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Recap / The Big Bang Theory S 4 E 12 The Bus Pants Utilization

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The Bus Pants Utilization is the 12th episode of the 4th season of The Big Bang Theory.

Leonard gets an idea for an app and invites the guys to work on it with him, but when Sheldon tries to take control of the project himself he is quickly kicked off the team.


  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When Sheldon and Leonard argue in the apartment after Leonard stops Sheldon from sabotaging his project, Sheldon tries to act tough by telling Leonard not to beat around the bush and just tell him to leave if he wants him gone. A Smash Cut immediately after he says this shows him outside the apartment with the door slamming shut behind him.
    Sheldon: Could have beaten around the bush a little.
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  • Blatant Lies: Sheldon tries to get the app named after him twice. First he suggests the long name "The Surprisingly Helpful Equation-Linked Differential Optimized Numerator", which spells out S.H.E.L.D.O.N, and then suggests a "secret code" for the project and suggests "Project Nodlehs", which is just "Sheldon" spelled backwards. Both of these names are immediately seen through and he just smugly says it is a "happy accident". To his disappointment, both names are rejected.
  • Condescending Compassion: Sheldon does this to Leonard in the opening scene when he is impressed by Leonard's app idea.
    Sheldon: You know, Leonard, that’s actually a valid idea. Very good.
    Leonard: Can you say that and not make it sound like I’m a cat who learned how to use the toilet?
    Sheldon: (beat) No. The two achievements are equally surprising and equally admirable, though if pressed, I’d have to give a slight edge to the cat.
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  • Laser-Guided Karma: Sheldon is kicked off the team for his annoying attitude and Leonard refuses any of his suggestions or improvements when he passes himself off as an "independent agent". When he tries to sabotage Leonard he is simply kicked out of the apartment. The ending scene shows he was kicked off the team again shortly after being brought back and is forced to work with Penny on her own app idea, which he just finds boring.
  • The Mole: Sheldon accuses Penny of being this, believing that since she has no skills capable of letting her survive on her own she has integrated herself into their group to steal an idea of theirs and pass it off as her own, so he refused to let Leonard discuss the app idea in-front of her. Defied, since Penny doesn't care at all about their app, finding it "boring". When Sheldon asks what other reason she has for wanting to hangout with them she just reveals to mooch free food from them before leaving. Although this makes her a freeloader, it doesn't make her a mole like Sheldon accuses her.
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  • No, Except Yes: After Penny shares her own app idea with Sheldon, he gives an annoyed "that's your app idea?" to her. When Penny asks he doesn't like it, Sheldon says "I didn't say that. But no, I don't."
  • Sarcasm-Blind: When Sheldon refuses to apologize to Leonard for his behavior, Penny tricks him into apologizing by telling him to do it "sarcastically" as a way of practicing his sarcasm. Sheldon thinks this means he is getting better at being sarcastic when really he was just lying.
  • The Starscream: Sheldon immediately tries to take control of the project himself, even though it was Leonard's idea. When Leonard asserts that he is in charge and not Sheldon, Sheldon begins insulting every choice he makes, tries to get the app named after himself, and tries to vote Leonard out when he won't give in to his demands. He later tries to persuade Raj and Howard to join his own team after Leonard fires him, and when they refuse he tries to sabotage them to prevent them from working at all.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: Penny tries to cheer up Sheldon by inviting him to her apartment for a drink. Sheldon does not thank her at all and is just his usual annoying self, saying it is appropriate for his situation ("a disappointing drink for a disappointing day"). Penny almost immediately regrets her decision and begs Leonard and the others to take Sheldon back just so he will go away.

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