushing against the boundaries of his regimented life more often and admitted that his life didn't fall apart as a result.
- Sheldon's social development is best represented in the different explanations for why he likes his specific spot on the couch. Initially, he likes the spot because it maintains a good temperature at all times of the year and because it faces the TV directly to discourage social interaction. Later, when Penny explains to an outsider why Sheldon likes the spot, she includes the comments about the temperature, but alters the remainder to indicate that the spot faces the TV at an indirect angle such that he can watch TV without distortion AND still talk to others. Sheldon fully agrees with Penny's assessment, which says volumes about his Character Development.
- Amy started off in the series as a straight Distaff Counterpart to Sheldon, having no sexual impulses, is condescending to others, and even speaking in a similar manner with a dry wit. She started to show an interest in social activities with Penny and Bernadette and now considers Penny to be her "bestie" (best friend). By the beginning of the fifth season, she still has a little of the Sheldon-esque weirdness about her, but is otherwise a very social and friendly individual who knows how to have fun. By Season 5 Episode 10 ("The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition"), Sheldon and Amy became an official couple... complete with documentation, i.e. The Relationship Agreement
- Characterization Marches On:
- In the first episode Sheldon was basically just Leonard's even more geeky roommate with a dry sense of humor, although he still largely had the same quirks and qualities that have come to define him. The first episode has the "his spot on the couch" gag and he criticized Leonard's board of equations. But he seemed to be more socially astute (recognizing Leonard's crush on Penny and his chances with her) and not completely asexual (he appreciated the attention Penny gave him and was described as a "semi-pro" when at a sperm bank). It wasn't until the second episode that his arrogance and social ineptitude took hold (where Leonard had to make a "sarcasm" sign for him). Not to mention, in one of the first episodes he's made to throw his dinner in the trash and proceeds to pick it back out moments later to eat as nothing happened. Compare this to his later self who won't even touch a used napkin or share a drinking glass without thinking he's doomed.
- Similarly, Penny was a lot dumber initially (for example, claiming her screenplay isn't based on her life because she's from Omaha, not Lincoln). She quickly moved from The Ditz to Closer to Earth.
- Bernadette originally was unable to understand jokes and sometimes even sarcasm, though this might be a bit of Character Development as she gradually started explaining when something was a joke. It's later implied she was simply Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Stuart (the owner of the comic book store) started out less nerdy than his current self. He easily conversed with Penny, entertained her and managed to get a date with her, and they continued to date in which they had apparently gone so far as to make out and nearly sleep together. Later on however he's become much like Raj in that he can barely talk to an attractive girl without being rendered speechless or freak out, and in general became alot more awkward and shy.
- Chekhov's Gag: The Object Ceiling Cling in "The Classified Materials Turbulence"
- Chewbacca Defense: Sheldon frequently employs this. See main entry for examples.
- The Chick:
- In most episodes, Penny is the token female, and as often as not, she acts the part. (Occasionally subverted, as when she kills cockroaches for the guys. In such situations, one or more of the guys will take on the role of The Chick.)
- Raj often takes the role of The Chick, being the most emotionally sensitive one of the entire group.
- Although she's a chick, Leslie Winkle is almost never The Chick. Whenever she makes an appearance, at least one of the guys turns into The Chick. She lampshades this when attempting a relationship with Leonard, "I believe you should take on the male role."
- Closer to Earth:
- Almost any of the female characters who appear on the show, but Penny most of all.
- Also, Leonard compared with the other guys.
- Most female characters are Closer to Earth than the four guys. Leslie Winkle, however, is more on a par with Wolowitz, Koothrappali and all the other 'average' nerds. Which makes her Closer to Earth than Sheldon, but much further from Earth than Leonard.
- And then there's Amy, who is about as far out as Sheldon.
- Closet Geek: Penny increasingly becomes this as the series progresses. For example, Penny saw the new Star Trek movie alone and of her own accord while the guys were away in the Arctic.
- A late Season 6 episode has Leonard introduce her to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She seems to enjoy it but Leonard is disappointed that she's not obsessed with it like he thought she would be, which suggests that Penny definitely shares some interests with the guys although she's not even close to being as passionate about them as they are.
