The Big Bang Theory: Season 3, Episode 15

The Large Hadron Collision (8 Feb. 2010)

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When Leonard is offered a trip to Switzerland on Valentine's Day to visit the CERN laboratory, Sheldon uses any and all means to be his guest instead of Penny.

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Valentine's Day is approaching. Leonard thinks he's hit some good luck in that he has been asked to attend a conference and view the Hadron super collider in Switzerland during Valentine's. He's allowed to bring a guest with him which he has chosen to be Penny. There, the two can have a romantic first Valentine's Day together. This decision doesn't sit well with Sheldon who has always dreamed of seeing the collider. Sheldon does whatever he can to make Leonard change his mind, including reminding him of their documented roommate agreement. But the harder Sheldon tries to convince Leonard to change his mind, the more Leonard seems to resist. But outside forces may end up deciding for Leonard who will accompany him to Switzerland. Written by Huggo

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The title refers to the destination for Leonard and Penny's Valentine's Day trip and the scientific instrument that is often referred to in the series. See more »

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After Leonard tells the gang about him going to Switzerland, Sheldon gets excited and says that he'll start packing. Given that he always asks someone to drive him he couldn't possibly have gone home to pack. See more »

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Howard Wolowitz: [on cellphone] ... Sweetie. Uh, listen, I need to go, but I'll see you tonight? Bye-bye. Bye-bye. B- No, *you* hang up first. Hello?
Raj Koothrappali: Dude, I'm glad you finally got a girlfriend, but do you *have* to do that lovey-dovey stuff in front of those of us who don't?
Sheldon Cooper: Actually, he might have to. There's an economic concept known as a positional good, in which an object is only valued by the possessor because it's not possessed by others. The term was coined in 1976 by economist Fred Hirsch ...
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #277 Belarus is a small, land-locked country next door to Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. According to Wikipedia, one of its major exports is cattle by-products. Which begs the question, what horrible shape are the cattle in, if all they're good for is felt hats and wallpaper paste? But Belarus does have a bustling TV production industry. One of their most recent hits is a sitcom about four nerdy scientists who live next door to a beautiful blonde waitress. The characters are named Sheldon, Leo, Hovard, Raj and Natasha, and the show is entitled, The Theorists. Each episode begins with a rapid-fire montage of images which takes us from the dawn of time to the present moment. Keeping with that theme, the montage is scored with what is probably the worst piece of recorded pop music since the dawn of time. And finally, each episode appears to be a Russian translation of a Big Bang Theory episode. When we brought this to the attention of the Warner Brothers legal department, we were told that it's next to impossible to sue for copyright infringement in Belarus because the TV production company that is ripping us off is owned and operated by the government of Belarus. Having no other recourse, I'm hoping that this vanity card will be read by the fine folks making The Theorists, and, wracked with guilt, they break down and send us some felt hats. The Kyrgyzstan version of Dharma & Greg already sent me some wallpaper paste. See more »

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"The Large Hadron Collision" is another funny enough episode of "The Big Bang Theory"
5 March 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This episode of "The Big Bang Theory" in a nutshell: Leonard has been invited to Switzerland to witness an important event with the option of taking someone along so Sheldon thinks he's the one. But since it's Valentine's Day and there's skiing there as well, Penny is the one picked. This doesn't sit will with Sheldon who invokes the roommate clause, makes Leonard breakfast in bed, and laying a guilt trip to Penny to no avail. Then Penny gets a massive cold. But so does Sheldon...Another very funny, if not completely hilarious, ep of "The Big Bang Theory" especially whenever Sheldon plays with his throat to sound like Froggy from Our Gang. Oh, and Howard and Raj are their usual funny selves too. So on that note, "The Large Hadron Collision" is another funny enough ep of this smartly written sitcom.


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