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The Big Bang Theory Episode: "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis"

Season 2, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Christmas brings no tidings of comfort and joy to Leonard, whose colleague starts dating Penny. Meanwhile, Sheldon drives everyone crazy over his adherence to gift-giving etiquette.
Original Air Date: Dec 15, 2008
Guest Cast Michael Trucco: David
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Season 2, Episode 11
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Length: 14:27:17
Aired: 12/15/2008
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The Big Bang Theory Episode Recap: "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" Season 2, Episode 11

The holidays are a time for giving, but this poses to be a huge dilemma for Sheldon. Meanwhile, Leonard's co-worker asks Penny on a date which brings out his jealous side.

We first find the guys in the cafeteria discussing Superman's uniform and it's resistance to stains. Raj asks, "What about Kryptonite pit stains?" As they continue trying to stump Sheldon, a colleague David Underhill walks into the cafeteria. In a great scene, each one individually takes a turn looking over to see him in order to not make it obvious. To Leonard's surprise, David walks up to him and lets him know that he would like to work with him. Leonard is flattered and obviously says yes, giving him not only his home phone and his cell number...but also his parents number (just in case).

Next, we see Sheldon, Raj, and Howard playing sports in the living room...and when I say "sports" I mean Nintendo Wii Bowling. (And just like Howard...I too am horrible at Wii Bowling) As they continued bowling in their matching blue outfits, Leonard walks in and brags about how his work day went with David. Sheldon briefly scolds him about missing Wii Wednesdays, but is quickly interrupted when Penny walks in and asks if they have a Christmas tree so she can place gifts underneath. Sheldon is offended by her statement and is also uneasy with the fact that Penny got both him and Leonard "silly neighbor gifts." Not only does this go against everything he believes in, but it now gives him an obligation. He then replies, "No wonder suicides sky rocket this time of year."

The next scene we see Leonard limping up the apartment steps with the help of his lab partner David. It turns out a motorcycle fell on him...a non-moving one. As they continue to walk up the steps, Penny see's them and is introduced to David. It is obvious that Penny is attracted to Leonard's colleague and she immediately attempts to impress him. Being he is a physicist, she tells him about her "love" of science (not to mention that she is also "the queen of the nerds"). It didn't take much to impress the guy, because as soon as they dropped Leonard off at his apartment door, he asked Penny if she would like to check out his lab. She quickly obliged, got her jacket, and left with David...leaving a visibly depressed Leonard alone at his door. You can't help but feel bad for the guy...

Meanwhile, Sheldon and the other guys were at a store looking for the perfect gift for Penny. As Raj put it, the store was an "estrogen hat trick," and Sheldon had his eyes on a bath gift basket (C'mon Sheldon...can't you come up with anything better?). After being very indecisive with the kind of gift basket (and making a sales associate very uncomfortable) he eventually comes home with five different bath baskets. But this is when he comes up with an ingenious plan. He will open her gift, excuse himself from the room, look up the cost of his new gift on the internet, and then determine which gift basket to give Penny...depending on the value of his gift. Genius!

Next, a very mad and confused Leonard barges into Penny's apartment demanding an explanation to why she is going out with David (especially because she doesn't go for "physicists.") It turns out David wasn't that smart of a guy after all...Penny found nude photos of his wife on his cell phone, so that quickly ended the relationship between the two and gave her more of a reason to drink rum out of an empty eggnog carton (yuck!). The conversation ended with a "Merry Christmas" and a kiss on the cheek. I think it is clear that Penny knows Leonard still has a thing for her....but will she go for him again?

The final scene was the infamous gift exchange...and I can without a doubt say that this was one of my favorite scenes of the entire series (so far). Penny hands Sheldon his gift first (while mentioning his "digestive" problem that may him from the room for a second) and he opens the box to find a napkin. This just wasn't any napkin though....it was signed and possessed the DNA of Leonard Nimoy! Yes, the legendary actor best known for his character Spock on Star Trek. Leonard ended up getting none other than Motorcycle lessons, Penny received a Science Experiment kit for Kids from Leonard, and Penny...well, she got to keep every single one of those gift baskets Sheldon bought. But I think the best gift of all, and what we should all take from this episode, is that the Grinch does have a heart. I know, it's not enough is it," Sheldon responds to Penny and gives her a hug. I don't know if we will ever see that again, so I hope they took a picture of that Kodak Moment!

So, what are everyone's thoughts on the final episode of 2008? Did it end the year with a "bang?" (Sorry, I had to say it.) I think it is safe to say that we will be seeing more interaction between Penny and Leonard, but I really hope they don't make this a "Ross/Rachel from Friends fiasco. And what is definitely in store for a future episode? Two words...Robot Wars. Awesome! And as usual, below are some of the best quotes of this week's episode...enjoy and talk to you guys next year!

"What are you looking at? you've never seen a hypocrite before?" ~Leonard

"Why didn't you do what Leonard did and get her a new boyfriend?" ~Howard

"My leg is killing me, thanks for asking." ~Leonard

"It stopped being rum like a half hour ago." ~Penny

"My leg is killing me, thanks for asking." ~ Leonard

"I can grow my own Leonard!"~ Sheldon

"I would be a Zac Efron kind of guy if I swung that way." ~Howard

"My leg is killing me, thanks for asking." ~ Leonard

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