The Big Bang Theory

Season 2 Episode 14

The Financial Permeability

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Sheldon loans money to Penny so she can pay her rent, it leads to Leonard coming face-to-face with her ex, Kurt.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Was That Sarcasm?

    Pretty sure we had some Sheldon sarcasm at the end there and it was a bit of a pleasant surprise. The episode was still riding on Sheldon's shoulders, but in a different way than it has been. There were also fairly substantial parts Penny and Leonard, which makes sense with them being the main cast and all. It wasn't particularly funny and beat the dead Kurt horse even further. It almost felt like things went backward rather than forward in regards to character development here, which is a definite step backward when there hasn't really been any forward movement in character development.moreless
  • LEONARD: "You guys suck". I think he ment the crew.

    First of all, this is one of my favorite shows. But this episode wasn't very good. Why? it seemed I watched 3 different episodes, like they wrote 3 scripts, but weren't long enough, so they put it together:

    1)They need to decide if every episode will or not have a normal beggining or a cold open (a first scene that's unrelated to the entire episode), so we don't get confused anymore.

    2)Then there was SHELDON givin' money to PENNY. Then we were led to believe that the entire episode would be PENNY accusing SHELDON of accusing her. That was funny.

    3)But then all of the sudden, they changed the entire plot to the guys going to ask money for KURT. That actually made me feel upset (KURT wins).

    I just don't want the crew to not care about little details, 'cuz they'll end up like TWO AND A HALF MEN: A great show, where each season separately is great, but all of them together not, 'cuz they have A LOT of little errors.

    The good thing is that the entire season was great overall, and it takes more than this episode to bring everything down.moreless
  • 214

    A good enough episode for Big Bang Theory tonight, definitely better than what we've been getting as of late yet there were some over the top moments like Sheldon's song in the end and Leonard's behavior in general. The Sheldon & Penny interactions were clearly the best.

    The scene where Sheldon loaned Penny money was really great even though I thought it was a bit unlike him to loan money and not have Penny sign some ridiculous contract. So the episode started out strongly but then it became Leonard focused with him getting the money from her ex, which really wasn't very original, and Leonard's lines and timing always feel forced.

    Other than the final result of the episode, we got some great Sheldon one liners, and it didn't feel like we got an over load from his character. So overall, I was quite satisfied with the episode. Good episode overall even though it did have it's flaws.moreless
  • Leonard:"I need your help", Raj"here you go (the card with the sword)" hahahahaa hilarious xD

    Sheldon helping that is new !!!

    and what a brave from Leonard to help Penny and what he gets the poor guy , is a note at his head lol and Penny get back to her old boyfriend , poor him .

    but the most hilarious part was when Leonard asked for the guys help , and no one wanted to , and that Raj wanted to give him the sword he won in the card hahaha stupid nerds !!!!

    stupid Sheldon hiding his money in a toy snakes Jar !!! lol

    good story, and got directing the sequence of event, and the episode was soo hilarious.moreless
  • Thats what I wanted.

    When Sheldon loans money to Penny so she can pay her rent , it leads to Leonard coming face - to - face with her ex , Kurt . I loved Sheldon's little song at the end of the episode the enitre episode was at a good standard and there where a good few laughs here. Leonard's little quest with the rest of the gang was funny and Penny feeling under pressure to give Sheldon his money back was both fun . All in all this episode was really funny and focused on all the characters. I give this episode a very respectable 9 out of 10 .moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Sheldon states that his expenses account for approximately 42% of his after-tax wage. Yet, in the season one episode "The Dumpling Paradox", when Leonard and Sheldon are discussing letting Penny stay in their apartment, Sheldon says "Frankly, if I could afford the rent I'd ask you to leave.". If his expenses only come to less than half of his take home pay he would in actuality be able to pay all of the rent on his own.

    • Although Sheldon seems to believe he knows everything, he was incorrect about Icees and Slurpees not being equivalent. 7-Eleven licenses the product and simply sells it under the Slurpee name.

    • When Penny was asking Sheldon to give her more time to pay him back, Sheldon was holding a closed box of Chinese food in his left hand and a chopstick in the middle with his right hand. After Leonard said "Oh wait, you lent her money?", Sheldon was holding an open box of Chinese food and holding the chopsticks by the top end of it.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Penny: Sheldon, honey, I don't want things to be weird between us.
      Sheldon: Well, would it also be weird if I have to say 'hello' to you every morning on my way to work and you're living in a refrigerator box and washing your hair with rainwater?

    • Sheldon: You know, I've given the matter some thought... and... I think I'd be willing to be a house pet to a race of super intelligent aliens.

    • Sheldon: If you recall, I pointed out the 'Check Engine' light to you several months ago.
      Penny: No, the 'Check Engine' light is fine; it's still blinking away. It's the stupid engine that stopped working.

    • (outside Kurt's apartment)
      Leonard: Okay, is everyone clear on the plan?
      Wolowitz: Yes, Koothrappali is going to wet himself, I'm going to throw up, Sheldon is going to run away, and you are going to die!

    • Sheldon: Hello, Penny.
      Penny: Sheldon, here is your money. Thank you very much. It helped a lot.
      Sheldon: Sarcasm?
      Penny: No.
      Sheldon: Darn! I can't seem to get the hang of that.

    • Leonard: Why don't you just get a roommate and stay here?
      Penny: Well, do you know anybody?
      Leonard: Well, I'm sure the guy living with Sheldon wouldn't mind moving in with you.
      Penny: Oh, Leonard, honey, if we started living together, I wouldn't be able to keep my hands off you.
      Leonard: Really?
      Penny: And you thought my acting lessons were a waste of money.

    • Penny: This wasn't the plan. It wasn't supposed to go this way.
      Leonard: Oh, well what was the plan?
      Penny: Um, waitress for six months, then become a movie star.
      Leonard: Uh-huh. Was there a plan B?
      Penny: TV star.

    • Sheldon: Ask me why!
      Leonard: Do I have to?
      Sheldon: Of course, that's how you move a conversation forward.

    • Sheldon: On what universe is a slurpee the same thing as an ICEE.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #239.

    • The German episode title is "In der Kreditklemme", meaning "Credit Crunch". The French title is "Petites dettes entre amis", meaning "Little Debts Between Friends". The Italian title is "La permeabilità della finanza" and the Spanish and Mexican title is "La permeabilidad financiera".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: March 24, 2009 on Warner Channel; Australia: August 17, 2009 on Channel 9; Turkey: December 7, 2009 on CNBC-e; Finland: January 11, 2010 on Sub; Czech Republic: November 15, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: October 3, 2011 on Markiza


    • Leonard, trying to enlist the gang to go confront Kurt with him, asks "When Frodo left the Shire to take the one ring to Mordor didn't Samwise, Pippin. and Merry go with him?" referring to Hobbits from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, authored by J.R.R. Tolkien in 1954.