- Sheldon introduces Penny to MMO gaming, and Penny quickly becomes more addicted than any of the guys are. Penny also turns to Sheldon to teach her at least basic physics so she can understand Leonard better.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Raj is a bit like this, and the trait seems to be more prominent in more recent episodes.
- Sheldon is basically on another planet as far as social norms are concerned.
- It's revealed in "The Werewolf Transformation" that Sheldon believes that Barbers keep "Haircut records".
- The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: In the episode where the university has asked the male characters to come up with ideas on how to improve recruitment of women to graduate-level science and engineering programs, Sheldon of all people has arguably the best approach: start the process early, with middle-school girls (so that they'll gain the right preparation in high school to pursue undergraduate science degrees and therefore be in position to enter graduate science programs). When Leonard, Howard, and Raj make a mess of the project by alienating the class they're speaking to, Sheldon rescues things by bringing Amy and Bernardette in via speakerphone to address the class as female role models in the sciences.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Sheldon has gained not one but two devoted groupies. As well, he ignores a girl who actually goes into his room and sits on his bed, and unwittingly manages to pick up a gay man.
- After Sheldon ends up charming Raj's date (a successful dentist) causing her to leave for the date with him instead, he then completely fails to understand why he would see her again? He already has a dentist!
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Leonard's mother Beverley is a professional psychiatrist, but she has a very distant and unemotional relationship with her own children, having apparently treated them more like long-term test subjects than a family.
- Cold Open: Every episode, although some use the rotating electron diagram and whoosh noise before starting.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Exhibited by various characters at one point or another.
- Howard and Raj at one point hijack N.O.R.A.D in order to spy on the America's Next Top Model girls.
- Howard driving the Mars Rover into a ditch in an attempt to impress his date.
- Some of Howard's anecdotes include this trope. For example, he was once maced by one of his "seductees". Whilst it is possible that the girl in question was overreacting (she probably has to be to keep Howard on the sunny side of the Moral Event Horizon), Howard must have been doing something very wrong for that to happen in the first place.
- After Bawwy Kwipke humiliates him on national radio, Sheldon's first thought is to murder him. Although he only briefly discusses it with the others (he notes that there are several neurotoxins that would "leave no trace") before being talked out of it, the speed at which his mind works would suggest that he had actually advanced quite far in his mental planning.
- Sheldon at one point seriously suggests using negative reinforcement, specifically electric shocks, to change the register of Penny's voice. Don't annoy Sheldon or he'll torture you into better behavior.
- If one subscribes to the theory that Sheldon is on the autistic spectrum, Penny's systematic disruption of his carefully ordered life during their Escalating War falls firmly into this trope.
- Comically Missing the Point: In an episode, where Penny dates Leonard's colleague, David Underhill, and he is jealous:
Leonard: You said that you didn't want to go out with me because I was too smart for you! Well, news flash, lady, David Underhill is ten times smarter than me!
Penny: Dave is not smarter than you. He's an idiot.
Leonard: Really? Why would you say that?
Penny: Because a smart guy takes the nude photos of his wife off his cell phone before he tries to take nude photos of his girlfriend.
Leonard: You let him take nude photos of you?
Penny: That's what you took from that?!
- From Penny's POV Leonard is missing her point, but since Leonard is jealous, he's got plenty of reason to focus on Penny's willingness to be photographed naked once he hears about it, rather than on David's stupidity.
- One of Sheldon's ongoing gags is that despite his genius I.Q., he is completely clueless about being social, leading to many missed points.
Leonard: You convinced me. Maybe tonight we should sneak in and shampoo her carpet.
Sheldon: You don't think that crosses the line?
Leonard: Yes... For God's sake, Sheldon, do I have to hold up a sarcasm sign every time I open my mouth?
Sheldon: You have a sarcasm sign?
- On his first date with Emily, a deaf acquaintance of Penny's, Raj is trying to think of things to say, and Howard is translating for him.
Raj: I love music. Do you love music?
Howard: You really wanna ask her that?
