The Big Bang Theory

Season 2 Episode 3

The Barbarian Sublimation

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 06, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Penny becomes addicted to an online game based on the world of Conan the Barbarian and persistantly pesters Sheldon for advice.

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  • Queen Penelope

    Wolowitz to the rescue for once. This was an interesting look into online gaming and how easy it is to get sucked in. I really enjoyed that Penny eventually pulled herself out rather than needing Sheldon's interaction, though from this encounter and several prior, I wouldn't be surprised if at some point, Penny and Sheldon end up together. Opposites attract and all that - and the show relies so heavily on Sheldon that it only makes sense. A long shot now, but in that same way that Robin and Barney end up together on How I Met Your Mother.moreless
  • The Best Episode Ever!

    This episode was the best episode. This is my favorite episode! In The Barbaian Sublimation Sheldon gets Penny addicted to online gaming. Then she is so addicted to it she starts to annoy Sheldon. He starts to get really annoyed and he doesn't know how to stop her addiction.

    I loved it when Sheldon said "AFK" and Penny goes what does that mean? and he goes "Away from keyboard". Penny says "Oh I see." And he goes "What does that stand for?" haha. That was hialrious.

    This was the funniest episode ever. When I first read the synopsis of the episode before it aired I knew it was going to be hilarious! lol.moreless
  • Penny starts playing a video game and bothers the heck out of Sheldon.

    I'm tempted to say that this episode really didn't have all that much substance to it, mostly because it took an idea that felt somewhat dull (Penny learning to play a video game that Sheldon likes) and also feels somewhat overused (I feel as if I've seen this scenario in several different shows). However, the episode ended up taking the show's best character (Sheldon) and using him to bring out the best in Penny, a character I've felt distant from up until this point.

    I think the reason it was so good is that the relationship between Sheldon and Penny is actually funnier and more believable than the one between Leonard and Penny. Leonard and Penny seem so distant that it's not even fun to watch them try to get together. I really hope they don't in the end and instead find more interesting things for them to do.

    However, back to Penny and Sheldon; they have a great way of having a back and forth relationship, and she's the perfect understanding person to comprehend how socially inept he is. I also thought that the "Age of Conan" plot was pretty great, as it was a perfect symbol of the stuff that was going on in Penny's love life at the time.

    Definitely the best of Season 2 up until this point.moreless
  • 203

    A perfect episode of The Big Bang Theory and here's why. We all know that Sheldon is the star of this show, there is no doubt about that. We also know that the interactions are always best when they're between Sheldon & Penny, and we definitely go a lot of that here. This episode just made me realize how weak the rest of the cast is compared to Sheldon & Penny and they're not even the main focus of the show! Anyways, Penny getting addicted to an online game was absolutely hilarious considering her being addicted to an online game was just so out of the ordinary for a character like her. The interactions between Sheldon & Leslie are weaker, but they still are good. It already shows that the writers are going to have some trouble fitting in Leslie as a main cast member. What did she really do here, really? Call Sheldon names? If she doesn't need to be there, she shouldn't and she is just better as a supporting character, not a main character, and it shows here.

    Favorite scene from the episode was definitely Leonard's reaction to Penny walking out of Sheldon's bedroom. Penny realizing she had a problem was just a priceless scenes. Lots of laughs tonight, this show is getting better & better by the episode.moreless
  • Sheldon gets Penny hooked on the The Age of Conan, much to his later regret.

    I kinda noticed everyone was really into Penny/Sheldon and her addictin, but for me, the very best scene was at the cafeteria with Sheldon turning to that guy and asking him out, and not even noticing the guy (who was surprisingly hot, btw) checking him out! It was the funniest thing, and it does show how the guy has zero social interaction knowledge ('cause the guy REALLY checked him out, it was not subtle).

    The whole Penny fall into addiction was funny to watch, especially when her perfect guy sees her and goes "She looks nothing like her picture" and poor Leonard "They never do" (LOL)moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Penny calls Sheldon's cell phone and doesn't reach him, she calls his boss' phone, Dr. Gablehouser. How does she not only know this phone number, but also know that Sheldon would be in the office? She has yet to show an interest in Leonard and Sheldon's workplace, so why would she call?

    • When Penny barges into the boys' apartment with her laptop, and again when she leaves with it, the screen is visibly black, indicating it is off.

      Certain laptops save power by turning off their screens after a few minutes of inactivity (on battery power). That way, it saves power.

    • It is revealed that Penny is 22 years old.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Penny: What's "AFK"?
      Sheldon: Away From Keyboard.
      Penny: Oh, I see.
      Sheldon: What does that stand for?

    • (The gang decides Penny needs to get into a sexual relationship. Sheldon sees a nerdy looking guy sitting near him)
      Sheldon: Excuse me, are you currently involved in a sexual relationship?
      Guy: No.
      Sheldon: Would you like to be?
      Guy: Uh... sure, why not?
      Leonard: Sheldon—
      Sheldon: (to Leonard) Hup up up... (to guy) Can I have your phone number?
      Guy: (eyes Sheldon's body closely) Uh... yeah! (grabs Sheldon's hand and writes down his phone number)
      Sheldon: There, problem solved!

    • Penny: Oh, my God, a treasure chest. I'm rich!
      Sheldon: Level 3 and she thinks she's rich—what a n00b.

    • Dr. Gablehauser: Dr. Winkle, what colorful name did you call Dr. Cooper this time?
      Leslie: "Doctor Dumb-ass."

    • Penny: Boy, you'd think you could trust a horde of Hungarian barbarians.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #219.

    • The German episode title is "Das Conan-Spiel", meaning "The Conan Game". The French title is "La Sublimation barbare", the Italian title is "La sublimazione barbarica", the Spanish title is "La sublimación de los bárbaros", and the Mexican title is "La sublimación bárbara".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: November 18, 2008 on Warner Channel; Turkey: September 21, 2009 on CNBC-e; Finland: October 26, 2009 on Sub; Czech Republic: October 26, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: September 16, 2011 on Markiza


    • Wolowitz exclaims, "What the frak?," borrowing the word used by humans on the new Battlestar Galactica which has the equivalent meaning to "fuck".

    • Leslie refers to Penny as "Tinkerbell", the fictional fairy character created by Scottish author and dramatist J. M. Barrie for his 1904 play, Peter and Wendy and best-known from Peter Pan.

    • Leslie calls Penny, "Middle-Earth Barbie." Middle Earth is the site of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.

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