The Big Bang Theory

Season 2 Episode 21

The Vegas Renormalization

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Leonard and Raj take Wolowitz to Las Vegas to help him get over his break-up with Leslie. Sheldon, home alone and looking forward to it, locks himself out and has only one other place to stay—Penny's.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Vegas, Baby!

    Being able to leave the apartment is the best thing that's happened to this series. I really like the Penny/Sheldon dynamic and appreciate how splitting the cast in location rather than just story allows the show to come off of Sheldon's shoulders. He's still the star, hands down, but the others are able to shine a little brighter now. I would have liked to have seen a little more of Howard and Leslie's relationship before it crashed, but that's how Leslie works, so it's how it had to be.moreless
  • same old

    Sorry you all know the story right now I dont deserve this treatment on the site deleteing my reviews how dare they so here is a recap.

    Sheldon, who has declined to come on the trip to Vegas, is ready to spend the weekend alone. He returns home to find that he has forgotten his key inside his locked apartment. Since the building manager will not arrive until the next morning, and Penny says she left her emergency key in their apartment, he is forced to spend the night with her. He sleeps in Penny's bed because he can't fit on the couch. When Leonard returns at the end of the episode, Sheldon comes out of Penny's apartment, telling Leonard he had dinner with her and spent the night. He also tells him that he has a better understanding of the term "friends with benefits," (which was a question he had the entire episode) before entering the apartment, leaving a bewildered Leonard looking shocked.moreless
  • 221

    Way better than the previous episode. For some reason this show always reminds me of "Friends." They even have a Vegas episode, for Pete's sake. May be because Penny's character is much like Rachel's character on Friends but anyways, this was a great episode of TBBT. I love how the writers are stepping out of their comfort zones in a way. I mean, the group going to Vegas? A bit unexpected. Leonard & Raj getting a hooker for Howard was hilarious.

    I'm glad the pointless Leslie & Howard pairing ended though. I don't know if we'll be seeing Leslie again in a better light, but I'm just glad that little story line is over. Of course the Sheldon & Penny interactions for the most part steal the show. Sheldon gets locked out of his apartment which results in Sheldon having to sleep over at Penny's.

    The fact that Sheldon couldn't fathom the idea of being friends with benefits was hilarious, and I just loved Penny's reaction times. Also great revival of Penny singing the Cat song to Sheldon. We've got some great interactions here, especially near the end. Sheldon's closing line to Leonard just was hysterical. Great episode overall, looking forward to the next.moreless
  • Doing what the show does best

    Two hilarious plot threads. The guys in Vegas. Sheldon sleeping at Penny's. The potential is enormous.

    Leslie breaks up with Howard so Sheldon (of all people) makes a suggestion

    'You know i'm given to understand there's a city in Navada dedicated to make people like you forget their problems, and they can replace them with new problems, such as alcoholism, gambling addiction and sexually transmitted diseases' So the guys left for Vegas (except Sheldon) who enjoys the solitude. Unfortunately for him he gets locked out of his house or his 'big ice thingy' as Penny humourously calls it.

    In Vegas we see Leonard and Raj together which is pretty funny. These two characters are probably the least explored of the shows characters and when together are pretty funny. Raj breaks out of his shell and gives some pretty funny lines

    'Disney land can suck it'

    While Leonard does the whole Awkward thing really well as he asks the female if she is a prostitue. Which brings laughs.

    More laughs are generated as she pretends to be Jewish in order to cheer Howard up

    'Would it kill them to put out a little brisket'

    Back at Penny's, her and Sheldon have a conversation about friend's with benefits and Sheldon sings a hilarious nursery rhyme in convincing Penny to let him sleep in her bed. Feeling home sick he asks Penny to sing 'Soft Kitty' Didn't really care for this scene. It should have been funny, but Penny's annoyed reaction made me get annoyed at Sheldon taking the humour out of the situation.

    The ending is hilarious

    Sheldon to Leonard: I spent the night at Penny's. Oh by the way I know have a much better understanding of friend's with benefits'

    Leonard was stumped.

    Great ending. Terrific episodemoreless
  • This show is losing its touch.

    There was a time this season when I could honestly say that The Big Bang Theory was the BEST comedy on television. But after the past few episodes I do not understand how that was the case. I don't know if it's that the characters have gotten too predictable, or we're just too comfortable with everybody, but the jokes are just falling flat on nearly every attempt. I mean a Las Vegas episode? I know it's from the same guy behind Two and a Half Men, but it actually makes sense that Charlie would do it on that show. Nerds do not emigrate to Nevada, and the fact that Sheldon suggested it was out of character because he is usually not a guy with street smarts.

    I laughed at a few Sheldon moments, but this was nowhere near one of his better outings. When that is the case you know the show is doomed.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Sheldon: What exactly does that expression mean, "friends with benefits?" Does he provide her with health insurance?
      Leonard: No! Look, imagine you maintained a friendship with someone you had sex with, but you were free to date whoever you wanted.
      Sheldon: I'm sorry, I can't imagine any of that.

    • Wolowitz: There's no place for truth on the Internet.

    • Raj: (about Howard) Too bad he wasn't here for that hooker. She was exactly his type: a hooker.

    • Penny: Hang on, I think the emergency key is around here somewhere.
      Sheldon: We have a bowl. Our keys go in a bowl. You should get a bowl.
      Penny: So how did the beautiful mind of Sheldon Cooper forget his keys in the first place?
      Sheldon: I left them in the bowl.

    • Penny: Calm down, I'll call the building manager, and he'll come open your door. Just eat your dinner here while you're waiting.
      Sheldon: Eat my dinner in your apartment?
      Penny: Yeah, why not?
      Sheldon: (in thick Texas accent) Sure why not? And after the sun's down we can all pile in my pickup and go skinny dippin' down at the creek!

    • Sheldon: Penny.
      Penny: Yeah.
      Sheldon: Thanks for letting me stay here.
      Penny: Oh, you're welcome sweetie.
      Sheldon: Okay, I'm sleepy now, get out.

    • Raj: We should have a plan in case one of us gets lucky.
      Leonard: Okay, if I get lucky, I'll take her to my stately manor outside Gotham City, and if you get lucky, I'll sleep on the moon.
      Raj: Sounds like a plan.

    • Sheldon: I'm homesick!
      Penny: Your home is 20 feet from here.
      Sheldon: 20 feet, 20 light years, it doesn't matter. It's in a galaxy far far away.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #249.

    • The German episode title is "Die Las-Vegas-Kur", meaning "The Las Vegas Cure". The French title is "Excursion à Vegas", meaning "Trip to Vegas". The Italian title is "La normalizzazione di Las Vegas", the Spanish title is "La renormalización de Las Vegas", and the Mexican title is "Las Vegas renormalizada".

    • This was one of the three episodes that were nominated for a 2009 Emmy in the Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series category.

    • International Airdates: Latin America: May 19, 2009 on Warner Channel; Australia: October 12, 2009 on Channel 9; Germany: December 19, 2009 on ProSieben; Turkey: January 25, 2010 on CNBC-e; Finland: March 1, 2010 on Sub; Czech Republic: November 25, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: October 12, 2011 on Markiza