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The Monopolar Expedition 

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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Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 2 more credits »
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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)
Brian George ... Dr. V.M. Koothrappali
Alice Amter ... Mrs. Koothrappali
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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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Comedy | Romance

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Howard (Simon Helberg), annoyed with Sheldon (Jim Parsons), pretends to take an arrow from a quiver on his back, puts in an imaginary crossbow and fires at Sheldon's back, but he makes a shotgun sound with his mouth. See more »

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Penny: Well, I got you a little going away present.
Leonard Hofstadter: Oh, a blanket.
Penny: Oh, no, no, no, not just a blanket. See, it has sleeves. Yeah! So, you can, you know, be all snoodled up while you do your science stuff.
Leonard Hofstadter: Oh, wow, cool.
Penny: Oh, I'm gonna miss you.
[Long hug]
Penny: See you later.
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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 »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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History of Everything (Instrumental version)
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Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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USA

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English | Hindi

Release Date:

11 May 2009 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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