19 Star Trek References on The Big Bang Theory

"Game over, Moon Pie."

Star Trek: The Next Generation's Wil Wheaton is a regular guest star on The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon's arch nemesis makes his first appearance in "The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary" (Episode 5, Season 3), where he tricks Sheldon into throwing a Mystic Warlords of Ka'a card tournament.

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A troubled landing party

A troubled landing party

More than just a Star Trek reference, the entirety of "The Bakersfield Expedition" (Episode 13, Season 6) was a tribute to Star Trek: The Next Generation.
In the episode, the boys' attempt to attend the Bakersfield Comic-Con in cosplay is complicated by a mid-trip car theft.

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"Live long and suck it, Zachary Quinto."

"The Recombination Hypothesis" (Episode 13, Season 5) starts with Sheldon taking delivery of a life-size cardboard cutout of Spock. Unfortunately, though, it's not the version of Spock he wanted.

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"No, Gorn, no. That's where I sit."

After accidentally scuttling Howard's hopes to obtain government clearance in "The Apology Insufficiency" (Episode 7, Season 4), Sheldon becomes convinced he's suffering from insomnia. But that's not the case. Sheldon is merely having a "guilt-ridden dream."
The proof? There's a reptilian Gorn from Star Trek sitting on the couch. And he's reading Gorn magazine.

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Worst renaissance fair ever

Worst renaissance fair ever

At the close of "The Codpiece Topology" (Episode 2, Season 2), Sheldon attends a renaissance fair as Star Trek's Spock and calls out corn dogs as a temporal anomaly.

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"Don't let Spock take me to the future!"

In an effort to improve his teaching skills, in "The Thespian Catalyst" (Episode 14, Season 4), Sheldon convinces Penny to give him acting lessons. But rather than use Penny's suggested Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as material, Sheldon instead insists they use his one-act Star Trek fan fiction play Where No Sheldon Has Gone Before.
As Sheldon explains, "it's the story of a young boy who is transported from the ignorant backwoods of East Texas to the 23rd century, where his genius is not only appreciated, but celebrated."

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Klingon Boggle

Klingon Boggle

While the game was mentioned in the pilot, it wasn't until "The Panty PiƱata Polarization" (Episode 7, Season 2) that Sheldon and the boys are seen throwing down and playing Klingon Boggle.

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"We're playing doctor. Star Trek style."

In an attempt to get Sheldon to transfer his emotional attachments from childhood onto her, Amy dresses up for him as a Star Trek medical officer in the closing moments of "The Launch Acceleration" (Episode 23, Season 5).

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"It's not like you're handing us the Death Star from Star Trek."

Leonard lost his mind in the lab – silently – when this Air Force colonel commits the ultimate sin in "The Military Miniaturization" (Episode 2, Season 10): mixing up Star Trek and Star Wars.

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The Wesley Crushers

The Wesley Crushers

Wil Wheaton made his second The Big Bang Theory appearance in "The Wheaton Recurrence" (Episode 19, Season 3) as a "dastardly" bowling ringer.
After Wheaton remarks that "it's on," Sheldon responds: "Oh, foolish Wil Wheaton, it was never off."

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A Star Trek twofer

A Star Trek twofer

You get a double dose of Star Trek in "The Habitation Configuration" (Episode 7, Season 6): The show opens with Sheldon taping a "very special episode" of Fun With Flags with Wil Wheaton.
After Wheaton gets into a row with Amy, the show closes with LeVar Burton of Star Trek: The Next Generation taking Wheaton's place on Sheldon's show.

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"They're mint in box."

Leonard Nimoy provided the voice for Sheldon's tiny Spock action figure in "The Transporter Malfunction" (Episode 20, Season 5), first tempting Sheldon into opening and playing with his vintage, mint-in-box 1975 Mego Star Trek transporter with real transporter action. Later, Nimoy chastises Sheldon for swapping his broken toy with Leonard's.

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Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock

Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock

In "The Rothman Disintegration" (Episode 17, Season 5), Raj suggests that the inheritance of Professor Rothman's office be settled with a game of rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock.
What's that, you ask? "It's very simple. Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and, as it always has, rock crushes scissors."

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A rare Sheldon hug

A rare Sheldon hug

What do you give the genius who has everything? In "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" (Episode 11, Season 2), Penny gives Sheldon a special Christmas gift: a napkin signed by Leonard Nimoy, complete with his DNA.

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"Sorry, Slim."

When Brett Spiner – Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation – opens Sheldon's signed, mint-in-package Wesley Crusher action figure in "The Russian Rocket Reaction" (Episode 5, Season 5), he gets added to Sheldon's mortal enemies list.

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A mint Geordi LaForge without his visor

A mint Geordi LaForge without his visor

After Penny calls him pathetic for playing with a time machine prop, Leonard decides to sell his hoard of vintage collectibles to the comic book store in "The Nerdvana Annihilation" (Episode 14, Season 1). When Sheldon, Raj and Howard try to block him from doing so, Leonard demands he be allowed to pass – or else he'll open his rare, mint-condition, production error Star Trek: The Next Generation Geordi LaForge without his visor in the original packaging.

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"What would Spock do?"

Episode "The Spock Resonance" (Episode 7, Season 9), taped shortly after the death of Leonard Nimoy, has Sheldon filming a "Spockumentary" with Wil Wheaton and Nimoy's son, Adam.
In the episode, we learn that Sheldon keeps his family engagement ring – which he says he was going to give Amy – in a safe next to the signed Nimoy napkin he got from Penny in Season 2.

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A Leonard Nimoy restraining order

A Leonard Nimoy restraining order

After barging into Stan Lee's home in "The Excelsior Acquisition" (Episode 16, Season 3), the famed comic book writer has Sheldon served with an autographed application for a restraining order.
"This is going to look great hanging next to my restraining order from Leonard Nimoy," Sheldon says.

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A final tribute to Nimoy

A final tribute to Nimoy

Shortly after the February 2015 death of Leonard Nimoy, The Big Bang Theory paid tribute to the man with a simple, understated message at the end of "The Colonization Application" (Episode 17, Season 8): "The impact you had on our show and on our lives is everlasting."

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