The Big Bang Theory

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Creator/producers Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men”) and Bill Prady (“Dharma & Greg”) make comedy a science with the second big season of THE BIG BANG THEORY that makes room for new series regular Sara Gilbert (who starred on “Roseanne” with series star Galecki). Check out the physics of funny!
Starring
Johnny GaleckiJim ParsonsKaley Cuoco
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English [CC]
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  1. 1. The Bad Fish Paradigm
    September 21 2008
    22min
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    In the second season premiere, after her first date with Leonard goes aw ry, Penny finds an unwilling confidant in Leonard's anti-social roommate, Sheldon.
  2. 2. The Codpiece Topology
    September 28 2008
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    When Leonard sees Penny with a handsome new guy (TRAVIS SCHULDT), he ent ers into a rebound relationship with Sheldon's nemesis, Leslie Winkle (series regular SARA GILBERT).
  3. 3. The Barbarian Sublimination
    October 5 2008
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    Sheldon creates a monster when he introduces Penny to the world of onlin e gaming. Especially when her addiction wreaks havoc on his life.
  4. 4. The Griffin Equivalency
    October 12 2008
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    Newly famous because of an article in a magazine, Raj (series regular KU NAL NAYYAR) gets an inflated ego and makes a disastrous play for Leonard s longtime crush, Penny.
  5. 5. The Euclid Alternative
    October 19 2008
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    Leonard and his friends stage an intervention to make Sheldon confront h is longstanding fear of driving.
  6. 6. The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem
    November 2 2008
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    A young grad students attraction to Sheldon confuses everyone including Sheldon himself.
  7. 7. The Panty Pinata Polarization
    November 9 2008
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    Sheldon and Penny engage in a battle of wills as Penny vows to get revenge on Sheldon when he bans her from the apartment for a series of petty infractions.
  8. 8. The Lizard-Spock Expansion
    November 16 2008
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    Wolowitz (series regular SIMON HELBERG) thinks he's found the love of hi s life (guest star SARA RUE) until she meets Leonard.
  9. 9. The White Asparagus Triangulation
    November 23 2008
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    Sheldon can barely contain his joy when Leonard starts dating a woman (S ARA RUE) who meets Sheldon's exacting standards.
  10. 10. The Vartabedian Conundrum
    December 7 2008
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    Leonard just can't say no. When his relationship with new girlfriend, St ephanie starts moving too fast, Leonard turns to Penny for advice.
  11. 11. The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis
    December 14 2008
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    Leonards handsome colleague starts dating Penny. And Leonards friends are being tormented by Sheldon's obsession with gift-giving etiquette.
  12. 12. The Killer Robot Instability
    January 11 2009
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    When Pennys comment about Wolowitzs love life sends him into a depressed stupor, his friends lose their most important teammate in an upcoming fighting robot competition.
  13. 13. The Friendship Algorithm
    January 18 2009
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    Socially awkward Sheldon develops a scientific procedure for making frie nds.
  14. 14. The Financial Permeability
    February 1 2009
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    Sheldon's "simple" solution to Penny's financial problem leads to a conf rontation between Leonard and Penny's hulking ex-boyfriend, Kurt (guest star BRIAN PATRICK WADE).
  15. 15. The Maternal Capacitance
    February 8 2009
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    A disastrous visit from Mrs. Hofstadter (special guest star CHRISTINE BA RANSKI) brings Leonard and Penny closer together.
  16. 16. The Cushion Saturation
    March 1 2009
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    A paintball game has surprising consequences for Leonard and his friends when it leads to a fight between Penny and Sheldon – and romance for Wolowitz and Leslie.
  17. 17. The Terminator Decoupling
    March 8 2009
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    A train trip to San Francisco takes a major detour when Leonard, Sheldon, Wolowitz and Raj discover that beautiful sci-fi actress SUMMER GLAU ("Terminator") is onboard.
  18. 18. The Work Song Nanocluster
    March 15 2009
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    Penny’s home hair products business becomes a complete nightmare when a caffeine-addled Sheldon takes over.
  19. 19. The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition
    March 29 2009
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    There’s a new queen bee in the building! Penny develops a rivalry with a sexy female neighbor moves in to the building and threatens to become the “new Penny.”
  20. 20. The Hofstadter Isotope
    April 12 2009
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    While Stuart (guest star KEVIN SUSSMAN), a fellow comic book-loving pal of the guys, romances Penny, Leonard and Wolowitz venture out into the world of "Ladies' Night" at a local bar.
  21. 21. The Vegas Renormalization
    April 26 2009
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    The boys go to Vegas, leaving Sheldon’s locked out at home.
  22. 22. The Classified Materials Turbulence
    May 3 2009
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    Penny makes a surprising revelation about Leonard on her second date with Stuart. And, Wolowitz enlists his friends' help when he discovers a design flaw in his NASA project.
  23. 23. The Monopolar Expedition
    May 10 2009
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    In the second season finale, Leonard and Penny reconsider their feelings for one another, when Leonard and his friends decide to spend the summer working – at the North Pole.

