The boys are enabling public access so everyone around the world can control their living room. Penny is not impressed, though.



Leonard: Hang on, hang on, do you not realize what we just did?

Penny: Yeah, you turned your stereo down with your laptop.

Sheldon: No, we turned our stereo down by sending a signal around the world via the internet.

Penny: Oh. You know you can just get one of those universal remotes at Radio Shack, they’re really cheap.

Leonard: No, no, no, you don’t get it, um, Howard, enable public access.

Howard: Public access enabled. (They all stare around for a moment in silence.)

Penny: Boy, that’s terrific, but I’ll see you.

Leonard: No, hang on, hang on. (The lamp goes off and on again.) See!

Penny: No.

Sheldon: Someone in Sezchuan province, China, is using his computer to turn our lights on and off.

Penny: Huh, well that’s handy. Um, here’s a question, why?

All together: Because we can.



remote = short for remote control; a piece of equipment that you hold in your hand and use to control a television, DVD player, etc. from a distance

Radio Shack = an American electronics retailer

public access = accessible to everyone

hang on = wait for a short time

handy = useful or convenient

(definitions taken from the Cambridge and Collins Dictionary)


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