The Big Bang Theory: Season 3, Episode 3

The Gothowitz Deviation (5 Oct. 2009)

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Sheldon attempts to covertly alter Penny's habits, while Howard and Raj try their luck meeting women at a Goth-style club.

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Now that Leonard and Penny are dating, which means that Penny will be at the guys' apartment more often, Sheldon and Penny have to come to an understanding on how to get along better. Sheldon's approach is to use positive reinforcement, which he plans on using to "train" Penny. Meanwhile, Howard is sporting a new look in preparation for his and Raj's first night out to a goth bar. Miraculously, at the bar, Howard and Raj are picked up by two women named Bethany and Sarah (not that anyone cares about Sarah). The girls take the guys on an outing that may out the guys as being non-goth. Written by Huggo

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The anime that Sheldon, Leonard and Penny are watching is "Oshikuru: Demon Samurai" which is the fictitious cartoon that Charlie wrote the theme song for in Two and a Half Men: The Salmon Under My Sweater (2004). See more »

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Sheldon refuses Penny's request to dance with her saying that in all of the infinite number of universes, he does not dance. However, in "The Agreement Dissection" #4.21, he states that he learned to ballroom dance growing up in Texas and later, he and Amy are ballroom dancing. See more »

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Penny: [dancing and singing along to the radio] "I'm goin' out tonight / I'm feelin' alright /Gonna let it all hang out / Wanna make some noise really raise my voice / Yeah, I wanna scream and shout. Ah. No-" Morning, Sheldon. Come dance with me.
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Sheldon Cooper: [turns radio off] Penny, while I subscribe to the "Many Worlds" theory which posits the existence of an infinite number of Sheldons in an infinite number of universes, I assure you that in none of them am I dancing.
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The Evil Spock Conundrum
6 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The writing in this episode had me scratching my head as the credits rolled, my expression not unlike the one I adopt when I'm considering the propagation of an off axis Gaussian wave.

First we have Penny, being treated like a boorish idiot who takes phone calls in the middle of watching movies. It would have been more realistic (and more humorous) to have her texting while watching TV with Leonard and Sheldon. The Pavlovian training by Sheldon is an excellent bit of writing, but it has no follow through and Leonard's reaction to it is a flat, half-hearted protest.

The Wolowitz-Koothrappali portion of the episode was really the best part, aside from Penny dancing in the kitchen mid-breakfast. Sheldon's comment about not dancing in any universe, although witty, is uncharacteristic; Sheldon would have instead conceded that, although there must be a universe in which he dances, it is a universe in which he is a sinister version of himself, like Evil Spock.


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