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The Big Bang Theory: The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization

Leonard and Sheldon's research paper is accepted for publication and Leonard wants to present it at a conference. Unfortunately, Sheldon wants no part of the presentation.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: 3T6608
Airdate: Monday March 17th, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Apr 09, 2008
NL (Veronica) Apr 27, 2009

Guest Stars
Talbott LinTalbott Lin
As Chinese Leonard
Howard ChanHoward Chan
As Chinese Sheldon
Main Cast
Johnny GaleckiJohnny Galecki
As Leonard Leakey Hofstadter
Jim ParsonsJim Parsons
As Sheldon Lee Cooper
Kaley CuocoKaley Cuoco
As Penny
Simon HelbergSimon Helberg
As Howard Joel Wolowitz
Kunal NayyarKunal Nayyar
As Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali
Episode Notes
Rating: 9.11 million

This episode reveals that Howard has a Facebook page.

The title ("The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization") refers to the arguments between Leonard and Sheldon throughout the episode.

Leonard reveals that his last growth spurt was in the 8th grade.

We learn that Howard's internet user name is Wolowizard.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Richard StraussAlso sprach ZarathustraStart of episode

Episode Quotes
Howard: Gentlemen, I am about to send a signal from this laptop through our local ISP, racing down fiber-optic cable at the speed of light to San Francisco, bouncing off a satellite in geosynchronous orbit to Lisbon, Portugal, where the data packets will be handed off to submerged transatlantic cables, terminating in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and transferred across the continent via microwave relays back to our ISP and the external receiver attached to this... (works successfully) lamp!

Sheldon: Leonard, don't take this the wrong way, but the day you win a Nobel Prize is the day I begin my research on the drag coefficient of tassels on flying carpets.

Leonard: (wanting to go to a science meeting) Sheldon, we have to do this.
Sheldon: (not wanting to go to a science meeting) No, we don't. We have to take in nourishment, expel waste and inhale enough oxygen to keep our cells from dying. Everything else is optional.

(Changing clothes in front of Penny while she is turning her body another way.)
Penny: Don't worry, I won't look.
Leonard: I know you won't. Why would you look? There's nothing to see. Not noth...
Penny: Sweetie, put the pants on!!

Episode Goofs
Howard takes a photo of Penny who has fallen asleep on him at Leonard's presentation. However, on the phone he uses, a Nokia N95, the camera is on the back but Howard faces the front towards him while taking the photo.

When Penny and Sheldon are walking up the stairs, Sheldon stops a short moment, but long enough for Penny to reach the next set of stairs. However, when the camera angle changes, Sheldon is next to Penny again and they are both walking up the next set of stairs at the same time.

The video Howard plays on YouTube is different from what actually happened, and not just the angle, but several minor differences that can easily be detected if you watch closely.

Cultural References
Penny: Get one of those universal remotes at RadioShack.

RadioShack Corporation (previously Tandy Corporation) is a chain of electronic retail stores in the US and in parts of North America, Europe, South America and Africa. As of 2008, the company had 4.653 company-owned stores, 688 kiosks, 8 service centers, 1.408 dealer outlets and 37500 employees, and counting.

Sheldon: ...but Occam's razor would suggest that someone threw it out.

Though there is no long explanation of this, Occam's razor is a principle in which "the simplest explanation or strategy tends to be the best one".

Leonard: Did UPS drop off a Nobel Prize with my name on it?

The Nobel Prize is a Sweden-based international monetary prize established in 1895 by Swedish chemist and inventor Alfred Nobel. The Nobel Prizes are separated into categories, such as physics, chemistry, physiology, medicine, literature etc., and the awards are widely considered one of the most prestigious awards anyone can receive.

Leonard: You know, like in the classic sci-fi movie Scanners?

Scanners is a 1981 sci-fi/horror movie both written and directed by David Cronenberg. The film centers on a fictional corporation that attempts to use normal people for their own purposes by telepathically and telekinetically either killing them or making them do their work.

(Penny is holding a bottle with a miniature city in it.)
Leonard: That's the Bottle City of Kandor.

Leonard explains this himself like this: Kandor was the capital city of the planet Krypton. It was miniaturized by Brainic before Krypton exploded and then rescued by Superman.

Leonard: That's my original series Battlestar Galactica flight suit.

Battlestar Galactica is a franchise of sci-fi TV shows and movies. The franchise started in 1978 with a TV show and has had many sequels afterwards, such as another TV show, book adaptions, original novels, comic books and video games. Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Rajesh are big fans of this franchise and "Battlestar Galactica" is talked about throughout this show.

Visual: Howard plays a video on YouTube.

YouTube is a video sharing website where registered users can upload their homemade videos, view other videos, rate, comment and subscribe. The company was founded February 2005, but it was bought by Google for $1.65 billion in November 2006.

Sheldon: Look at my arms waving. I'm like a flamingo on Ritalin.

Ritalin (preferred name is "Methylphenidate") is a psychostimulant drug approved for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and narcolepsy. If you need more info, please read more on the Wikipedia article.

Penny: Howard, would you like to explain to me why your Facebook page...

Facebook is a global social website that's target is for people to meet through the same interests, activities, culture etc. online. Users can add friends (and send them messages both privately and through "Wall comments" that are visible to all the friends of each person combined.) in addition to playing games, becoming a fan of "pages", participate in games etc.

Episode References
When Penny is holding up Leonard's "Battlestar Galactica" flight suit, she asks why he didn't wear it to Halloween. This is a reference to an earlier episode, in which the guys attended Penny's Halloween party. Instead of the BG suit, Leonard dressed up in a ridiculous Frodo Baggins (from Lord of the Rings) costume.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady
Executive ProducerChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady  |  Lee Aronsohn
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Goetsch  |  Robert Cohen (1)
ProducerSteven Molaro  |  Faye Oshima Belyeu
Co-ProducerMary T. Quigley  |  Peter Chakos
Consulting ProducerJennifer Glickman  |  Stephen Engel
Associate ProducerKristy Cecil
Production DesignerJohn Shaffner
EditorPeter Chakos
CastingNikki Valko  |  Ken Miller (2)
Unit Production ManagerKelly Lee
First Assistant DirectorChris Klausen  |  Anthony Rich
Second Assistant DirectorBill Ghaffary  |  Chris Klausen
Costume DesignerMary T. Quigley
HairstylistFaye Woods
Set DecoratorAnn Shea (2)
Property MasterScott L. London
Production Sound MixerBruce Peters
Production CoordinatorRobinson Green
Re-Recording MixerCharlie McDaniel, III  |  Bob La Masney
Director of PhotographySteven V. Silver
Post Production CoordinatorRyan Berdan
Executive ConsultantMark Roberts (2)  |  Eddie Gorodetsky  |  Don Foster
Associate DirectorHoward Murray
Casting AssociatePeter Pappas
Makeup ArtistPeggy Nichols
Theme Song Written And Performed ByBarenaked Ladies
Science ConsultantDavid Saltzberg Ph.D.
Post Production ServicesTechnicolor
Sound Services ByWarner Bros. Post Production Services
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