The Big Bang Theory Season 1 Episode 8 – The Grasshopper Experiment


This show just gets better and better. In this episode Raj being from India gets a ‘video web chat’ piece of information from his parents about an arranged marriage. Interestingly I have known a few people in the lab and around campus who have gotten this phone call and then gotten married. Scientists I guess do what their parents tell them? (Ok I don’t but that’s not the issue here; however my kids better do what they are told).

The challenge for Raj is obvious. He is mute in front of women. Just can’t talk to them at all!!!

So enter Penny with a night when she needs to get ready to be a bartender which she has never done. So she mixes some drinks for the guys and presto bamo with alcohol Raj can talk to women and pretty well. His boundaries disappear.

We find out how far his boundaries go when he turns into a complete jerk in front of the arranged date. So much a jerk it just gets funny. SOMEHOW his date ends up leaving with Sheldon????!!!?!?!?!?!?

Now that part I have never seen happen. A theoretical physicist getting the girl? Ok true getting her from an astro-physicist but well…wait…maybe?

Interestingly at the end of this episode Sheldon ends up with a drink or two in him and is singing show tunes from Fiddler on the Roof (my all time favorite musical) and really isn’t bad. Not sure how he was that good in fact!!!


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