The Big Bang Theory

The Grasshopper Experiment

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 11/12/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Raj's parents set him up on a blind date, and when he discovers he can talk to her, she shows interest in Sheldon.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kaley Cuoco

    Penny

  • Johnny Galecki

    Leonard Hofstadter

  • Kunal Nayyar

    Rajesh Koothrappali

  • Jim Parsons

    Sheldon Cooper

  • Simon Helberg

    Howard Wolowitz

  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • The Perfect Concoction

    By AriSky, Sep 19, 2013

  • Talk about a drinking problem

    By FX, Jun 07, 2012

  • Raj is ridiculously funny..

    By Kadodian, Apr 20, 2012

  • Raj's Parents Set Him Up For A Date With A Girl, Penny Tries Her Skills At Bartending & Spikes Sheldon's Drink.

    By xCeeCeex2007, Apr 07, 2008

  • Raj has to get drunk to talk to a girl which his parents have set him up with

    By exterminator25, Apr 18, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Leonard: Do you really need the Honorary Justice League of America Membership card? Sheldon: It's been in every wallet I owned since I was five. Leonard: Why? Sheldon: It says, "keep this on your person at all times." It's right here under Batman's signature.

    • Sheldon: I'll have a diet Coke. Penny: Can you please order a cocktail? I need to practice mixing drinks. Sheldon: Fine... I'll have a virgin Cuba Libre. Penny: That's... rum and Coke without the rum. Sheldon: Yes, and would you make it diet?

    • Raj: (drunk) Where did my life go, Penny? (everyone is shocked) Raj: One day, I'm a carefree bachelor, and the next, I'm married and driving a minivan to pee-wee cricket matches in suburban New Delhi. Penny: Are you talking to me? Raj: Is there another Penny here?

    • Penny: I need some guinea pigs. Sheldon: Okay, there's a lab animal supply company in Reseda you can try. But if your research is going to have human applications, may I suggest white mice? Their brain chemistry is far closer to ours. Penny: I swear to God, Sheldon, one day I'm going to get the hang of talking to you. Leonard: His mom's been saying that for years.

    • Sheldon: When I was a little boy and got sick, which was most of the time, my mother would read [The Monkey and the Princess] to me. It's about an Indian princess who befriends a monkey who was mocked by all the other monkeys because he was different. For some reason I related to it quite strongly. Penny: I know the reason. Leonard: We all know the reason.

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    Notes (4)

    • The German episode title is "Das Lalita-Problem". The French episode title is "L'Effet sauterelle", meaning "The Grasshopper Effect". The Spanish title is "El experimento de Grasshopper", and the Mexican title is "El experimento del saltamontes", both exact translations. The Italian title is "L'esperimento del cocktail", meaning "The Cocktail Experiment".

    • International Airdates: Turkey: November 4, 2008 on CNBC-e; Czech Republic: May 26, 2009 on Prima COOL; Germany: August 29, 2009 on ProSieben; Slovakia: August 26, 2011 on Markiza

    • Music: "To Life" from Fiddler On The Roof, sung by Sheldon

    • The text presented on the Chuck Lorre Productions logo card (#195) read simply "United we stand," expressing the producer's solidarity with the Writers Guild of America, which was striking at the time of first broadcast.

    Trivia (2)

    • This episode establishes that Raj can talk to women while drunk.

    • The Koothrappalis revealed that Raj is 26 years old.

    Allusions (1)

    • Sheldon's honorary Justice League of America Membership card refers to the team of superheroes from the DC Comics universe, originally formed by Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter.

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