The Big Bang Theory

Season 2 Episode 7

The Panty Piñata Polarization

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 10, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Sheldon bans Penny from the apartment for numerous minor infractions, she decides to retaliate. Howard and Raj search for the America's Next Top Model house.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Well-Played

    I actually think my favorite interactions are between Penny and Sheldon (all the more reason for them to "try each other out" as it goes). It allows me to overlook the fact that Sheldon's carrying the show and that Leonard, Raj and Howard are pretty useless as far as comedy goes. I want to see them more involved, but episodes like this are well-worth the dry spell.
  • Penny vs. Sheldon! Game on!!!

    This episode is an instant favorite, one of the best of season 2. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's thought Sheldon was a nutcase (not to say it doesn't come with some good laughs), but it's always fun when of the cast has fun with it. This one is a perfect example of that. Howard and Raj's side plot was okay, but it wasn't as funny as Penny and Sheldon squaring off with Leonard trying to act as referee.

    Penny innocently makes a mistake that earns her a strike in Sheldon's insane head. We learn here that Sheldon keeps track of everyone's strikes and after 3 strikes, that person is given a punishment and has the option of taking Sheldon's class in order to have them removed, just like when you get a ticket while driving. After learning that Sheldon had given her another strike for forwarding a funny email to him (funny for normal people), Penny decides to make a stand against Sheldon's ludicrous rules, which earns her her final strike and banishment from the apartment. It's never understood how he got her to leave since she's stronger than he is lol.

    Now, Leonard, Howard and Raj have already made a habit of looking the other way when this situation happens to them, but Penny stays firm to her stand and treats Sheldon in a similar way and banishes him from the Cheesecake Factory. It's here that I found myself totally on Penny's side. When Leonard tries to get her to apologize just so the whole ordeal would be over, she says she's not going to apologize for something that's not her fault, and she's right. I mean, I'll admit Sheldon is funny is the non-tradition way, but he has some irrational tendencies. Penny even makes a point that her stand isn't entirely about her; it's about not encouraging Sheldon's tendencies so he always thinks he can do them, which is true, just like when you give a crying kid a toy so he/she will stop crying. Eventually the kid is going to think he/she will get something for crying.

    Anyway, back to the episode. Because of Penny's banishment, Sheldon makes an off-camera discussion with her manager, who like everyone else probably gave in so he'd stop, and Penny has to serve him. She one-ups him by putting the idea into his head that she's done something to his meal. We don't know if she actually did but it's funny either way. This sets off a chain reaction. Sheldon responds to Penny's alleged tampering with his food by kicking her off the guy's WIFI, which is accompanied by a video of Sheldon basically saying she can have access again if she apologizes to him. To keep Penny from resorting to physical violence, Howard tried to get her access, which triggers another video of Sheldon giving everyone an additional strike for trying to help her.

    While Sheldon may have the advantage of technology, Penny takes an old-school approach and takes advantage of Sheldon's neurotic schedule by occupying all the laundry machines in the building on Sheldon's laundry day, to which Sheldon retaliates by hanging all the clothes from the machines on the telephone line outside the apartment. It's at this point that Penny is willing to call a truce, but as we all know Sheldon will never admit when he's wrong, so the war continues.

    Leonard, wanting this to end, gives Penny Sheldon's "kryptonite" - his mother's phone number. This was my favorite scene when his mom calls him and all you see is Sheldon looking depressed and trying and failing miserably to voice his stand. I love Leonard's reaction in this scene, especially after Sheldon asks him if he gave Penny his mom's number. Sheldon returns Penny's clothes and finally admits he's sorry to her. She accepts his apology and apologizes back. The war is finally over.

    I love episodes where the main cast is the focus without really any guest stars. I feel those are the best stories, just the main characters being themselves. Sheldon's idiosyncrasies are funny with just seeing the ones he has but are even more funny with someone calling him out on them. Plus, watching someone do something that makes Sheldon's eye do that twitching thing is always hilarious!moreless
  • 207

    This episode has instantly become one of the best episodes of The Big Bang Theory thus far. So much classic elements that makes this show great. The writers are really hitting a home run here, that's right I used a baseball metaphor, as did Sheldon in this hysterical episode of The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon & Penny interactions are always going to be the best thing about this show, and I'm glad the writers have realized that. Them going to war against each other was wildly entertaining, not to mention absolutely hilarious. This episode is definitely under appreciated.

    Leonard scenes were kept to a minimum, Leslie was completely absent, Penny & Sheldon were funnier than ever and I even found myself laughing at Raj & Howard's plot even though it was a bit ridiculous, it was entertaining. A perfect episode of TBBT. Keep it coming!moreless
  • Penny, Sheldon you both AWESOME!!!

    what a hilarious episode hahhaa :D

    Penny and Sheldon really screwed each other up, how they tease each other, it was funny!!!

    and how finally Penny made Sheldon to apolagize my calling his MOM !!!! haha,, i laughed and laughed and laughed ..

    also ,, the two stupid Howard and Rajesh , how they were looking for the next top model house !!

    Google earth, military robot pains!! and they dont call them selves sick !! and when they found the house and went there .. and how they looked so small comparing to the models OMG hahaha

    this was one of the best episodes of the big bang theory i really love this show :Dmoreless
  • Season 2, Episode 7.