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Directors
Mark CendrowskiAnthony RichPeter ChakosNikki LorreJames BurrowsHoward MurrayGay LinvillKristy CecilTed WassAndrew D. Weyman
Supporting actors
Simon HelbergKunal NayyarSara Gilbert
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Season year
2009
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DisneyDenizenReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Big Bang Theory Validated Geeks Everywhere
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The Big Bang Theory is a sitcom about four nerdy thirtysomething scientists who work at CalTech. It stars Johnny Galecki, Darlene’s boyfriend from Roseanne. This was how the sitcom was originally described to me. So unappealing was the description that I didn’t watch it for a year. Once I finally did, I devoured it; it instantly became my favorite sitcom. The rest of America agreed. As time went by, more and more people discovered this show. In its final seasons, it was consistently the highest-rated sitcom in the country. There’s a good reason for that: this show is great!

The four scientists are:
- Supersmart theoretical physicist Sheldon, who is as advanced in physics as he is stunted in social skills. Many have speculated that Sheldon has Aspergers. The shows writers initially stated that they did not write Sheldon to have Aspergers. I don’t just think Sheldon has Aspergers - I think they all do. Sheldon is portrayed by Jim Parsons, who has rightfully won numerous Emmys for this role.
- Experimental physicist Leonard is Sheldon’s long-suffering roommate who pines for the neurotypical girl next door, waitress and wannabe actress Penny. Johnny Galecki's portrayal of Leonard is perfect. In general, all of the actors are well cast, and the ensemble cast really clicks.
- Astrophysicist Raj initially suffers from selective mutism; he cannot speak when a woman is present.
- Mama’s boy engineer Howard rounds out the group.

At its heart, this sitcom is about the development of these four young men, especially in regards to their relationships with women. The sitcom never just stays with its successful formula. Instead, it permits its characters to really develop. Relationships with women - some long, some short - come and go. Marriages take place. Forever unseen babies are born. It is a delight to see the characters make real progress in their lives.

One of the ways in which this sitcom really shines is in guest appearances. Wil Wheaton is a recurring favorite, as is Stephen Hawking. Guest stars are drawn from such shows as Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and Firefly. Bill Gates makes an appearance, as does Neil Gaiman. The guest star list is nerd nirvana.

My favorite aspect of the show is the constant references to the things geeks like, whether it’s TV shows or movies, video games or ComicCon. This show has validated an entire subculture. And, really, why shouldn’t it? Why should grown men be belittled for having paraphernalia from a favorite franchise while other grown men decorate their man caves in sports paraphernalia? Why is one socially acceptable and the other not? Well, thanks to The Big Bang Theory, no more.

12 years. Not a single weak season. Sure, there was an occasional weak episode. But this show could have gone on forever and never gotten old.

(The one weak spot is the Leonard-Penny relationship. These two have literally nothing in common, and it shows. In the end, the best the writers could do was envelop them in insult humor. That’s not to say that one of these brainiac boys could not have had a successful relationship with an intellectually-inferior attractive blonde. It’s just that this particular relationship clearly does not work.)
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Mark Baker - Carstairs ConsidersReviewed in the United States on May 19, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Again, You're Caught Between a Rock and a Crazy Place." "I Hate When That Happens."
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It's official. I am truly addicted to The Big Bang Theory. And after several years without a sitcom on my weekly TV schedule, I am thrilled. I recently caught up with the second season on DVD, and now that I've stopped laughing, I'll share my thoughts with you.

