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The Big Bang Theory

Season 2 Episode 2

The Codpiece Topology

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 2008 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Seeing Penny with another guy sends Leonard back to Leslie Winkle, much to Sheldon's dismay.

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  • Control

    So... when exactly did Penny and Leonard break up? By Penny's reaction in this episode, I get the feeling she's still interested, so perhaps she was waiting on him and this was all a slap in the face telling her he wasn't interested? If this isn't explored later, I'm going to be very disappointed. Though bringing back Lesley was a terrible idea - she never really seems to add anything to the show, just demeans people and paints a terrible picture of the intelligent woman. Sheldon didn't entirely carry this episode, but he was darn close (and the renaissance faire was a perfect setting).moreless
  • Leonard tries to move on from Penny.

    Much better than the second season premiere, and if anything, this episode made me like the show so much more, especially because it shows how great and tight the writing can be when Bill Prady, Chuck Lorre and co. attempt to write good.

    Once again, Sheldon steals the show, although both Leonard, Howard and Leslie Winkle (played by the girl from Roseanne) are hilarious here. I really enjoyed the back-and-forth every character had with each other. That cold open was hilarious, with Sheldon nit-picking about every single little thing that the Renaissance Fair did wrong that they want to.

    The plot where Leonard tries to get over Penny by hooking up with Sheldon's archenemy wasn't too interesting to me; I only liked the situations that it created. For example, Penny sees that Leonard is hooking up and tries to make him jealous by making out with her own date. Also, there's something about watching Sheldon play an old Mario emulator game that made me chuckle.

    I'm definitely interested in the show now after this episode.moreless
  • 202

    A great episode of The Big Bang Theory tonight, I'm glad that Penny & Leonard didn't become a couple, I'm glad were still getting this "will they, wont they" plot line which makes things all the more interesting, and this show remains to have the spark it had from season 1.

    Sheldon was great but we all know who really stole the show here, and that was Leslie, she wasn't as funny last season, but she was absolutely hysterical in this episode. From her asking Leonard how much kids he wants to her interactions with Sheldon, she was just great.

    Although the cold opening was rather weak with the group talking about the ren fair, and how bad it was, this was still a great episode. Leonard & Sheldon trying to make each other jealous is just good TV. Great episode, can't wait to watch the rest of the season.moreless
  • Leonard starts dating Leslie.

    The Big Bang Theory gave us another great episode here tonight. Sheldon continues to be arguably the best character on television. His chemistry with Penny is the best on the show and it seems like there is potential with Leslie as well. Sheldon just spits out humorous lines one after another and is just so entertaining to watch.

    This was a step-down from the season premiere, but still a very strong, well-written episode. The N64 stuff and laptop gags were excellent and we received a great guest spot from Howard Wolowitz and Kuthrapali. They deserved more screen time, but they were funny with what they were given.

    This was not my favorite storyline, but the only massive flaw was the introduction of Leslie as a full-time cast member. I just don't find her funny at all, but overall this was another great episode.moreless
  • Review

    Seeing Penny with another guy sends Leonard back to Leslie Winkle, much to Sheldon's dismay.

    This episode was another great episode of this great show with more clever jokes thaan ever. Leslie Winkle is pretty annoying but she is good because we get a lot of great jokes when her and Sheldon are in a scene.

    This episode was slightly worse than the last but it was still 9 standard in my opinion. My favorite part of this episode was when Penny's boyfriend said to Howard nice hat and Howard said thanks my mom made it, this was hilarous because Howard looked so ridiculas in his Jester outfit. All in all TBBT gets another 9.0 from me.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Sheldon states that he played Nintendo 64 in 1999 when he had pernicious anemia. This type of anemia is an inabilty to absorb vitamin B12. It's treated through B12 injections. Patients don't have to stay home or in bed, just get B12 directly.

    • When Sheldon's laptop's battery is dying and he returns to connect it to an outlet, he grabs only an extension cord, but not the computer's AC adapter.

    • When Sheldon told Leonard at the end of the show to "look at the bright side," he said Comic Con was only nine months away but it's actually ten months away as it always occurs at the end of July every year in San Diego.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Sheldon: Leonard is upstairs right now with my archenemy.
      Penny: Your "archenemy?"
      Sheldon: Yes: the Dr. Doom to my Mr. Fantastic, the Dr. Octopus to my Spiderman, the Dr. Sivana to my Captain Marvel...
      Penny: Okay, I get it, I get it.
      Sheldon: You know, it's amazing how many supervillains have advanced degrees. Graduate schools should do a better job of screening those people out.

    • Leslie: So, I heard your relationship with Penny crashed to the ground like blue ice falling out of an airplane lavatory.
      Leonard: Where'd you hear that?
      Leslie: Actually, I read it. Wolowitz texted me. (shows text message)
      Leonard: "like blue ice falling out of an airplane lavatory" Yep.
      Leslie: I thought it was a pretty good one. I gave him an LOL.

    • Sheldon: Why should I leave? This is my apartment, too.
      Leonard: I know it is. And if science ever discovers a second member of your species, and you two would like some privacy, I'll be more than happy to get out of your way.

    • Sheldon: Everybody has a date. Even you Mario, going after Princess Peach. What am I doing? I'm just enabling you.

    • Raj: (to Leonard) What about [dating] Leslie Winkle?
      Sheldon: Oh, no.
      Raj: Why?
      Sheldon: Her research methodology is sloppy, she's unjustifiably arrogant about loop quantum gravity, and to make matters worse, she's often mean to me.

    • Eric: Like your hat.
      Wolowitz: Thanks, my mom made it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #217, which is actually a "censored" card redirecting people to view the genuine card rejected by CBS on Chuck Lorre's website.

    • The German episode title is "Sex mit der Erzfeindin", meaning "Sex with the Archenemy". The French title is "Le Flirt de Léonard", meaning "Leonard's Girlfriend". The Italian title is "La topologia del sospensorio", meaning "The Jock-Strap Topology". The Spanish title is "La topología de la bragueta", meaning "The Fly Topology". The Mexican title is "Clave topológica", meaning "Primal Topology"

    • With this episode, Sara Gilbert is elevated to the main cast, but is only credited when she appears in an episode.

    • International Airdates: Latin America: November 11, 2008, on Warner Channel; Turkey: September 14, 2009, on CNBC-e; Finland: October 19, 2009 on Sub; Czech Republic: October 25, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: September 14, 2011 on Markiza


    • Sheldon complains, "Leslie Winkle. Of all the overrated physicists in all the labs in all the world, why does it have to be Leslie Winkle?" playing on Rick's line about Illsa in Michael Curtiz's 1942 film, Casablanca, "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."