The Big Bang Theory: Season 2, Episode 1

The Bad Fish Paradigm (22 Sep. 2008)

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Leonard is concerned when his date with Penny ends abruptly and she starts blowing him off. When told the truth, Sheldon would rather move out than keep Penny's reasons a secret from Leonard.



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After his and Penny's first date, Leonard is in denial about what Penny's non-committal attitude toward a second date means. In reality and what Penny divulges to Sheldon in confidence is that her non-committal attitude is due to feeling intellectually inadequate, so much so that she even lied to Leonard about finishing community college. She is afraid that Leonard will ultimately get bored with her. The problem with Sheldon is that she told him this information before she vowed him to secrecy. Knowing that there is no way he can keep this secret from Leonard, Sheldon takes extreme measures to ensure that he keeps his promise to Penny. But these measures have a profound effect on both Howard and Raj, who may force Sheldon back to the situation of telling Leonard. Written by Huggo

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Sheldon Cooper: Hey, there he is! There my old buddy bud-bud!
Leonard Hofstadter: What's with him?
Howard Wolowitz: Koothrapali dumped him on me and he couldn't get to sleep so I gave him a glass of warm milk with a handful of my mom's Valium in it but he still wouldn't shut up so tag you're it!
[Wolowitz drops Sheldon's bag and leaves]
Sheldon Cooper: I'm baaack!
Leonard Hofstadter: I still don't know why you left.
Sheldon Cooper: I can't tell you.
Leonard Hofstadter: Why not?
Sheldon Cooper: I promised Penny.
Leonard Hofstadter: You promised Penny what?
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The Bad Fish Pardigm was a nearly excellent second season premiere episode of "The Big Bang Theory"
25 September 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

As Leonard and Penny are walking to Penny's apartment after their date, a camera is watching their every move. When Leonard arrives back at his place, we find Howard and Raj playing the scenes from that camera from their computer. Leonard thinks his date went well but Raj and Howard beg to differ as they keep replaying Penny's reactions. Sheldon, as usual, doesn't care. The next day, as Sheldon and Penny are washing clothes in the laundry room, Penny tells him a secret she doesn't want Leonard to know: She lied about graduating from community college. Sheldon says he'll try and wonders when she and Penny were ever friends. After a while, though, Sheldon tells Penny he can't do it and Penny says find a way. So he moves out of Leonard's apartment and crashes first with Raj, who gets annoyed when Sheldon insults his favorite Indian actress, and then Howard's mom's house as the son gets irritated at Sheldon's counting favorite Catwomen actresses and X-Men. When Howard brings a slightly drugged Sheldon back to Leonard, Sheldon tells all. That makes Leonard the next day give Penny a flyer for a community college which insults Penny even more as she closes the door on him. At least she still doesn't know about the overhead cameras...This was a very funny episode of "The Big Bang Theory" that was presented as the second season premiere. The dialogue between Sheldon and Penny in the laundry room was so hilarious! In fact, pretty much everything about Sheldon was spot on. Can't wait for the next episode when Sara Gilbert becomes a regular as the returning Leslie Winkle. Until next time...

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