The Jiminy Conjecture Season 3, Episode 2 -  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 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 the name Sheldon thought appropriate for a cricket, which is of course the name of the cricket in Disney's Pinocchio.

> I'm Not Crazy. My Mother Had Me Tested

During an argument between Sheldon and Howard over whether Wolverine was born with bone claws, Raj tells Howard to give it up as he's "arguing with a crazy person". Sheldon responds "I'm not crazy. My mother had me tested."

Episode Quotes

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.

Wolowitz: I think that you and Penny had a poor night.
Leonard: It wasn't poor. It was ... just fine.
Raj: Dude, the fourth Harry Potter movie was just fine.

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

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

Howard: What's the matter, you chicken?
Sheldon: I've always found that an inappropriate slur. Chickens are not by nature at all timid. In fact, when I was young, my neighbor's chicken got loose and chased me up the big elm tree in front of our house.
Raj: Chickens can't climb trees.
Sheldon: Thank God.
Howard: Okay, I believe the chicken made you his bitch.


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.