Raj: Oh, you're right. Everyone loves music.
- Sheldon with most social interaction, but a notable example that doesn't quite fit into that category:
: So, Flatland
is not only a mathematical essay, but also a treatise on the social mores of Victorian England
: You know, I never considered that! That is going to completely change my visits there
- A hurricane of them in "The Plimpton Situation", when Leonard tries to hint to Howard and Raj that he was up all night with the titular scientist.
- Sheldon considers A Beautiful Mind to be a "wonderful romp" of a movie. One can infer that because John Forbes Nash won the Nobel Prize and revolutionized game theory, Sheldon has utterly overlooked the fact that the film is actually about Nash's struggle with a severe mental illness.
- From "The Large Hadron Collision", in re Leonard choosing to take Penny to Switzerland on Valentine's Day to see the CERN supercollider instead of Sheldon.
SHELDON: "What? That's absurd. Penny has no interest in subatomic particle research."
LEONARD: "Yes, but it'll be Valentine’s Day. We can go sightseeing and skiing and make love in front of a roaring fire in the shadow of the snowcapped Alps."
SHELDON: "But Penny has no interest in subatomic particle research."
- Comically Small Bribe:
Sheldon: I brought you some gummy bears.
Penny: (confused) ...thanks?
Sheldon: Now that you are in my debt, could you...
- See also Sheldon's attempt to entice Raj and Howard away from Leonard's app design project by offering them a bunch of cheap crap he'd clearly just picked up at the university's bookstore.
- Howard attempts to bribe a (black) E/R nurse with a five-dollar bill:
Howard: How about I give you a picture of the man who freed your people?
Nurse: Unless that man was Benjamin Franklin and his five brothers, you're gonna take a seat over there!
- Commitment Issues:
- Penny has this problem in regards to her relationship with Leonard. The couple eventually works through it by Leonard putting the power to propose marriage in Penny's hands, so she won't have the weight of it on her shoulders until she decides she's ready.
- Sheldon struggles with committing to Amy and then from there moving forward in their relationship. In his case, the issue stems from having previously thought of himself as a Celibate Eccentric Genius who is above time wasting romantic notions, and having an aversion to change. In one episode both Leonard and Amy decide to move too fast for their partners and put moving in on the table. Sheldon and Penny are forced to confide their hesitations about it to each other.
- Continuity Nod:
- Sheldon's explanation for "his spot" on the couch used in the pilot is repeated at several other times, once verbatim by Penny when Bernadette first joins the group. In the flashback in late Season 3, Sheldon's explanation for his original spot, using a lawn chair, was identical except that it discouraged communication in a group, reflecting how far he had come socially.
- Other nods are used as brief moments, one in particular being when Howard crashed the Mars Rover and Sheldon confessing the act being the reason Howard loses security clearance on a new project.
- One episode involves Sheldon going to court due to his bad driving when helping Penny in "The Adhesive Duck Deficiency".
- The first episode mentions Joyce Kim and the transvestite neighbor, who both show up in the flashback episode.
- The episode "The Hawking Excitation" mentions Sheldon's restraining orders from Leonard Nimoy and Stan Lee.
- After buying a replica of Longclaw in "The Russian Rocket Reaction" it's shown from thereafter to be hung up on the wall of the apartment.
- The Convention Conundrum Sheldon Mentions he can't legally contact Leonard Nimoy Stan Lee and Bill Nye. This is due to the above mention restraining orders including the most recent one filed by Bill Nye.
- Amy is seen in this episode, wearing the tiara that Sheldon gave her as an apology.
- Contralto of Danger: Bernadette usually has an adorably squeaky voice... until she gets pissed off. Then her voice drops low and the other characters know she means business.
- Conversational Troping: Generally on sci-fi and comic book conventions, including things like a Five-Man Band.
- Cool Big Sis: Penny ends up being like this to the others, (despite being younger) a normal person who helps them with fashion and relationship issues, lampshaded with a discussion with Sheldon where this is played more literally when she talks him into letting her cut his hair.
