The Big Bang Theory

Season 3 Episode 3

The Gothowitz Deviation

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Howard takes Raj along to check out the Goth dating scene. Sheldon uses chocolate as part of a behavior modification experiment on Penny.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Not That Anyone Cares

    Howard makes a surprisingly good-looking goth. I rather enjoyed his and Raj's whole outing, despite it being the exact same premise as in the past, only executed completely differently for the viewer. Again, though, Leonard and Penny are stagnant and comfortable in the 'let's just have sex' stage with poor Sheldon attached for comedic value (there's no half way there, either it's all Sheldon or not at all Sheldon). An okay episode.moreless
  • Facial expressions are part of acting - and can be just as significant as a good line of script or an appropriate costume.

    This episode is pretty good. Not the best of TBBT, but very fun. Sheldon's efforts to train Penny are absolutely classic and if these scenes do not make the viewer laugh, it is because that viewer is dead. The nanosecond that Sheldon picked up the chocolate box to offer Penny a sweet, I realized what was going on and I laughed myself silly. I suspect this may be because I would do the same thing. However, the facial expressions of Sheldon really "sell" the scene. Such things can't be taught to actors, they have to be able to have the instinct/ability to do this on their own. Parsons does and this is why the scene is so hysterical. When the scene develops and he says: "Bad Leonard" and sprays L., you should fall out of your chair laughing because its so deadpan and perfect for the scene. The goth-stuff is only funny because of the chick who so amusingly keeps telling us: "Not that anyone cares."moreless
  • 303

    Great episode of The Big Bang Theory tonight, in the beginning of the season, I thought TBBT may have lost it's spark, but boy was I wrong. This episode proved to me that Big Bang still has "it." We got a great Sheldon & Penny story line. Leonard & Penny's relationship isn't the sole focus of the series now that they're together, and Howard & Raj being well... Howard & Raj!

    Sheldon training Penny was absolutely hilarious, we've seen it before on The Office in one of their cold openings, but having a whole episode focused on it really was great. Clueless Sheldon is hilarious, and we got a lot of clueless moments here. Howard & Raj were actually funny here, and I found myself laughing more with their plot surprisingly.

    Great offering from Big Bang tonight, hopefully they continue with episodes like these.moreless
  • A decent episode

    Howard takes Raj along to check out the Goth dating scene. Sheldon uses chocolate as part of a behavior modification experiment on Penny. Sheldon giving chocolates was hilarious every time was fuuny as I even if I saw it coming and when he sprayed water at Leonard that was also very comical. The Raj and Howard story was funny near the end when they got to the tatoo place but before that I found it very unfunny. all in all a good episode but this season has had one good one good story a episode and one average we are yet to see a reallygood episode.moreless
  • Howard and Raj plan to go out and get layed.

    Howard and Raj pretend to be Goths for the night so they can hit on women; they go to a Goth club to pick up Goth girls. They actually end up picking them up; they end up going to a tattoo parlour. Howard is about to get a tattoo when he chickens out and reveals himself and Raj as aren't really Goths, Shame on you guys.

    Sheldon was hilarious as he normally is, Leonard and Penny were enjoying some time at the apartment to the dismay of Sheldon. So whenever Penny did something Sheldon liked, he gave her a chocolate, treating her like a little puppy.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Music: "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" by Shania Twain

    • When Penny asks Sheldon if he'd like French toast, the slices of toast in Penny's hand are half-soaked. After Sheldon points out it's Oatmeal Day and the camera turns back, the slices Penny holds are fully soaked.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Wolowitz: (after Raj whispers in his ear) Yes, she's pushy, and yes, he's whipped, but that's not the expression.

    • Sheldon: I thought we agreed you'd have your conjugal visits in her apartment.
      Leonard: We did, but there were extenuating circumstances.
      Sheldon: I see. Did her abysmal housekeeping skills finally trump her perkiness?

    • Penny: My new bed got delivered. If you come over and put it together, you can stay at my place.
      Leonard: Really? That's a lot of work, and it's kinda late.
      Penny: Yeah, but if we stay there we won't have to be quiet.
      Leonard: Let's go.

    • Leonard: You can't train my girlfriend like a lab rat.
      Sheldon: Actually, as it turns out, I can.

    • Penny: He's impossible!
      Sheldon: I can't be impossible; I exist. I believe what you meant to say was, 'I give up. He's improbable.'

    • Leonard: I'm just saying, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
      Sheldon: You can catch even more flies with manure, what's your point?

    • Penny: (seeing Raj and Wolowitz dressed up in fake-goth attire). Oh, no, did the KISS Army repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'?

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #260.

    • Leonard informs Penny that they're watching Oshikuru: Demon Samurai. This is a fictional anime that first was referenced in Chuck Lorre's Two and a Half Men. In "The Salmon Under My Sweater", Charlie Harper was hired to compose the theme song when the manga was being adapted for television.

    • The Italian episode title is "Tecniche di condizionamento", meaning "Conditioning Techniques". The German title is "Sex oder Pralinen", meaning "Sex or Chocolates". The French title is "La Déviation Gothowitz", and the Spanish and Mexican title is "La desviación Gothowitz".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: November 10, 2009 on Warner Channel; Australia: November 16, 2009 on Channel 9; Turkey: October 11, 2010 on CNBC-e; Finland: November 1, 2010 on Sub; Czech Republic: December 6, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: October 19, 2011 on Markiza