The Big Bang Theory

Season 3 Episode 2

The Jiminy Conjecture

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 28, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Sheldon and Howard wager comic books over a cricket's species. Meanwhile, a less-than-perfect romantic night agonizes Leonard and Penny.

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  • Ladybugs

    I really want to see Crawly show up again in the future - that was a great appearance. The whole bet over and search for the cricket was really the driving force behind this episode, as the Leonard/Penny troubles are ones that move slower than a glacier (and that's okay, because that's how relationships work). It wasn't the best episode, but it was better than the premiere, so we're going somewhere.moreless
  • I was going give this a 8.5 but because of the search for the cricket it has a 9. It had me in stitches.

    Sheldon and Howard wager comic books over a cricket's species. Meanwhile, a less-than-perfect romantic night agonizes Leonard and Penny. The season has started very well, the first episode but this episode was better mainly becuase of Toby the cricket. Sheldon, Howard and Raj where really funny when they searched for the cricket, it was good to see the lift used for something in a episode and the part where Sheldon was proven wrong was Hilarious. Another strong episode of the season, cant wait to see what happens next week. I have to say I was dissapointed with the Penny and Leonard storyline in this episode.moreless
  • 302

    So can we talk about how much better this episode was than the season premiere? The cleverness of the show is back, and I just loved this episode. We got a great follow up to Penny & Leonard sleeping together. I really didn't think I'd like these two together, but here they were quite funny. Time will only tell if their relationship will ruin the chemistry of the show. Seeing them drunk was absolutely hilarious, and the end was great too.

    The group obsessing over identifying a cricket was also very funny even though some of the humor was a tad over the top, it was still a funny original story line. And we all know that Sheldon stole the show here in this story line. Interested to see how the rest of the season will play out. Big Bang has made their comeback, and I loved it.moreless
  • Solid, but still not quite there yet.

    The Big Bang Theory defeated Two and a Half Men in the 18-49 demographic last night. That is an incredible feat for this still relatively new series, but was this episode worthy of its 13+ million viewers?

    No. Bang, is a good sitcom, but it is not great. There are some scenes that are simply not funny, and while at times Sheldon Cooper is the best character on television, there are other times where even Jim Parsons' great acting cannot save the scenes. Wolowitz and Kuthrapali are solid supporting characters, but the Leonard and Penny scenes just leave me bored out of my mind.

    What made this a solid episode though was the cameo by Lewis Black, who can yell and ramble on about anything and make it funny. He's not going to be a recurring character, but it would be awesome if he did.moreless
  • Sheldon decides that Penny and Leonard should be just friends.

    Sheldon suggests to Penny that she and Leonard can go back to just being friends, she talks to Leonard and right when everything is about to crash and burn, they start kissing once again.

    Sheldon v Howard on the other hand was the highlight of the episode, it was all about an insect cricket Sheldon knows it's a snowy tree cricket while Howard believes is a just a field cricket. So who's right? They search through some books but to no avail so they go ask Dr. Crowley who indentifies it as a field cricket, this doesn't go down too well with Sheldon as he thinks he always right.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Penny: You may be right about me and Leonard.
      Sheldon: Of course I'm right. What are the odds I'd be wrong twice in one week?
      Penny: No, I mean we could always go back to being friends.
      Sheldon: I just said that. This conversation has started to circle, meeting adjourned.

    • Professor Crawley: What's your deal? Are they planning to outsource my job to Bangalore?
      Raj: I'm from New Delhi.

    • Raj: I don't like bugs, okay. They freak me out.
      Sheldon: Interesting. You're afraid of insects and women; ladybugs must render you catatonic.

    • Leonard: God, I had the most horrible night.
      Raj: What happened?
      Sheldon: Obviously another carnal fiasco with the 'shiksie' goddess.
      Howard: Shiksa. Shik-sa.
      Sheldon: Forgive me, Yiddish was not spoken in East Texas. If it was, it wasn't spoken for long.

    • Howard: What's the matter? You chicken?
      Sheldon: I've always found that an inappropriate slur. Chickens are not, by nature, at all timid. In fact, when I was young, my neighbor's chicken got loose and chased me up the big elm tree in front of our house.
      Raj: Chickens can't climb trees.
      Sheldon: Thank God.

    • Penny: What did you tell them?
      Leonard: Nothing bad. Just that last night was fine.
      Penny: "Fine?" You said it was "fine?"
      Leonard: It's a perfectly good word. You put it in front of wine or dining and you really got something.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #258.

    • The Italian episode title is "La congettura del grillo parlante", and the Spanish and Mexican title is "La conjetura de Jiminy", both exact translations. The German title is "Die Grillenwette", meaning "The Cricket Bet". The French title is "Le Grillon des champs", meaning "The Field Cricket".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: November 3, 2009 on Warner Channel; Australia: November 9, 2009 on Channel 9; Turkey: October 4, 2010 on CNBC-e; Finland: October 25, 2010 on Sub; Czech Republic: December 2, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: October 18, 2011 on Markiza