The Big Bang Theory: Season 2, Episode 23

The Monopolar Expedition (11 May 2009)

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Penny gets upset when she finds out Leonard and the guys plan to work at the North Pole for the summer.

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Based on work that he has done, Sheldon has been chosen to go on a summer long expedition to the magnetic North Pole. Sheldon is in a conundrum. On the one hand, his work there could lead to a finding that would validate his primary project on string theory. On the other hand, the work is outside in a harsh environment. He tentatively agrees on the condition that Leonard, Howard and Raj accompany him as his support team. After discussing the extreme pros and the extreme cons, the three agree. The guys decide to use the restaurant's walk-in freezer to acclimatize themselves. This simulation is how Penny finds out about the trip. She seems a bit irked. Leonard also seems a bit irked that Penny doesn't seem more disappointed that he'll be gone for three months. After receiving a going away present from Penny, Leonard has second thoughts about going. He'll only know what to do after having a heart-to-heart with Penny. Written by Huggo

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Marks the first and possibly one of the only times when there is a small glimpse of what Mrs Wolowitz looks like (when Howard holds up his phone to the laptop on which the Koothrappalis skype in from India, there's a thumbnail photo of her on its display. See more »

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Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard prepare for an expedition to the magnetic north pole. The magnetic north pole is (and was at the time this episode aired) in the Arctic Ocean, not on land (this could have been remedied by having them on board a boat at the end of the episode, which they weren't). Additionally, they prepare for frigid cold weather, while even at high latitudes above the Arctic Circle the weather is quite warm during the summertime. See more »

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Rajesh Koothrappali: I'm a Hindu. My religion says that if we suffer in this life, we are rewarded in the next. Three months in the North Pole with Sheldon, and I'm reincarnated as a well-hung millionaire with wings.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #252 The following is an excerpt from my keynote speech at the 2009 SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY WRITERS OF AMERICA NEBULA AWARDS. When I was 12 years old, my teenage sister had a boyfriend whom my parents lovingly named "Cross-Eyed Larry." In my official capacity as the "obnoxious little brother," I took it upon myself to annoy and harass poor Larry at every opportunity. In fact, I specifically learned to cross my eyes so I could welcome him to our home with the appropriately juvenile comedic flair. (My mother constantly warned me that if I didn't stop doing that my eyes would stay crossed. In hindsight it appears as if she was lying or, at best, misinformed.) Anyway, my speech tonight is a long overdue attempt to make amends for my childish pestering and cruelty towards this polite young man whose only discernible character flaw was a poorly-aimed libido (no way he was getting over on my sister). But even more than an amends, I needed to find some way to thank him. And here's why: way back in 1964, Larry did something that would change my life forever. In order to get rid of me so he could stick his tongue down my sister's throat, Larry gave me a dog-eared copy of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. His plan worked brilliantly. The book not only turned my prepubescent, Hardy Boys world upside down, it would begin my lifelong love affair with science fiction. Unfortunately, Cross-Eyed Larry was not so lucky. Ultimately rejected by my sister, he descended into a life of drugs and crime that ended tragically when he was murdered in Attica State Prison because another inmate thought he was looking at him funny. See more »


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The Monopolar Expedition was a perfect ending for the second season of "The Big Bang Theory"
20 September 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

All right, I've finally seen the second season finale so I'll now be ready for tomorrow night's third season premiere of "The Big Bing Theory". It seems Sheldon has an e-mail from the university president telling him to go to his office at 8 the next morning. But he's so anxious he had to go to his house in the middle of the night since the university president has an unlisted telephone number. It turns out Sheldon's been sent to the North Pole for a research he's interested in. When Leonard tells Howard and Raj, they're all excited about three months without Sheldon. Sheldon, however, invites them all to be his support team. After discussion, they all agree though Howard has thoughts about a crossbow. When Sheldon asks Penny for use of The Cheesecake Factory freezer, Penny goes to Leonard to confirm what Sheldon told her about the North Pole. After she leaves, Leonard wonders if she'll miss him. What he doesn't know...What a hilarious episode to end the season with! And what poignancy with Penny's last scene as she wishes Leonard didn't go. With that said, I can't wait for tomorrow night's season premiere...


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