The Big Bang Theory

Season 4 Episode 2

The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 30, 2010 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Sheldon calculates that he'll be dead before technology exists to download his consciousness into a robot, so he goes on a binge of healthy living and ultra-safety.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Shelbot

    A decent episode overall. Not standout but not terrible, either, though Seldon bot got old really, really fast. It feels like they've defaulted back to relying far too heavily on Sheldon again and it's boring.
  • Too many fart jokes.

    Well, ok only 2 or 3 but still too far. When Sheldon thought he was going to die. "So this is how it's gonna end." was fine and done well but the falling down the stairs with Penny and farting was too far. It just didn't need to be there. One is a enough. Falling down the stairs at the end was kind of ridiculous. Overdone.

    Shelbot was pretty cool and he certainly got that robot together real fast! I know there is a timelapse but! It was a good episode for the most part but had this aired in the first season it would be the beginning of the end because of its corniness. This show can do a bit better.moreless
  • Please please would the writers for the first three seasons fix my most favourite show!

    Ahhh I thought the first episode of the season was an aberration and wondered why I wasn't falling off my chair with laughter like I usually do.

    Then episode two arrived and I only mildly chuckled. I think I know why...this episode barely had an original concept but brought out every TBBT cliche. From yes..ok..Penny mooches, to Raj not talking to women, to sitting on Sheldon's favourite sofa seat, to Sheldon knocking on Penny's door, to singing "Soft kitty", to "Bazinga!", to annoying Sheldon being driven around, to the roommate get the picture. In themselves I love all those things, but chuck them all in the same episode, together with fart jokes, and it just shouts "writer's block".

    Also, agree the first two episodes have been a bit Sheldon centric...I love him...but the great thing about this show is that it's an ensemble cast who can all hold their own and makes the show more watchable and funny that way.

    The funniest moment for me was Sheldon'bot thinking Leonard was tense, starts playing the recorder while broadcasting women folk dancing on his screen.

    Really hope the next episode blows this review out of the water...or I'll just have to watch reruns to get my TBBT fix.moreless
  • It's all downhill from here.

    I'm starting to get the idea that people aren't actually watching the episodes, they're just rating it 9 and 10 because it's Big Bang Theory. This episode was an improvement on the previous one, but still not as good as the previous seasons. I think the show is getting too cocky. Yeah, we get it Jim Parsons won an Emmy, that doesn't mean he's the only reason people watch the show. I think more episodes should be about the minor characters (except maybe Howard. I mean, we get it, he's obsessed with sex, it's been done before). The thing that really upset me about this episode was the fart jokes. In the world of jokes Fart jokes is in the desperate column. So overall, this was a good episode. But compared the to previous seasons, it's awful.moreless
  • 402

    This episode started out really good, like "rating: 10" status, but then after a while, things just got really... well... weird. I felt like I was watching Two & A Half Men while watching this with Sheldon's constant and unnecessary farting that just annoyed me beyond belief. Also, Sheldon felt a little too over exaggerated here, even though he was really funny at times, especially when he was interacting with Penny.

    Just a lot of one liners that just didn't work, like Penny saying "Shut up" to Raj because of his joke, or when Penny said "Then you couldn't talk to yourself" to Raj, like those things I didn't find very funny. And it was quite obvious that something was going to happen in the end to get Sheldon out of the state he was in.

    Just an episode that started out superb, just got annoying by the end.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Leonard was technically not required to do anything for Shelbot since the wording of the section in the Roommate Agreement mentions becoming a robot, not using one to get around while the original body is still in use and intact.

    • On Sheldon's genealogical whiteboard, we learn he and Missy's other sibling is a brother named George, Jr.

    • The woman sitting with Steve Wozniak at The Cheesecake Factory is his actual wife, Alice.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • ShelBot:: (in the car, while Leonard is driving) This is a photograph of the 1911 Solvay Conference on the theory of radiation and quanta. Using Photoshop, I've introduced a few anachronisms. See if you can spot all 24. I'll give you the first one. Madame Curie should not be wearing a digital watch. And go.
      Leonard:: That's it, bye bye! (turns ShelBot off)
      ShelBot:: (turns back on) BAZINGA! I have an override switch.
      Leonard:: (after getting startled and nearly crashing) I almost DIED!
      ShelBot:: And I'm safe and sound in bed, who's crazy now?
      Leonard:: I'm still gonna go with you!

    • (Sheldon suggests taking up jogging)
      Penny: Have you ever run before?
      Sheldon: Certainly! I've run from bullies, dogs, angry chickens and one particularly persistant P.E. teacher determined to bend me over and give me a scoliosis test.
      (Raj whispers in Howard's ear)
      Howard: You're right, Penny jogs. Maybe you guys can run together.
      Sheldon: That's an excellent idea! If we chat it will create the illusion of time going faster!
      Penny: No, it won't.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #294.

    • International Airdates: Australia: October 27, 2010 on Channel 9; United Kingdom: November 11, 2010 on E4; Germany: September 6, 2011 on ProSieben; Turkey: September 13, 2011 on CNBC-e; Czech Republic: November 7, 2011 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: November 22, 2011 on Markiza