The Big Bang Theory

Season 3 Episode 10

The Gorilla Experiment

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 07, 2009 on CBS
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Penny seeks Sheldon's help to better comprehend Leonard's physics work. Wolowitz sees green when Leonard invites Bernadette to watch an experiment.

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  • A Little Bit of Physics

    True to BBT style, there's already trouble in paradise for Howard and Burnadette. It was a little novel for the first time or two being able to predict when his mother would interrupt, but it wasn't so nice seeing him turn into the guy who tells his girlfriend who she can and can't hang out with (and then getting angry about it). It was nice to see Penny trying to understand Leonard's work, but having her just memorize something Sheldon wrote for her in the end was (while a great showcase of her acting skills) a big disappointment which I'm sure is indicative of where their relationship will eventually end up.moreless
  • 310

    A good episode of The Big Bang Theory yet this episode was lacking in some ways. The Penny & Sheldon interactions (which are usually great) felt off tonight, and don't even get me started on Howard who has easily become my least favorite character as of late with his story line with Bernadette. He simply is just getting too much screen time, and his plot overall was just dreadful.

    Sheldon was hilarious though which completely made up for the other plot. Sheldon teaches Penny physics,the scene where Sheldon was typing on the computer was just absolutely hysterical and clearly the best scene in the episode, also Penny's speech at the end was pretty funny too, and it wrapped up quite nicely. I just hope Bernadette doesn't become part of the group, like Leslie tried to a couple episodes ago.moreless
  • Penny and Sheldon's hilarious chemistry(in this case physics).

    I think the best episodes and moments in this show happen when Penny and Sheldon go at it one on one.

    From the beginning of this episode when Penny and Sheldon were taking shots at each other I knew this was going to be one of the better episodes.

    In total absence of any physical attraction and sexual tension, which we have seen so many many times in so many many shows, the comedic contrast between the characters of a nerdy genius and a clueless hot next door girl are beautifully portrayed. The resulting comedy is raw and unhindered.

    The other episode this season which I enjoyed the most was "The Adhesive Duck Deficiency" episode when these two were going at each other one on one.

    Of course Howard's nerdy and perverted character is the other extreme of Sheldon's and him having a girl in his bedroom when his mom got home was quite funny. Leonard and raj as usual provided a balance between these two.But in these parts of the episode the comedy value of the show slipped a notch compare to Penny and Sheldon's confrontation.

    I think the writers have come up with this successful formula and go back to it every two or three episodes.moreless
  • bazinga awesome

    the greatest episode yet . a lot of jokes really funny stuff . i love d the part in the begining were penny talks about shoes and sheldon tries to copy her . b a z i n g a i dont care just awesome it was really funny i also liked the fact that penny wanted to get involved in leanerds work . i like bernadette i hope she sticks a round she i s perfect for howard .this episode was just a w e s o m e hope the rest of the season is like this one .moreless
  • Everyone is having Chinese at the guys place when Howard and Bernadette show up. It turns out Bernadette actual understands Leonard's work and asks intelligent questions. Penny gets jealous and asks Sheldon to help her understand some physics.moreless

    This show is really a great match for Two and a Half Men. Both shows just hit the mark for what they want to bring to their audiences.

    This week there are two major parts to the story. First Bernadette is interested in Leonard's physics experiment so both Howard and Penny are jealous for different reasons. Howard because he is insecure and thinks Leonard is making his move. (Has he not seen Penny?) Penny because she wants to have something in common with Leonard and feel a connection to his work. Second we have Sheldon agreeing to the Gorilla Experiment which is what he is calling teaching Penny the specifics of physics.

    His journal entries are always hilarious. "It started one beautiful night in Greece. The year was 600 BC." Poor Penny, she was lost from that point forward. I loved the point about Fig Newtons not coming from Issac Newton, but a small town in Massachusetts. Penny did manage to remember that. Also Sheldon's continual dig of Leonard's work. The memorized bit he got Penny to recite was a shot at Leonard trying to prove something the Dutch already did. I don't think that will ever stop.