    Kudos to the writers for making season 2 of The Big Bang Theory not boring! Unfortunately, they were a season too late, in my opinion. I really liked the idea for this episode, even though I didn't get to see the first 10 minutes or so. It was so fun though. Not funny, but fun to watch. It was very entertaining. Miss Cuoco is pretty cool. I liked her ever since she was in Charmed. Plus, she was cool in 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. I liked this episode, especially when Penny walks out of the apartment yelling, "I'm banished?!" LMAO! Good episode!moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • While everyone else is watching "America's Top Model", Sheldon points out that the word "Worf" appears in the boggle tray. Before Sheldon mentions this, Wolowitz is looking at the TV watching "America's Top Model". When Sheldon mentions what he sees, we see that Wolowitz is already looking at Sheldon before he speaks, and in the very next frame, Wolowitz is watching "America's Top Model" again. There was no time for him to turn his head at either point.

    • The onion ring that Penny picked up from Sheldon's plate is much bigger than the one she placed back.

    • The two models featured at the end of this episode, Analeigh Tipton and Samantha Potter, were both contestants and finalists in season 11 of America's Next Top Model. Season 11 was airing at the same time this episode first aired and the model house was located in Los Angeles for this season (as indicated in this episode). However, though the guys continually referenced a contestant named Giselle, no contestant by that name has appeared since season 1.

    • The correct spelling of "Qochbe'" (klingon for "To agree") is with a "Qo", not a "Ko".

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Sheldon: (to Penny) I trusted you with my e-mail address, and you betrayed that trust by sending me Internet banality.

    • Penny: I am going to introduce your friend to a world of hurt.
      Leonard: You don't want to get into it with Sheldon. The guy is one lab accident away from being a super villain.

    • Sheldon: You have two strikes. Three strikes and you're out. It's a sports metaphor.
      Penny: A sports metaphor?
      Sheldon: Yes, baseball.
      Penny: What was my first strike?
      Sheldon: March 18th: you violated my rule about forwarding email humor. You know, the photo of the cat who wants to "has cheezburger?"
      Penny: Oh, come on, everybody loves LOLcatz. They're cute, and they can't spell... 'cause they're cats?

    • Sheldon: I am very sorry for what I have done. Here's your laundry. (gives basket with laundry) I rescind your strikes, and you are no longer banished from the apartment.
      Penny: Can I sit wherever I want? (Sheldon starts twitching) No, no, no, never mind, that's not important. This was very big of you. I really appreciate it. Goodnight, Sheldon.
      Sheldon: Penny? Well played.
      Penny: Thank you.
      Sheldon: Just remember: "with great power comes great responsibility."

    • Sheldon: (on a video message on Penny's computer) Greetings, Hamburger Toucher! You're probably wondering why you aren't able to IM with your little friends about how much you "heart" various things. Well, this recorded message is alerting you that I am putting an end to your parasitic piggy-backing upon our WiFi. If you want to remedy this situation, you can contact the phone company, pay for your own WiFi, or just apologize to me! (grins)

    • Leonard: Just apologize to him, okay?
      Penny: What? I'm not going to apologize to that nut-case.
      Leonard: Come on, it's easy. He'll even tell you what to say.

    • Sheldon: The entire nation dedicated a decade of effort and treasure to put a man on the moon.
      Wolowitz: Well, my fellow Americans, before this year is out we will put a Wolowitz on one of America's top models.
      Raj: And a large number of people will believe it never happened.

    • Leonard: Put it on the agenda.
      Sheldon: You have to make a motion to put it on the agenda.
      Leonard: Oh, I'll make a motion, but you're not going to like it.

    • Penny: Wait, Sheldon. This has gotten way out of hand. Okay, I've done some stupid things; you've done some stupid things. How about we just call it even and move on with our lives?
      Sheldon: I've done no stupid things.
      Penny: Look, you've got to meet me half way here.
      Sheldon: I am meeting you half-way. I'm willing to concede that you've done some stupid things.

    • Raj: We now have the address of the Top Model house.
      Howard: God bless you, Google Street View—registered trademark.
      Leonard: Okay, for the record, what you guys are doing is really creepy.
      Howard: You know what? If it's creepy to use the Internet, military satellites, and robot aircraft to find a house full of gorgeous young models so that I can drop in on them unexpectedly, then fine, I'm creepy.

    • Howard: Giselle's hanging by a thread.
      Penny: Good, I hate her.
      Howard: Then you're not invited to our wedding.

    • Sheldon: Woman, you are playing with forces beyond your ken.
      Penny: Yeah, well your Ken can kiss my Barbie!

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #225.

    • The German episode title is "Dessous auf der Oberleitung", meaning "Lingerie on the Wire". The French title is "La Vengeance de Sheldon", meaning "Sheldon's Vengeance". The Mexican title is "La polarización de la piñata de ropa", meaning "The Clothing Piñata Polarization". The Italian title is "La polarizzazione della pignatta", and the Spanish title is "La polarización Panty Piñata".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: December 16, 2008 on Warner Channel; Australia: June 29, 2009 on Channel 9; Turkey: October 19, 2009 on CNBC-e; Finland: November 23, 2009 on Sub; Czech Republic: November 2, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: September 22, 2011 on Markiza


    • When Leonard tells Penny, "It'll shorten the war by five years and save millions of lives," he is making a joke that relates to the dropping of the atomic bomb. In the mid-1940s, the bomb was dropped in Japan by the U.S. and is said to have marked the termination of World War II.

    • Sheldon tells Penny, "With great power comes great responsibility," borrowing a mantra from the Spider-Man franchise.

    • When Howard chants "One of us, one of us" he is referencing Tod Browning's 1932 film, Freaks.