The Big Bang Theory: Season 1, Episode 14

The Nerdvana Annihilation (28 Apr. 2008)

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Penny gets mad at the guys when their full scale model of a time machine causes her to miss work, which prompts Leonard 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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Raj said he will match the offer for Leonard's collectibles plus a 1000 Rupees and Sheldon asked "What's the exchange rate?". Raj replied "None of your business". 1000 Indian Rupees is approximately 22 USD. See more »

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Sheldon states that in The Time Machine the human race has split into two "factions". It had actually split into two species. 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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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #206 I think we can all agree that the cliché, "no pain, no gain," is a fundamental truth. When we experience physical pain in the gym, we gain muscles and stamina. When we endure hardship and sacrifice in order to succeed, we gain a feeling of satisfaction and achievement, not to mention financial rewards. When we truly embrace emotional pain, we gain compassion for the suffering of others, an appreciation for the fleeting nature of things, as well as wisdom and spiritual humility. Every act of birth is an act of pain. Our very lives are sustained by the suffering and death of plants and animals, who in turn are sustained by other organisms having a very bad day. That being said, I think we can also agree that this system sucks and needs to be seriously re-jiggered. Now I'm not saying I have a better approach than this pain/gain thing that's been in place for millions of years -- but that doesn't mean we couldn't start tossing around some ideas. For instance, why couldn't an infrastructure for life be developed around the theme, "no dream, no gain?" Sounds like heaven, right? Or is dreaming too easy? Would life quickly become complacent and cease to gain? But then, is gain really that critical? Or is gain the whole point? Is the fact that life exists at all proof that God or the universe hates complacency? It certainly explains why aboriginal people are constantly being murdered for the sake of "progress." It even explains why HBO went down the toilet. 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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