The Big Bang Theory: Season 1, Episode 8

The Grasshopper Experiment (12 Nov. 2007)

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When Raj's parents set him up on a blind date, he finds he can talk to women with the aid of alcohol.



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Lalita Gupta (as Sarayu Rao)


Raj's parents back in New Delhi have set him up with a childhood acquaintance of his named Lalita Gupta, who has just moved to California. Their plan is for the two to get married. Raj does not want to meet with Lalita let alone get married to her if only because he still has difficulties even speaking to women. Howard decides to take matters into his own hands to get Raj to at least meet with her. Meanwhile, Penny, wanting to practice her bartending skills, uses the guys as guinea pigs, which opens up a whole new world for Raj, especially at this critical time in his mating life. But even if Raj can speak to Lalita, the words that come out of his mouth will be equally as important. Lalita does end up having a connection while on their date, but... Written by Huggo

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Did You Know?


The gang talk briefly about the TV show 'Scrubs'. Jim Parsons who plays Sheldon Cooper in the show worked with Zach Braff who played the character of Dr. John 'J.D.' Dorian in the show Scrubs in the film 'Garden State' which was written by and featured Zach Braff. See more »


Penny: I need some guinea pigs.
Sheldon: O-kay, there's a lab animal supply company in Reseda you could try. But if your research is going to have human applications, may I suggest white mice instead; their brain chemistry is far closer to ours.
Penny: I swear to God, Sheldon, one day I'm going to get the hang of talking to you.
Leonard: His mom's been saying that for years.
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An average episode
25 January 2011 | by (Joinville, Brazil) – See all my reviews

From what The Big Bang Theory is around the world nowadays, this episode is pretty weak. "The Grasshopper Experiment" is a remarkable episode, because it's the one that all the geeks discovered that Raj isn't 100% unable to talk to women - he does that when he drinks. Also, here Penny gets the job in the bar where she works ever since.

Sadly we don't have many funny jokes here. There are some funny scenes about Howard making fun of Raj's Indian accent (which looks more British to me), too few annoying Sheldon's peroration and a decent funny moment in the end when Sheldon gets drunk and sings animated to the bar's audience. As said before, weak for a BBT episode but good enough to entertain and have a good time.

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