|Writers||story by Lee Aronsohn, Eric Kaplan & Maria Ferrari, teleplay by Bill Prady, Steven Molaro & Richard Rosenstock|
|Starring||Frank Maharajh as Venkatesh Koothrappali|
|Air Date||8 March 2010|
When the guys find a ring from "The Lord of the Rings" at a garage sale, it threatens to tear them apart.
I. Hallway in front of apartments
- The guys return home with Leonard carrying a large and heavy box.
II. Living room
- Penny expected the guys to bring home food, but they brought a box from a garage sale.
- The guys start unpacking the box.
Title and Opening Themes
III. Living room
- The four guys walk up the stairs, holding onto the ring.
VIII. hallway in front of apartments
IX. Living room
X. Living room
XII. Living room
XIII. Leonard's bedroom
- Leonard opens a box that he stored under his bed. The ring is hidden inside.
XIV. Leonard's bedroom
Notes and Trivia
Casting notices from this episode. The character of Larry Crispo was dropped as a guest star to become Eddie Crispo, who was mentioned only.
[LARRY CRISPO] Late 50s-Early 60s... This disheveled man, who still lives with his mother, helps Sheldon appraise a ring that he bought at a garage sale… GUEST STAR
[VENKATESH KOOTHRAPPALI] Late 20s-30s... MALE. Raj’s (Kunal Nayyar) attorney cousin from India, Venkatesh is revealed on Raj’s laptop computer. Venkatesh assists Raj in a property claims case…GUEST STAR / ACTOR MUST BE EAST INDIAN AND BE COMFORTABLE SPEAKING WITH AN ACCENT
This episode starts on an evening when the guys were planning to get Chinese takeaway. The following day they have dinner in the Cheesecake Factory, which they usually do on Tuesday (see Schedule). Although they often have Thai takeaway on Mondays, they have had Chinese on Mondays in past (0216). Thus, we can assume that this episode starts on Monday, March 8. Sheldon, Raj and Howard spend the night from Wednesday to Thursday fighting about the ring. Thus we could assume that the episode ends with Sheldon trying to steal the ring from Leonard on Thursday night.
The title refers to the "one ring" from Lord of the Rings to which the creature Gollum referred to as his "precious". Fighting over the ring almost destroyed, thus fragmented, the guys' friendship.[[