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It's just a reoccurring joke that management is lazy and how extensive the damage was. The elevator was damaged due to a malfunctioning experiment of Leonard's (He wrongly calculated the mixture for the experimental rocket Fuel he was developing), which Sheldon recognized as going critical so he placed it in the elevator. It exploded inside and took out the ...


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Monday Night: Thai Takeout Night(this has all the activities posted by weekday) Tuesday Night: Cheesecake Factory night. Wednesday Night: Halo Night/New Comic Book Night Thursday Night: Every 3rd Thursday of each month is Anything Can Happen Thursday. The rest of them are Pizza Night. Friday Night: Vintage Video Game night, also order Chinese ...


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The check engine light is being used as an indicator of the relative difference in general concern by Penny versus Sheldon or Beverly. The check engine light in modern vehicles quite often indicates an issue with the emissions control system, although as commenters have noted it can cover a wide variety of vehicle faults (including those unrelated to the ...


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Driving is kind of a social skill. You need to follow some unwritten norms like guessing when the other person is going to turn. And it also needs some level of reliance on your instinct. However, Sheldon takes every calculation to a very scientific and molecular level. He sucks in many situations where you need to interact with other people. There's a ...


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The creators of the program wanted a hallway between the two apartments but they felt that it was too thin. Adding an elevator forces the hallway to be wider. Forcing the characters to use the stairs also enables a longer conversation as a lift would be too quick. This was revealed by the creators in the 100 episode special for the UK TV channel e4.


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The plot and dialog from the episode answer this. Wil Wheaton is a troll, and enjoys messing with people (remember the bowling games?). And he's most known for playing Wesley on Star Trek TNG. The Trekkie vs Jedi (Star Trek vs Star Wars fans) feud is as famous as the Hatfields and McCoys (No, not that McCoy.) From wikia: At the movies, the audience ...


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As a writing device, it's far funnier to let the viewers imagination run away with the wild descriptions that Howard gives. Additionally, by not showing Howards mother, the writers are able to characterize and describe her any way they like, without having to find an actor who lives up to that description. Howard repeatedly describes his mother as having no ...


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From collider.com on Comic Con 2012:- A child asks Parsons, “Why does Sheldon like The Flash?”, Parsons threw the question to the showrunners, and Prady responded that Sheldon liked the Flash because Sheldon was bullied a lot and the Flash was able to run away really fast. In-universe, The Flash is very pro-science, specially physics and he is ...


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Yes. Definitely. There is a recurring theme in the show in which there are moments that show Sheldon genuinely cares about Leonard - all selfish reasons aside. For example, in this clip towards the end, you can see one such moment: Sheldon talks to Penny when she is contemplating breaking up with Leonard. Sheldon: Please don't hurt my friend. ...


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It is also implied, deliberately or otherwise, that she doesn't understand what the light is for. In Series 2 Episode 14 – The Financial Permeability, there is a conversation between Penny and Sheldon where the engine does inevitably break: Sheldon: If you recall, I pointed out the “check engine” light to you several months ago. Penny: Well the ...


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Leonard is an experimental physicist, which means that he designs and conducts experiments (often with lasers) to prove or disprove theories put forth by other physicists, like his roommate Dr. Sheldon Cooper (a theoretical physicist).


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Yes, the show strives for scientific vigour and has its own Science Consultant / Technical Director; Professor of Astrophysics and Astronomy, David Salzberg PhD on staff to help with writing the whiteboards and consulting on any science elements in the script. The show also uses Miam Bialik PhD as an informal consultant on areas relating to her specialist ...


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Considering the real world requirements to achieve a PhD, then yes it's realistic that it will take Howard 2 to 3 years (each season is one year roughly) to gain a doctorates degree. See http://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/18444/does-a-masters-degree-help-completing-phd-sooner , the second answer for some details on what's required. In short, it ...


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The Government never confirmed or pursued the comment by Sheldon, as they didn't have much evidence to go on. In the episode where he crashed it, S02E08 "The Lizard-Spock Expansion", the three involved end up wiping all the security tapes and fingerprints. Howard: OK, I guess we have to turn to Plan B. Raj: What’s Plan B? Howard: Erase all the ...


