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

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: Well, this is very pleasant.
Leonard: I'm glad you're enjoying yourself.
Sheldon: And you said there would never be enough pasta for the three of us.

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.

Recap

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.