The Big Bang Theory: Season 1, Episode 9

The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization (17 Mar. 2008)

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Leonard and Sheldon's friendship is put to the test when Leonard wants to present a paper they co-authored at a physics convention, but Sheldon doesn't.



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Leonard finds a letter in the trash can, the letter an invitation for him and Sheldon to speak at an upcoming conference on the topic of their latest joint research findings. Sheldon threw the letter out since he didn't want to do it. This brings to the forefront several issues. Has Sheldon thrown out any other important letters to Leonard? Who has the right to their joint intellectual property, especially if Leonard wants to present? Whose idea was the research to begin with? In Penny's eyes, does Leonard own anything appropriate to wear to the conference? Can Leonard and Sheldon come to a compromise so that they will speak to each other and be friends again? Written by Huggo

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Leonard confesses that his last growth spurt was in the 8th grade. See more »


When Penny and Sheldon get their mail from the postboxes, Sheldon opens the top left one while Penny opens the top right one on a row of four postboxes. With them living in apartments 4A and 4B their postboxes should be right next to each other, not two postboxes apart. This was corrected in later episodes where Penny's postbox has moved two spaces to the left to be next to Leonard and Sheldon's postbox. See more »


Sheldon Cooper: You know, in the future, when we're disembodied brains in jars, we're going to look back on this as eight hours well wasted.
Raj Koothrappali: I don't want to be in a jar. I want my brain in an android body... eight feet tall and ripped.
Howard Wolowitz: I'm with you. I just have to make sure if I'm a synthetic human, I'd still be Jewish. I promised my mother.
Raj Koothrappali: I suppose you could have your android penis circumcised... but that's something your rabbi will have to discuss with the manufacturer.
Sheldon Cooper: Not to mention, you'd have to power ...
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #196 my soul's journey To let go of the fear and anger which imprisons my heart, To relinquish all childish expectations and live joyfully in the world as it is -- not as I wish or imagine it to be, To be free of the always craven and ever-craving ego, To be released from the endless hungers of the body, To see God in others, To see God in everything, To die without death and merge my consciousness into the cosmic sea of bliss from which I came, To crank out two sitcoms a week that can compete with a deaf chick dancing her ass off... This is my soul's journey. See more »


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The Coopeer-Hofstadter Polarization is a hilarious comeback for "The Big Bang Theory"
31 March 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

While Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, and Raj are being awestruck at the way they've used the internet to communicate with the world in order to turn on the lamp, stereo, and other electrical appliances, Leonard discovers a letter inviting him and Sheldon to share their scientific knowledge to an audience of fellow colleagues. Sheldon threw it away because he doesn't feel the need to share while Leonard decides to go and has Penny help with the wardrobe. Penny tries to patch things up with the two former buddies but inadvertently makes things worse. So with her, Howard, and Raj in the audience, Leonard presents his theories to a crowd of 25 before Sheldon reveals himself among them as they get into a knock-down fight in front of everyone. Suffice it to say, Howard sent his cell-phone version to YouTube which also accepted his same-place filming of him and a sleepy Penny with the caption of "his girlfriend". We find out later that a couple of nerds in China have seen this and are also awestruck at their lamps turning on and off at will...With the strike finally over (congrats to the writers for getting much of what they deserve), CBS presented an all-new Monday comedy lineup starting with this one in the middle of March. With this episode, "The Big Bang Theory" comes back funnier than ever! Loved the references to Scanners whenever Sheldon tries to "blow" up Leonard's head. There's also a running joke told by Leonard that only Penny doesn't get. And how about those clothes Penny tries to discard or the model city of Kandor she discovers. All I can say is, bravo to CBS for renewing this very entertaining show for a second season. Oh, and loved Chuck Lorre's reference to producing two shows competing with a "deaf diva dancing her (behind) off" on his vanity card at the close!

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