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"The Big Bang Theory" The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis (2008)

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Original Air Date:
15 December 2008 (Season 2, Episode 11)
Leonard is disappointed when Penny develops an interest in an attractive physicist at the university. Meanwhile, Sheldon struggles to find an appropriate Christmas gift for Penny. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis is a most hilarious holiday episode of "The Big Bang Theory" See more (1 total) »


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Episode Crew
Directed by
Mark Cendrowski 
Writing credits
Chuck Lorre (created by) &
Bill Prady (created by)

Stephen Engel (teleplay) &
Eric Kaplan (teleplay)

Bill Prady (story) &
Richard Rosenstock (story)

Produced by
Lee Aronsohn .... executive producer
Kristy Cecil .... associate producer
Peter Chakos .... producer
Tim Doyle .... consulting producer
Stephen Engel .... consulting producer
Mona Garcea .... coordinating producer
David Goetsch .... co-executive producer (as Dave Goetsch)
Eric Kaplan .... co-executive producer
Chuck Lorre .... executive producer
Steven Molaro .... supervising producer
Faye Oshima Belyeu .... producer
Bill Prady .... executive producer
Mary T. Quigley .... co-producer
Richard Rosenstock .... consulting producer
Cinematography by
Steven V. Silver (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Chakos 
Casting by
Ken Miller (casting by)
Nikki Valko (casting by)
Production Design by
John Shaffner 
Set Decoration by
Ann Shea 
Costume Design by
Mary T. Quigley 
Makeup Department
Peggy Nichols .... make-up artist
Faye Woods .... hair stylist
Production Management
Kelly Lee .... unit production manager (as Kelly-Anne Lee)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Klausen .... second assistant director
Howard Murray .... associate director
Anthony Joseph Rich .... first assistant director (as Anthony Rich)
Art Department
Scott L. London .... property master
Francoise Cherry-Cohen .... set designer (uncredited)
Sam Huston .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Bryan Rogers .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bob La Masney .... sound re-recording mixer
Charlie McDaniel .... re-recording mixer
Bruce Peters .... production sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
John O'Brien .... video controller (uncredited)
Casting Department
Adam Hochfeld .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Heath .... key costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ryan Berdan .... post production coordinator (uncredited)
Tony D'Amore .... final colorist (uncredited)
Todd Morris .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Barenaked Ladies .... theme written and performed by
Gregory Sweeney .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Don Foster .... executive consultant
Brian George .... production coordinator
Eddie Gorodetsky .... executive consultant
Mark Roberts .... executive consultant
David Saltzberg .... science consultant (as David Saltzberg Ph.D.)
Russell Eida .... assistant: lee aronsohn (uncredited)
Justin Hetzel .... production assistant (uncredited)
Susan Kesser .... publicist (uncredited)
Lisa Maniker .... product placement (uncredited)
Bethany Phillips .... assistant: executive producer (uncredited)
Anthony S. Robinson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jennifer Shaklan .... writers assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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21 min
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The napkin really is signed by Leonard Nimoy. A photograph exists of Jim Parsons holding it up.See more »
[first lines]
Sheldon Cooper:Your argument is lacking in all scientific merit. Now, it is well established Superman cleans his by flying into Earth's yellow sun, which incinerates any contaminant matter and leaves the invulnerable kryptonian fabric unharmed and daisy-fresh.
Howard Wolowitz:What if he gets something kryptonian on it?
Sheldon Cooper:Like what?
Howard Wolowitz:I don't know. Kryptonian mustard.
Sheldon Cooper:I think we can safely assume all Kryptonian condiments were destroyed when the planet Krypton exploded.
Raj Koothrappali:Or it turned into mustard kryptonite, the only way to destroy a rogue kryponian hot dog threatening Earth.
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23 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis is a most hilarious holiday episode of "The Big Bang Theory", 22 December 2008
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

As the geeks discuss Superman and his Krypton sweat, scientist David Underhill arrives and asks Leonard to be his lab partner. Leonard is more than enthused. Penny arrives to give Leonard and Sheldon gifts so Sheldon feels he has to reciprocate. Penny also takes a shine to David and vice versa. It doesn't turn out well for her...Hilarious from beginning to end, "The Big Bang Theory" is on fire this season both in terms of quality and audience ratings. And there's a very funny yet touching bit involving Sheldon, Penny, and a napkin of Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock himself, at the end (though, regretfully, he doesn't appear). Having missed much of this season's episodes because of Hurricane Gustav and the renovations that entailed, I felt I had to watch this one to find out how things were going. I'm very glad I did. So all I want to say at this point is Merry Christmas to the cast and crew of "The Big Bang Theory" and hope the new year brings even more fans to this wonderful sitcom courtesy of the 20th smartest person in television according to the magazine "Entertainment Weekly": Chuck Lorre.

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