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Summary

The Big Bang Theory Season 3

Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists, the kind of "beautiful minds" that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny moves in next door. 

Sheldon, Leonard's roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow Caltech scientists Wolowitz and Koothrappali. However, Leonard sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities... including love.

Episode guide

  1. 01 - The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation

    On the third season premiere, Sheldon (series star JIM PARSONS) flees back to Texas in disgrace when he learns that the guys tampered with his arctic expedition data -- forcing his friends to follow him, and threatening Leonard's (series star JOHNNY GALECKI) hopes for a romantic encounter with Penny (series star KALEY CUOCO).

  2. 02 - The Jiminy Conjecture

    Leonard and Penny struggle to recover from an awkward first hookup, while Sheldon and Howard (series star SIMON HELBERG) stake their best comic books on a bet to determine the species of a cricket. LEWIS BLACK guest stars as an entymologist who settles the high-stakes bet.

  3. 03 - The Gothowitz Deviation

    Howard and Raj (series star KUNAL NAYYAR) visit a Goth nightclub to pick up women, while Sheldon attempts to build a better Penny using chocolate-based behavior modification.

  4. 04 - The Pirate Solution

    Raj must find a new job or be sent back to India. Sheldon, however, has a solution -- which leaves Leonard and Penny dealing with Howard as third wheel.

  5. 05 - The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary

    While Sheldon settles a score with his nemesis, Star Trek: The Next Generation's WIL WHEATON (guest starring as himself), Wolowitz begs Leonard to get Penny to set him up with one of her friends.

  6. 06 - The Cornhusker Vortex

    Sheldon teaches Leonard how to understand football, while a kite-fighting incident threatens Howard and Raj's friendship.

  7. 07 - The Guitarist Amplification

    Sheldon plays the peacemaker when an argument between Leonard and Penny proves "inconvenient" to him.

  8. 08 - The Adhesive Duck Deficiency

    With Leonard, Howard and Raj away camping in the desert, an injured Penny has only Sheldon to rely on.

  9. 09 - The Vengeance Formulation

    After he's humiliated on National Public Radio, Sheldon vows to destroy Kripke (guest star JOHN ROSS BOWIE), and the guys help Sheldon exact his revenge. Meanwhile, Wolowitz tries not to destroy his new relationship with Bernadette (guest star MELISSA RAUCH). KATEE SACKHOFF (Battlestar Galactica) makes a cameo as Wolowitz's dream girl.

  10. 10 - The Gorilla Experiment

    Sheldon takes on his greatest challenge when he attempts to help Penny understand Leonard's work, and Wolowitz becomes jealous when Leonard starts hanging out with his new girlfriend.

  11. 11 - The Maternal Congruence

    A visit from Leonard's mother (guest star CHRISTINE BARANSKI) delights Sheldon and horrifies Leonard.

  12. 12 - The Psychic Vortex

    While Sheldon and Koothrappali attend a university mixer, Leonard is upset to discover that Penny believes in psychics. DANICA McKELLAR (The Wonder Years) guest stars as the object of Raj's attraction.

  13. 13 - The Bozeman Reaction

    When their apartment is robbed, Leonard and Sheldon turn to their friends to create a state-of-the-art security system -- and Sheldon struggles to cope.

  14. 14 - The Einstein Approximation

    Sheldon's case of "physicist's block" while searching for the answer to a physics problem leads him to work at the Cheesecake Factory with Penny.

  15. 15 - The Large Hadron Collision

    It's Valentine's Day, and Leonard can only bring one guest on a trip to see CERN's Large Hadron Collider (the world's largest and highest energy particle accelerator) in Switzerland. Will it be Sheldon or Penny?

  16. 16 - The Excelsior Acquisition

    Sheldon misses his chance to meet comic book legend STAN LEE (as himself) when he winds up in traffic court after he gets a ticket because of Penny.

  17. 17 - The Precious Fragmentation

    When the guys find a rare movie prop ring from The Lord of the Rings at a garage sale, it threatens to tear them apart -- forcing them to choose the ring or their friendship.

  18. 18 - The Pants Alternative

    Sheldon's friends come to his aid when his fear of public speaking stands between him and a coveted award.

  19. 19 - The Wheaton Recurrence

    A fight between Leonard and Penny threatens their relationship, while Sheldon battles WIL WHEATON (guest starring as Himself) in bowling.

  20. 20 - The Spaghetti Catalyst

    When Leonard and Penny aren't speaking, Sheldon goes to extremes to keep them both happy and gets caught in a lie.

  21. 21 - The Plimpton Stimulation

    Leonard and Sheldon compete for the attention of a famous female physicist -- Dr. Elizabeth Plimpton (guest star JUDY GREER).

  22. 22 - The Staircase Implementation

    Leonard tells Penny the story of how he met Sheldon for the first time...and what happened to the elevator.

  23. 23 - The Lunar Excitation

    In the third season finale, Wolowitz and Koothrappali search for Sheldon's perfect match online -- and find Sheldon's ideal woman (guest star MAYIM BIALIK). Meanwhile, Penny worries that dating Leonard has ruined her for normal guys.