207 - The Panty Pinata Polarization
Aired November 10, 2008
When Penny inadvertently breaks one of Sheldon's rules by touching his food, she finds herself the victim of his "three strikes and you're out" policy. After being banished from the apartment, Penny seeks revenge on Sheldon, leading to all-out war between them.
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Guest Stars: Analeigh Tipton as Analeigh
Director: Mark Cendrowski
Viewers: 10 million Households Rating: 6.2/9 Adults 18-49 Rating: 3.9/10
- The title references Sheldon suggesting Penny should play Panta Pinata to retreive her delicate laundry from the telephone wires on which he managed to hang them.
Sheldon: Woman, you are playing with forces beyond your ken.
Penny: Yeah, well your ken can kiss my barbie.
Wolowitz: If it's "creepy" to use the Internet, military satellites, and robot aircraft to find a house full of gorgeous young models so I can drop in on them unexpected, then fine, I'm "creepy".
Wolowitz (watching America's Next Top Model): Oh, look! That's the future Mrs. Wolowitz. No, wait! That's the future Mrs. Wolowitz. With her head in the lap of... what a coincidence... it's the future Mrs. Wolowitz.
Leonard: Yeah, and they can all move in with you and your mother. The current Mrs. Wolowitz.
Leonard: Penny, you don't want to get into it with Sheldon. The guy's one lab accident away from being a super villain.
Penny: Here you go, (to Leonard) Quesadilla, (to Howard) Salad, (to Raj) Here's your pizza. And thanks to Sheldon's heated discussion with my manager, one barbecue bacon cheeseburger, barbecue sauce, bacon, and cheese on the side.
Sheldon: Thank you!
Penny: Go ahead. Eat it. I dare you!
When Penny's cable is cut off, she comes over to the apartment to watch America's Next Top Model. Howard, Leonard and Raj are distracted from the game of Klingon Boggle they were playing with Sheldon. Howard is instantly captivated by the supermodels on the show and his boorish comments lead Penny to go back to her apartment to pay her cable bill.
The next week, Penny is back in the apartment as the gang watches America's Next Top Model again. Howard and Raj are attempting to pin point the location of the supermodels' house on ANTM. A hungry Penny grabs one of Sheldon's onion rings but is yelled at by the guys to return it to his plate. When Sheldon returns to find his food has been touched, he gives Penny her second strike (the first for emailing him banal pictures of cats who "haz cheezburger"). Penny objects to Sheldon's petty system for infractions and takes a stand, metaphorically, by sitting in Sheldon's spot. Sheldon gives Penny her third strike and banishes her from the apartment.
At the Cheesecake Factory the next day, Penny takes all the guys orders except Sheldon, who she refuses to serve. When Sheldon goes over Penny's head and complains to her boss, Penny brings Sheldon his burger and "dares" him to eat it. Back at the apartment, Howard and Raj believe they have narrowed down the location of the supermodels' house. Penny storms into the apartment because Sheldon had cut off her access to their WiFi. When Howard tries to help Penny get around Sheldon's internet block, the whole gang is awarded another strike by Sheldon.
Sheldon leaves the apartment ready to do laundry, as he always does on Saturday nights, when Penny meets him in the hallway and mentions how uncomfortable it would be for Sheldon if somebody were to interfere with his predictable schedule. Penny follows Sheldon down to the laundry room where he discovers every machine is in use. Later that night, Penny comes knocking at Sheldon's door, demanding to know where her laundry is. Sheldon suggests she look out the window, where she sees her laundry hung around a telephone wire. Sheldon tells her to go play Panty Pinata.
Leonard, having witnessed the latest escalation in their tit-for-tat fight, goes to Penny's apartment and hands her what he describes as Sheldon's Kryptonite. Back in the apartment, Sheldon gets a call from his mother telling him to apologize to Penny. Sheldon apologizes to Penny and rescinds her strikes, welcoming her back into the apartment. Elsewhere, Howard and Raj find the location of the Top Model house and go there posing as cable engineers.