The Big Bang Theory

Season 2 Episode 9

The White Asparagus Triangulation

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 24, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Sheldon is overexuberant that Leonard finally has a girlfriend matching his high standards.

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  • some clever gags

    For me, the bit with Sheldon seeking the acoustic sweet spot in the theater was hilarious. Ditto for the Snowball in his childhood homemade CAT scanner.
  • Sheldon FTL

    For once, I'm glad to be wrong. Stephanie wasn't dropped and picked up episode-to-episode as she's useful to the writers. She and Leonard are actually going to be a thing for a while (though I hope not too long, she really comes across as desperate and degrading). I really need Sheldon to stop being the catalyst for everything and for more continuity to be added to the show, but again, (as I've said far too often,) they're getting there.moreless
  • 209

    Even though Sheldon got more exposure, I'm really not liking the Leonard/Stephanie relationship. Sure, it was good for an episode but there really isn't anything funny about Stephanie. Leslie may even better at this point, at least she had some sort of angle. Stephanie didn't make me laugh once. Sheldon was the one that brought the laughs tonight, but that's really no surprise. I feel as though the writers need to give other characters the spotlight, and make them as funny as Sheldon because honestly seeing a Sheldon-centric episode every week is starting to become tiresome. We know that Sheldon is great, but what about Leonard, Raj or Penny? Sheldon's carrying this show, and his back is breaking. Like I said though, he was great here, especially that whole bit in the movie theater. However Leonard's meltdown over Sheldon changing his relationship status on Facebook? Couldn't find any reasoning in that. Overall a good episode with some laughs.moreless
  • Sheldon attempts and succeeds in getting Leonard and Stephanie into a relationship.

    This show just does it again and again, that the element of surprise is not there anymore. A lot of dimensions of Jim Parsons has been explored this season, and he has just ripped it off. Here he tries to help Sheldon cement his relationship with Stephanie, for the reason that he considers her at par with his intellectual standards.

    Its also interesting to look at the way, he develops a chemistry with any new character that already exists or comes into the show. We also, see Wolowitz and Koothrapali underutilized this episode. For most part, they weren't even there on the screen. The Sheldon-Penny combo also seems to work pretty darn good. Its also good to see Leonard pitching in with some good lines. I don't see the problem in this show being Sheldon-centric. If the show spirals down, it wouldn't be because of this strategy, rather it would be because, you've run out of ideas. A super-comedy week from CBS.moreless
  • Sheldon is convinced that Leonard is going to ruin his relationship to the only girl that he has ever been able to tolerate him dating.

    I can't say enough good things about this show. It gets better and better. This episode if you like Sheldon then you will love this episode. I find that this show works the best when it stays with Sheldon for most of the episode. Leonard is funny and all but he really is just there for the buddy effect. For me Sheldon keeps finding different ways to crack me up. I really think that Jim Parsons should be nominated for an Emmy at some point for his role as Sheldon and by the by Kaley Cuoco is always entertaining as Penny and smoking hot!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Sheldon visits Penny to ask her about the downs and lows of her relationship with Leonard, he doesn't sit in his pre-selected spot and also has no problem in sitting on a random seat at her apartment.

    • In this episode, Sheldon asks Penny about which day is her menstrual cycle, but in "The Luminous Fish Effect" Sheldon tells Leonard that he marked the calendar the day he thought she was in her "time of the month" for future reference.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Sheldon: Of the handful of women Leonard's been involved with, she's the only one I've ever found tolerable.
      Penny: What about me?
      Sheldon: The statement stands for itself.

    • Stephanie: I'm sorry, you tried to build your own CAT scanner?
      Sheldon: No, I didn't try, I succeeded. In fact, I was briefly able to see the inside of my sister's guinea pig, Snowball, before he caught fire. It led to an interesting expression in our house, "not a snowball's chance in a CAT scanner."

    • (at the movies)
      Sheldon: Hi, Stephanie. I'm sorry I'm late, but your companion left the most indecipherable invitation.
      Leonard: What invitation?
      Sheldon: We're going to the movies. What movie? What theater? What time? If you were trying to make it impossible to locate you, you couldn't have done a better job.
      Leonard: (sarcastic) Oh, clearly I could have.

    • Leonard: Okay, I'm going to make this very simple for you. You are not in this relationship, I am. Ergo, you have no say in anything that happens between me and Stephanie.
      Sheldon: I'm afraid I can't allow that. Pursuant to Starfleet General Order 104 Section A, you are deemed unfit, and I hereby relieve you of your command.
      Leonard: General Order 104, Section A does not apply in this situation.
      Sheldon: Give me one good reason why not.
      Leonard: Because this is not Star Trek!

    • Sheldon: If you fail at this relationship—and history suggests you will—then we risk losing the medical officer that our landing party has always needed.
      Leonard: What landing party?
      Sheldon: You're Kirk, I'm Spock, Wolowitz is Scotty, Koothrappali is the guy who always gets killed, and now we've got McCoy.

    • Penny: Sheldon, what do you want?
      Sheldon: I'm certain this will come as no surprise to you, but Leonard is failing in yet another relationship.
      Penny: He's having problems with Stephanie?
      Sheldon: She's sending virtual livestock to random men on the Internet.

    • Sheldon: I need to know exactly what Leonard did to get you to put an emotional cap in his buttocks.
      Penny: What?
      Sheldon: Again, urban slang, in which I'm beginning to get remarkable fluency.

    • (in the movie theatre Sheldon goes from seat to seat)
      Sheldon: HA! HA! HA!
      Stephanie: What is he doing?
      Leonard: He's finding the acoustic sweet spot!
      Sheldon: HA!
      Stephanie: Does he always do this?
      Leonard: Sometimes he brings a toy xylophone.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #229.

    • The German episode title is "Unflotter Dreier", meaning "Not a Threesome". The French title is "La Triangulation des asperges", the Mexican title is "La triangulación de los espárragos", and the Italian title is "La triangolazione dell'asparago", all meaning "The Asparagus Triangulation". The Spanish title is "La triangulación de los espárragos blancos", an exact translation.

    • International Airdates: Latin America: February 10, 2009 on Warner Channel; Australia: July 13, 2009 on Channel 9; Turkey: November 2, 2009 on CNBC-e; Finland: December 7, 2009 on Sub; Czech Republic: November 4, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: September 26, 2011 on Markiza


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