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The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization 

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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The swelling music Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj are pantomiming to when Penny walks in, commonly referred to as the "Theme from '2001: A Space Odyssey,'" is the introduction to the 1896 tone poem "Thus Spoke Zarathustra," by Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949), inspired by the novel of the same name by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900). The introduction is also known as "Hymn to the Sun," from the beginning of "Zarathustra's Prologue." See more »

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While the video was on YouTube Penny's voice was never heard asking if this always happens. See more »

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Leonard Hofstadter: What is this letter doing in the trash?
Sheldon Cooper: Well, it may be that a trashcan spontaneously formed around the letter, but Occam's Razor suggests that someone threw it away.
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In the opening scroll of the time line when it gets to 91,000 there is a mistake the dates read 93,000BC 92,000BC 91,0009C 90,000BC for some reason 91,000 is a 9c not a BC. See more »

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References The Greatest American Hero (1981) See more »

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Also Sprach Zarathustra
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By Richard Strauss
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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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