The Big Bang Theory

Season 1 Episode 6

The Middle Earth Paradigm

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 2007 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Penny hosts a Halloween party, putting Leonard, Sheldon, Wolowitz, and Koothrappali through a new test of their social skills.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Such a Great Listener

    This was a wonderful episode - I want to see the Doppler Effect outfit again in the future. Everyone had their chance to shine in this episode, there was tension but not too much, there were character interactions that had yet to occur, and my god, Raj got lucky! It was sweet and just a touch funny and the laugh track/laughter wasn't deafening. Good solid episode.
  • I'm a HOBBIT!

    This was pure fun really. Something about costumes and these guys seems to be a perfect fit. From Peter Pan/Robin Hood to Norse gods to middle earth and a little Doppler affect. Simply great. This is one of those episodes that will stick with you. Minus the really fake crying provided by Penny.... There there....
  • This episode was well written and well played. And so funny. Spoilers inside

    I think that this episode can represent perfectly everything that this show has to offer. The nerd/geek stereotype is well played and so funny but never offensive and the natural comedy coming out from the clashes between the "beauty and geek" different realities is very funny. Sheldon adds something more to this mix, making the show one of the best new comedies since scrubs first aired. In this episode we see something that everyone was expecting: penny and leonard kissing. The authors, imo, played it very well blaming it on the drunkeness of penny, making it acceptable. The rest of the episode is a lot of first class comedy. I hope everyone enjoyed it as I did.moreless
  • 106

    The best episode yet, and possibly one of the best out of the entire series according to, and there is complete truth to that. As I was watching this episode, I got all that I asked for in the last episodes review: a climax, something eventful happened finally. Penny & Leonard share a very eventful kiss at Penny's Halloween party, and I couldn't help but think of Friends as I was watching this episode. The ensemble manages to pull off great humor with everyone's costumes, and it just felt like something you'd see on that show. Trash talking for nerds, hilarious. The funniest thing about this episode was Leonard's clever and hilarious comebacks to Penny's ex, that was quite enjoyable. This was the best episode yet, and it shows here. A great episode of The Big Bang Theory, can't wait for the next episode. Even the supporting characters were great, Raj sleeping with someone would have to be as unexpected as Penny & Sheldon sharing a kiss!moreless
  • Halloween episode. To sum it all up concisely: hilarious.

    At first, I was reluctant to like this show, since I was a fan of The Class. I'm glad I still gave it a chance, though, because I really enjoyed this episode.

    To me, Sheldon was the highlight of this episode. Nearly everything he said and did got a laugh out of me. And how about his Doppler Effect costume? If you knew what the Doppler Effect was, chances are you found his costume to be humorous. It was priceless! Props to whoever came up with that idea.

    The ending... didn't expect that to happen so soon, but I guess this means that things will get more interesting sooner?moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Leonard: What's that?
      Sheldon: Tea. When people are upset, the cultural convention is to bring them hot beverages. (a pause as he tries to think of what to do next, then he says awkwardly) There, there. (another pause) You wanna talk about it?
      Leonard: No!
      Sheldon: Good! "There there" was really all I had.

    • (the guys are all wearing the same Flash costume)
      Sheldon: This is why I wanted to have a costume meeting!
      Leonard: We all have other costumes. We can change.
      Raj: Or we can walk behind each other all night; it'll look like one person going really fast!
      Howard: No, this is a boy girl party, this Flash runs solo!
      Leonard: How about this: nobody gets to be the Flash; we all change. Agreed?
      Raj, Howard, Sheldon: Agreed.
      Leonard: I call Frodo!
      Raj, Howard, Sheldon: DAMN!

    • Girl: So what are you supposed to be?
      Sheldon: Me? I'll give you a hint: (imitating the Doppler effect) Neeeeeeeuuuum!
      Girl: A choo-choo train?
      Sheldon: Close! Neeeeeeeeuuuum!
      Girl: A brain damaged choo-choo train?

    • Leonard: (after Kurt sees Penny kissing him) That's right. You saw what you saw. That's how we roll in the Shire.

    • Leonard: I understand your impulse to try to physically intimidate me. I mean, you can't compete with me on an intellectual level, and so you're driven to animalistic puffery.
      Kurt: Call me a 'puffy animal'?

    • Leonard: Homo habilis discovering his opposable thumbs says what?
      Kurt: What?

    • Wolowitz: Check out the sexy nurse. I believe it's time for me to turn my head and cough.

    • Penny: Why can't all guys be like you?
      Leonard: Because if all guys were like me the human race couldn't survive.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #191.

    • The German episode title is "Das Mittelerde-Paradigma", the Italian title is "Il paradigma della Terra di Mezzo", the Spanish title is "El paradigma de la Tierra Media", and the Mexican title is "El paradigma de la Tierra de Enmedio", all exact translations. The French episode title is "Les Allumés d'Halloween", meaning "Halloween Crazies".

    • Music: "Mama's Room" by Under the Influence of Giants

    • Original International Airdates:
      Turkey: October 21, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: May 12, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Germany: August 15, 2009 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: August 24, 2011 on Markiza