Big Ban Theory S1E4

Program Introduction

Main Character in this episode.

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Sheldon Lee Cooper (Jim Parsons)

Sheldon is consistently the geekiest character in the show. Whenever he tells a joke, or plays a prank, he concludes with the word "Bazinga!" to signal that he just told a joke.

More about Sheldon on the WIKI:

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Penny (Kaley Cuoco)

Leonard and Sheldon's neighbor across the hallway. She is a waitress at the local cheescake factory and also an aspiring actress. Penny is very outgoing, kind, and assertive, her personality contrasting with those of the guys. She has dated several men during the course of the series.

See more about Penny:

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Leonard Leakey Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki)

Leonard is an experimental physicist with an IQ of 173 who received his Ph.D. when he was 24 years old. He shares an apartment with colleague and friend Sheldon Cooper. The writers have toyed with a romance between him and neighbor Penny, with their unresolved sexual tension being a major force for drama.
Leonard dated Penny for most of Season 3, and while
they have since broken up, some sexual tension is still apparent.

See more about Leonard:

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Mary Cooper (Laurie Metcalf)

Mary is Sheldon's mother, a devout Christian from Texas, she has two other children besides Sheldon. Mary herself is not intellectual but is very wise; she appears to be an extremely good mother and is the only one who has ever been able to control Sheldon. Leonard described Mary as Sheldon's "Kryptonite". When Penny and Sheldon engaged in a fierce dispute, Penny called for Mary's help, who subsequently called and scolded Sheldon about his actions.

See more other characters here:

Brief Synopsis of the Episode

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Sheldon loses his job at the university, causing him to take on hobby after hobby to fill his time. Ultimately, Leonard calls Sheldon's mother to get him back on track. Laurie Metcalfe is brilliant as Sheldon's mother and we see new (and even crazier) aspects of Sheldon's personality. We also get some more insight into Sheldon's childhood (i.e. he once tried to build a "sonic death ray" to shoot the "neighbor kids," he threw a fit when the government would not let him buy and store plutonium in his shed, and he has other siblings, who, of course, are not as smart as he is). Overall, this episode delves into all of the character's personalities a bit more.

Today's Episode

Today we focus on Sheldon getting canned. All our activities are designed around him.
We'll see how the genius Sheldon screws up his job, and then, what his daily life is like without his university research to be involved in.
Finally, we'll know how Sheldon's mom helps him get his job back.

There are three clips (parts) we'll show and each part will have some Q&A:
Part 1: Before they go to the party
Part 2: Sheldon goes to the supermarket
In this part, we have also prepared some sentences for you to fill out.

Part 3: Sheldon's mom copes with Sheldon

The original script to the episode:

Annotated script:

Vocabulary and Phrases

breakthroughany significant or sudden advance, development, achievement, or increase, as in scientific knowledge or diplomacy, that removes a barrier to progress.
front coverthe most important discovery is put on the front cover of a magazine. Hold the front cover means to delay printing the front cover for the magazine because a new important cover story is going to be sent to the magazine.
cornerto trap a person in a corner of a room so he cannot get away. In this example, Sheldon has to stay there and listen to all of Dr. Finkleday's spelunking stories.
spelunking:exploring caves, especially as a hobby.
anecdotes:a short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature.
bowel movement:the evacuation of the bowels; defecation.
Mahalo:thank you
consonants(in linguistic function) a concept empirically determined as a phonological element in structural contrast with vowel, as the b of be, the w of we, the y, s, and t of yeast, etc.
schmearto spread
statuesquelike or suggesting a statue, as in massive or majestic dignity, grace, or beauty.
plausiblehaving an appearance of truth or reason; seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance.
workaday livesthe common daily life of common people who are not special like Sheldon
sabbaticala leave often with pay granted usually every seventh year (as to a college professor) for rest, travel, or research —called also sabbatical leave.
kowtowto kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in token of homage, worship, or deep respect.
mediocremoderate or low quality, value, ability, or performance.
relaya device that is used to cause a switch to open or close automatically when there is a change in the current that is flowing through a circuit.
calipera tool that has two narrow legs which can be adjusted to measure the thickness or width of something —usually plural.
alignto adjust or form to a line; to range or form in line; to bring into line.
mutilationan act or physical injury that degrades the appearance or function of any living body, usually without causing death.
spookto frighten; scare.
cobblera deep-dish fruit pie with a rich biscuit crust, usually only on top.
silicona nonmetallic element, having amorphous and crystalline forms, occurring in a combined state in minerals and rocks and constituting more than one fourth of the earth's crust.
dynamitea high explosive, originally consisting of nitroglycerin mixed with an absorbent substance, now with ammonium nitrate usually replacing the nitroglycerin.
dumb downmeans writing things in a more understandable way that people with lower educative degree can easily comprehend it
got cannedto be laid off
heading on outleave, go home; Penny wants Sheldon to leave now and stop harassing her
tied intoconnected to
snap out of itget rid out of it, cheer up.
scuttles awayto run with quick, hasty steps; scurry.
shove offstart, depart.

Culture Notes

Back burner:

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bagelsglazed yeast-raised doughnut-shaped roll with hard crust

Buick::is a division of General Motors which sells vehicles in the US, Canada, Mexico by GM company.

This is a Buick. (long a ago)
This is a new Buick.

putt-putt course : mini golf for kids


cobbler:a deep-dish fruit pie with a rich biscuit crust, usually only on top


snicker-doodlea type of sugar cookie made with butter or oil, sugar, and flour rolled in cinnamon sugar


recipe of snicker-doodle:


Our discussion recording to the three parts above:
  1. How do you introduce yourself to someone you really dislike? Do you say what you feel straight out like Sheldon did, or what?
  2. Do you care about maintaining a "safe stopping distance" while you are driving? Why or why not?
  3. Everyone has experienced a situation where an apology was necessary. What did you do and how did you say you were sorry? Share your special experiences with us.