The Big Bang Theory: Season 4, Episode 12

The Bus Pants Utilization (6 Jan. 2011)

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Leonard has an idea for a new smartphone app and asks the guys for help. However, Sheldon tries to take over the project, and Leonard fires him.

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Leonard comes up with an idea to develop a smart phone app that would use handwriting recognition software to help in solving their differential equations problems. Although the app's use would be limited to about a hundred people worldwide, he wants to go ahead, and asks Sheldon, Howard and Raj to join him in the project. They all agree. Leonard, as the one who came up with the idea, has a relatively clear vision of how he wants to proceed. However, Sheldon believes his way is best and wants to be among things CEO and CFO of the project, and to have it named after him. When Sheldon's controlling ways become too much for Leonard to handle, Leonard fires him from the project team. Sheldon tries whatever he can to make life difficult for the other three to complete the project, and even believes he may have lost Leonard as a friend for good. Penny takes pity on a moping Sheldon, but comes to regret it. She has to figure out a way to foist Sheldon back onto Leonard. Written by Huggo

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The mascot of the university that the guys work at is the beaver. It is on the can cozies that Sheldon offers to Raj and Howard as a bribe to let him back on the App they were creating with Leonard. See more »

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As Sheldon erases the white board toward the end of the episode nothing happens, even though he's vigorously moving the eraser. It would appear this a prop that is not erasable; and is saved, and used in other episodes. See more »

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Howard Wolowitz: [on cellphone] Ma, ma, calm dow- listen to me! I know it says click with the mouse, but on a laptop the trackpad is the mouse. Now put your finger on it.
Howard Wolowitz: Doesn't matter which finger.
Howard Wolowitz: Good choice. Now move it down to your e-mail icon.
Howard Wolowitz: The little envelope.
Howard Wolowitz: What do you mean what does it look like? It looks like an envelope!
Howard Wolowitz: Fine, you don't like the computer, don't use it!
Howard Wolowitz: Sure. We can exchange it for a salad spinner. Good-bye.
Raj Koothrappali: That's a Hanukkah present you're regretting, huh?
Sheldon Cooper: I won't ...
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"The Bus Pants Utilization" isn't as funny as other eps of "The Big Bang Theory" though there are still some moments
9 October 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this last season ep of "The Big Bang Theory": Leonard has an idea for an app. All the guys are enthused especially Sheldon who assumes he's the leader but since it's Leonard's idea, he wants to be in charge. So Sheldon condescends to him until Leonard has enough and fires him. Sheldon then tries to get Howard and Raj on his side for an independent project to no avail. So Sheldon annoys them with his theremin playing the "Star Trek" (The original series, of course) theme. When he's thrown out of his own apartment, Shel is on the stairs playing "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" as Penny arrives from work. After a few minutes with him, Penny tries to get Sheldon to apologize to his former roommate...Since there are no guest stars and no Bernadette or Amy and Sheldon is more annoying than usual, this isn't a very funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory" though there are still worthy moments that make "The Bus Pants Utilization" worth a look. Oh, and I also wasn't too crazy about the final scene. I know the next ep is better so I'm going to review that now...


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