Okay, the title of my thread makes me seem like I don't understand how syndication works; I do. I understand that episodes of Seinfeld or Friends are edited for syndication, because, back in their prime, they lasted approximately 22-24 minutes. However, The Big Bang Theory, being a new sitcom, runs anywhere from 19-22 minutes in length. When watching the show on my local affiliate and on TBS, the episodes, from memory, appear to be complete, but I have noticed an edit here and there. I have only witnessed two examples. First, the pilot episode is missing the opening when Sheldon and Leonard are at the sperm bank. (Maybe this was edited out because they didn't want newcomers to the show to be exposed to this sort of thing right away - OR - the episode simply ran longer because of it being the pilot. Who knows?) The other episode is season 2's "The Cushion Saturation." While watching that particular episode the other night, I imagined Penny saying a few extra lines that weren't shown. I'm not going to write verbatim, but it was when she said that they should tell Sheldon that a robber broke in to shoot the couch with a paintball gun and that she buys it because "most of those people are on drugs," and Leonard responds that they could tell Sheldon a girl was telling the couch to stay away from her boyfriend, which gets a big laugh out of the audience, because it refers back to a previous joke from Penny. I know, that's like 15-20 seconds missing. Nevertheless, it just shocked me because I thought that they wouldn't need to edit the episodes to fit in commercials due to the fact that the episodes are already so short. Since this is my all-time favorite show, I found it a bit peculiar. I didn't know that if I wanted to see the *complete* episodes that I would have to resort to my DVDs this early in time, but whatever.