The show revolves around four physicists. Leonard and Sheldon (Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons) are roommates. They are good friends with Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) since all four work at Cal Poly. Across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon's apartment lives Penny (Kaley Cuoco), a want to be actress who pays her bills as a waitress at The Cheesecake Factory. In any other world, she'd be the normal one of the group, but as Sheldon points out at one point, "In this room, you are the one who is peculiar."

The season opens exactly where season 1 left off. Leonard has finally acted on his crush and asked Penny out. But she quickly dumps him and then confides the reason to Sheldon who almost moves out instead of keep the secret. Over the course of the season, Penny becomes addicted to an on-line roll playing game, Raj gets a big head after landing in "People" magazine, everyone tries to teach Sheldon how to drive, Penny and Sheldon wind up in a feud but they batch things up in time for Penny to give Sheldon the best Christmas present ever, Howard actually gets a girlfriend (temporarily), and Penny accidently hits Sheldon's couch cushion with paintballs.

Most of the focus on this show is on Sheldon, whose neurotic behavior is perfectly played by Jim Parsons. And there's a very good reason for that. Sheldon often gets the funniest lines or funniest stories, and Jim's acting is absolutely perfect. I really do feel that this character in anyone else's hands would be a disaster.

But that's not to knock the rest of the cast. All five of the leads are great comedians and brings their characters to full life with every episode. Kunal Nayyar has a hard job since his character is too shy to talk around women, but he still manages to get some great laughs out of us. When Howard isn't being a slimeball, he can be funny. And Leonard really is the most normal of the guys, and the one I identify with the most.

Which leaves us with Penny. She is the emotional heart of the show. While often frustrated with the guys and their lack of social skills, she also usually is quick to forgive and do something that will make you smile. Take for example the episode where she loses it with Howard for his suggestive comments. Honestly, I get that since I often find his remarks over the line. But their scenes together later in that episode are heartwarming.

Of course, there are the funny side bars in each episode, like the one where Sheldon expands the game of Rock-Paper-Scissors by adding Lizard and Spock. He does it to decrease the odds of ties, a plan that backfires in some of my favorite moments in the season.

Season two consisted of 23 episodes, which are preserved here on 4 discs. The fourth disc also gives us an interview with the real life physicist who helps with the show's incredible amount of science as well as interviews with the actors and creators about how the show progressed in season two. Finally, there's a great gag reel.

This show never fails to make me laugh. If you are looking for a great sitcom, look no further than season two of The Big Bang Theory.
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Sarah Maxwell WebbReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Needed this season
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Originally when I had bought anything Big Bang Theory related, I had started out with Seasons 1-6 from Walmart. However, when we got home, we noticed that there were two DVDS for Season 1 in the box, Seasons 3-6 and zero DVDS for Season 2. Instead of stressing over returning it, I ended up buying this DVD to go with the set and gave a friend the extra copy of Season 1 that we had. After seeing that the Complete Series was here on Amazon for a decent price, I gifted the other box set to another friend who enjoys the series as well.
Adrienne AustinReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
They just keep growing and getting better and funnier!
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Okay, I'm a bit of a nerd so suppose that slightly predisposes me to liking a comedy show starring the types of people I can relate to. But the bottom line is that this is THE funnest television series I have ever seen in my life. For the first time in my life, most of which has been spent behind a book or computer rather than a t.v. set, I find myself looking forward to watching another episode, and even THINKING about one that I have seen makes me laugh out loud. As much as I have enjoyed The Simpsons, Married With Children, and even South Park, no other series has held my attention or made me laugh as hard or as often as this show has done so far. I MUST own all seasons. This is pure medicine for the laugh muscles.
The initial premise is simple enough - a couple of super-smart guys (Leonard & Sheldon) share an apartment. With near-zero social skills with the opposite sex, they meet their sexy but not as smart neighbor, Penny. Add a couple of friendly sex-starved nerds with similar skill sets and hilarity reliably ensues. I noticed someone criticized the show for adding many characters as the seasons went on, "losing" the initial premise. I disagree. Unlike a cartoon where the characters remain pretty much the same age as when the series began, these people are moving on with their lives, growing in all ways as the audience witnesses their growing pains with sympathy and laughter. It gets better every season. I am addicted and love it.
And for the first time in my life, I have a desire to meet and talk with the writers of this show. THAT is how impressed I am with these guys. The writers are BRILLIANT, and a fantastic cast brings their words to life perfectly. I cannot think of one thing I do NOT like about this show! TRY it. You can see a few episodes from Season 6 for free on CBS. Then, like me, you'll probably want to see every season asap. Enjoy. Have tissues handy for the tears of laughter.
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Penn SmithReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Chemistry. Good Science. It's a world of puns.
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Another Great Season of The Big Bang Theory fun to have at home on DVD to satisfy each Big Bang Whim.

