209 - The White Asparagus Triangulation
Aired November 24, 2008

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Leonard has a new girlfriend and, best of all, she meets Sheldon's exacting standards. When Sheldon gets worried that Leonard will ruin this relationship like he did with his previous ones, he sets out to firm up his buddy's relationship.

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Guest Stars: Sara Rue as Stephanie

Writers: Stephen Engel (Teleplay), Richard Rosenstock (Teleplay), Dave Goetsch (Story), Steven Molaro (Story)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 10.1 million Households Rating: 6.2/10 Adults 18-49 Rating: 3.9/10

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Episode Notes

  • The title references the jar of asparagus that Leonard tried to open for Sheldon and ultimately cut his hand on, while triangulation refers to Sheldon's intrusion into Leonard and Stephanie's relationship.

> Sheldon's Knock

Sheldon knocks on Leonard's bedroom in the middle of the night to show him Stephanie's Facebook page, where it says she is single and earlier threw a digital sheep at another guy.

Quotes (15)

Sheldon: *knock knock knock* Leonard? (x3)
Leonard: What, Sheldon!? What, Sheldon!? What, Sheldon!?
Sheldon: Tell me what you see here.
Leonard: The blunt instrument that will be the focus of my murder trial?

Sheldon: I would ask you to find some way to suppress your libido.
Penny: I could think about you.
Sheldon: Whatever works.

Raj: Ooo.
Penny: What's the matter, Lassie? Did Timmy fall down the well?

Sheldon: This is banana bread.
Penny: This is a door knob.

Sheldon: Of the handful of women Leonard's been involved with, she's the only one I have ever found tolerable.
Penny: Well, what about me?
Sheldon: The statement stands for itself.


Sheldon tells Penny he is happy with Leonard's new mate, Dr. Stephanie Barnett, and feels she is the only girlfriend Leonard's had who has met his exacting standards. He is concerned Leonard will screw up the relationship.

Leonard and Stephanie are having a meal when Sheldon joins them to try "help" their relationship along. Sheldon confesses his plan to Leonard, explaining he sees Stephanie as the medical officer their "landing party" has always needed. On another one of their dates, Sheldon tracks Leonard and Stephanie down at the cinema. Later that night, Sheldon wakes Leonard up to tell him "they're" losing her. Sheldon tries to assume control of the relationship under Starfleet General Order 104.

Concerned Leonard will ruin the relationship, Sheldon's seeks Penny's advice on what doomed her relationship with Leonard. Sheldon finds the advice of Wolowitz, Koothrappali and Penny unhelpful, so he hatches his own plan. Sheldon interrupts another one of their dates under the pretense he can't open a glass of white asparagus. He hands it to Leonard to open, to prove his masculine strength in the eyes of Stephanie. The plan backfires when Leonard cuts himself on the glass and needs stitches.

Sheldon's interfering continues when he changes Leonard's Facebook status to "In a relationship". Leonard initially fears Sheldon will wreck his relationship, but is pleasantly surprised when Stephanie updates her status to match Leonard's.

Comments (25)

hahahahahaha United States, 21:42 Nov 12 2013.
Sheldon is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo funny
Morris Australia, 10:29 Aug 3 2013.
Stephanie (Ms Rue) was hot and funny. Anonymous get over yourself. She was just as damaged as the guys.
believe in it India, 08:27 Mar 23 2013.
sheldon and penny make you laugh your ass off!
Lucho Lara Venezuela, 14:38 Dec 7 2011.
I think the best scene is the one in the cinema
Funkygal India, 09:42 Dec 30 2010.
this show is a ONE of a kind. its FUCKING AWSOME!!!
Roberta Moffat United Kingdom, 06:56 Mar 3 2010.
Michelle Canada, 22:36 Jun 30 2009.
I love this show with all my heart! Sheldon and Howard are the loves of my life. They are oxygen! I hope this show lasts as long as I do
michelle United Kingdom, 11:56 Mar 12 2009.
a scientist kidding about murder is so sexy.
Ram , 04:59 Feb 26 2009.
Best comedy ever!
Big Bang Theory United States, 21:00 Jan 11 2009.

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