The Big Bang Theory

Season 2 Episode 18

The Work Song Nanocluster

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 16, 2009 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Penny's business selling hair accessories out of her apartment gets out of hand when an over-caffeinated Sheldon takes charge.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Pennyblossoms

    Absolutely no closure in this episode. What happened with the order? Did she cancel it? Did she go super Penny and finish them all? Did she ever take one-day rush off the website? This episode had an adorable premise (Sheldon with crafts and on coffee, c'mon), but it didn't deliver anything else. It wasn't all the funny and served to remind us that Howard and Leslie continue to not? be a thing. Meh episode.moreless
  • Sheldon gets high on coffee

    I hate to admit, this installment jumped the shark by a good extent. While the writers tried their best to engage all characters rather than focusing on a specific pair or so, this one seemed to produce a artificial effect.

    First of all, I really detested the overdose of science/engineering stuff. Since when did Sheldon get interested in running an assembly line for some girly stuff that Penny designed. Worst of all, I found the enthusiasm shared by the gang toward this thing, way out of character. And then it goes on to murder us with websites, gay stuff, blue tooth, and what not. While things seemed a bit out of character, I did like some fun stuff like Sheldon getting high on coffee, and the laser-pizza-chess stuff. Things like these seem more like the show.

    A 6 might be a lot harsh. But yes, I was disappointed.moreless
  • .BAM!!!zoom zoom zoom xD

    one of the best episodes ever!!! i loved this episode and its definitely a re-watch one!1 Super funny one XD

    i mean from the beginning of the episode and you just start laughing !!! the laser chess !!! come one xD

    and Penny's business and how Sheldon helped her and what was really funny when they were singing Sheldon AND Penny hahahahaha XD

    and when Penny started to convince Sheldon to drink coffee and how he promised his mother not to take drugs!!! lol , and when he took it ... BAM !!! that was hilarious man .

    and just before the ending when they finished the 1000 piece and the order of the another 1000 came ,, came with it the zoom zoom Sheldon and it was the most funny moment in the big bang theory for me xD i luv this guy he always shock me :D

    and then again the laser game to eat lunch that was hilarious too !!!moreless
  • Penny starts a business which ends up having disastrous results.

    Very rarely will you see a successful show randomly shift its focus, but such is the case with The Big Bang Theory. The Leonard and Penny relationship, that paralleled Ross and Rachel from Friends and Sam and Diane from Cheers in ways, dominated the first season, but has since been replaced with the Sheldon and Penny relationship. Zero sexual chemistry between the two, but I do not think you will find anybody who would argue that such was not a change for the better.

    I liked this episode for the most part, but Howard went a little crazy here mentioning strippers and his testicles in the span of three minutes. That kind of lowbrow humor is beneath The Big Bang Theory, but otherwise another fine episode of the program.moreless
  • 218

    A superb episode of The Big Bang Theory tonight, I loved the Penny & Sheldon interactions, and I just love how the writers are giving what the viewers want and I'm glad that they're aware who is most funny. Although I do have to admit the Sheldon interactions were a tad over the top, this episode was still funny nonetheless.

    Sure the last episode was more memorable, but this episode was funnier and we got a great balance between all of the characters. I found myself genuinely laughing at most of the scenes. The plot was great. Forcing the group to make Penny Blossoms all night resulting in Sheldon getting hyped on coffee. Very funny and well thought out plot.

    Looking forward to the rest of the episodes this season, hopefully TBBT continues to bring quality episodes like this one.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Sheldon: I believe I'm hearing some negativity on factory floor.
      Penny: What is that?
      Sheldon: Penny, the labor force is a living organism that must be carefully nurtured. Any counterproductive grumbling must be skillfully dealt by management. Observe.
      (yelling at the team)
      Sheldon: Hey!
      (everybody stops and looks at Sheldon)
      Sheldon: Less talk! More work!
      Penny: Nicely done.
      Sheldon: Thank you. You hear any union talk, you let me know.

    • Sheldon: Everything is better with Bluetooth.

    • Sheldon: I'm sorry, coffee's out of the question. When I moved to California I promised my mother that I wouldn't start doing drugs.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #245.

    • The German episode title is "Business im Wohnzimmer", meaning "Business in the Living Room". The French title is "Les Fleurs de Penny", meaning "Penny's Blossoms". The Italian title is "L'aggregazione dei fermacapelli", meaning "The Barrette Aggregation". The Spanish and Mexican title is "El nanocluster de la canción de trabajo", an exact translation.

    • Music: "Sabre Dance", a cappella by Sheldon and Howard; "Blow the Man Down" by Sheldon and Penny; "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" by Sheldon and Penny; "I've Been Working on the Railroad" by Leonard, Howard and Penny; "Sixteen Tons" by Sheldon

    • International Airdates: Latin America: April 21, 2009 on Warner Channel; United Kingdom: August 20, 2009 on E4; Australia: September 14, 2009 on Channel 9; Germany: December 5, 2009 on ProSieben; Turkey: January 4, 2010 on CNBC-e; Finland: February 8, 2010 on Sub; Czech Republic: November 22, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: October 7, 2011 on Markiza


    • Commenting on Leonard's website for Penny, Howard says, "Dateline could use it to attract predators," referring to Dateline NBC's "To Catch a Predator" segments that were devoted to the subject of identifying and detaining those who contact minors over the Internet for sexual acts.