The Big Bang Theory: Season 1, Episode 14

The Nerdvana Annihilation (28 Apr. 2008)

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Penny gets mad at Leonard because the guys' new "time machine" causes her to miss work. Leonard is so devastated that he vows to give up all of his nerd memorabilia.

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Leonard buys a replica time machine online. As the boys move it into the apartment they accidentally make Penny late for work causing her to lash out at Leonard for his nerdy ways. Upset, Leonard decides to get rid of all his 'nerdmabelia' and the guys try to convince him not to. Written by Anonymous

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The date on the time machine during Sheldon's (first) dream is April 28, the same date that this episode first aired. See more »

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When they discuss going back to the date that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, March 10, 1876, Howard says that Bell's wife would greet him. But Bell did not marry Mable Hubbard until July 11, 1877. See more »

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Sheldon Cooper: Well, this sandwich is an unmitigated disaster. I asked for turkey and roast beef with lettuce and Swiss cheese on whole wheat.
Raj Koothrappali: What did they give you?
Sheldon Cooper: Turkey and roast beef with Swiss cheese and lettuce on whole wheat.
[Raj and Wolowitz just look at Sheldon, dumbfounded]
Sheldon Cooper: It's the right ingredients, but in the wrong order. In a proper sandwich, the cheese is adjacent to the bread to create a moisture barrier against the lettuce. They might as well have dragged this thing through a ...
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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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The Nerdmabelia Scattering is another funny episode of "The Big Bang Theory"
30 April 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Leonard has bid $800 on a "minature" time machine prop from the actual movie The Time Machine from 1960. With Sheldon, Howard, and Raj watching along, they all expect someone to bid higher from there. But with only 15 seconds left on the computer, no one has making Leonard the only bidder and winner of the item. Sheldon wonders out loud why no one bid more. When the giant prop appears in the lobby, he understands. As they struggle to move it downstairs, Penny walks by and is upset because she's late for work. Sheldon suggests jumping roof to roof which Penny takes seriously though she has her doubts. Leonard sits down in his machine and pretends to go to a "Star Trek" star date to get a cloaking device to visit Alexander Graham Bell's date of inventing the telephone inconspicuously. As he's doing this, the others dance around like they're in speeded-film mode! Penny then arrives-looking messed up-and complains about being stuck with a family who tries to pass their son as a potential husband. She then looks at the time machine and tells them to grow up. Only Leonard, who's long had a crush on Penny, considers just that as he offers to sell many of his collectibles to the comic book shop to the consternation of his three friends who all bid on his items especially the recent time machine. When he next encounters her, Penny actually thinks Leonard is pretty charming with his items though she's glad he's attempting to be more "normal" too. As she plants a small kiss on him, Leonard seems to think he has a chance with her before a muscled man arrives to pick Penny for a date. As she accepts, the others go back to playing with the time machine...Not as funny as previous ones but there are some highlights that still make "The Big Bang Theory" one of the more unusual sitcoms on television today. I loved the dream sequences like Leonard's taking Penny to work by opening the broken elevator and going down the pulley carrying her or Sheldon's nightmare of encountering Moorlocks while taking his turn on the time machine. Twice! Howard and Raj provide their own moments and, yes, that dance they did with Sheldon was deliriously funny! Once again, you rock, Chuck Lorre!


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