(See my Season One review for a recap of the show premise and main characters.) The comedic goodness continues with The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season. However, as was my frustration with The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season, the Second Season DVD still doesn't provide enough extras to make me want to buy more. Cast interviews, commentaries, reflections from the designers, are the meat and potatoes for me in regard to stellar DVD features. I want to hear more about the process of making this world come to life...but I want to be entertained while you tell me. Big order, I know. Yet none of these grumblings about the weak extras on the DVD can dampens my enthusiasm for this excellent 23-minute escapade of laughter. And so, this season's DVD retains a 5-star rating with the hope that in subsequent seasons, the DVD supplementals will continue to improve.

Also as with the Season One DVD, you still can and should, pause for the Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card to enjoy his weekly offering of wit and life observations. It's the cherry on top.

From my Season One Review:
I avoided the Big Bang Theory until this year. I'm not sure why. I hadn't heard a lot of talk of it among my friends and family, nor did the seemingly endless promotions seem to ping at my radar. Yet suddenly, there it was, leading into my other "late to the party" favorite, How I Met Your Mother. I wish I could say I'm not a strong t.v watcher, yet as I think back to the number of sitcoms and ensemble dramas I've viewed through the years, it appears I've dedicated more of my time to the box with moving pictures than was perhaps necessary. All to say, even with regular press, a successfully completed five seasons, and a fantastic cast of mostly well seasoned actors, I remained painfully oblivious to this quality gem...and my life was emptier for it...

The General Premise of The Big Bang Theory: Two bonafide geniuses with varying degrees of, but undeniable, social awkwardness, live across the hall from a young, beautiful any-woman, who is kind enough to gently show them a world outside of their scientific bubble and geek-topolis, yet also powerful enough to guard them from any less tolerant "cool kids".

The dialogue is ripe with geek culture references and scientific humor. Both fully immersed self-identifying brainiacs, nerds, and geeks, as well as "haven't touched a book since high school and hated it even then" types, can relax and enjoy the awkward hiccups that our four scientists experience as they try to marry their love for things "out of this world" with the realities back "here on earth". The series regularly partners our bumbling scientists with the girl across the hall for typical neighborly conundrums (free loading wifi and ordering thai food) and less typical neighborly activities (driving to San Diego to demand back from a bully "unimportant things only useful in an imaginary world").

Kaley Cuoco (from Charmed and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter) gives a genuine performance as Penny, the patient yet worldly girl-next-door, who takes the guys under her wing (and at times, into her bed). Johnny Galecki (Darleen's boyfriend in Roseanne) is utterly charming and convincing as the lovable Dr. Leonard Hofstadter, who you quickly want to "get the girl". And Jim Parsons (Emmy Winner for this role) plays Dr. Sheldon Cooper, a former child prodigy and current theoretical physicist at CalTech whose strict adherence to his own routine provides fodder for endless conflict and comedy between his friends, family, and general public. The chemistry and polarity between these three main characters provides the springboard for most of the shows storylines and comedy.
Cold In SeattleReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Part of the XMas Set For My BIL, One of His Favorite Shows, Continuation From the Season 1 DVD Review
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In order to help alleviate the TV and DVR wars described in my Review for [[ASIN:B000W91RUG The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season]], I also bought this set (he's going to have to wait for the other 2 seasons till next year, unless he buys them himself). Continuing with his saga of Geek waana be - I must ask him, why did you have a Guest Account on your Wireless Network?

