The Big Bang Theory

Season 2 Episode 5

The Euclid Alternative

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 2008 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.