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Recap / The Big Bang Theory S 1 E 10 The Loobenfeld Decay

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Penny gets the chance to perform in a workshop version of RENT. When the guys hear her sing, they decline her invitation.


  • Low Count Gag: Penny's replacing a girl in a workshop production of RENT. It's a one night showcase, but they invite a lot of casting people and agents, so she hopes for a big break. She's not a good singer though, and there is a low count joke about the audience.
    Leonard: Why don’t you tell me about your showcase last night?
    Penny: Oh, it was okay I guess, wasn’t a big turn out but they both really seemed to like it.
    Leonard: There were only two people there?
    Penny: By the end. Yeah.
  • Relatively Flimsy Excuse: Sheldon invents a drug-addicted cousin.
  • Rule of Three: Leonard utters "I don't know what to say" three times when his lie of going to a symposium is eventually railroaded onto Sheldon's lie of visiting his cousin Leopold on Long Beach.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Leonard successfully avoids seeing (and hearing) Penny in RENT but he ends up watching Penny's performance anyway because someone recorded it on the night.
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  • Shout-Out : To Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The guys discuss why the robots would create a hot 17 year old Terminator.


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