Learn English with The Big Bang Theory

#9. Penny's Christmas Gift

Published: 12.21.2022
Level 6   |   Time: 4:38
Accent: American
Source: Big Bang Theory [S2 E11]

Sheldon feels compelled to buy a Christmas gift for Penny after he finds out that she bought a gift for him.


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triangle Vocabulary 어휘 Vocabulário Vocabulario

  • ☐ ☐ ☐ reciprocity [n] - exchanging things with others for mutual benefit
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ an obligation [n] - a requirement (no choice)
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ in return [exp] - give back because something was received
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ the essence of the custom [exp] - the main point of the tradition
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ purchase [v] - buy
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ commensurate value [exp] - near equal value
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ perceived [adj] - believed, understood
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ an elf sticker [n] - a sticker for writing names on a gift (with a picture of an elf on it) [image] vocab image
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ build-a-bear [n] - a toy bear [image] vocab image
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ terrifying [adj] - very scary
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a scented candle [n] - a candle with a nice smell
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a cleansing buff [n] - a type of face cleaning cream [image] vocab image
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ spearmint [n] - a type of smell (or taste)
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ scented bath oil [n] - bath oil with a nice smell
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ tense [adj] - nervous, stressed
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a hypothesis [n] - a theory
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a conundrum [n] - a question, a problem
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ lay it at your feet [exp] - present an idea to you so that you can consider it
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ infer [v] - guess
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a hypothetical relationship [exp] - an imaginary relationship
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ colleagues [n] - coworkers
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ dilemma [n] - a difficult decision or problem
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ over-reciprocate [v] - give back too much in return
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ under-reciprocate [v] - not give back enough in return
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ feigning digestive distress [exp] - pretending to have stomach problems
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ look up [exp] - research, check
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a full refund [exp] - 100% of your money back
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Live long and prosper. [exp] - the famous expression of the character Spock from Star Trek
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Leonard Nimoy [exp] - the actor who played the character Spock in Star Trek [image] vocab image
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a napkin [exp] - a cloth tissue used to wipe the face during a meal [image] vocab image
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ DNA [exp] - genetic information

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background 배경 O fundo Antecedentes

Sheldon Penny Howard Raj
Sheldon Penny Howard Raj
  • Christmas is coming soon.
  • Leonard Nimoy is the name of the actor who played Spock on Star Trek.
  • Star Trek is Sheldon's favorite TV show, and Leonard Nimoy is his favorite actor.
  • Penny is a waitress at a restaurant.

triangle Questions 문제 Questões Preguntas

  1. Penny _______ a Christmas gift for Sheldon.
    didn't buy

  2. Sheldon ______ a Christmas gift from Penny.
    doesn't want

  3. Sheldon now feels that he ______ buy a Christmas gift for Penny.
    must not
    doesn't have to

  4. ______ thinks that bath stuff is the perfect gift for Penny.

  5. Sheldon can't decide ______ for Penny.
    whether to buy a basket
    how many baskets to buy
    how big a basket to buy
    what kind of basket to buy

  6. Sheldon decides to buy _______.
    two baskets
    a small basket
    the largest basket
    all of the baskets

  7. Sheldon plans to choose a gift basket based on ______.
    the level of friendship between Penny and him
    the price of the gift that Penny gives him
    the size of the gift that Penny gives him

  8. Penny gives Sheldon a napkin _______.
    that Leonard Nimoy used
    with some of her DNA on it
    from Sheldon's favorite restaurant

  9. Sheldon is ______ when he gets the napkin.

  10. Sheldon decides to give Penny _______.
    two baskets
    a small basket
    the largest basket
    all of the baskets