Needless to say - he made out on the DVD sets this Christmas (sis bought him another one, since we coordinated, but I don't remember the Title). He STILL leaves shows on the DVR though.

Since it ins't list on the page, the DVD Package Contents (From the 2008 series):

Disk 1: includes the following episodes: "The Bad Fish Paradigm," "The Codpiece Topology," "The Barbarian Sublimation," "The Griffin Equivalency," "The Euclid Alternative" and "The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem."

Disk 2: includes the following episodes: "The Panty Pinata Polarization," "The Lizard-Spock Expansion," "The White Asparagus Triangulation," "The Varatbedian Conundrum," "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" and "The Killer Robot Instability."

Disk 3: includes the following episodes: "The Friendship Algorithm," "The Financial Permeability," "The Maternal Capacitance," "The Cushion Saturation," "The Terminator Decoupling" and "The Work Song Nanocluster.""

Disk 4: includes the following episodes: "The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition," "The Hofstadter Isotope," "The Vegas Renormalization," "The Classified Materials Turbulence" and "The Monopolar Expedition."

Bonus Features - Listed on Product Description.

Review of show itself - As you can see, this is one of those Series that BIL considers his own. Watching faithfully, and becoming addicted via watching over and over (however, therea are worse addictions ;-). This series continues the story lines from the previous series, with more character development in each episode.

"Its a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" takes on a whole new meaning with our four favorite nerds. And is especially appealing to sci-fi fans (yes, BIL is also addicted to Battlestar Gallactica). Of Course, this ever present principle will explain MOST of the basic physics concepts you will ever need: "Rock, Scissors, Paper, Lizard, Spock."

Enjoy again, whether you equate yourself as a nerd or not. 5 Stars from the BIL.

PS - I didn't only purchase DVD sets. With all that TV watching - I purchased these [[ASIN:B001GQ1ZQK adidas Men's ForMotion Running Zone Cushion Low Cut Sock, 2-Pack]], so he can keep in shape - and still escape into oblivion.
Girlfriend RecommendsReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Laugh out loud funny!
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Our whole family loves this hilarious ensemble comedy show.

Sheldon is an eccentric physicist with Nobel Prize potential and limited social skills. His roommate, Leonard, is a run-of-the-mill genius by comparison; also brilliant, but self-aware enough to know there is more to life than physics research. Their social group is rounded out by Raj, another physicist who is to shy to talk when women are present (unless he has had a few drinks) and Howard, the mere engineer of the group. These four friends are fairly content to watch science fiction films, collect action figures, and chase girls unsuccessfully . . . until they meet the girl next door (literally), Penny, the aspiring actress and "dumb blonde" who can teach these four brilliant scientists a thing or two about enjoying life.

The characters are all likeable and relatable in their own ways and mostly nice to one another.

You might think these characters are over the top, but I have met enough geeks to know that people like this really do exist . . . and really are entertaining.

Fun for the whole family; we haven't yet seen an episode that didn't make us laugh out loud!
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HollyReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny, soon-to-be classic
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My teenage daughter got us hooked on this series. We started at the pilot episode (via steaming) and worked our way through all the season. When we finished, we started back at the beginning and watching them all again. She is getting ready to head off to college in the fall and wants to be able to watch these in her dorm room, so we have purchased all seasons on DVD to pack.

This is a series that is funny the first time and every bit as funny the second time. There are some elements/great lines that we didn't fully appreciate until a second viewing and the episodes still feel fresh.

I will say to parents considering this series for their kids: the series is filled with talk about sex and that is the primary motivator for many of the characters. Not a problem for the older teen, but I wouldn't have felt comfortable with the subject matter when my daughter was a younger teen. It is pretty constant and very obvious - not much is subtle. Just be aware and you may want to watch a couple of episodes for yourself before making a decision.
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