The Big Bang Theory: Season 2, Episode 17

The Terminator Decoupling (9 Mar. 2009)

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On a train to San Francisco, Howard, Raj and Leonard fight for the affections of sci-fi star Summer Glau, while Sheldon is forced to turn to Penny for help when he leaves his flash drive behind.



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George Smoot ...
Dr. George Smoot
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Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj are all taking a train trip to San Francisco to attend a symposium, at where the scheduled keynote speaker is Nobel Prize winning physicist Dr. George Smoot. Leonard, Howard and Raj, who all wanted to travel by plane instead, change their mind about taking the train when they see on board the beautiful Summer Glau, who they recognize from her role in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008). Howard and Raj argue about who between the two has the right to hit on her, Raj who would need to take a trip to the bar car first. Meanwhile, Sheldon has forgotten an electronic file at the apartment he deems important for Dr. Smoot. After Leonard talks him out of getting off the train to go back to retrieve it, Sheldon decides on the slightly less abhorrent option of telephoning Penny to email it to him, which would entail Penny entering his (gasp) bedroom. Written by Huggo

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Title reference: Summer Glau, who played a Terminator in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), leaves (metaphorically 'decouples' from) the train on which the boys try to chat her up. See more »


The guys are traveling on the Amtrak Coast Starlight to San Francisco, which is the correct train for that route. However, the train car shown is not like any train car on the Coast Starlight. Also, they talk about going to the Parlour Car for drinks. The Coast Starlight Parlour Car is only available to sleeping car passengers. See more »


[first lines]
Howard Wolowitz: Okay, Raj, hand me the number six Torx screwdriver.
Sheldon Cooper: Stop! We can't do this; it's not right.
Rajesh Koothrappali: Sheldon, you have two choices; either you let him put a bigger hard drive in the TiVo, or you delete stuff before we go out of town.
Sheldon Cooper: But once you open the box, you've voided the warranty. The warranty is a sacred covenant we've entered into with the manufacturer; he offers to stand by his equipment, and we in return agree not to violate the integrity of the internal hardware. This little ...
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #243 Trying to get a break as a song writer I find out where Harry Nilsson lives and bring him a box of reel-to-reel tapes of my original songs. He threatens to kill me if I ever come to his house again. Not funny then, funny now. While working at Marvel Animation I'm told I don't have what it takes to write for the Muppet Babies. Sadly, it's true. Not funny then, funny now. Write French Kissin' in the USA which is covered by Debbie Harry and released as the first single for her debut solo album. It effectively ends her solo career. Not funny then, funny now. Co-write theme song for new animated series called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The show is a massive international success. The music publisher tells my partner and I that we will not be paid music royalties for the millions of video games and video cassettes being sold. The reason we are given is that they'd rather not pay us. Not funny then, still not funny. See more »


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The Terminator Decoupling was another funny episode of "The Big Bang Theory"
17 September 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is another episode of "The Big Bang Theory" from the second season I'm now watching to catch up before the third season premiere comes next Monday. In this one, Leonard, Sheldon, Raj, and Howard, on their way to San Francisco to attend a conference for a Dr. George Smoot, find out Summer Glau, star of Fox's now cancelled "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles", is on the same train with them. Raj, who's usually mute around women when sober, gets a drink which makes him the first one to approach Ms. Glau to Howard's consternation. Meanwhile, Sheldon calls Penny and asks her to e-mail his paper so he can show Dr. Smoot his own theory. Not as funny as the last two I watched, this was still a very good episode especially with the rivalry between Howard and Raj concerning Ms. Glau. Oh, and when Penny mentioned playing Anne Frank in her upcoming play, I flashed back briefly to when Kaley Cuoco was on the post-John Ritter "8 Simple Rules" and we actually saw her character channeling her late dad in taking said role in an episode. She was actually pretty good in her brief scene as Ms. Frank. Okay, it's late but tomorrow, I'll have another comment on another episode of "The Big Bang Theory" I previously missed. Until then...

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