  11. Sheldon is worried that his present for Penny is ______.
    too much
    not enough

triangle Discussion 논의 Questões de discussão Discusión

  1. Why does Sheldon seem angry when he finds out that Penny bought him a gift?
  2. Can you describe Sheldon's plan? Why did he buy so many gift baskets?
  3. Why is Sheldon so excited to receive the napkin?
  4. If you were Sheldon, what gift would you buy for Penny?
  5. Howard thinks that bath stuff is the ideal gift for women. Do you agree? In your opinion, what is the ideal gift for women? What is the ideal gift for men?
  6. What is the best (Christmas) gift that you have ever received? What is the best gift that you have ever given?
  7. Do you prefer expensive (but impersonal) gifts, or personal (but inexpensive) gifts?
  8. How do you usually celebrate Christmas? Do you usually give gifts? Who do you usually exchange gifts with? (Just your immediate family? Your extended family? Friends? Coworkers? Classmates?)

triangle Script 대본 Roteiro Texto

Penny: Okay, well, thank you for that, but I got you and Leonard a few silly neighbour gifts, so I’ll just put them under my tree.

Sheldon: Wait! You bought me a present?

Penny: Uh-huh.

Sheldon: Why would you do such a thing?

Penny: I don’t know. Because it's Christmas?

Sheldon: Oh, Penny. I know you think you're being generous, but the foundation of gift-giving is reciprocity. You haven't given me a gift; you've given me an obligation.

Penny: Now, honey, it's okay. You don't have to get me anything in return.

Sheldon: Of course I do. The essence of the custom is that I now have to go out and purchase for you a gift of commensurate value and representing the same perceived level of friendship as that represented by the gift you've given me.

Penny: Okay, you know what? Forget it. I'm not giving you a present.

Sheldon: No, it's too late. I see it. That elf sticker says to Sheldon.

Sheldon: I don't see anything in here a woman would want.

Raj: Sheldon, if you don't like this stuff, let's just go next door and build her a bear.

Sheldon: I told you before, bears are terrifying.

Howard: Come on, bath stuff, it's perfect! You got a scented candle, a cleansing buff, spearmint and green tea scented bath oil, promotes relaxation.

Sheldon: That presupposes Penny is tense.

Raj: She knows you. She's tense. We all are. Buy a basket!

Howard: Excuse me, we're ready.

Sheldon: No, we're not. Let's say for a moment that I accept the bath item gift hypothesis, I now lay the following conundrum at your feet, which size?

Howard: This one. Let's go.

Sheldon: You put no thought into that.

Howard: I'm sorry. Uh, this one. Let's go!

Sheldon: I have insufficient data to proceed. Excuse me, miss?

Assistant: Yes?

Sheldon: If I were to give you this gift basket, based on that action alone and no other data, infer and describe the hypothetical relationship that exists between us.

Assistant: Excuse me?

Sheldon: Here. Now, are we friends? Colleagues? Lovers? Are you my grandmother?

Sheldon: Mmm, great news, Leonard, I've solved my Penny gift dilemma.

Leonard: Yippee.

Sheldon: You see, the danger was that I might under or over-reciprocate, but I have devised a foolproof plan. See, I will open her gift to me first and then excuse myself, feigning digestive distress. Then I'll look up the price of her gift online, choose the basket closest to that value, give it to her and then I'll return the others for a full refund.

Leonard: Brilliant.

Sheldon: It is, isn't it?

Leonard: Merry Christmas.

Penny: How's your leg?

Leonard: Very good, thanks for asking. Come on in.

Sheldon: Ah, good, Penny, you're here to exchange gifts. You'll be pleased to know I'm prepared for whatever you have to offer.

Penny: Okay, here.

Sheldon: Oh, a napkin.

Penny: Turn it over.

Sheldon: To Sheldon, live long and prosper. Leonard Nimoy.

Penny: Yeah, he came into the restaurant. Sorry the napkin's dirty. He wiped his mouth with it.

Sheldon: I possess the DNA of Leonard Nimoy?!

Penny: Well, yeah, yeah, I guess. But look, he signed it.

Sheldon: Be right back.

Penny: Sheldon! What did you do?!

Sheldon: I know! It's not enough, is it? Here.