The Big Bang Theory

Season 3 Episode 5

The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 19, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Sheldon looks forward to squaring off against the the one actor from the Star Trek universe he holds enmity towards—Wil Wheaton—in a fantasy collectable card game tournament. Wolowitz cashes in on an old pact with Leonard to get Penny to set him up with a friend of hers.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Wheaton

    Surprise cameo from Mr. Wheaton himself, doing what he loves most - playing games. I thoroughly enjoyed the match between him and Sheldon, taking the pressure (again) off of the Leonard-Penny-third wheel Howard line of boredom. Of course Howard would find a girl who he can complain about his mother with, but we all know it isn't going to last long, just enough to spite the mothers (and backfire, I'm sure). Pretty okay episode.moreless
  • Die Wil Wheaton!

    Enjoyable episode of The Big Bang Theory tonight (as opposed to Two and a Half Men which was lackluster). I found myself thoroughly laughing throughout, except for the Leonard scenes of course. Most of all the episode was relatable as I used to play Yu-Gi-Oh and sadly have to admit that I would react like this at card tournaments.

    Was Wil Wheaton really the biggest name of the Star Trek series they could get? I consider myself to be fairly adept at knowing actors and I had never heard of him before this episode. He was kind of funny though.moreless
  • 305

    A good episode of Big Bang Theory although I did think Sheldon's actions were wildly exaggerated, this was still a good installment. Penny & Leonard setting up Howard with one of Penny's friends wasn't the best plot but it was still entertaining even though things felt unfinished by the end of the episode.

    I definitely think the Penny & Leonard relationship is ruining the chemistry of the show though, I'm waiting to see when these two will break up, I was annoyed by them probably in the third episode of the season. I have no problem with the idea of these two getting together, just would have liked it to be at the end of the series, because together, it just throws off the whole cast, and it just feels strange.

    After the amazing Raj and Sheldon interactions in the last episode, the writers put these two together again, and it was a smart move. Good episode overall, with some minor flaws.moreless
  • Another Sheldon masterpiece...

    After a slightly lackluster episode focusing on Raj and issues of immigration, BBT bounced back again with an awesome Sheldon-centric episode. And oh yes, there was Wil Wheaton from Star Trek.

    Sheldon and Raj team up for a tournament of Mystic Warlords of Ka'a, another BBT created game like - rock-paper-scissors-lizard-spock. Raj does it to get some cash and Sheldon to settle a long standing conflict with Wil Wheaton. The whole sequence was a laughter riot with Sheldon acting paranoid, only to get manipulated by Wil to lost the tournament.

    Penny sets up Wolowitz with one of her friends on Leonard's request because of a 5 year old pact between Wolowitz and him. And after some really odd conversations, they finally hit off. Not a lot of comedy, but was decent and complemented the characters.

    Good episode.moreless
  • Raj gets Sheldon to play in a card game tournament when he finds out his arch enemy Wil Wheaton will be there. Howard reminds Leonard that they had a pack that if either of them ever had a hot girlfriend the other would get them a date.moreless

    Die Wil Wheaton, Die!

    Very funny episode all the way around. Raj wants Sheldon to play in this card game tournament that Stuart (Kevin Sussman) is having at his comic book store because Sheldon has a photographic memory and they will win. When Sheldon hears that Wil Wheaton (as himself) is playing, he signs up with the a fore mentioned moniker and pledges as Khan to beat Wil for ruining a trip he took as a boy to Jackson, Mississippi to see him.

    The funniest thing was after he gets beat by Wil who dupes him you just know this will not be the end of Sheldon's trek. They will meet again!

    On other fronts, Howard reminds Leonard that one day many years before that if one of them ever got a hot girlfriend the other would get her to get their friend a date. Leonard tries to not remember, but in another example of Sheldon's photographic memory he tells Leonard the date, the movie, (Spiderman 2) and the fact they had no blue Slurpee's at the movies that evening. Only red!

    That night Leonard and Penny are together in the their afterglow and Leonard drops the bomb. One of the funnier sequences as Leonard replies, " Well, I couldn't ask you before and I was trying to remember what I had read on google during..."

    So Penny sets up a double date with Howard and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and it is a disaster until both Howard and Bernadette realize that they both hate their mothers bugging them constantly. It's the only thing they have in common, but they bond.

    A very funny and enjoyable episode. I sort of feel sorry for Wil Wheaton because you know Sheldon's revenge will be sweet. Thanks for reading...moreless
Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton


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Kevin Sussman

Kevin Sussman

Stuart Bloom

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Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch

Bernadette Rostenkowski

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Bernadette: I know how you feel. My mother makes me crazy.
      Howard: Not as crazy as my mother makes me.
      Bernadette: Oh, yeah, does your mother call you every day at work to see if you've had a healthy lunch?
      Howard: My mother calls me at work to see if I had a healthy bowel movement.

    • Leonard: The deal was that if either of us got a girlfriend, we'd have her fix the other one up with one of her friends.
      Penny: And you thought a good time to bring this up would be right after sex?
      Leonard: Well I sure as hell wasn't going to bring it up before sex.

    • (Howard's phone rings)
      Howard: Damn, it's my mother.
      Bernadette: Are you going answer it?
      Howard: I'm torn. She might be dying. You know, I wouldn't want to miss that.

    • Wil Wheaton: Did that guy just say "revenge is a dish best served cold" in Klingon?
      Stuart: I believe so.
      Wil Wheaton: What is wrong with him?
      Stuart: Everyone has a different theory.

    • Howard: Leonard, a pact is a pact. You have to get Penny to fix me up.
      Leonard: It's not that simple. What am I supposed to say? 'Penny, do you have any friends you'd like to never hear from again?'

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #263.

    • The Italian episode title is "Il corollario del rivestimento raccapricciante", meaning "The Creepy Coating Corollary". The German title is "Der Mann, der seine Omi liebte", meaning "The Man Who Loved His Grandma". The French title is "Le Tournoi de cartes", meaning "Cards Tournament". The Spanish title is "El corolario del horrible recubrimiento de caramelo", and the Mexican title is "El corolario del horribilante recubrimiento del caramelo", both exact translations.

    • International Airdates: Latin America: November 24, 2009 on Warner Channel; Australia: February 1, 2010 on Channel 9; Turkey: October 25, 2010 on CNBC-e; Finland: November 8, 2010 on Sub; Czech Republic: December 8, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: October 21, 2011 on Markiza


    • Sheldon yells out Wheaton's name three times as we head away from Earth into space, playing on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan when Kirk yells out "KHAN!!" the same way.

    • Sheldon mentions that Joel Schumacher is on his enemies list because he almost destroyed the Batman franchise, referring to Joel's 1997 film, Batman and Robin, which was criticized for its campy approach and possible homosexual innuendos.

    • During his showdown with Wil Wheaton, Sheldon mentions the ice planet Hoth. Hoth is a planet from the Star Wars franchise that is covered in ice and snow.