The Big Bang Theory

Season 2 Episode 4

The Griffin Equivalency

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Full of confidence following being named one of People's "30 to Watch Under 30", Raj hits on Penny and becomes impossibly arrogant.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Colossal Asshat

    For an episode supposedly centered around Raj, Sheldon still ended up keeping it afloat. It was a decent episode but needed a little more time to develop. Way past time for them to consider a two-part episode. I did like that they finally introduced the idea that they need a bigger social circle. It's still going in the right direction but still not quite there.
  • Raj gets into a prestigious group and annoys the heck out of everybody.

    For the most part, I think this show has a weaker supporting cast that makes most of the comedy fall on Sheldon's back (and sometimes Leonard's, though he's too hit or miss for me to consider him really funny). For me, it was Raj that brought the episode down. Everyone else was pretty great, especially Howard, who used his skeezy flirty attitude to create great jokes here, and especially Sheldon, with his fake smile. But Raj just isn't that interesting of a character, at least not enough to warrant an entire episode revolving around him.

    Raj gets accepted into a group that looks at thirty people who are under thirty that are impressive in the world of science or something like that. Of course, the prestige goes to Raj's head and he starts acting like a jerk to all his friends. Sheldon is particularly annoyed with Raj's gloating, and the episode creates one of the show's best gags by showing Sheldon's fake smiles in an attempt to appear genuinely happy. Jim Parsons does a great job in every episode, and he allows himself to do ridiculous things in the name of comedy and the show.

    And as I briefly mentioned before, Howard was pretty funny here. He may seem somewhat one note, but when he calls Raj "Mr. Apu from the Simpsons" and announces his screen name for a dating website is "Wealthy Big Penis I thought it was hilarious and funnier than usual for a character such as his.

    Meanwhile, I don't really care all that much for this on and off again, will they won't they push between Leonard and Penny. Is there anything that indicates that they have any connection whatsoever? If there is, I'm not really seeing it.

    Besides the Raj plot, the episode was not bad. But seriously, make Raj more interesting or forget about him.moreless
  • 204

    A great episode of The Big Bang Theory. At first, I wouldn't think an episode focused on Raj would be that great but it really worked here. Sheldon & Penny interactions are always the best, and even though we didn't get to see much of that here, we still got to see some of Sheldon's hilarious one liners. From Sheldon telling Penny to sit somewhere else to his creepy smile, Sheldon was outstanding as usual. As for the material in this episode, it really was nothing new. Raj has parents that wanted him to marry someone in his culture or he could only talk to Penny when he's drunk. Which is what we saw here, nothing else really going on.

    In my last review, I didn't see why Leslie was a cast regular, but when she was absent in this episode, it just left me almost wanting to see her on screen. Usually there is multiple plots going on in TBBT, but unfortunately we did not see that here.

    I will give this episode one thing though, it was a funny entertaining watch.moreless
  • Raj gets featured in People's 30 under 30 article.

    In this episode we saw Raj become a "star" based on a People magazine article. Tension started to ensue within the group as he alienated Leonard by saying how it took him a year to get a date with her and he did it that quickly, and by forcing Sheldon to smile.

    Not as good as some of the earlier episodes this season, but it was still good to see Raj get some ample screen time, and of course the Charlie Sheen cameo was funny. Sheldon's work in this episode did seem phoned in even if him smiling was incredible, as was his list of demands regarding the takeout food. Howard was a little annoying here with the sex jokes, as they are not needed in the hundreds every week. One or two is suffice.

    Of course Babu from Seinfeld was great here again as Raj's father.moreless
  • Great episode

    i found this episode quite refreshing and reminiscent of the first season as it differs from the norm this season of the storyline revolving around Sheldon. In this episode Sheldon dominants less screen time so other characters has the time to 'shine'. Raj really is the standout in this episode and his rendition of 'let's get this party started' had me in stitches. Also it is nice to see Raj's parents in this episode since the interaction between them and Raj is a funny aspect of the show and should feature more. In my opinion this is the best episode so far in the season because it has the right dosage of Sheldon, cultural references and also has charlie sheen.moreless
Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen



Mark Harelik

Mark Harelik

Dr. Eric Gablehauser

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Brian George

Brian George

Dr. Koothrappali

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Alice Amter

Alice Amter

Mrs. Koothrappali

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Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia When Raj tells the guy at the Cheesecake Factory that he is in People Magazine, and the guy responds, "Let me know when you're on the cover", it is Charlie Sheen.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Wolowitz: So you're just going to sit around here and mope while Penny is out with Dr. Apu from the Kwik-E-Mart?
      Leonard: It's not a date, and that's racist.
      Wolowitz: It can't be racist, he's a beloved character on The Simpsons.

    • Sheldon: I'm not insane. My mother had me tested.

    • Howard: [Sheldon] can feel sadness?
      Leonard: Not really; it's what you and I would call condescension.

    • Raj: (to man with back turned) Guess what? I'm gonna be in People magazine.
      Charlie Sheen: (turning around) Yeah? Call me when you're on the cover.

    • Leonard: If we do get a new friend, he should be a guy you can trust. You know, a guy who has your back.
      Wolowitz: And he should have a lot of money and live in a cool place down by the beach where we could throw parties.
      Sheldon: And he should share our love of technology.
      Wolowitz: And he should know a lot of women.
      Leonard: Okay, let's see: money, women, technology. Okay, we're agreed. Our new friend is going to be Iron Man.

    • Raj: (showing his apartment) Welcome to the Raj Mahal!

    • Leonard: It wouldn't kill us to meet new people.
      Sheldon: For the record, it could kill us to meet new people.

    • Raj: Did you see my limo downstairs?
      Leonard: Yeah.
      Raj: It's bigger than the house my grandfather grew up in.
      Leonard: Great.
      Raj: It has more food, too.

    • (Raj talks on the phone to his assistant)
      Wolowitz: They gave him an assistant? If I want a new pen I have to go to the bank with wire cutters.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #221.

    • The German episode title is "Planet Bollywood". The French title is "L'Équivalence du griffon", the Italian title is "L'equivalenza del grifone", the Spanish title is "La equivalencia de Griffin", and the Mexican title is "La equivalencia del grifo".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: November 25, 2008 on Warner Channel; Turkey: September 28, 2009 on CNBC-e; Finland: November 2, 2009 on Sub; Czech Republic: October 27, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: September 19, 2011 on Markiza


    • Sheldon tries to smile but only manages an odd grimace. Leonard mentions that they are, "not out to kill Batman," comparing his smile to The Joker, who has a disfigured face that always smiles and is one of the main opponents of Batman in the comics and movies.