The Big Bang Theory

Season 1 Episode 3

The Fuzzy Boots Corollary

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 08, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Leonard asks a woman out after he finds out that Penny is seeing someone.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Olives

    But what about the side plot of the cat?? I'll be content if the bags of cat stuff show up again at some point. This episode felt a bit disjointed from the previous two and really served to make Penny seem more shallow and airheaded. For being the one female in the show so far, she's a rather poorly written character that leaves me hoping for more. The episode dragged on and wasn't nearly as funny, though Leonard did have one good moment with the olive.moreless
  • In retrospect

    This was a great episode but also featured a small fact that fully switched in later seasons. For some reason we see Sheldon being referred to as having asthma while Leonard wants a cat. As the show progresses you will run into the fact that Leonard is the one with asthma while Sheldon goes out and gets himself a clowder of cats.
  • 103

    Getting better and better with each episode, you know that's a good sign of a long running series. Three episodes in, we sort of got a feel of all the characters, but it's weird with this show, has anything really happened? This show, I've noticed, can be wildly uneventful considering we haven't really gotten anywhere except with character development. Why do I tune in for TBBT? Mostly because it's an entertaining watch that can make me laugh, but I think this show can be the potential to be more than that, and I hope the writers kick it in to the gear as the series continues but I would like to be intrigued in the series with something. Season long arc maybe?

    Another great scene was Leonard proposing a date to the other physicist, it was just great TV, really. This show hasn't made it to my favorite shows list yet, but it's definitely getting there by the episode. The Leonard & Penny development was pretty great, and I found myself laughing at most of the "date." A superb hilarious episode of Big Bang Theory tonight.moreless
  • Nerds.

    When Leonard sees Penny kissing a guy in front of her apartment door, he is devastated thinking she has 'rejected' him. The guys convince him to ask someone out at work, but when he tries and is brutally turned down by a geeky girl scientist named Leslie Winkle, he is even more depressed. As Leonard slips deeper into his depression (which involves thinking about buying a cat and listening to emo music), Sheldon (in an attempt to not have a cat) points out that he was not actually rejected, as he had not asked Penny out. Leonard agrees and promptly asks Penny out to dinner, but she mistakes his invite as an invitation to hang with all the guys. Despite being aware of this, Leonard keeps the date and makes up excuses as to why the guys were absent. I love the scene at the start of this episode - I love , I mean love all of their nercy ways. I love teh scene where Lenny interups Penny and then the scene after it where the boys freak out over Penny and the man she was with. I also love the scene with Lenny and Leslie. I love the scene where they talk about Sheldon being a robot. I love the dance scene - hilarious. I love teh way Lenny is sweating before his date, and I also love the restaurant scene.moreless
  • Bless them all! Adorable geeks :P

    Leonard has his heart broken by Penny seeing another guy - attempts to date someone who I've seen in loads before yet I still don't know her name - kisses her and has a really odd geeky conversation with her - then does some weird latin dance lessons! Pretty much sums up the first part of that episode!

    The date at the end was cute - very funny Leonard being ready so unbelievably early but it's nice to see a show where it isn't the girl being perceived as being, well the girl in a relationship :P

    it's nice to see a male side of the perspective about someone worrying about things like this - plus it just wouldn't be as good if we saw Penny's ideas on things like this!moreless
Allen Nabors

Allen Nabors


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Treisa Gary

Treisa Gary


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Sherry Weston

Sherry Weston


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Sara Gilbert

Sara Gilbert

Leslie Winkle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Sheldon: Whoo. I'm all sweaty. Wanny log on to Second Life and go swimming? I just built a virtual pool.

    • Leslie: What sort of experiment would you propose?
      Leonard: There is a generally accepted pattern in this area. I would pick you up, take you to a restaurant, then we would see a movie. Probably a romatic comedy, featuring the talents of Hugh Grant or Sandra Bullock.
      Leslie: Interesting. And would you agree the primary way we would evaluate either the success or failure of the date would be based on the biochemical reaction during the good night kiss?
      Leonard: Heart rate, pheromones, etcetera, yes.
      Leslie: Why don't we stipulate the date goes well and move to the key variable?
      Leonard: You mean kiss you now?

    • Leonard: Anyway,I was thinking more of a biochemical exploration with a neurochemical overlay.
      Leslie: Wait, are you asking me out?
      Leonard: I was going to characterize it as the modfication of our colleague/friendship paradigm with the addition of a date-like component. But we don't need to quibble over terminology.

    • Penny: So, what's new in the world of physics?
      Leonard: Nothing.
      Penny: Really, nothing?
      Leonard: Well, with the exception of string theory, not much has happened since the 1930s, and you can't prove string theory. At best you can say "hey, look, my idea has an internal logical consistency."
      Penny: Ah. Well, I'm sure things will pick up.