    Leonard is so nice though. He never points out the obvious flaw in Sheldon's logic. Which is why I guess their friendship really works. Leonard doesn't have the need to be right.

    The scene at the sight of Leonard's experiment was pretty good as well. With Howard sort of co-groveling with both Bernadette and Leonard all the while Leonard is stating the obvious.

    Very funny episode from all concerned. It's wonderful to watch the dynamics of this group. I especially like it when Penny surprises Sheldon like when she explained to Bernadette the sitting arrangement. I think that's what Leonard sees in Penny that Sheldon doesn't always. Great fun and another wonderful episode. Thanks for reading...moreless
Carol Ann Susi

Carol Ann Susi

Mrs. Wolowitz

Recurring Role

Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch

Bernadette Rostenkowski

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Bernadette: Raj, you should have seen Leonard's experiment. The interference pattern was so cool when the electron beam was on.
      Leonard: I'm glad you enjoyed it. Most people aren't that interested in what I do.
      (Penny and Sheldon look up)
      Penny: (clears throat): Actually, that's not true, Leonard. In fact, recently I've been thinking that, given the parameters of your experiment, the transport of electrons through the aperture of the nano-fabricated metal rings is qualitatively no different than the experiment already conducted in the Netherlands. Their observed phase shift in the diffusing electrons inside the metal ring already conclusively demonstrated the electic analogue of the Aharonov-Bohm quantum interference effect. (she looks at Sheldon, who nods) That's it. That's all I know.

    • Sheldon: Howard?
      Howard: Yeah?
      Sheldon: Your shoes are delightful. Where did you get them?
      Howard: What?
      Sheldon: Bazinga. I don't care.

    • Sheldon: Now remember, Newton realized that Aristotle was wrong and force was NOT necessary to maintain motion. So, let's plug in our 9.8 m/s² as 'A' and we get force (earth gravity) = mass x 9.8 meters per second per second. So, we can see that ma = mg, and what do we know from this?
      Penny: ... Um... We know that... Newton was a really smart cookie. OH! Is that where Fig Newtons come from?
      Sheldon: No. Fig Newtons are named after a small town in Massachusetts. (she starts to write) No, don't write that down!

    • Sheldon: (after losing at Mario Kart) That's not fair; I got stuck behind a tree!
      Raj: And a cow and a penguin. Face it, dude, whether it's a real car or a virtual cartoon car, you can't drive.

    • Bernadette: Ooh, I like your shoes.
      Penny: Oh, thanks, they are cute, aren't they?
      Bernadette: Where'd you get 'em?
      Penny: Shoes for Less.
      Bernadette: I've been meaning to go over there.
      Penny: Oh, great selection, great prices.
      Sheldon: My mother was right; Hell is real.

    • Leonard: The more the merrier.
      Sheldon: No, that's a false equivalency. More does not equal merry. If there were 2,000 people in this apartment right now, would we be celebrating? No, we'd be suffocating.

    • Sheldon: Where's your notebook?
      Penny: Um, I don't have one.
      Sheldon: How are you going to take notes without a notebook?
      Penny: I have to take notes?
      Sheldon: How else are going to study for the tests?
      Penny: There's gonna be a test?
      Sheldon: Tests.

    • Sheldon: Why are you crying?
      Penny: Because I'm stupid.
      Sheldon: Well, that's no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #270.

    • Original Title: "The Athens Recurrence" (changed before airing)

    • The Italian title is "Progetto gorilla", and the German title is "Das Gorilla-Projekt", both meaning "Gorilla Project". The French title is "La Physique pour les nulles", meaning "Physics for Dummies". The Spanish title is "El experimento: Gorila", and the Mexican title is "El experimento de gorila".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: January 19, 2010 on Warner Channel; Australia: March 8, 2010 on Channel 9; United Kingdom: April 29, 2010 on E4; Finland: November 22, 2010 on Sub; Turkey: December 6, 2010 on CNBC-e; Czech Republic: December 16, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: October 28, 2011 on Markiza


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