The Big Bang Theory

The Hofstadter Insufficiency

Series 7 - Episode 1 The Hofstadter Insufficiency



When last we saw our lovable PhDweebs, Leonard had just been headhunted for a far-away science expedition. Now, as season seven opens, his best friend – social hand grenade Sheldon – is trying to comfort Leonard’s girlfriend Penny. Unfortunately Sheldon’s idea of a morale-booster is “At least you’ve got your health”.

Raj, meanwhile, tries out another stinker of a chat-up line. “It was better when you couldn’t talk to women,” comments Howard, who’s managed to make his fringe even less flattering.

What a joy to have our assorted physicists and aerospace engineers (it is rocket science!) back so soon. The show’s winning formula of explosive one-liners and stirring sweetness is as potent as ever.

It’s a hit with the Emmy board and the public alike (the show attracts 20 million in the US and has given E4 some of its best ratings). On a gags-per-minute basis, there are few competitors. It really is a quantum of solace in the schedules.


Sheldon and Penny bond as they miss Leonard, and Howard tries to help Raj get over his break-up with Lucy. Meanwhile, Bernadette and Amy visit an out-of-town conference. Comedy about four high-achieving scientists, starring Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki.

Cast & Crew

Leonard Hofstadter Johnny Galecki
Sheldon Cooper Jim Parsons
Penny Kaley Cuoco
Howard Wolowitz Simon Helberg
Raj Koothrappali Kunal Nayyar
Amy Farrah Fowler Mayim Bialik
Bernadette Rostenkowski Melissa Rauch
Director Mark Cendrowski
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