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The Killer Robot Instability 

Howard becomes depressed after Penny makes a cruel statement about his love life, while the rest of the guys prepare for a grudge killer robot duel against an obnoxious colleague at the university.

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Carol Ann Susi ... Debbie Wolowitz (voice)
John Ross Bowie ... Barry Kripke
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Storyline

After Howard makes the latest in a long string of inappropriate comments to Penny in what he considers their courting ritual, Penny in return tells Howard in no uncertain terms that they are not dating nor ever will date. She makes a hurtful comment back to him. Depressed by Penny's comment, Howard retreats, not wanting to see or speak to anyone. This is bad timing for Leonard, Sheldon and Raj, who along with Howard, are entered into a killer robot competition. Being the engineer, Howard is the chief designer and builder of their entry, named MONTE (the mobile omnidirectional neutralization & termination eradicator). The stakes are even higher with a pre-competition "robot to the death" challenge by fellow nerd, Barry Kripke. Leonard pleads with Penny to apologize to Howard to get him out of his funk. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Trivia

First new episode broadcast in 2009. See more »

Goofs

Just before the robot fight, Sheldon holds the remote with both hands. In the next shot, his left arm hangs at his side. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Howard Wolowitz: All right, that's the last servo. Behold, the Mobile Omnidirectional Neutralization and Termination Eradicator, or
Howard WolowitzLeonard HofstadterSheldon CooperRajesh Koothrappali: Monte.
[pronounced monty]
Howard Wolowitz: Featuring one articulated razor-sharp killing saw, one polycarbonate grinding and flipping wheel, steel armor-plate exo-skeleton top and bottom, and enough horsepower to drive a hundred-and-ten pounds of mechanized death from zero to holy crap in four-point-eight seconds.
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #235 FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION (spoiler alert) It's that time of the year when movie studios seeking Oscar nominations for their films start asking for my consideration. Every trade ad and mailing begins with the words, "For your consideration." It's kind of a Hollywood tradition. Anyway, this is what I've considered so far: Milk (a well-meaning gay guy is shot to death by a homophobe), Doubt (A really mean nun accuses a really terrific priest of being a pedophile), Revolutionary Road (a married couple fight a lot, cheat on each other, then the wife bleeds to death following a botched abortion), Slumdog Millionaire (incredibly poor kids subjected to unthinkable evil, but with a happy ending), Defiance (starving Jews fight Nazis in the woods), The Wrestler (a broken-down, over-the-hill wrestler on steroids has a tough life), Changeling (a woman's son is abducted and the police put her in an insane asylum), Gran Torino (a dying widower commits suicide to help his neighbor), Benjamin Button (a guy grows old in reverse and then dies), Rachel Getting Married (a drug addict kills her baby brother and then pisses off her family during a wedding), and The Reader (Nazi atrocities, under-age sex and illiteracy prove to be a lethal combo). So, what am I considering? Well, for a moment or two I actually considered hanging myself. But then I thought, if I do that, the movies win. See more »

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References Roseanne (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Marcy Grossman
(uncredited)
Performed to the tune of "My Girl"
Music & original lyrics by Smokey Robinson & Ronald White
Performed by Simon Helberg
[Howard sings the song to Penny, while she is trying to comfort him in his bedroom]
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The Wolowitz Contemplation
30 October 2011 | by Dramagoddess4564See all my reviews

This episode touches on the fact that anyone that focuses solely on the character of Howard Wolowitz being annoying, creepy, rude, and misogynistic is missing out on the fact that when he's just in a situation that doesn't really have anything to do with women he's actually very smart, funny, caring and interesting. Penny WAS being overly harsh when she finally snapped at Howard. Though to be honest, if he never understands what women tend to actually want a man to act like he WON'T ever be with anyone in a meaningful relationship. I feel Penny has actually shown a rather large amount of restraint in not going off on him sooner when trying to get him to stop hitting on her. Leonard is proof that Penny isn't completely shallow and can see past the surface to how good a person can be, but when all she sees is the infuriatingly forward, ignorant and overeager side, that's what she's going to react to. That being said, this episode was hilarious and (hopefully) teaches a valuable lesson: People will react to the personality you tend to show them even if that's not who you really are.


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