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Recap / The Big Bang Theory S 6 E 14 The Cooper Kripke Inversion

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When Sheldon and Kripke are forced to work on a project together, Sheldon is dismayed to learn that Kripke's research has surpassed his own. Meanwhile, Raj and Howard buy a 3-D printer to make themselves action figures.

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  • Bastard Boyfriend: Howard for spending Bernadette's hard-earned money on 3-D printer dolls of themselves, without asking Bernadette for her consent.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    Sheldon: Penny, all my life I have been uncomfortable with the sort of physical contact that comes easily to others - handshaking, hugging, prostate exams...
  • Character Development: Sheldon reflects on how ever since he's met Amy, he's been trying to engage in more intimate contact, and admits that their relationship could become physical at some time.
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  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: The primary trope concerning Howard's subplot. To save his marriage to Bernadette, Howard sells Raj his half of the 3-D printer to recoup his loss of $2,500.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum:
    Leonard: Sheldon Lee Cooper, I do not have time for this nonsense! Now go put your clothes on, get in the car, and let's go to work!
    Sheldon: All right, geez! What a grouch.
    Leonard: How did I do that? I gotta remember how I did that.
  • Here We Go Again!: After Howard learns his lesson not to throw away his wife's money on 3-D printers which of course to him and Bernadette is a luxury, not a necessity, Raj asks why he's not eating lunch in the CalTech cafeteria. Howard claimed he blew all his lunch allowance on Pokemon cards.
  • Off-Model: The action figures that Howard and Raj ordered for themselves didn't turn out as they had hoped. Raj's is too dark skinned (more precisely, it came out African-American when Raj is Indian), and Howard's has too big of a nose (though even without the nose, Howard's model was fairly inaccurate).
    Raj: Ooh, I'm not dark chocolate! I'm melt-in-your-mouth caramel!
    Howard: Oh, man! Look at my nose!
    Leonard: Maybe it's a shipping problem.
    Howard: What?
    Leonard: Yeah. Maybe Wesley Snipes and Toucan Sam just got action figures that look like you guys.
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  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: Bernadette is not pleased to hear that Howard and Raj bought a $5000 3-D printer and divided up the cost amongst themselves. As a consequence, Howard is removed from their joint account and Raj agrees to cover the entire cost of the printer himself.
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