The Big Bang Theory: Season 1, Episode 6

The Middle Earth Paradigm (29 Oct. 2007)

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The guys are invited to Penny's Halloween party, where Leonard has yet another run-in with Penny's ex-boyfriend Kurt.

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When Penny asks the guys to her party, which will include dancing, they seriously think about not attending as they aren't "dance" people. But when they learn it's a costume party (the fact of it being Halloween irrelevant), they change their collective minds and decide to go. Leonard wants this party to be an opportunity for Penny to see him as someone in her social circle. But Leonard's goals for the evening change when Kurt, Penny's ex-boyfriend, shows up, he who seems to be an invited guest and who Penny seems happy to see. Leonard, still smarting from his first and only other previous encounter with Kurt, tries to be Penny's protector while protecting himself from a potentially painful beating from Kurt. Written by Huggo

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The title refers Leonard dressing up as a Hobbit, a character from the fictional setting of the majority of author J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy writings. These stories include The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. See more »

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When the guys attend Penny's Party, there is a guy with a hard hat on. Studio Lights and several other pieces of studio equipment are reflected in his hard hat. See more »

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[first lines]
Raj Koothrappali: OK, if no-one else will say it, I will. We really suck at paint-ball.
Howard Wolowitz: That was absolutely humiliating.
Leonard: Oh, come on, some battles you win, some battles you lose.
Howard Wolowitz: Yes, but you don't have to lose to Kyle Bernstein's Bar-Mitzvah party.
Leonard: I think we have to acknowledge those were some fairly savage preadolescent Jews.
Sheldon: No, we were annihilated by our own incompetent and the inability of some people to follow the chain of command.
Leonard: Sheldon, let it go!
Sheldon: No, I want to talk about the fact that ...
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #191 I'm writing this vanity card at six o'clock in the morning on October 18, 2007. It's my birthday. I am fifty-five years old. I have long ago become invisible to young women. They actually do not see me. But I am not writing this to complain. I am at peace with my circumstances. The blessing of fifty-five is a libido in decline. The curse of it is that major pharmaceutical companies are successfully exploiting my insecurities. Suddenly that surreal commercial of a silver-haired guy sitting naked in an outdoor bath tub and holding hands with a naked, slightly younger woman in an adjacent tub makes perfect sense (if I had produced that spot I would've have given him a small plasma screen TV so he could watch ESPN during his hang time). I'm also mesmerized by the commercial featuring middle-aged men gleefully celebrating their ability to drink water and drive long distances (I particularly enjoy that the slightly younger women in that one are turned on knowing that their geezers don't have to urinate frequently). Anyway, it's my birthday today. If you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go suck on my bronchitis inhaler so that later today I can blow out the candles without hacking up a lung. See more »

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Sixth episode of "The Big Band Theory" makes the show get better
29 October 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

As Leonard, Sheldon, Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), and Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) go to their apartment after playing paint-ball, Penny invites them to her costume party. Before that begins, they all prepare dressing as The Flash. Since no one wants to look alike, Leonard dresses as Frodo, Koothrappali as Thor, Wolowitz as Robin Hood (though he keeps getting mistakenly identified as Peter Pan), and Sheldon as the Doppler Effect (though some think he's a zebra). While the party starts at 7 and they arrive at 7:05, Penny tells them no one really arrives on time. As the night goes on, they still haven't talked to anybody else so they all, well at least Wolowitz and Koothrappali, separate while Sheldon and Leonard stick to each other. They find Penny talking to her old boyfriend so Leonard cuts in with his friend in tow. The ex and Leonard exchange words that threatens to become heated but Penny manages to put a stop to that. Later when drunk, Penny plants a big one on Leonard and confesses she thought her ex had changed. Leonard, not wanting to take advantage of Penny's condition, lets her go. Meanwhile, Koothrappali, who normally has trouble talking to a woman, gets lucky with someone who thinks he's a good listener!...Another funny episode and it's nice to see L and S's friends have almost equal status in this Halloween special. With "The Big Bang Theory" getting better with each episode, I'm glad CBS gave this a full-season order. Will review again next week...


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