- Cool Loser: Thoroughly averted. They have their own tight group of friends they all have quirky mannerisms that would likely make them a bullying target, especially Sheldon. Leonard is the most normal and friendly of the group but especially in the early seasons he has a almost painfully timid disposition. This is a stark contrast to other stories that either have "charmingly geeky" main characters or the "awkwardly geeky" characters as only secondary characters.
- Costume Test Montage: Penny takes Sheldon to get a new suit that should give him confidence for his awards banquet.
Sheldon: (wearing an all-white, long tailed, frilly collared tuxedo) [when Penny says "no"] Okay, but anything I put on now is only going to suffer in comparison. [next shot of Sheldon wearing a classy, sharp black-on-black suit] This is absurd, I look like a clown.
- Coordinated Clothes:
- One episode features the gang dressed up as superheroes from the Justice League of America for a New Year's Eve party in a comic book store. Too bad there were several gangs with the same idea, but Leonard and co's costumes were the coolest and they won the competition.
- It also helped that they had an actual woman as Wonder Woman, and a guy "that actually has muscles" as Superman.
- "The Holographic Excitation": The newly weds Howard and Bernadette are both small people (as in short and thin), so they dressed as a couple of cute smurfs for a Halloween party.
- "The Holographic Excitation": Amy and Sheldon are going to a Halloween party and she tries to convince him to wear couple costumes. Amy wants something romantic that shows everyone that they together, while Sheldon doesn't understand the sentiment and would prefer Star Wars characters R2D2 and C3PO, or Hewlett and Packard, founders of the HP company. Their compromise is being dressed as Raggedy Ann and "Raggedy" C3PO.
- The Couch: Leonard and Sheldon's couch in their apartment.
- *Cough* Snark *Cough*: As Sheldon tries to explain to Amy that he is not losing his mind over her in "The Zazzy Substitution", Leonard then employs this trope to prove otherwise.
Amy: Your mother thinks you might be losing your mind over me. As a neurobiologist, I was curious.
Sheldon: Well, your curiosity is unfounded, as I am in full possession of my mental faculties.
Leonard: (pretending to sneeze) 25 cats!
Mary Cooper: Oh, God bless you, dear.
- Cow Tools: You could spend forever looking at Leonard and Sheldon's apartment and the comic book store and see all sorts of geeky collectibles. You can also make out computer manuals and software cases in their bookshelves. One especially interesting device is an antique fuse holder hanging by the back hallway.
- Crazy Cat Man: Briefly. After a falling out with Amy in which he terminated his relationship with her, Sheldon buys 25 cats.
I have a pre-packed emergency 48 hour survival kit recommended by the Department of Homeland Security... and Sarah Connor
- Sheldon also stages Emergency Disaster Drills every three months for every possible event from floods and earthquakes to Canada invading California.
- In anticipation for a Scavenger Hunt / Treasure Hunt in "The Scavenger Vortex," Sheldon brings his bowling ball along on the offhand chance the clues lead them to a bowling alley (being germophobic and hating using rented balls). The bowling ball in his backpack slowing him down is brought up several times, but he was correct in that one clue was at a bowling alley. Brandishing his ball in the car, he exclaims "My brain is better than EVERYONE'S!"
- Creature of Habit: Sheldon, to the point where he views the most minor of changes in his life as The End of the World as We Know It.
- Credits Gag / Freeze-Frame Bonus: The Chuck Lorre Productions logo and ensuing paragraph at the end of every show. Sometimes manages to get away with things the show probably wouldn't by virtue of the fact that nobody sees them on TV anyway. A complete list of them can be found here.
- For example, the one at the end of the Age of Conan episode details Lorre's recent trip to Vegas and his imagining of a man going home and "blowing his brains out" after reflecting on his unsatisfying job.
- Sometimes CBS' radar still manages to catch them, and they're blanked out when they actually air (but not on Lorre's web site).
- Freeze-Frame Bonus also applies to the opening credits. Among other things, there is a TTC subway train, a 3-1/2" floppy disk, a disco ball, and a Hollywood Ave. street sign.
- Cringe Comedy: Howard hitting on Summer Glau in the most obnoxious and creepy way possible. Poor girl.