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The Grasshopper Experiment 

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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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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This is the first episode where Raj gets drunk. See more »

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In the final scene we see the effect of Penny secretly including rum in Sheldon's "virgin" diet Cuba Libre but there is simply no way Sheldon would not realize there was something different in a drink he well knows the flavor of. See more »

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Raj Koothrappali: [Raj walks in Leonard and Sheldon's apartment holding his laptop open, with his parents on the screen via a webcam] Leonard, may I present, live from New Delhi, Doctor and Mrs Vyan Koothrappali.
Leonard: [waves cheerfully] Hi!
Dr. Koothrappali: Lift up the camera! I'm looking at his crotch!
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #195 United we stand. See more »

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References Fiddler on the Roof (1971) See more »

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History of Everything
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Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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The Grasshopper Experiment is another excellent episode of "The Big Bang Theory"
13 November 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In Sheldon and Leonard's apartment, Raj Koothrappali introduces his parents on his computer screen to them and Howard Wolowitz. The parents tell their son about a grown Indian woman Raj knew previously as a fat child coming over for an arraigned marriage. Her name is Lalita (Sarayu Rao). Penny comes over and asks for help in mixing drinks to prepare for her new bar tending job. In her apartment, Sheldon keeps ordering a drink with an unusual name that basically is Diet Coke while Raj, having drank her Grasshopper and had previously just whispered to his friends in order to communicate with any woman, opens up to Penny about his insecurity in meeting his future bride. When he meets Lalita later at Penny's bar, he does nothing but inadvertently insult her. Sheldon, however, when he meets her, charms her when he tells her she's the spitting image of a princess of an Indian folk tale his mother read from a book when her son as a child was often sick. Latita leaves with Sheldon which upsets a now jealous Raj. The next day, Raj tries to talk on computer screen to his upset parents alone while Sheldon reveals to Leonard that nothing romantic happened between him and Lalita. Later at the bar, Sheldon performs a "Fidler on the Roof" number on keyboard thanks to some alcohol Penny put in his Diet Coke...Another very funny episode of "The Big Bang Theory" that served as a nice showcase for Koothrappali and his Indian family and upbringing. Great performances from everyone here with special mention going to Ms. Rao for her great sense of humor. Now if only the writer's strike would end so this series could bloom to its full potential for the rest of the season...


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