The Big Bang Theory

Season 2 Episode 5

The Euclid Alternative

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 2008 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

An intervention is used to try to force Sheldon to overcome his fear of driving.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Stagnant

    This episode almost had some sort of character development and then Sheldon quit. Granted, I wouldn't want to see him drive, but he still needs to figure out how to be a little more self-sustaining. And once again, he was carrying the episode, so it'd be nice if the show could figure out how to take some of the burden off his shoulders. It's getting to the point I don't care about these people because they're not getting anywhere - they're stagnant.moreless
  • ... well :|

    well .. about this episode . it wasnt that good , i mean i love the show , but this episode was quite average .

    the only thing i liked in this episode that like every episode Leonard gets every one nut about him .

    about he cant drive and how everyone were pissed of him while they drove him .

    but still nothing really funny happened , and it was quite disappointing .

    but still i gave 8 to this episode , just for Leonard, but for anything else . i think im gonna wait for the next episode to laugh .moreless
  • Hilarious Installment.

    There wasn't much of a storyline this time around. However, the writers stuck to the working formula of giving Sheldon the centerstage, and produced another great installment.

    I liked the part where Penny gives him a ride to work, and Sheldon annoys her so much, that she kicks him ot of the car. But, my favorite was the part at the DMV, where he comes to get his learners license. Finally, the sequence where he tries his hand on the simulator and refuses to acknowledge that he has given up was hilarious. His theory of evolution to counter the situation was nothing short of exemplary.

    A good show, and a great season so far.moreless
  • 205

    An outstanding episode of The Big Bang Theory. Season 2 has really impressed me so far and this episode was an example of that.

    We all know that Sheldon is the best thing about this show, and and episode as Sheldon-heavy as this, you really can't go wrong. Leonard scenes were kept to a minimum and we had plenty of Penny & Sheldon interactions which are also one of the best things about this series.

    A lot of jokes that just worked here, from Sheldon's virtual car accident and Penny throwing a pillow at his face to the very end with the cleaning ladies that was unexpectedly hysterical. Sheldon just interacted with the whole cast, and everyone's reaction times were great.

    I definitely commend Kayley Cuoco, she has become such an important addition to the cast. Hopefully we'll get more episodes like this, I'm glad the writers realize that Sheldon is the strongest link, and they don't have a problem shoving him center stage like they did here.moreless
  • Sheldon has trouble getting to work when Leonard goes on the night shift.

    Wow, just when I thought The Big Bang Theory couldn't top themselves they do. Another unbelievable episode jam-packed with Sheldon greatness. His chemistry with Penny has been well-documented and we had another entertaining scene with them in the car together, including Sheldon thinking Penny telling him to get out meant for him to look under the hood. We had Sheldon screaming on Howard's motorcycle and asking Raj to take him on a plethora of errands when the two drove together.

    I don't think I can remember the last time I laughed so hard while watching a comedy. There were some cliches like the intervention, but the writing is strong enough to overcome those potholes. The show always keeps you guessing, like the reference we got at the end too. Just another series classic and another great one for Season 2.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Sheldon makes a big deal about putting on an, albeit imaginary, seat belt, yet when he gives up, he just stands up and doesn't take off said seat belt.

    • While Leonard is watching Sheldon drive the simulator if you listen closely you can hear Leonard say Jim which is Sheldon's real name.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Sheldon: How am I going to get to work?
      Leonard: Take the bus.
      Sheldon: Oh, I can't take the bus anymore. They don't have seatbelts, and they won't
      let you lash yourself to the seat with bungee cords.
      Leonard: You tried to lash yourself to the seat with bungee cords?
      Sheldon: I didn't try; I succeeded.

    • (while looking for cars for Sheldon to "drive")
      Howard: Here we go, a red 2006 Ford Taurus on the streets of Pasedena.
      Sheldon: Hmmm.
      Howard: What?
      Sheldon: Specifically, red cars are stopped more often by the police. I don't want any hassles with the fuzz.

    • Octavia: Take this to the testing area, put your name at the top, sign the bottom, answer the questions, bring it back. Next!
      Sheldon: Excuse me. I have some concerns about these questions.
      Octavia: Look at that sign up there.
      Sheldon: Yes.
      Octavia: Does it say I give a damn?
      Sheldon: No.
      Octavia: That's because I don't.

    • Sheldon: Leonard, have you ever wondered why my little toes and lateral incisors are significantly smaller than the average for someone of my size?
      Leonard: I wonder a lot of things about you Sheldon, but not that.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #220.

    • The German episode title is "Homo Novus Automobilis", which is Latin for "New Driver". The French title is "L'Alternative d'Euclide", the Italian title is "L'alternativa di Euclide", the Spanish title is "La variante de Euclides", and the Mexican title is "La alternativa de Euclides".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: December 2, 2008 on Warner Channel; Turkey: October 5, 2009 on CNBC-e; Finland: November 9, 2009 on Sub; Czech Republic: October 28, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: September 20, 2011 on Markiza


    • Sheldon suggests a blue car in the driving simulator looks like the light blue of Luke Skywalker's light saber before the digitally reworked version, referring to the original Star Wars trilogy. It was digitally remastered to improve the picture quality and rereleased in 1997 with a major change being the colors of the effects, including the light saber animation.