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The White Asparagus Triangulation 

Sheldon believes that Leonard will wreck his relationship with Stephanie, so he decides to take matters into his own hands.

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Sara Rue ... Dr. Stephanie Barnett
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Storyline

Leonard and Stephanie's budding romance has an unlikely supporter: Sheldon. Being a highly respected physician, Stephanie is the first of Leonard's few girlfriends who meets Sheldon's criteria of someone who he can more than tolerate. To ensure that Leonard doesn't screw it up, Sheldon not only insists on accompanying them on any date, but vows to take control of anything Leonard does to advance the relationship. He feels he needs to based on Leonard's poor track record with women. He even asks Penny, Raj and Howard for advice. Sheldon's actions don't quite have the desired effect. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This is the first time that Penny (Kaley Cuoco) gets mail from the 4B door, previously she had always used the 4D door. See more »

Goofs

Sheldon states that a strawberry is not technically a fruit. Strawberries are in fact fruit (though they are not technically berries). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sheldon Cooper: Penny! Hello.
Penny: Hey, Sheldon.
Sheldon Cooper: What is shaking?
Penny: [pause] I'm sorry?
Sheldon Cooper: It's colloquial, a conversation opener. So, do you find the weather satisfying? Are you currently sharing the triumph of some local sports team?
Penny: Whats wrong with you? You're freaking me out.
Sheldon Cooper: I'm striking up a casual conversation with you. Saa-uup?
Penny: Please don't do that.
Sheldon Cooper: All right, but I'm given to understand that when you have something *awkward* to discuss to someone it's more palatable to preface it with banal chit-chat.
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #229 NOVEMBER 16, 2008 As I sit by my window and watch the leaves on the trees turn from green to brown, and from brown to fire, I can't help but reflect on the two seasons of Southern California. Inferno and flood. Soon the stinging smoke, raging wildfires and inevitable pyromaniacs will give way to months and months of biblical rain. And with that rain will come the memories... a home perched on a hilltop becoming garbage nestled in a valley, an idiot falling into the L.A. River and trying unsuccessfully to crawl up its cement banks, another genius being lifted off the roof of his car by a helicopter in Encino, the cliffs above Pacific Coast Highway collapsing yet again and causing Malibu residents so much inconvenience, Bob Myer reassuring me that writing the second act of a Roseanne episode at two in the morning is more in my self-interest than trying to drive home and move my stuff to the second floor (but more likely becoming one of the knuckleheads standing on the roof of his car praying for a chopper). But I, as is my nature, whataya gonna do, I yam what I yam, digress. Eventually the rains will stop, the underbrush will grow, the drought will come, the drought will linger -- maybe for years, until the mountains and hillsides once again explode with "Live At Five", "Film at Eleven" hellfire, and thus continue the cycle of seasons of Southern California... if you don't count earthquakes and riots. And strikes. And award season. No insurance policy protects against the damage done by award season. Oops, I digressed again. See more »

Connections

References Roseanne (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

History of Everything (Instrumental version)
(uncredited)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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