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Recap / The Big Bang Theory S 2 E 16 The Cushion Saturation

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Leonard and Penny try to hide the fact that they stained Sheldon's spot. Meanwhile, Howard's rivlary with Leslie ends in a surprising way.

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  • Crazy-Prepared: When the Szechwan Palace shut down, Leonard bought hundreds of their take-out boxes in order to keep Sheldon from finding out.
  • Dramatic Sit-Down: Played for Laughs. To make Sheldon forget about what happened to his spot, Leonard tells him that their favorite Chinese take out place closed down weeks ago. Sheldon is so shocked he sits down on his spot anyway, only to later tell Leonard that he still does not like it.
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  • I Love the Smell of X in the Morning: Raj says "I love the smell of paintball in the morning" when preparing to play paintball.
  • Paintball Episode: The episode begins and ends on the paintball field. Both have incidents of "friendly fire", first from Leslie, then from Sheldon.
  • Revenge Before Reason: The final scene has the guys and Leslie bring Penny with them to their next paintball game as a secret weapon. After Leonard finishes explaining the plan, Sheldon shoots Penny as revenge for his cushion, even though she was their only hope of winning. Penny and Leonard then shoot Sheldon for this with Sheldon shooting Leonard back, and their team being reduced by half before the game even starts.
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