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The Table Polarization 

Leonard's purchase of a dining room table causes Sheldon to reevaluate the changes in his life. Meanwhile, Howard is offered a chance to go back to space and Bernadette struggles with whether or not to encourage him.


Gay Linvill


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 9 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny (as Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting)
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Carol Ann Susi ... Debbie Wolowitz (voice)
Casey Sander ... Mike Rostenkowski
Christopher Neiman ... Dr. Dreyfus
Michael Massimino ... Mike Massimino (as Mike Massimino NASA Astronaut)


Penny sitting on the floor during dinner makes everyone in the gang think that Leonard and Sheldon should invest in a dining room table, that is except for Sheldon, despite they having unused space for one and only because it is change which Sheldon does not like. Despite Sheldon being against getting one, Leonard, on Penny's urging to stand up for his rights, decides to buy one anyway, although he does keep in the back of his mind what he thinks Sheldon would or would not like, if he was to like anything. The resulting dining room table in the apartment ends up being a metaphor for Sheldon's current life. Meanwhile, Howard gets a call from NASA asking him to go back to the Space Station, about which he is thrilled. Bernadette is less than excited by the news, if only because of her remembrance of how miserable Howard was during his last space experience. Will the thought of the thrill of space travel trump Howard's memory? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

27 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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This episode was taped on January 28, 2014. See more »


Leonard tells Sheldon that it was a good change that Leonard created Sheledon's spot by buying the sofa. However in a previous episode we have seen the day the Leonard moved in when there was a camping chair in the spot. See more »


Raj Koothrappali: Oh sure. I sit on the floor for years no one cares. The pretty white girl sits for ten seconds and you're all running off to IKEA.
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References The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981) See more »


History of Everything
Written by Barenaked Ladies
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[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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The Big Bang of Laughter
27 February 2014 | by sameerpathan0007See all my reviews

After a dull couple of episodes previously, this was refreshing. I really liked the episode and from the start till the end, it was hilarious. The humour was good and it had many elements to laugh out loud.It is indeed one of those episodes of TBBT that can be re-watched. At the end TBBT was also successful in showcasing awe moments and it is certainly one of the best episodes of Season 7 and the entire series as well.Every character in this episode was given equal importance and each added to the charm of the episode. Hope to get more such episodes from The Big Bang Theory team. Overall a great episode of Big Bang Theory. Rating 9/10

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