302 - The Jiminy Conjecture
Aired September 28, 2009

The Jiminy Conjecture

Leonard and Penny's relationship hits a snag when their first night together is not as special as they expected. Meanwhile, Sheldon and Howard go to great lengths to determine the species of a cricket for a wager they made.

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Guest Stars: Lewis Black as Professor Crawley

Writers: Jim Reynolds

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 13.2 million Households Rating: 8/12 Adults 18-49 Rating: 5.3/13

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Episode Notes

  • The title references the name Sheldon thought appropriate for a cricket, which is of course the name of the cricket in Disney's Pinocchio.

Quotes (20)

Raj: I don't like bugs, okay. They freak me out.
Sheldon: Interesting. You're afraid of insects and women. Ladybugs must render you catatonic.

Sheldon: I am not crazy, my mother had me tested.

Raj: Ooo, big talk from a man who was once treed by a chicken.

Wolowitz: Sex is never the way I dreamed it was going to be.
Raj: Because in your dreams, you're a horse from the waist down.

Sheldon: Howard, you know me to be a very smart man. Don't you think that if I were wrong, I'd know it?


When Leonard joins the guys at the comic book store, they start questioning him about his first night with Penny. Howard and Raj get Leonard to reveal that the sex between them was "just fine". Back at the apartment, the guys have Indian food for dinner and Sheldon is disappointed to learn it's not from their usual restaurant. When Sheldon crosses the line and mentions Leonard's characterization of his & Penny's night together as "just fine", a deeply embarrassed Penny leaves the apartment.

Leonard goes over to Penny's to try patch things up. When they start discussing how their first night was, Penny says it was "okay". They decide to have some wine to loosen up and get over their awkwardness together. Back in the apartment, Sheldon and Howard make a wager about the species of cricket that's chirping in the apartment. The guys then go in search of the cricket to prove Howard or Sheldon right. Meanwhile, Penny and Leonard get a bit too free with alcohol. In a desperate attempt to settle the bet, Sheldon climbs into the elevator shaft to find the cricket. Over at Penny's, the pair are now throwing up together after drinking too much.

The next day, Raj and Sheldon argue over what to name the cricket they found. Howard and Raj prefer Toby, but Sheldon thinks that's a ridiculous name for a cricket. Howard brings an insect guide to determine the species, but he and Sheldon continue to argue. With their cricket debate still waging, the guys pay little attention to Leonard who wants to discuss his drunken night with Penny. The guys go to the university's entomologist, Professor Crawley, to get him to identify the cricket. After Crawley determines it's a field cricket, Sheldon concedes defeat to Howard.

As Sheldon gathers his collateral for the bet to hand over to Howard, Penny asks him about her relationship with Leonard. Sheldon says they shouldn't worry so much about their relationship as they can always return to being friends. After hearing that Sheldon had spoken to Penny, Leonard goes to her apartment to see what Sheldon said. They decide to follow Sheldon's advice to return to being friends, but a friendly hug leads them to kissing again.

Comments (20)

KB-Rands United States, 02:34 Jan 31 2013.
Just got into this show. Not much of a "TV guy." This is by far one of the best shows I've seen. In the process of renting all the episodes on Netflix. There are inaccuracies in the nerd speak though, but still a very funny show. Makes me feel more normal.
AM Greece, 12:35 Sep 7 2012.
how can i see the episode????
Glenn Canada, 00:10 Sep 3 2012.
I love Lewis Black, he is quite funny and a really nice guy. He played the bug guy. He is right up there with Don Rickles, Jeffrey Ross and Bobby Slayton. The set that he works in is pretty cool with all the bugs in tank. Lewis is one of the funniest comics around and he has been around for years. I met him a few times and is easy to talk to.
Mary United States, 18:38 Jun 4 2012.
"Noooo, not Oxnard down by the beach...... Oxnard out in the ONION FIELDS!" OMG, that line is so so so so hilarious.. I watched this episode last night on DVD and I can't stop laughing. Lewis was perfect as Dr Crawley!!!
Moonpie Hungary, 09:06 Jan 31 2011.
I so love this episode. This is my favourute one.
CheapCricket United Kingdom, 21:32 Jul 8 2010.
@Sean: Lewis is correct, the actor is Lewis Black however the voice from the animated film you asked about is, I'm guessing, Lago (the Parrot) from Aladdin. His voice was done by a man called Gilbert Gottfried. The two actors do sound very similar, good catch!
CheapCricket United Kingdom, 21:17 Jul 8 2010.
About 5 minutes into this episode when Sheldon says: "It was in appropiate to discuss Leonard and Penny's sex life in front of Leonard and Penny" What's the name of the hand signal Howard does? the one signalling that Sheldon is correct.
lewis Israel, 17:54 Jan 11 2010.
Sean: The insect specialist is Lewis Black, he's a pretty famous comedian in America and he has a segment, "Back to Black" on the daily show.
sean United Kingdom, 18:28 Dec 27 2009.
whos the insect specialist? his voice is from some animated film, can't tell which?
Nicole Germany, 12:50 Nov 18 2009.
i love this show :) best show ever

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