The Big Bang Theory

Season 2 Episode 16

The Cushion Saturation

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 02, 2009 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Paintball leads to a squabble between Sheldon and Penny, as well as romance between Howard and Leslie.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Rent Me a Tux

    This was almost an episode that didn't revolve around Sheldon. Almost. It was really all over the place, from Leslie and Howard hooking up to Leonard lying about Chinese food. It was the first episode in which I really enjoyed Howard's mother, so that was a plus, I guess? But it did nothing for Leslie. She's just not a likable character, much less a realistic woman. And the episode just wasn't humorous at all. Meh.moreless
  • 216

    A very uninteresting cold opening for this episode which usually isn't the case for TBBT. Did anyone else find the Howard & Leslie hook up completely pointless? The writers seem to have nothing to do with Leslie these days, the only time I found her funny was the closing scene after everyone shot each other with the paintball. Ever since she became a series regular, she hasn't been very funny. Much less Howard, who can be really funny at times, but this surely wasn't the case.

    Leonard & Penny's banter was absolutely hysterical and completely made this episode great. As did Sheldon, but when doesn't he make an episode great? Really. I was happy that the last episode brought plot development, and in ways, this did too with Howard & Leslie starting up a relationship. As pointless as it was, there was development. And I'm glad the writers are finally picking up the pace when it comes to that.

    Funny episode overall, the closing scene was definitely the best and beat the cold opening by a landslide. Great episode.moreless
  • One of my favs

    Terrific episode. They basically made a story line out of Sheldon's 'spot'. Despite the studio audience's over enthusiastic 'oh!!' when Penny shot the paint ball into his spot, it was a pretty decent storyline. We get to see Leonard and Penny as friends which showcased the great chemistry they have together

    Penny: What are we going to do

    Leonard: We. No no. You've had your chance to be we for like a year and a half now. Right now you are you and you are screwed.

    The exchange between the two is terrific and Leonard is at his best when he's involved in somebody else's storyline.

    Sheldon is hilarious with his 0000. Penny: 000

    Sheldon: There's one more 0. Penny: Sit on the couch Sheldon

    The fact that he still doesn't like the seat even after it gets clean, is when the show starts to skate on borderline unbelievability. I understand that Sheldon is peculiar and isn't meant to be taken seriously but it almost seems they are sacrificing the rest of the characters to compensate for Sheldon, making it come off as forced.

    Howard and Leslie were pretty funny in bed together as they conversed with Howard's mother

    Howard's mum: Is she Jewish?

    H: Are you Jewish?

    L: No

    H: YES!!

    That was pretty funny.

    Not much Raj today. All in all a pretty good episodemoreless
  • "Did he called his right hand?" Oooh Penny !!!!

    Howard and Leslie having sex !!! and not just that Leslie only using Korthabali as a sex toy !!! hahaha stupid guy but at least hes having sex !!!

    but what was really funny is Sheldon and his couch !!! Penny really was screwed !!! i mean what is the big deal Sheldon !!! lool xD

    and after she gets it , the story of Leonard of the 4000 containers for chicken haha that really killed Sheldon !! i luv this guy and his weird attitudes its really hilarious and what makes the show so ... i liked the ending it was really funny how Sheldon shot Penny only for revenge for his couch loolmoreless
  • Paintball

    Paintball leads to a squabble between Sheldon and Penny, as well as romance between Howard and Leslie. This was a really great episode of The Big Bang Theory the final part where everyoneis at paintball was excellent it was so funny when they begun to shoot each other. Sheldon trying to sit in his cushion was also equally funny the episode had me laughing none stop, the show is getting good again like early this season. All in all this was one of the better episodes of the season that had some great moments, I rate it a 9.5 out of 10.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At the end of the episode when Sheldon shoots Leonard with the paint-ball gun we can distinctively see that Sheldon shoots five shots, but when the camera cuts to Leonard he has seven green colored spots on his suit.

    • Leonard says that the Szechuan Palace closed two years ago, nevertheless he also tells Penny that she had the chance of being in a relationship with him for a year and a half. The first time Penny and Leonard dated was also at the time when Sheldon was confronting that restaurant for passing Orange chicken as Tangerine chicken.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Penny is sitting on the couch, in Sheldon's spot)
      Sheldon: You're in my spot.
      Penny: Are you planning on sitting here?
      Sheldon: No, I'm going to the comic book store.
      Penny: Then what difference does it make?
      Sheldon: (incredulous) "What difference does it make?"
      Leonard: Here we go.
      Sheldon: That is my spot. In an ever-changing world, it is a single point of consistency. If my life were expressed as a function on a four-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system, that spot, at the moment I first sat on it, would be (0,0,0,0).
      Penny: What?
      Leonard: Don't sit in his spot.

    • (Leonard unsuccessfully tries to clean the paintball stain Penny made in Sheldon's spot)
      Penny: Do you think he'll notice?
      Leonard: There's a chance.
      Penny: What are we going to do?
      Leonard: We? No, no, no. You had your chance to be "we" for, like, a year and a half now.

    • (Wolowitz checks his caller ID)
      Wolowitz: Ooh, looks like I'm gonna have sex tonight. (answers) Hey, baby...
      Penny: His right hand is calling him?

    • Penny: Okay, fine, what if we just flip it over? (flips over the couch cushion) There! Looks fine, right?
      Leonard: Mmm... butt print. There's no discernible butt print.
      Penny: Oh, come on. (sits on the cushion and wiggles around) There, butt print.
      Leonard: It's too small and too… perfect.
      Penny: (flattered) Oh, thank you!

    • (while playing paintball, they found themselves surrounded)
      Raj: We need a plan. How about Operation Hammer of the Gods?
      Leonard: I forget, which one is Hammer of the Gods?
      Raj: We hide behind the Dumpsters in the parking lot and ambush people when they come to pee.

    • (Wolowitz and Leslie are in bed after sleeping together)
      Leslie: Boy, your heart's racing. I must've really gotten you going.
      Wolowitz: Well, it's partly you, partly my transient idiopathic arrhythmia.
      Leslie: Sexy.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #242.

    • The German episode title is "Die Kissen-Katastrophe", meaning "The Cushion Catastrophe". The French title is "Le Coussin irremplaçable", meaning "The Irreplaceable Cushion". The Italian title is "La saturazione del cuscino", and the Spanish title is "La saturación del cojín", both exact translations. The Mexican title is "La mancha del cojín", meaning "The Stain on the Cushion".

    • This episode marks the final appearance by Sara Gilbert as a main star. Signed to a contract as a series regular at season's start, writers were unable to find storylines to place Leslie Winkle and subsequently dropped Sara from contract.

    • International Airdates: Latin America: March 31, 2009 on Warner Channel; Australia: August 31, 2009 on Channel 9; Turkey: December 21, 2009 on CNBC-e; Finland: January 25, 2010 on Sub; Czech Republic: November 17, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: October 5, 2011 on Markiza


    • Raj says, "God, I love the smell of paintballs in the morning," playing on a line by Kilgore in the 1979 film, Apocalypse Now, where he says, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."