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The Barbarian Sublimation 

Sheldon introduces Penny to online gaming, however she refuses to quit after becoming addicted.

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Penny is having an emotional meltdown about her stay in southern California. She hasn't had an acting job in two years, she hasn't had a raise at the restaurant during that time, and she hasn't had sex in six months. In her frustration, she accidentally swallowed a fly and got her car key stuck in her apartment door lock. Not being able to get into her apartment until the locksmith shows up, she waits with Sheldon in his apartment, where he is playing Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (2008) on-line. Sheldon lets her try the game, and she enjoys it so much, she gets hooked. He's created an on-line video gaming monster, she who is playing 24/7 and who looks to Sheldon - 24/7 - for advice on every move. As the guys and Leslie postulate what is the underlying cause for Penny's addiction, they come to a conclusion of what Penny needs to get her out of this funk, and the guys do whatever they can to help her get it. Written by Huggo

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6 October 2008 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Non-Newtonian fluids (like equal parts cornstarch and water) do behave in that unusual way on a bass speaker (though do protect your speaker with something like plastic wrap as the guys did if you try this at home.) See more »

Goofs

When Penny sneaks into Sheldon's bedroom in the middle of the night to ask him a question about her video game, she leaves the door open slightly. She talks to Sheldon for a few minutes, then the scene changes to Leonard hearing the end of their conversion through the door. When the scene changes, the door is clearly closed, and Penny nor Sheldon would not have had any time to close the door. See more »

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[first lines]
Sheldon Cooper: Fellow warriors, this is Sheldor the Conqueror. We are about to enter Atzel's Fortress; now, this is a long run so let's do another bladder check. All right, Barry, we'll wait for you again, but you really should see a doctor.
[hears banging outside]
Sheldon Cooper: Sheldor is AFK.
[goes into hall]
Sheldon Cooper: Penny, are you experiencing some sort of difficulty?
Penny: Yes, I can't get my stupid door open.
Sheldon Cooper: You appear to have put your car key in the door lock; are you aware of that?
Penny: Yeah.
Sheldon Cooper: All right, then.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #219 On a recent trip to Las Vegas I watched a grim, beer-bellied man row a gondola filled with tourists through the "canals of Venice." This was his job. At some point he had to have filled out an application and undergone an interview process to determine if he had the necessary skills to be a pretend gondolier eight hours a day, five days a week. As he glided past me I found myself imagining him walking into his house at the end of a long day, tossing his keys into the cheap ceramic bowl by the front door and sadly calling out to his wife, "I'm home." To which she would cheerfully respond, "How was work today, sweetie?" But instead of saying "fine," which was how he answered that question every other day, he paused and considered the days' events, and all the events that had led him to this point in his life. Then he crossed to the hall closet, took down a shoe box from the hat shelf, removed a small caliber pistol that he'd bought for home protection, and immediately blew his brains out all over the badly framed photograph of him rowing Barry Manilow. Waking from my brief reverie, I found myself suddenly filled with compassion and respect for this stranger of the inland sea. Compassion for his quiet desperation. And respect that he chose not to take his cheerful wife with him. I don't know about you, but Vegas always does this to me. See more »

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References Battlestar Galactica (2004) See more »

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History of Everything
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Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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Simply one of the best
30 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

I always thought the show was overrated until I saw this episode. It was a little more relevant in 2008 when everyone and their mother was playing online games like world of warcraft. It still stands up as a top 5 episode today though. Penny and Sheldon at their best, recommended even if your not a normal fan of this show.


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