The Big Bang Theory

Season 3 Episode 14

The Einstein Approximation

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 01, 2010 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Stuck on the solution to a physics problem, Sheldon seeks a number of alternative approaches to change his thinking and free the mental block—including working with Penny at The Cheesecake Factory.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Ball Pit

    Despite continuing to rely overly heavily on Sheldon, this episode was actually decently entertaining and involved the whole cast. It was nice to see them all interacting and getting a decent amount of screen time. Throwing in the roller skating outing and the ball pit were perfect calls as well. Decent episode.
  • 314

    Another superb episode, and Sheldon really shined here. I don't know why some people are complaining but Big Bang has been really good as of late, and Sheldon has been the prime reason why this show has been so good. My only complaint this season as how focused on relationships this season has gotten, but lately, we haven't been getting a lot of that, which is good.

    The scene in the ball play pen was absolutely hysterical, and definitely a memorable scene of this show. Also Sheldon scaring Penny & Leonard in their sleep, another hilarious scene. We just got some great genuinely funny moments, and it was because of Sheldon, great episode.moreless
  • A funny and superb episode, where Sheldon drives Lenny and Penny absolute crazy - I liked the reference to Little Britain.

    It was as usual, a great episode, where you get to pee you pants. Sheldon is hilarious, and Lenny and Penny is driven crazy because Sheldon has a problem (or more)!

    I loved the reference to Little Britain, I don't wanna spoil anything, so watch the episode. I like that a show like this exists, and I laugh every week when a new episode comes on.

    Sheldon is my favorite character, especially since all my friends thinks that I'm just as unconsidered and cruel, without knowing or wanting to be so. Lenny is beginning to be boring, and Raj should have more time on screen.moreless
  • Sheldon has a problem.

    Usually the formula for a successful episode of The Big Bang Theory is have something crazy going on Sheldon's life. That is for the most part true, but tonight things just didn't play out that way. Sheldon and Leonard playing in a ball pit is bound to be in a Bang clip show somewhere down the line, but for me it just came off as childish and immature.

    The only real highlight for me was Sheldon working as a busboy, and then a waiter. I loved the Season 1 episode where Sheldon worked at the electronics store briefly, and they recreated some of that magic in these scenes.

    But man, anything involving Leonard is just so unfunny. Someone needs to build a time machine and send Johnny Galecki back to Roseanne.moreless
  • Sheldon, sheldon, and more sheldon!

    I started watching this show because it was equally the stories were equally divided between the four friends, but now I starting with the third season its just become all about Sheldon. Dont get me wrong, the character's quite entertaining but as a viewer we its kind of become monotonous watching his quirks over and over again. In fact if I dare say it, he has become almost predicatable. True as a viewer you are suppose to know how your particular favorite character might behave but it shouldn't be to the point where you know what is going to happen. It high time the stories start shifting back to Harold and Kuthrapali. They have so much more to offer then just lame side kicks which by the way they pull very well and give them more to work with.moreless
Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith


Guest Star

Kevin Brief

Kevin Brief


Guest Star

Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch

Bernadette Rostenkowski

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Sheldon says he doesn't want to be a toll booth attendant because he doesn't want to touch other people's coins (presumably due to his germophobia). However, in the Cheesecake Factory, he doesn't seem to bother touching glasses and plates which other people touch, eat and drink from.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Penny: What are you doing here?
      Sheldon: A reasonable question. I asked myself, "What is the most mind-numbing, pedestrian job conceivable?" and three answers came to mind: tollbooth attendant, Apple Store genius, and what Penny does.

    • (Sheldon is in a fun center's ballpit in the middle of the night sorting out colored balls)
      Leonard: Hey, Shelly, what are you doing?
      Sheldon: Size ratio was all wrong—needed bigger carbon atoms.
      Leonard: How did you get into this place?
      Sheldon: Back door has a five-pin tumbler system, single circuit alarm. It's child's play.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #275.

    • The Italian episode title is "L'approssimazione di Einstein". The German title is "Fast wie Einstein", meaning "Just Like Einstein". The French title is "La Relativité restreinte", meaning "Relativity".

    • Music: Murray Head's "One Night in Bangkok"

    • International Airdates: Latin America: March 23, 2010 on Warner Channel; Australia: April 14, 2010 on Channel 9; United Kingdom: May 27, 2010 on E4; Finland: December 6, 2010 on Sub; Czech Republic: December 23, 2010 on Prima COOL; Turkey: January 3, 2011 on CNBC-e; Slovakia: November 4, 2011 on Markiza