The Big Bang Theory

Season 3 Episode 6

The Cornhusker Vortex

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 02, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Leonard, hoping to fit in with Penny's football-loving friends, gets tutored in the sport by Sheldon. Raj is infuriated when Wolowitz's skirt-chasing leads to the loss of his prized patang.

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  • Misusing the Word Ho

    I really felt for Leonard in this episode. My dad's been a Niner's season ticket hold since before I was born and though I've attended many games at the soon-to-be-forsaken Candlestick Park, I still have little to no idea what's actually going on during the game. It completely fit that Sheldon had all the answers and was nice to see him stepping back into the spotlight - after all the weight he's bared, I miss him. The dynamic was a little off this week, but it felt real, so a good episode overall.moreless
  • Leonard sucks

    This was a good episode but the flaw in this was Leonard. I find it strange seeing this midget of a man go out with a stereotypically hot girl while complaining that she has her own life and is willing to give each other breathing room. Normal people see this as a great way to let themselves be themselves without reservation, Leonard sees it as "why can't i latch on to her tit 24-7". The whole being embarrassed thing is just another annoying thing that Leonard brings to the table. Leonard's worst enemy is himself as he sabotages himself with words all the time. Then again it's easy to believe that a "genius" would lack proper social skills as I have seen it in real life.moreless
  • 306

    I'm glad that characters other than Sheldon got to shine tonight, Howard & Raj's friendship is fun to watch and what TBBT did tonight with their bromance just reminded me of Chandler & Joey from Friends (The original bromance) and it was just as hilarious as it was on Friends as it was here.

    See what I mean about Penny & Leonard? Another plot about their relationship? I really want to see more episodes with the whole group together like they used to do are at least a scene or two with everyone just hanging out at Leonard & Sheldon's place. Even though I was ultimately annoyed at Penny & Leonard's story line, it was still pretty funny. And the kite thing was just hysterical.

    Overall a good episode of TBBT. Just keep the Penny & Leonard scenes to a minimum and bring us more group or Penny & Sheldon scenes which we definitely have not seen in a while.moreless
  • Enjoyable.

    A solid effort from The Big Bang Theory that had me laughing at Sheldon Cooper's lines, but very little else. He has mastered the art of sarcasm, and his constant literal interpretations for the dialect of his peers is always humorous, nostalgic in a way to the early days of Bones before Temperance Brennan's character got played out. Sheldon is still fresh 3 seasons in though, so that is a good sign for the longevity of this series.

    I do not like this bromance between Raj and Howard getting so much time though. Those two were best when they were simply backdrops for the three main stars. It'd be like episodes of Two and a Half Men revolving around a Judith storyline.moreless
  • Leonard learns football...

    Being a huge sports buff myself, I was actually expecting a lot more than Leonard reciting the rule book. No offense, it was funny nonetheless. That being said, this episode more or less reminded me of a typical - 'Sheldon's comes to the rescue' kind. A typical episode where Leonard, Howard, and Kootrapali fail to produce enough laughs, and it is Sheldon who steers the ship. To rethink about it, Koothrapali actually had a few funny lines, and the hilarity in the scene was toned down when they decided to experiment more with them looking like a couple.

    Good episode anyway.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Leonard says that Sheldon teaching him football would be fun, Sheldon complains that that's what his father said from the time he was five until he went off to college, declaring it, "the longest seven years of my life," which means he went off to college when he was twelve. Yet, in "The Hamburger Postulate", when Sheldon asks Penny what a tie on the doorknob means, she says, "Oh come on, you went to college," and he replies, "Yes, but I was eleven."

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Leonard: Come on, Sheldon, please teach me football. I'll be fun.
      Sheldon: That's exactly what my father said. Come to the games. Watch the games. Week in and week out, from the time I was five until I went off to college—longest seven years of my life.

    • Leonard: Sheldon, how do you know this stuff?
      Sheldon: I grew up in Texas. Football is ubiquitous in Texas. There's pro football, college football, high school football, peewee football. In fact, every form of football except the original, European football, which most Texans believe to be a Commie plot.
      Leonard: Unbelievable.
      Sheldon: If you're interested, I also know all about frying meat that isn't chicken as if it were chicken.

    • Raj: You always do this, you know. You ditch me for a woman you don't have a shot with.
      Howard: I totally had a shot!
      Raj: With a woman you were chasing through a park? That's not a shot, that's a felony!

    • Sheldon: Alright, Poindexter, sit down, shut up, and listen.
      Leonard: I'm sorry?
      Sheldon: Oh, that's how my father always began our football conversations, and if you'd like, after the game I'll take you outside and teach you to shoot close enough to a raccoon that it craps itself.

    • (watching football)
      Leonard: I think I'm starting to get this.
      Raj: Really? The only thing I've learned in the last two hours is that American men love drinking beer, pee too often, and have trouble getting erections.
      Leonard: Focus on the game, not the commercials, Raj.
      Raj: I'm just saying, maybe if people cut back on the beer, you could get out of the bathroom and satisfy your women without pharmaceutical help.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #265. It operated in tandem with card #264, shown a half-hour earlier following Chuck Lorre's other show airing in 2009–10, Two and a Half Men.

    • The Italian episode title is "Il teorema del football", meaning "The Football Theorem". The German title is "Football für Nerds". The French title is "Le Vortex du Nébraska". The Spanish title is "El vórtice de Cornhusker". The Mexican title is "El vórtice de la mazorca de maiz", meaning "The Corn Cob Vortex".

    • Originally scheduled to air October 19, 2009, this episode was pushed back and replaced with "The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: December 1, 2009 on Warner Channel; Australia: February 8, 2010 on Channel 9; Turkey: November 1, 2010 on CNBC-e; Finland: November 8, 2010 on Sub; Czech Republic: December 9, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: October 24, 2011 on Markiza


    • The title of this episode, "The Cornhusker Vortex" is a reference to the University of Nebraska football team's mascot, "The Cornhuskers". Since Penny is from Nebraska, it makes sense for her to pull for this team.