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Chris Hadfield gave a lot of interviews live from ISS, so it is possible, but he did not use skype, but some Nasa direct stream. But i guess he could also use skype or something else, so it is technically possible. Here is a example, there are a lot more of such videos. You see there is only a small delay: In this official ...


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We see Leonard carrying out a range of research as an experimental physicist. Initially his work seems to have revolved around confirmatory research on the work of other scientists (with a strong emphasis on work involving high energy lasers) but in more recent shows, he's been shown to be engaged in increasing amounts of primary research, especially in the ...


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It appears to be this poster from Science of Cocktails (or at least pretty similar to it).: I used Googles reverse image search to find this, using this image as the reference, in case you want to find more similar images (there's a few variations of this one):


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Wil Wheaton played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. It's a simple joke that despite seeing Star Wars, he's wearing his Star Trek uniform instead.


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TL;DR: Q: “Is Penny an alcoholic?” A: No. Longer answer: she might have (had) a problem of alcohol abuse Unless the writers are hiding something from the viewers, we see that Penny enjoys drinking in company, her favourite alcoholic beverage seems to be red wine, but she also drinks cocktails and the hard stuff to help her relax. 1. S4 E07, The Apology ...


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This has been discussed by the show's creators on a number of occasions: The stairwell offers an opportunity to see the characters walking and talking Q. Is the elevator ever going to get fixed? A. “I think those stairs are the only exercise those guys get,” Molaro jokes. Prady explains the stairwells are the only place they can show the ...


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In Episode 515, The Friendship Contraction, we can see how Sheldon genuinely values his friendship with Leonard, beyond that of a mere chauffeur or delivery-man. When Leonard invokes a clause of The Friendship Agreement that allows him to be only an acquaintance, Sheldon concocts a scheme where he turns off the power to the building, then tries to sell ...


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The first time Sheldon asks Penny to sing the song, she does not know it, so he teaches it to her. He is sick and sings it a little off. So she sings it the way she remembers Sheldon teaching it to her.


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Yes, Any network could change their decision and cancel a show after renewing it or (more likely) order a small number of episodes. For example The Brink starring Jack Black. HBO renewed the show for season 2 then reversed the decision From this HBO Cancels The Brink The network has reversed its Season 2 renewal HBO has cancelled The Brink ...


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Beyond the obvious fact that the show and its characters are science-themed, I would suggest that some insight can be found through the lyrics of the theme song by The Barenaked Ladies: Our whole universe was in a hot dense state, Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. wait... The earth began to cool, the autotrophs began to ...


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It's not explained in the show, but there are a few theories worth exploring. Leonard has a general issue with nudity This potentially relates to poor body image or the fact that he had a traumatic experience seeing his father and mother engaged in pre-coitus spanking at an impressionable age: Mrs Hofstadter: When you were six years old, you walked in ...


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I believe Sheldon well fits into ISTJ. From wikipedia: Extraversion/Introversion The extraverted types learn best by talking and interacting with others. By interacting with the physical world, extraverts can process and make sense of new information. The introverted types prefer quiet reflection and privacy. Information processing occurs for introverts as ...


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The main characters of this show are scientists (2 physicists, an astrophysicist, and an engineer). Most of the episodes are also made to sound like scientific theories or terms. I'm not sure if the directors and producers ever revealed why they named it so in any interviews, because I am not able to recall any episode based on big bang theory. I can just ...


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Within the show we have Leonard pointing out to Penny that she might have a problem in the episode The Locomotive Manipulation (Season 7, Episode 15). The dialogue goes like this: Bernadette Rostenkowski: You sure you guys don't want to come with us to Napa. You can probably still get a room. Penny: No. I think we'll just have a quiet weekend at ...


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Sure it can. If one of the main stars say or do something stupid, any show can get canned. For example professional Blowhard Donald Trump racist remarks resulted in Univision and NBC from dropping his shows. http://starcasm.net/archives/320385 “At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” begins a statement issued by the ...


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To expand panthers answer, actually they confirmed that the pin has a meaning, but it is a secret. It is not only one pin, but different pins with different shape and color, but all showing an alien. You can find several discussion and theories of fans about the theme in the net, but no confirmed answer. There is a short behind the scenes video about this ...



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