The Fuzzy Boots Corollary Season 1, Episode 3 -  Aired October 8, 2007

The Fuzzy Boots Corollary

Leonard's hopes of a relationship with Penny are dashed when he sees her kiss another guy, so he decides to ask his colleague Leslie Winkle out. When Leslie is uninterested in going out with Leonard, he feels dejected and thinks about getting a cat. In an attempt to buoy Leonard's spirits, and stop him getting a cat, Sheldon encourages Leonard to ask Penny out on a date.

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Guest Stars: Sara Gilbert as Leslie Winkle, Allen Nabors as Doug, Sherry Weston as Instructor, Treisa Gary as Waitress

Writers: Chuck Lorre (Story), Bill Prady (Teleplay), Steven Molaro (Teleplay)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 8.36 million Households Rating: 5.3/8 Adults 18-49 Rating: 3.3/8

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Episode Lists

  • Leonard & Penny: Key Episodes Leonard & Penny: Key Episodes

    The key moments in Leonard and Penny's relationship including the first time they saw each other across the hall, their first kiss, their first date, breaking up and getting back together, the first time Penny says "I love you", a couple of proposals, their engagement, two wedding ceremonies, and finally Penny getting pregnant.

Episode Notes

  • The title references one of the names Leonard was considering for the cat he wanted to buy.

Episode Quotes

Howard: Sheldon, if you were a robot and I knew and you didn't, would you want me to tell you?
Sheldon: That depends. When I learn that I'm a robot, will I be able to handle it?
Howard: Maybe, although the history of science fiction is not on your side.

Sheldon: I think that you have as much of a chance of having a sexual relationship with Penny as the Hubble telescope does of discovering at the center of every black hole is a little man with a flashlight searching for a circuit breaker.

Wolowitz: Love is not a sprint, it's a marathon, a relentless pursuit that only ends when she falls into your arms - or hits you with the pepper spray.

Sheldon: I do feel obligated to point out to you that she did not reject you, you did not ask her out.
Leonard: You're right. I didn't ask her out. I should ask her out.
Sheldon: No! No that was not my point. My point was don't buy a cat.
Leonard: No, but you're right, I should march over there and ask her out.
Sheldon: Oh, goody! We're getting a cat.

Sheldon: Penny for your thoughts?


When the guys are playing World of Warcraft, Sheldon captures the Sword of Azeroth. As a "rogue night elf", Sheldon betrays his friends and sells the sword on eBay. Howard buys the sword from eBay and declares himself the Swordmaster.

Leonard goes over to Penny's apartment to return the mail of hers he "accidentally" collected, where he sees Penny kissing her boyfriend Doug. Leonard feels depressed about his chances with Penny and the guys convince him he should ask somebody out. Leonard goes to Leslie Winkle, a fellow scientist who works at the university, to propose they go out on a date. After an experimental kiss, Leslie declines Leonard's offer.

After feeling shunned by both Penny and Leslie, Leonard feels even more depressed and starts listening to emo music while he considers buying a cat. Sheldon points out that Penny didn't actually reject him as he never asked her out, so Leonard goes to Penny's apartment to ask her out on date. Penny mistakes Leonard's offer as invitation to hang out with the gang and Leonard fails to correct her.

On their date, Leonard starts to feel more confident when Penny reveals that the guy he saw with isn't actually her boyfriend and was just a fling. Leonard tries to impress Penny with a physics demonstration using an olive, but when he drops the olive under the table he takes a bump to the head. Penny takes Leonard home, but not before she asks whether this was really a date. Leonard, still unable to pluck up the courage to confess his feelings for her, says no.