The Big Bang Theory: Season 1, Episode 13

The Bat Jar Conjecture (21 Apr. 2008)

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Sheldon becomes so intent on demonstrating his intellectual superiority over the other guys that they kick him off the Physics Bowl team and replace him with his nemesis, Leslie.

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With the perennial winning team not participating this year, Leonard, Howard and Raj feel that their foursome are the sure winners of this year's edition of the university's physics bowl. They have to talk a reluctant Sheldon into entering with them, which they do manage to do. They regret doing so after Sheldon takes control of everything and as such has taken any fun out of the process. After the threesome kick Sheldon off their team, Sheldon vows revenge by forming his own team. Despite Leonard's discomfort with the idea, they decide to ask Leslie Winkle to be Sheldon's replacement, she who declines until she learns that they are planning on destroying Sheldon in the process. During their match, Sheldon, who believes he is basically fielding a one man team (his teammates are a janitor, the lunch floor monitor and her son), has to decide what is the most important goal. Written by Huggo

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Sheldon's Spanish is so bad that he could not differentiate the Spanish words hijo and carnicero to ascertain if his third teammate was the son or butcher of his second. See more »

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Howard mentions that the team would have to face Sheldon "man to man to man" with only three members on their team, but later Sheldon states that the rules state there must be four members of a team. See more »

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Howard Wolowitz: We're going to need a strong 4th for our team.
Raj Koothrappali: You know who's apparently very smart, is the girl who played TV's "Blossom." She got her Ph.D in neuroscience or something.
Leonard Hofstadter: Raj, we're not getting TV's "Blossom" to join our Physics Bowl team.
Raj Koothrappali: How about the girl from the "Wonder Years?"
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In the opening scroll of the time line when it gets to 91,000 there is a mistake the dates read 93,000BC 92,000BC 91,0009C 90,000BC for some reason 91,000 is a 9c not a BC. See more »

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The Bat Jar Conjecture is another excellent episode of "The Big Bang Theory"
27 April 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

As Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, and Raj prepare for the Physics Bowl with Penny moderating, Sheldon keeps giving the answers even when someone else buzzes first. To make his rejection from the team easier, Leonard gives Sheldon a Batman cookie jar as a gift. In picking a new team member, Leonard reluctantly asks his one-night-stand girl, Leslie Winkle (a welcome return from Sara Gilbert), to join. She refuses until she hears Sheldon is on the other team. On the big day, with Leonard, Howard, Raj, and Leslie representing the Pumonary Movement Sound (PMS) and Sheldon and three middle-aged ethnic custodial staff representing the Atom Ants (AA), the game is on with Dr. Gablehauser presiding. With Penny in the audience sleeping through the quiz show, PMS and Sheldon alone keep answering questions correctly making it a close game with one more challenge for either one to win. It involves a chart that neither PMS nor Sheldon can figure out. Fortunately, the Russian janitor in AA who was a professor in his home country figures its solution correctly. Unfortunately, Sheldon's ego is such that he can't accept it as the official answer since it wasn't his meaning he forfeits and gives victory to PMS, which Howard celebrates by taking off his shirt in front of several girls in the audience! Later, Penny challenges Leonard and Sheldon with her own Pop Culture quiz about "The Brady Bunch", Britney Spears, the two-time People Sexiest Man Alive, and Tweety Bird's catch phrase. Many of these are answered wrong with "Star Trek"-related things though Penny lets the last one, "I taught I taw a Romulan", fly making Sheldon the champion in his home while Leonard still shows off his trophy...This episode was on fire with Sheldon's arrogance once again making him venerable especially with Leslie (who once made him cry like a girl) challenging him. Great lines with just about everyone here with Gilbert especially hilarious in her put-down of Sheldon. My favorite part was the arguing about the team name when Sheldon was still part of them. Another team name suggested but rejected was The Bengal Tigers by Raj who, in rejecting Sheldon's Atom Ants, says Tigers don't get fried by a magnifying glass! Chuck Lorre, once again, you rock! With this and "Two and a Half Men" still going strong, you're certainly the renaissance man of sitcoms this season.


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