The Big Bang Theory: Season 2, Episode 21

The Vegas Renormalization (27 Apr. 2009)

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After being dumped by Leslie, Howard heads to Las Vegas with Leonard and Raj. Meanwhile, Penny is forced to take in Sheldon after he locks himself out of his apartment.



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Although he outwardly considered their relationship "friends with benefits" and as such had no emotional connotation, Howard is feeling dejected after he is dumped by Leslie Winkle. Thinking he needs to do something fun to get over Leslie, Leonard and Raj decide to drag Howard to Las Vegas for a weekend getaway. Once there, Leonard and Raj learn that it will take more than just fun they can conjure up to get Howard out of his depression. They resort to professional help. Meanwhile, Sheldon is expecting to have a peaceful weekend alone in the apartment. Having locked himself out and with no superintendent to let him in, Sheldon is forced to stay the weekend with a less than happy Penny. Written by Huggo

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Howard's tryst with the hooker would later be referenced by Raj (in his drunken toast to Howard) during his bachelor party. See more »


When Leonard and Raj are in the Vegas bathroom, Raj marvels about the bottles of lotion, shampoo, etc. lined up on the sink. He picks one up, but the next shot from the side shows all 4 bottles still standing on the sink. See more »


Sheldon Cooper: You know, I'm given to understand that there is an entire city in Nevada designed specifically to help people like Howard forget their problems. They replace them with new problems, such as alcoholism, gambling addiction, and sexually-transmitted diseases.
Rajesh Koothrappali: Is it me, or was that Sheldon's way of saying "Vegas, baby!"?
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #249 More and more, it seems like people are yelling at me. This is especially noticeable on local and cable news, TV and radio ads, morning, afternoon and late night talk shows, religious channels, entertainment tabloid shows, and, NPR aside, radio. It's almost as if all the news anchors, reporters, product pitchmen, talk show hosts, politicians, sportscasters, DJ's and preachers have forgotten how good modern microphones are. Regardless, the purpose of vanity cards is not just to point out the problem, it's also to propose the solution. And here's one: The Whisper Channel. A cable news channel where everyone, including advertisers, speaks in gentle, dulcet tones. Our marketing tag line will be one word, "shhh." Instead of grinning, shouting, overly-coiffed failed actors, our news anchors will be regular folks with beautiful speaking voices who, just to be on the safe side, have been heavily sedated. Think of it. You've had a brutal day at work. Traffic on the way home was a righteous bitch. You crawl into your home which is worth far less than you paid for it, and, because you want to stay informed, you turn on The Whisper Channel where a pleasant-looking woman with real hair, real nose, real wrinkles, real breasts and teeth the color of teeth, soothingly tells you about the latest terrorist attack, stock market fiasco, school shooting and, just to keep it interesting, emergency recall of the anti-anxiety meds you've been taking because they might cause impotence, blindness and insanity. But because of the way she says it, you are hunky dory. ALTERNATE MARKETING TAG LINE: the whisper channel... where human civilization sliding into the abyss is nothing to shout about. See more »


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The Vegas Renormalization is another great episode of "The Big Bang Theory"
18 September 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is another episode of "The Big Bang Theory" from last season I previously missed when it first aired that I'm now catching up with to prepare for the season premiere next Monday. Howard gets a call from Leslie and it makes him very depressed: She dumps him. And it's during "20 Questions" where Raj guesses Leonard's clues about C3PO when he mentions Sheldon's resemblance which makes the person in question blanch though he's partly flattered. He also mentions a place in Nevada where a new set of problems like "alcoholism, sexual diseases, and gambling addiction" would result. And just like that, Raj, Leonard, and Howard agree to "Vegas, baby!" (though Howard will tell his live-in mother "Sea World, baby!") With Sheldon by himself, he gets food that make his other friends uncomfortable and he is unusually cheery to Penny. That is, until Sheldon discovers he's without a key and so is Penny with the emergency one. Guess what happens? Meanwhile, Raj thinks he's getting lucky with a woman who approaches him until Leonard breaks his bubble with what her profession is. They later think she'd be perfect for Howard who's going on Leslie's Facebook page to exclaim HE dumped her...Another hilarious episode of "The Big Bang Theory" with Howard once again getting empathy whenever showing his vulnerabilities. And as always, it's always a treat to see Sheldon and Penny causing friction on each other though occasionally they do show some respect. I'll be back with another episode to review...

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