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Sheldon Needs a Ride

Published: 8.24.2018
Level 5   |   Time: 3:41
Accent: American
Source: Big Bang Theory

Leonard can't drive Sheldon to work, so Sheldon turns to his new friend Penny.


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • stop by [phv] - visit quickly
  • stimulating [adj] - exciting
  • compatible [adj] - match together well
  • a good night's sleep [exp] - sleep well
  • seatbelts [n] - the safety belt in cars
  • Dear God! [exp] - Help me!
  • interrupt [v] - stop, break
  • prayers [n] - praying to God
  • keep you from something [exp] - stop you from doing something
  • performing tasks [exp] - doing small jobs
  • reaction time [n] - the time between something and then reacting
  • an ounce [n] - 28 grams
  • the same factor [exp] - the same amount
  • as the crow flies [exp] - in a straight line
  • speed bumps [n] - small bumps on roads to limit driving speed
  • the conn [n] - control of the vehicle (from Star Trek)
  • withdraw [v] - take back
  • an objection [n] - disagreement
  • point-to-point drive time [exp] - the time to drive between two points
  • reckless [adj] - dangerous, unsafe
  • nonchalance [n] - not care about something

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

triangle Background

picture picture picture
Penny Sheldon Leonard
  • Sheldon and Leonard work at the same university.
  • Penny lives across the hall from Sheldon and Leonard.
  • Penny is a waitress.
  • Sheldon can't drive.
  • Leonard usually drives Sheldon to work.
  • Pottery Barn is a store that sells bed sheets.
  • A "Check Engine Light" indicates that a car has a mechanical problem.

triangle Questions

  1. Sheldon wants Leonard to drive him to work.

  2. Sheldon wants to return his Star Wars sheets to the Pottery Barn.

  3. Sheldon thinks his Star Wars sheets are boring.

  4. Leonard can't drive Sheldon to work.

  5. Sheldon didn't know that Leonard was unable to drive him to work.

  6. Sheldon doesn't want to take the bus because he must wear a seatbelt.

  7. Penny is excited to drive Sheldon to work.

  8. Penny agrees to drive Sheldon to work because they are friends.

  9. Penny was praying before Sheldon knocked on her door.

  10. The "Check Engine Light" in Penny's car has recently turned on.

  11. Penny has to go to work after driving Sheldon to work.

  12. Sheldon is worried about the "Check Engine Light".

  13. Penny is worried about the "Check Engine Light".

  14. Penny wants to drink some alcohol.

  15. Sheldon thinks drinking coffee while driving is safe.

  16. Penny is driving a different way than Leonard usually goes.

  17. Penny's way to work is longer than Leonard's.

  18. Penny's way to work has more speed bumps than Leonard's.

  19. Sheldon is surprised that Penny doesn't slow down for the speed bumps.

  20. Penny kicks out Sheldon because he mentions the "Check Engine Light" again.

triangle Script

Sheldon: Good morning, Leonard.
Leonard: Uh-huh.
Sheldon: Yeah, we’re going to have to stop by Pottery Barn on the way to work, I bought these Star Wars sheets but they turned out to be much too stimulating to be compatible with a good night’s sleep. I don’t like the way Darth Vader stares at me.
Leonard: I’m not going to work.
Leonard: Didn’t I tell you I’d be working nights, and that you’d have to make other arrangements.
Sheldon: You did.
Leonard: And?
Sheldon: I didn’t. Let’s go.
Leonard: Goodnight, Sheldon.
Sheldon: But how am I going to get to work?
Leonard: Take the bus.
Sheldon: I can’t take the bus any more. They don’t have seatbelts.
Leonard: Oh, you’re a big boy, you’ll figure it out.
Sheldon: Don’t talk to me like I’m a child. Now, take me to return my Star Wars sheets!

Sheldon: Penny. Penny. Penny.
Penny: Sheldon, what is it?
Sheldon: Leonard’s asleep.
Penny: Thanks for the update
Sheldon: No, wait. You have to drive me to work.
Penny: Yeah, uh, I really don’t think I do.
Sheldon: But I don’t drive. Didn’t you recently state that you and I are friends?
Penny: Yes, Sheldon, we are friends.
Penny: Oh, dear God.
Sheldon: I’m sorry, I didn’t realize I was interrupting your morning prayers. When you’re done, we’ll go.

Sheldon: Thank you for driving me to work.
Penny: You know this is my day off, Sheldon.
Sheldon: Oh, good. I’m not keeping you from anything. Your check engine light is on.
Penny: Mm-hmm.
Sheldon: Typically that’s an indicator to, you know, check your engine.
Penny: It’s fine, it’s been on for, like, a month.
Sheldon: Well, actually, that would be all the more reason to, you know, check your engine.
Penny: Sheldon, it’s fine.
Sheldon: If it were fine, the light wouldn’t be on. That’s why the manufacturer installed that light. To let you know it’s not fine.
Penny: Uh, maybe the light’s broken.
Sheldon: Is there a “check the check engine light light”? O-o-o-oh!
Penny: What?
Sheldon: Studies have shown that performing tasks such as eating, talking on a cell phone or drinking coffee while driving reduces one’s reaction time by the same factor as an ounce of alcohol.
Penny: Do you have any alcohol?
Sheldon: Of course not.
Penny: Too bad.
Sheldon: You’re going up Euclid Avenue?
Penny: Mm-hmm.
Sheldon: Leonard takes Los Robles Avenue.
Penny: Well, good for Leonard.
Sheldon: Euclid Avenue is shorter as the crow flies, but it has speed bumps, which appreciably increase point-to-point drive time, making it the less efficient choice. But you have the conn. Of course, if you’re not going to slow down for the speed bumps, I withdraw my previous objection.
Penny: How about we just have a little quiet time now?
Sheldon: All right. I’m sorry. I’m finding your reckless nonchalance regarding the check-engine light to be very troubling.
Penny: Get out.

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