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Introduction
  Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper are both brilliant physicists working at Cal Tech in Pasadena, California. They are colleagues, best friends and roommates, although in all capacities their relationship is always tested primarily by Sheldon's regimented and non-conventional ways. They are also friends with their Cal Tech colleagues, mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali. The foursome spend their time working on their individual work projects, playing video games, watching science fiction movies or reading comic books. As they are self-professed nerds, all have little or no luck with "popular" women. When Penny, a pretty woman and an aspiring actress originally from Omaha, moves into the apartment next to Leonard and Sheldon's, Leonard has another aspiration in life, namely to get Penny to be his girlfriend.
Today's Episode
  The gang goes on a road trip to Big Sur where the guys, Bernadette and Amy are speaking at a symposium. Penny tags along as Amy's plus one for the free spa weekend that's promised. When Howard meets Bernadette's hulk of an ex-boyfriend, he becomes really insecure and they have a fight, throwing the hotel room arrangements into chaos. Rick Fox guest stars in this on as Bernadette's ex-boyfriend.
Characters

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Sheldon Cooper(played by Jim Parsons)
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Leonard Hofstadter(played by Johnny Galecki)
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Howard Wolowitz (played by Simon Helberg)
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Rajesh Koothrappali(played by Kunal Nayyar)
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Penny(played by Kaley Cuoco)
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Bernadette Rostenkowski(played by Melissa Rauch)
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Amy Farrah Fowler(played by Mayim Bialik)
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Glenn(played by Rick Fox)


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Vocabulary01. plus-one : a person who accompanies an invited person to a social function.
02. symposium: a meeting or conference at which experts have discussions about a particular subject.
03. orientation: training or information that you are given before starting a new job, course, etc.
04. drill: a practice of what to do in an emergency, for example if there is a fire.
05. commemorative: intended to help people remember and respect an important person or event in the past.
06. allotted : a given proportion of something.
07. bladder : an organ that is shaped like a bag in which liquid waste (urine) collects before it is passed out of the body.
08. brawny : muscular, strong, having strong muscles.
09. jeopardize : to risk harming or destroying something / somebody.
10. eye-opener : an event, experience, etc. that is surprising and shows you something that you did not already know.
11. constipated : unable to get rid of waste material from the bowels easily.
12. keynote address : a speech, as at a political convention, that presents important issues, principles, policies, etc. Also called keynote, keynote speech.
13. apocalypse : a situation causing very serious damage and destruction ; the destruction of the world.
14. text : text message, a written message that you send using a mobile phone / cellular phone.
15. radioactive : sending out harmful radiation caused when the nuclei (central parts) of atoms are broken up
16. apropos : concerning or related to somebody / something.
17. filibuster : a long speech made in a parliament in order to delay a vote.
18. stroke : to move your hand gently and slowly over an animal's fur or hair.
19. truce : an agreement between enemies or opponents to stop fighting for an agreed period of time; the period of time that this lasts.
20. coitus : sexual intercourse.
21. street : crude; vulgar.
22. hippie-dippy : uncool, due to lack of forethought.
23. assessment : an opinion or a judgment about somebody / something that has been thought about very carefully.
24. missile : a weapon that is sent through the air and that explodes when it hits the thing that it is aimed at.
25. adjoining : located next to another.
26. rim : the metal edge of a wheel onto which the tyre is fixed.
Phrases01. open up : to become or make something possible or available; Penny’s weekend became available after she learned that the trip was a free spa trip.
02. adhere to : to follow, to support.
03. make a case for : to argue that something is the best thing to do, giving your reasons.
04. come in : to reply, to answer; Sheldon called Howard through the walkie-talkie and he wanted Howard to answer.
05. vouch for : to support the truth of something.
06. bunk with : to share a bed, a bedroom, or a tent with someone.
07. stand up to : to oppose someone or something without fear.
08. subscribe to : to agree with or support an opinion, belief, or theory.
09. prone to : likely to do something; apt to have something.
10. make the best of : to do as well as possible with something that is not too promising.
11. true dat : said in agreement.
12. start someone off : to cause someone to begin on a task or job.
13. weigh in : to offer an opinion in a discussion or argument.
14. care to do something : to want to do something; to be willing to do something.
15. up for : to be a willing participant.
Cultural Notes01. Kegel ExerciseKegel exercise, named after Dr. Arnold Kegel, consists of contracting and relaxing the muscles of the pelvic floor.

02. C-SPAN
C-SPAN, an acronym for Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, is an American cable television network that offers coverage of federal government proceedings and other public affairs programming. You may see how meetings or speeches related to political issues are held on the TV channel.
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03. Periodic Table - Actinoid Series & Lanthanoid Series
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04. Sonny Bono & Cher - I Got You Babe - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIFV1v0dnPI
"I Got You Babe" is a 1965 number-one hit single by American pop music duo Sonny & Cher.

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05. Penis Envy by Sigmund Freud
Penis envy in Freudian psychoanalysis refers to the theorized reaction of a girl during her psychosexual development to the realization that she does not have a penis and wishes to have one. But generally, the theory refers to a female wish for male attributes, position, and advantages. It is believed by some psychologists to be a significant factor in female personality development.

06. Dracula
Count Dracula is a fictional character, the titular antagonist of Bram Stoker's 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula and archetypal vampire. Some aspects of his character have been inspired by the 15th century Romanian general and Wallachian Prince Vlad III the Impaler.

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Count Dracula as portrayed by Béla Lugosi in 1931's Dracula

07. Neutral Zone
A neutral zone was an area of space not claimed by any political power. In Star Trek, these areas were often created as buffer zones and borders between spacefaring civilizations. One prominent example of a neutral zone was the Romulan Neutral Zone established between the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire.
  • United Federation of PlanetsThe United Federation of Planets, also known as "The Federation" is a fictional interplanetary federal republic depicted in the Star Trek television series and motion pictures. The Federation resembled the United States while the Klingons represented the Soviet Union.
  • Romulan Star EmpireThe Romulans are a fictional alien race in the Star Trek universe, designed to resemble Romans. Throughout the series they are generally depicted as antagonists, who are always at war or in an uneasy truce with the United Federation of Planets.
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United Federation of Planets
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Romulan Star Empire

08. shields are up
In Star Trek, whenever there’s a war, spaceships attacked each other with laser beams. Captains would order to put on the shields to protect the spaceships from the laser attack and the order was often said “shields up.” In the episode, Leonard wanted to have sex with Penny by using Star Trek implications and wouldn’t give up trying. Penny was so annoyed that she said “Sweetie, let me put this in a way you’ll understand. From the waist down, my shields are up” to reject him.

09. Turner Classic MoviesTurner Classic Movies (TCM) is a movie-oriented cable television channel, owned by the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of Time Warner, featuring commercial-free classic movies. TCM was originally created by Robert Edward Turner III (also known as Ted Turner) who also created CNN and used to own the Atlantic Braves.
10. Bridget Jones’s Diary
Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name. The adaptation stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget, Hugh Grant as the caddish Daniel Cleaver, and Colin Firth as Bridget's "true love", Mark Darcy. A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was released in 2004.
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11. Mimosas
A Mimosa is a cocktail-like drink composed of one part champagne (or other sparkling wine) and one part thoroughly chilled orange juice.

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