The Big Bang Theory: Season 2, Episode 16

The Cushion Saturation (2 May 2009)

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Leonard and Sheldon try to help out Penny when she can't afford to pay her rent.



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During one of the more quiet moments of a paint-ball tournament where Leslie and Howard are alone in hiding waiting to be killed, they decide to make their final moment memorable by making out. This act is the beginning of a relationship of sorts between the two. Howard finds that one of the perks of being in a relationship with Leslie is that she has access to things at work that others don't, these things which she is willing to share with Howard, all at a time when the department budgets are being slashed around them. Howard learns that a relationship with Leslie has its gives and takes. Meanwhile, Penny accidentally shoot a paint-ball on Leonard and Sheldon's couch exactly on the spot where Sheldon sits. Will Sheldon notice that Penny has flipped the cushion over, and if he does, what will the collective do about fixing Sheldon's sitting spot both in the short term and the long term? Written by Huggo

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The fantasy-themed board game that Sheldon, Howard and Rajesh are playing is "Talisman" (4th edition). When Leonard asks they guys what they are doing, Rajesh says that they are on a quest to the Valley of Fire to acquire the Sacred Crown. The goal of the real board game is to reach the center area, called the Valley of Fire, and to acquire the Crown of Command. The "Talisman" game can be seen in numerous episodes of the series. See more »


In the opening scene of this episode we see Leslie enter the shed holding a paintball gun as a paintball battle is going on outside. She then explains that her teammates were killed by her friendly fire. However her paintball gun has no Hopper to hold ammo or tank of air attached for firing the ammo. It would be impossible to play paintball with no ammo or tank. See more »


[first lines]
Howard Wolowitz: That was close.
Rajesh Koothrappali: God, I love the smell of paintballs in the morning.
Howard Wolowitz: Yeah, still funny, Raj.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #242 A NOTE TO MY COLLEAGUES After writing and producing TV for twenty years, I have developed a survival mechanism I like to call "show biz peripheral vision." What this means is that I can set my attention on the work at hand and still be able to see what's going on around me. The huddled confabs, the whispered asides, the sideways glances, the roll of the eyes, the smirks of disdain, the sulking pouts, the exhalations of disgust, the looks of admiration (few and far between), and the endless variations of body language that reveal impatience, rejection, jealousy, and simple disbelief that I'm in charge and you're not. I see it all. And I don't comment. I just make note of it. Occasionally I will respond in a roundabout fashion that might make you think I'm clairvoyant. I am not. I am simply watching. Just thought you might like to know. See more »


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The Cushion Saturation was another funny episode of "The Big Bang Theory"
22 March 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this episode, Leonard fixes Penny's laptop so she gets to buy lots of shoes, Sheldon gets upset when he finds out Penny accidentally used the paint-ball gun on his favorite spot on the couch, and Howard gets many favorable grants from Leslie after they start to get intimate...As usual, there were plenty of hilarious stuff here with my favorites being the exchanges between Howard and Leslie while they're in bed shouting to Howard's never-seen-always-heard mother. I especially loved hearing the mom asking if Leslie's Jewish and that mom's reaction when Howard lies saying, "Yes!" And then there's Sheldon's uncomfortable positions when he tries to make do without his cushion which is out at Penny's dry cleaner store. And one can't get enough of anyone saying "Here we go" whenever Sheldon goes off on one of his tangents...

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