    • Leonard: I'm a perfectly nice guy. There's no reason we couldn't go to the restaurant and have a lovely dinner. Maybe take a walk afterwards, talk about things we have in common. "You love pottery? I love pottery!" You know, there's a pause, we both know what's happening, I lean in, we kiss, it's a little tentative at first but then I realize, she's kissing me back, and she's biting my lower lip, you know, she wants me, this thing is going the distance, we're going to have sex! Oh God! Oh, my God!
      Sheldon: Is the sex starting now?
      Leonard: I'm having a panic attack!

    • Howard: Love is not a sprint, it's a marathon. A relentless pursuit that only ends when she falls into your arms. Or hits you with the pepper spray.

    • Sheldon: Please don't tell me that your hopeless infatuation is devolving into pointless jealousy.
      Leonard: No, I'm not jealous, I'm just a little concerned for her. I didn't like the look of the guy that she was with.
      Howard: Because he looked better than you?
      Leonard: Yeah. He was kinda dreamy.

    • Wolowitz: Sheldon, if you were a robot, and I knew and you didn't, would you want me to tell you?
      Sheldon: That depends. When I learn that I'm a robot, will I be able to handle it?
      Wolowitz: Maybe, although the history of science fiction is not on your side.
      Sheldon: Okay, let me ask you this. When I learn that I'm a robot, would I be bound by Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics?
      Raj: You might be bound by them right... now.

    • Sheldon: I have noted that Leslie Winkle recently started shaving her legs. Now, given that winter is coming, one can only assume that she's signaling sexual availability.
      Howard: I don't know. You guys work in the same lab.
      Leonard: So?
      Howard: There are pitfalls. Trust me, I know. When it comes to sexual harassment law, I'm a bit of a self-taught expert.
      Leonard: Look Howard, if I were to ask Leslie Winkle out, it would just be for dinner. I'm not going to walk into the lab, ask her to strip naked and dance for me.
      Howard: Oh, then you're probably okay.

    • Leonard: No, I'm done with Penny. I'm going to be more realistic and go after someone my own speed.
      Raj: Like who?
      Leonard: I don't know... Olivia Geiger?
      Sheldon: The dietician at the cafeteria with the limp and lazy eye?
      Leonard: Yes.
      Sheldon: Well, I don't think you have a shot there.

    • Sheldon: There's always a chance that alcohol and poor judgment on her part may lead to a wonderful evening.

    • Sheldon: (to Leonard) I think that you have as much of a chance of having a sexual relationship with Penny as the Hubble telescope does of discovering at the center of every black hole is a little man with a flashlight searching for a circuit breaker.

    • Wolowitz: So, how'd it go with Leslie?
      Leonard: Oh, we tried kissing, but the earth didn't move… I mean any more than the 383 miles it was gonna move anyway…

    • Sheldon: (to Leonard) Don't forget the mail you took accidentally on purpose so you'd have an excuse to talk to her.

    • Sheldon: I have got the Sword of Azeroth!
      Leonard: Forget the sword, Sheldon. Help Raj.
      Sheldon: There is no more Sheldon. I am the sword master!
      Wolowitz: Leonard, look out!
      Leonard: Damn it, Sheldon, we're dying here.
      Sheldon: Goodbye, peasants.
      Leonard: Bastard teleported!
      (Raj looks over at Sheldon's computer)
      Raj: He's selling the Sword of Azeroth on eBay.
      Leonard: You betrayed us for money? Who are you?
      Sheldon: I'm a rogue night elf. Don't you people read character descriptions? Wait, wait, wait... somebody just clicked Buy It Now.
      Wolowitz: I am the sword master!!

    • Wolowitz: Raj? Blow the gates.
      Raj: Blowing the gates. Control, shift, B.

    • Sheldon: How was your date?
      Leonard: Awesome!
      Sheldon: Score one for liquor and poor judgment.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #186 (Zen Noir).

    • The German episode title is "Erregungsfaktor: Null", meaning "Thrill Factor: Zero". The French title is "Le Corollaire de pattes-de-velours", meaning "The Velvet Feet Corollary". The Italian title is "Il corollario del gatto", meaning "The Cat Corollary". The Mexican title is "El corolario del gato con botas", meaning "The Cat with Boots Corollary". The Spanish title is "El corolario de "botas peludas"", an exact translation.

    • Music: "Boston" by Augustana

    • Sara Gilbert (Leslie) and Johnny Galecki (Leonard) previously co-starred as love interests (later husband and wife) on Roseanne.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Turkey: September 23, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: April 21, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Germany: July 25, 2009 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: August 19, 2011 on Markiza


    • Leonard's full name is revealed to be Leonard Leakey Hofstadter, and he is named after Lewis Leaky.

      Louis Leakey was a famous archaeologist (Leonard's father is also an archaeologist).

    • Azeroth is the main world where Blizzard's MMORPG World of Warcraft and other Warcraft games are based. The race Night Elf and the class Rogue are possible choices for characters.