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Recap / The Big Bang Theory S 2 E 18 The Work Song Nanocluster

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Plot

Penny tries to start a home business. Unfortunately, things get out of control when Sheldon takes over.

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  • Analogy Backfire:
    Sheldon: That is not the American Spirit. Did Davy Crocket quit at the Alamo? Did Jim Bowie?
    Howard: They didn't give up, they were massacred! By like a gazillion angry Mexicans!
  • Book-Ends: The episode begins and ends with the guys playing Secret Agent Laser games.
  • Bottle Episode: Only the main characters are present and the action takes place entirely in the main apartment sets.
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  • Calvinball: The episode begins with the guys playing "Secret Agent Laser Obstacle Chess". Howard suggests a strip variant. In The Stinger, they play Secret Agent Laser Obstacle Lunch, which Leonard admits is just stupid.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Leonard installs a 1-day rush option for Penny's business without even consulting Penny on whether she can handle business at such a fast pace or not. An order for 1000 blossoms from the East Rutherford New Jersey, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alliance is placed for a 1-day rush, forcing the main cast to exhaust themselves into intense labor.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Sheldon is against drinking coffee, as he considers it a drug. After drinking a few cups, he's acting like The Flash.
    Sheldon: I'll be back before this banana hits the ground.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure:
    Sheldon: Penny, I am a physicist. I have a working knowledge of the entire universe and everything it contains.
    Penny: Who's Radiohead?
    Sheldon: [after an awkward pause] I have a working knowledge of the important things in the universe.
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  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Just as the group finish one thousand Penny Blossoms, another order for 1000 blossoms from the East Rutherford New Jersey, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alliance was placed for a 1-day rush. At that point, Leonard, Howard and Raj all abandon ship.
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