The Big Bang Theory

Season 1 Episode 13

The Bat Jar Conjecture

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 21, 2008 on CBS

Episode Recap

The guys decide to form a Physics Bowl team, but Sheldon's inability to usurp control begins to drive them all crazy. When coming up with a team name, he stubbornly insists that they name themselves the Army Ants. At a practice round with Penny, no matter who buzzes in, Sheldon responds with the answer to the question. Leonard then gets to be the bearer of bad news: They've kicked Sheldon off the team.
At work, the three remaining Army Ants recruit Leslie to their team, despite the awkwardness between her and Leonard. She is quick to join when she understands that they will be facing Sheldon and his new team.
At the Bowl, Sheldon arrives in full Star Trek gear, wearing command gold while his teammates wear support red. His teammates are various staff members from the lab.
A heated match ensues; when neither team can answer the final trophy, the teammate next to Sheldon provides an answer. He reveals that in the former Soviet Union, he was a physicist. However, Sheldon's arrogance trumps the man's story, and he refuses to allow his teammate's correct answer to be formally submitted. Leonard, Raj, Leslie, and Howard all celebrate their victory.