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Recap / The Big Bang Theory S 1 E 9 The Cooper Hofstadter Polarization

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Plot

Sheldon and Leonard are invited to present a science paper. Sheldon forbids Leonard, who decides to go ahead and present the paper anyway.

Tropes

  • All Men Are Perverts: The Cold Open is the guys with RC cars with cameras being controlled via internet by users from around the world. When Penny comes in wearing a very short skirt, the cars all congregate around her, to her horror.
  • Cos Play: Penny finds Leonard's "flight suit."
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  • Height Angst: Leonard's last growth spurt was in the eighth grade.
  • Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Howard uploads a video of Sheldon and Leonard fighting as "Physicists Gone Wild".
  • Logging onto the Fourth Wall: The "Physicists Gone Wild" video was actually posted on YouTube under a Wolowizard username. It has since been taken down, but it was mirrored.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The guys relaying a signal around the world through the internet just to turn on their stereo. Penny suggests they just buy a universal remote.
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Sheldon whenever he tries to make people's heads explode.
  • Running Gag: Sheldon's "mind explosion" attempts (a la Scanners). Also his fake-laugh when someone tells a joke he doesn't get.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To 2001: A Space Odyssey : The guys play Also sprach Zarathustra on the stereo as they act like apes.
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    • Penny asks Sheldon "How do you feel?", and he responds "I do not understand the question." This references a similar exchange in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home between a computer and Spock.
    • Sheldon's attempts at blowing people's heads with his mind is from Scanners.
  • Your Head Asplode: Attempted by Sheldon numerous times.
    Leonard: You cannot blow up my head with my mind.
    Sheldon: Then I'll settle for an aneurysm.
  • Your Mom: Invoked. When Sheldon insults Leonard, Raj says the only thing missing is "Yo momma."

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