The Big Bang Theory

Season 1 Episode 8

The Grasshopper Experiment

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 12, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Raj's parents set him up on a blind date, and when he discovers he can talk to her, she shows interest in Sheldon.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The Perfect Concoction

    This is the turning point. The episode was set up, paced and executed perfectly. Penny's moving up in the world. Raj broke through his inability to speak with women (which I get the feeling will continue without the drinking problem into the future). Sheldon apologized for something AND we got to see what happens when he gets out-foxed. The laugh track/laughter didn't go off every two seconds or even at every joke and it all just blended wonderfully. Looking forward to more of this.moreless
  • Talk about a drinking problem

    This is the episode that finally comes up with a way to have Raj earn his pay. Can't pay someone to always pretend whisper after all. It's a great episode and well worth watching. But it is the start of a possible drinking problem in my opinion. Or at least I think it will be in time for now. We will see what season 6 brings on that.
  • Raj is ridiculously funny..

    When Raj discovers he can talk to women when under the influence of alcohol, thanks to Penny. This new discovery was came at a very convenient time since his parents have set him up with a chick.

    Very well written episode. One of the funniest ones this season. I think the funniest moment was drunk Sheldon.
  • Raj's Parents Set Him Up For A Date With A Girl, Penny Tries Her Skills At Bartending & Spikes Sheldon's Drink.

    Raj Has Got A Webcam & His Parents Tell Him They Have Arranged A Date For Him, The Girl's Name Is Lalita Gupta, Penny Tries Her Hand At Bartending, And Ends Up Making Raj A "Grasshopper" So That He Can Talk To Girls Easily.

    Raj Is So Relaxed That He Ends Up Stating Insensitive Comments About Lalita's Weight, And Sheldon Walks In & Is Adamant That Lalita Is In Fact A Indian Fairytale Princess, Lalita Asks Sheldon Out To Dinner.

    Back At Home, Raj Tries To Pin The Blame On Sheldon, But Sheldon Reveals He Was Drunk, And His Parents Wanted To Talk To Him Privately In The Hallway.moreless
  • Raj has to get drunk to talk to a girl which his parents have set him up with

    Raj is webchatting to his parents and it turns out they set him up on a blind date with a girl he knew from his childhood. She was fat and Raj tries to talk to girls, but only can when hes drunk. Lucky, cos pennys trying out making cocktails. anyway, lileta (the fat girl that isn't fat) isn't impressed by Raj being drunk and goes with Sheldon when Sheldon mentiions that Lileta looks like a princess from a storybook. Rajs parents are upset and talk to him (via webcam) outside. ooh. Well, it was a pretty funny episode. I liked it!moreless
Sarayu Rao

Sarayu Rao


Guest Star

Brian George

Brian George

Dr. Koothrappali

Recurring Role

Alice Amter

Alice Amter

Mrs. Koothrappali

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Leonard: Do you really need the Honorary Justice League of America Membership card?
      Sheldon: It's been in every wallet I owned since I was five.
      Leonard: Why?
      Sheldon: It says, "keep this on your person at all times." It's right here under Batman's signature.

    • Sheldon: I'll have a diet Coke.
      Penny: Can you please order a cocktail? I need to practice mixing drinks.
      Sheldon: Fine... I'll have a virgin Cuba Libre.
      Penny: That's... rum and Coke without the rum.
      Sheldon: Yes, and would you make it diet?

    • Raj: (drunk) Where did my life go, Penny?
      (everyone is shocked)
      Raj: One day, I'm a carefree bachelor, and the next, I'm married and driving a minivan to pee-wee cricket matches in suburban New Delhi.
      Penny: Are you talking to me?
      Raj: Is there another Penny here?

    • Penny: I need some guinea pigs.
      Sheldon: Okay, there's a lab animal supply company in Reseda you can try. But if your research is going to have human applications, may I suggest white mice? Their brain chemistry is far closer to ours.
      Penny: I swear to God, Sheldon, one day I'm going to get the hang of talking to you.
      Leonard: His mom's been saying that for years.

    • Sheldon: When I was a little boy and got sick, which was most of the time, my mother would read [The Monkey and the Princess] to me. It's about an Indian princess who befriends a monkey who was mocked by all the other monkeys because he was different. For some reason I related to it quite strongly.
      Penny: I know the reason.
      Leonard: We all know the reason.

    • Penny: (to Raj about Lalita) No one can make you get married. Why don't you just meet this girl and see what happens?
      Raj: Haven't you been listening to me? I cannot talk to women!
      Leonard: Um, Raj?
      Howard: No, no, let's see how long it takes him.

    • Wolowitz: Is it just me, or does webchatting with your clothes on seem a little pointless?

    • Leonard: Look at the bright side. [Lalita] might turn out to be a nice, beautiful girl.
      Raj: Great, then we'll get married, I won't be able to talk to her, and we'll spend the rest of our lives in total silence.
      Wolowitz: Worked for my parents.

    • Sheldon: Why would I see [Lalita] again? I already have a dentist.
      Leonard: (to himself) I wonder who's going to tell his parents that they're not having grandchildren.

    • Penny: Here you go, Leonard, one Tequila Sunrise.
      Leonard: Thank you. You know this drink is a wonderful example of how liquids with different specific gravities interact in a cylindrical container.
      (Penny looks scornfully at him)
      Leonard: (humbly hushed) Thank you.

    • Raj: I had such plans. I had dreams. I was going to be the Indira Gandhi of particle astrophysics... but with a penis, of course.

    • Raj: How can I be a gynocologist? I can barely look a woman in the eye!

    • (Sheldon drunkenly sings a Jewish folk song)
      Leonard: What got into him?
      Penny: Oh, just a couple virgin Cuba Libres that turned out to be kinda slutty.

    • Sheldon: You are the living embodiment of the beautiful Princess Panchali.
      Lalita: Oh, no kidding? Who is that?
      Sheldon: A beloved character from an Indian folktale.
      Lalita: Oh. 'Us' Indian or 'Come to our casino' Indian?
      Sheldon: 'You' Indian.

    • Sheldon: I shower twice a day and wash my hands as often as I can.
      Lalita: Really? So do I!
      Raj: But you're a dentist; he's nuts.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Das Lalita-Problem". The French episode title is "L'Effet sauterelle", meaning "The Grasshopper Effect". The Spanish title is "El experimento de Grasshopper", and the Mexican title is "El experimento del saltamontes", both exact translations. The Italian title is "L'esperimento del cocktail", meaning "The Cocktail Experiment".

    • International Airdates: Turkey: November 4, 2008 on CNBC-e; Czech Republic: May 26, 2009 on Prima COOL; Germany: August 29, 2009 on ProSieben; Slovakia: August 26, 2011 on Markiza

    • Music: "To Life" from Fiddler On The Roof, sung by Sheldon

    • The text presented on the Chuck Lorre Productions logo card (#195) read simply "United we stand," expressing the producer's solidarity with the Writers Guild of America, which was striking at the time of first broadcast.


    • Sheldon's honorary Justice League of America Membership card refers to the team of superheroes from the DC Comics universe, originally formed by Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter.