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The Roommate Agreement was written by Sheldon and was signed by Leonard when they first became roommates. These events were shown during a flashback. Sheldon starts mentioning paragraphs from the Roommate Agreement in the episode  "The Cooper-Nowitzki Theoremand continues to do so throughout the series, usually when one of the clauses is being violated.

Sheldon revamped the agreement to better favor himself in The Agreement Dissection. The new version was only agreed upon by blackmail as Sheldon had set up a false, but realistic-looking one minute timer which would then send an email to Priya's parents regarding their relationship which they didn't know about.

Articles of the Roommate AgreementEdit

  • Skynet Clause:  Leonard will help Sheldon destroy an Artificial Intelligence that Sheldon has created that is taking over the earth. ("S2 Ep6")
  • Body Snatchers Clause: Leonard will help Sheldon destroy someone who they know that has been replaced by a body snatcher.("S2 Ep6")
  • Godzilla Clause: Presumably, Leonard will help Sheldon destroy a monster that has destroyed Tokyo. ("S2 Ep6")
  • Section C: Sheldon can call for an emergency meeting. ("S2 Ep10")
  • Unnamed Clause: Leonard will name Sheldon as his sidekick if Leonard obtains superpowers. ("S2 Ep10")
  • Section 9: The apartment's flag is a gold lion rampant on a field of azure and should never be flown upside down, unless the apartment is in distress. ("S3 Ep22")
  • Section 9: If one of the roommates ever invents Time Travel, the first stop has to aim exactly five seconds after this clause of the Roommate Agreement was signed. ("S3p22")
  • Section 74C: Leonard must assist Sheldon if he ever becomes a robot ("S4 Ep2")
  • Unnamed Clause: If Sheldon turns into a Zombie, Leonard cannot kill him.
  • [Clause] : If one of them will be visiting CERN, they must take the other roommate along. ("S3 Ep15")
  • Friendship Clause: Sheldon will take Leonard swimming to Bill Gates' house should he ever be invited. ("S3 Ep15")
  • Unnamed Clause: The thermostat must be kept at 72 degrees at all times. ("S3 Ep22")
  • Unnamed Clause: Fridays are reserved for watching Firefly due to Sheldon s assumption that it would be on for years. ("S3 Ep15")
  • Unnamed Clause: Leonard must drive Sheldon to work. ("S3 Ep15")
  • Section 37B: Miscellaneous Duties: Leonard is obligated to drive Sheldon to his various appointments, such as to the dentist. Leonard must also provide a "confirmation sniff" to tell if questionable dairy products are edible. ("S5 Ep15")
  • Addendum J: When Sheldon showers second, any and all measures shall be taken to ensure an adequate supply of hot water. ("S4 Ep21")
  • Unnamed Clause: Thursday night is Jets pizza night. ("S4 Ep21")
  • Unnamed Clause: Selection of a new takeout restaurant requires a public hearing and a 60-day comment period. ("S4 Ep21")
  • Clause 209: Sheldon and Leonard  both have the option of nullifying their roommate agreement, having no responsibilities or obligations toward each other, other than paying rent and sharing utilities. ("S5 Ep15")
  • Unnamed Addendum: Once a year, Leonard  and Sheldon take one day to celebrate the contributions Leonard gives to Sheldon's life, both real and imaginary. Leonard does not get breakfast in bed, the right to sit in Sheldon's spot, or permission to alter the thermostat; the only thing that Leonard gets is a thank-you card. This day is called "Leonard's Day." ("S5 Ep15")
  • Roommate Review: Once a year (presumably), Sheldon assesses Leonard's worthiness as a roommate. ("S6 Ep2")
  • Unnamed Clause Leonard has to put up with Sheldon's craziness. ("S6 Ep15")
  • Section 27, Paragraph 5: The roommate agreement, like the American flag, cannot touch the ground/ ("S6 Ep15")
  • Unnamed Clause Once a day Sheldon must ask how Leonard is.
  • Unnamed Clause Roommates must notify each other 12 hours in advanced if they wish to have a house guest.
  • Unnamed Clause Sheldon settles all ties to one-against-one.
  • Unnamed Clause Any changes in furnishings have to be approved by the furnishing committee (who is Sheldon) which meets on alternate years on his spot. ("S7 Ep16")

Unspecified ClausesEdit

Friendship RiderEdit

Appendix C - Future commitments

  • No.37: In the event one friend is ever invited to visit the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, he shall invite the other friend to accompany him. ("S3 Ep15")
  • If one friend gets super powers, he will name the other one as his sidekick. ("S2 Ep10") ("S3 Ep15")
  • If one friend is bitten by a zombie, the other can't kill him. ("S3 Ep15")
  • If one friend wins a MacArthur grant, he must mention the other friend in his speech. ("S3 Ep15")
  • If one friend gets invited to go swimming at Bill Gates' house, he will take the other friend to accompany him. ("S3 Ep15")

Breaks of the Roommate AgreementEdit

  • Sheldon frequently accuses Leonard of potential breaks of the roommate agreement or uses the agreement to get his way. ("S2 Ep6") ("S2 Ep10" ) ('S3 Ep15") ("S3 Ep22")
  • Although pets are banned under the roommate agreement (see Unspecified Clauses), in Season 4, Sheldon bought a bunch of cats, or clowder, after he and Amy went their separate ways. Leonard doesn't seem to catch this as a break of the roommate agreement. However, Sheldon wasn't entirely in his right mind following the breakup, and, in fact, gave the cats away after reuniting with Amy. Similarly, Sheldon was emotionally unwell when he brought goldfish into the apartment in order to make them glow in the dark (and succeeded), though this would not count as a breach as they were goldfish night lights, making them a service animal.

Other Unnamed Clauses by SheldonEdit

  • Unnamed Clause: No hootenannies, sing-a-longs, or barbershop quartets after 10 p.m. ("S5 Ep18") This is not a real episode: pieces were taken from several episodes in order to form this one.

TriviaEdit

  • Leonard nitpicks the Agreement in "The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem", but seems to forget about it whenever it inconveniences him.
  • Leonard was technically not required to do anything for Sheldon in "The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification" since the wording of the section in the Roommate Agreement mentions becoming a robot, not using one to get around while the original body is still in use and intact.

Controversial ClausesEdit

Sheldon states that the Roommate Agreement contains a specific clause that all ties will be settled by him. Leonard affirmed this, but underlined that he didn't sign that clause, while Sheldon argues that while Leonard disagreed, he agreed, and since all ties are settled by Sheldon, the tie clause is made valid. Technically, Leonard is right, as the rule was not in effect while they were arguing over the clause, so it could not apply in that situation. ("S3 Ep22").

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