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The Big Bang Theory Episode: "The Work Song Nanocluster"

Season 2, Episode 18
Episode Synopsis: Penny starts a hair-product business that suffers when her friends, particularly Sheldon, become involved.
Original Air Date: Mar 16, 2009

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Season 2, Episode 18
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Length: 05:52:00
Aired: 3/16/2009
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The Big Bang Theory Episode Recap: "The Work Song Nanocluster" Season 2, Episode 18

This week Penny started her own business from home in order to make some extra cash, but she soon realizes that not everything is as easy as it seems... even with the help from the guys.

The episode began with the guys playing a game of chess, but this wasn't any ordinary game. This was "Secret Agent Laser Obstacle Chess." What are the rules of the game? Well, all I know is it involved a computer, green lasers, and (in true 007 style) Leonard spraying a can to reveal the lasers and him manipulating his body to prevent hitting the lasers. Sheldon then comes in and makes his way over to Penny's apartment, because he had to sign for a package that was meant for Penny. While over there Penny tells him that she is starting her own business, called Penny Blossoms, in order to make money and eventually retire from her waitress career. Of course Sheldon's first reaction was, "Who will bring me a cheeseburger on Tuesday nights?" Sheldon decided to help Penny with her hair beret business —but with a couple rules. She has to understand that she will be told what to do and there will be no sarcasm.

As Sheldon gracefully put it to Penny, "Let's assume that everything you've done so far is completely wrong." He sits down with her and they try to develop a good plan to sell multiple Penny Blossoms, but also still make a profit. Meanwhile, the other three guys leave Leonard's apartment and hear loud singing coming from Penny's. They open the door to find Sheldon and Penny singing on the couch while making berets. I was also completely shocked to find that Kaley Cuoco has a great singing voice! Someone give that girl a part in a musical! Maybe Sheldon and Penny can ditch the beret business and make a musical? Hey, I'd watch it! Anyway, the guys are immediately attracted to the idea of Penny starting a business and they start using their individual skills in order make it better.

The next scene shows Leonard in front of his computer, while the others stand behind him anxiously awaiting the brand new "Penny Blossom website." (FYI: there is a pennyblossom.com but it has absolutely nothing to do with the show. Sorry, I just had to check.) There are some good things, but also some bad things about the site that Leonard made. The bad: It is a horrible looking site. Penny said it looked like a 13-year-old's MySpace account. The good: In a short period of time she already had orders, including an order for 1000 berets! After some pep talk from Sheldon (and the fact that this order alone will give her over $3,000), Penny agrees that she can do this and they get to work... right after she shops online for some shoes.

Finally, Penny is hard at work and thank God she has the help of the guys because they are all exhausted working on the berets. Sheldon refuses to take Penny's offer to drink coffee in order to stay up, but after some thought and push from Penny, he decides to have a cup. Fast forward a little bit later and he is on the caffeinated drug. We see Sheldon talking as fast as humanly possible with a creepy blank stare in his eyes. He was going a mile a minute. "We should have let him go to bed," Penny states.

In the end, the gang made all 1,000 Penny Blossoms. Leonard then walks over to the computer and lets them all know that the company wants another 1,000 berets. (Did anyone else think Leonard was going to tell Penny that the first order of 1,000 was canceled?) Leonard, Raj, and Howard leave to finally go to bed, while Penny is left alone to do the work by herself. But all of a sudden... da da da da... it's "Flash Sheldon!" Sheldon is in a full Flash Gordon costume (and still under the influence of coffee), but Penny eventually lets "Flash" know that they are all out. "I'll be back before the banana hits the ground. Zoom, Zoom, Zoooom!"

So what were your thoughts of this weeks episode? Would you buy a beret from Penny Blossom? And for all the male fans, how about a Bluetooth one? Genius idea! And as usual, below are some of the best quotes from this weeks episode. Enjoy!

"Lets get girls and play Secret agent laser obstacle strip chess." ~ Howard

"It's a common stripper problem — they dance, they strip, they clump." ~ Howard

"Pretty much anyway I say this it's going to hurt his feelings." ~ Howard
         — Raj then gives two thumbs up.

"Hey! Less talk, more work!" ~ Sheldon

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This week Penny started her own business from home in order to make some extra cash, but she soon realizes that not everything is as easy as it seems... even with the help from the guys.
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Premise: Two nerdy physicists share an apartment and an unlikely friendship with their beautiful neighbor with whom one of them is infatuated. Like the universe after the big bang, the show's popularity expanded, thanks to breakout star Jim Parsons, along with the chemistry among the friends and the developing romance between Leonard and Penny. The addition of Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik in later seasons also enhanced the stories and relationships of the leads.

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