The Big Bang Theory

Season 2 Episode 17

The Terminator Decoupling

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 09, 2009 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The gang is thrilled when they see Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Summer Glau is also aboard their train to San Francisco for a scientific symposium. Meanwhile, Sheldon frets over having forgotten a paper he wants to present to George Smoot.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The episode confirms the remarkable chemistry between Sheldon and Penny

    The best part of this episode revolves around Sheldon, and his paranoid over protectiveness. The segment where Sheldon instructs Penny on how to retrieve his USB and his documents is wonderful and hilarious to say the least. This episode, indeed confirms, that Penny and Sheldon's chemistry extends beyond their on screen interactions.

  • You Forgot Your Flashdrive

    I loved that we were outside the established locations for this episode, though I wish they'd gone two-parter and let us see some of the conference rather than skipping the entire outing. Sheldon on a train was bound to happen and Raj is a step closer to being able to talk to women without being drunk. It was a small step, but one I appreciated. The episode was rather dragged out, but it wasn't bad. It was actually quite entertaining.moreless
  • Sheldon on a train. Whee!

    I have to admit that I had higher expectations for this one. The gang meeting Summer Glau seemed interesting, and what could have been a great episode turned out to be average at best.

    Sheldon´s usual paranoid weirdness was remarkable (as it usually is), and the Penny/Sheldon interaction was the highlight of the episode. Raj, the indian casanova, came in a close second, and the rest of the cast seemed a little out of place. Leonard was completely underused, and Wolowitz persuit of Summer Glau was missing some of his creepiness.

    Fun to watch, and even though Sheldon got to take the train, The Terminator Decoupling was not one of the seasons finest.moreless
  • 217

    Better than the last episode in a lot of ways. We got some originality here, and this episode was made memorable due to the very funny plot formula. The gang in a train for 11 hours trying different methods to hit on a TV star. Meanwhile Sheldon & Penny have amazing interactions. And this episode clearly proves that Sheldon & Penny together in a plot equals hilarity.

    Summer Glaue was pretty funny here, but she definitely bounced off the main cast. This was one of those times where Howard was really funny, even Raj brought a few laughs. Of course most of the laughs came from Sheldon & Penny tonight, regardless, overall this was a hilarious episode and it just wrapped together perfectly in the end there.

    Memorable episode, likable characters, and funny one liners and you've got yourself a great TBBT episode.moreless
  • The guys run into Summer Glau on a train. The rest of the summary is not needed because the fact that friggin' Summer Glau is in the episode should be enough to win. It is.moreless

    The guys run into Summer Glau on a train. The rest of the summary is not needed because the fact that friggin' Summer Glau is in the episode should be enough to win. It is.

    This episode doesn't have the good writing it has usual. I would rate it 6/10. Fortunately they had Summer Glau who is the only person who rates 14 on a scale of 10 so combined this episode scores a 10. They should thank Summer for gracing them with her presence. I think I'm gonna check out the Terminator show now.

    Too bad Sheldon and Summer never got to speak to eachother.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Sheldon and Leo are exchanging the iPhone while talking to Penny, it clearly shows that they were not making any actual phone calls. The iPhone screen switches off while making a call and pressed against the caller's head, but it remains at the contacts screen.

    • Penny mentions that a play might be the only chance I actually have to play Anne Frank. Actress Kaley Cuoco previously played a character on another show who played Anne Frank in the 8 Simple Rules season two episode, "The Story of Anne Frank and Skeevy".

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sheldon: Stop. We can't do this. It's not right.
      Raj: Sheldon, you have two choices. Either you let him put a bigger hard drive in the TiVo, or you delete stuff before we go out of town.
      Sheldon: But once you open the box, you've voided the warranty. The warranty is a sacred covenant we've entered into with the manufacturer. He offers to stand by his equipment, and we in return agree not to violate the integrity of the internal hardware. This little orange sticker is all that stands between us and anarchy.

    • Sheldon: So I'm thinking, 'You won the Nobel Prize, what, three years ago,' so you must deal with a whole lot of 'what has Smoot done lately?' My thought is, we continue my research as a team. You know, Cooper-Smoot—alphabetical—and when we win the Nobel Prize, you'll be back on top.
      Dr. George Smoot: With all due respect, Dr. Cooper, are you on crack?

    • Raj: Have you seen Slumdog Millionaire?
      Summer: Oh, yeah, I loved it.
      Raj: It's loosely based on my life.

    • Leonard: Why don't we just call [Penny], have her go into the apartment, get your flash-drive, and email you the paper?
      Sheldon: But the flash-drive is in a lock drawer in my desk.
      Leonard: So?
      Sheldon: The key is hidden in my room.
      Leonard: So?
      Sheldon: Penny would have to go into my room.
      Leonard: So?
      Sheldon: People don't go into my room!
      Leonard: I see. Well, it seems once again you are caught between a rock and a crazy place.
      Sheldon: I hate when that happens.

    • Wolowitz: I've actually got a shot at a Terminator.
      Raj: Oh, please. When it comes to Terminators, you've got a better shot of scoring with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    • Sheldon: (about his grandmother) She calls me moon-pie because I'm nummy-nummy and she could eat me up!

    • Howard: What would Summer Glau be doing riding the train?
      Leonard: Maybe John Connor's aboard, and she's protecting him from an evil Terminator.
      Sheldon: Unlikely, that's a television show, Leonard.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #243.

    • The 'sci-fi female appearing as herself' role was originally offered to Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, who turned down the role.

    • The German episode title is "Das Placebo-Bier", meaning "The Near Beer". The French title is "Terminator dans le train", meaning "Terminator on the Train". The Italian title is "Il binario del Terminator", meaning "Terminator Railroad". The Spanish title is "La separación de Terminator", an exact translation. The Mexican title is "Terminator multiplicado por diez", meaning "Terminator Times Ten".

    • As a fan of the show's often physics-centric humor, Nobel Laureate Dr. George Smoot contacted the show and was subsequently found a role as himself in this episode. Smoot won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the Big Bang Theory of the universe using the Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite.

    • International Airdates: Latin America: April 14, 2009 on Warner Channel; Australia: September 7, 2009 on Channel 9; Germany; December 5, 2009 on ProSieben; Turkey: December 28, 2009 on CNBC-e; Finland: February 1, 2010 on Sub; Czech Republic: November 18, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: October 6, 2011 on Markiza


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