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The Big Bang Theory: The Fuzzy Boots Corollary

After Leonard sees Penny with a new guy he tries to trick her into going on a date with him.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x3
Production Number: 3T6602
Airdate: Monday October 08th, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Feb 27, 2008
NL (Veronica) Mar 16, 2009
DE (Pro7) Jul 25, 2009

Special Guest Stars
Sara GilbertSara Gilbert
As Leslie Winkle
Sara GilbertSara Gilbert
As Leslie Winkle

Guest Stars
Treisa GaryTreisa Gary
As Waitress
Treisa GaryTreisa Gary
As Waitress

Sherry WestonSherry Weston
As Instructor
Sherry WestonSherry Weston
As Instructor
Main Cast
Johnny GaleckiJohnny Galecki
As Leonard Leakey Hofstadter
Johnny GaleckiJohnny Galecki
As Leonard Leakey Hofstadter
Jim ParsonsJim Parsons
As Sheldon Lee Cooper
Jim ParsonsJim Parsons
As Sheldon Lee Cooper
Kaley CuocoKaley Cuoco
As Penny
Kaley CuocoKaley Cuoco
As Penny
Simon HelbergSimon Helberg
As Howard Joel Wolowitz
Simon HelbergSimon Helberg
As Howard Joel Wolowitz
Kunal NayyarKunal Nayyar
As Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali
Kunal NayyarKunal Nayyar
As Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali
Episode Notes
Rating: 8.36 million

This episode marks the first appearance of Sara Gilbert as Leslie Winkle.

Ignoring the fact that the sword itself doesn't exist, in the beginning of the episode, Sheldon abandons his friends to sell the "sword of Azeroth" on eBay. This is actually possible and normal (for geeks) to do and it's also legal to sell such game items.

The title ("The Fuzzy Boots Corollary") refers to one of the names Leonard would use for some cats in San Diego he heard about. He says he can't decide between "Einstein", "Newton" and "Sergeant Fuzzy Boots".

This episode reveals that Sheldon has asthma although it's the only episode in which his condition is mentioned. It is, however, mentioned in several more episodes that Leonard suffers from the condition.

Series star Johnny Galecki and guest star Sara Gilbert had previously co-starred together on Roseanne playing boyfriend and girlfriend on that show.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AugustanaBostonCovered by Leonard Leakey Hofstadter

Episode Quotes
Sheldon: At least now you can retrieve the black box from the smoldering wreckage that was once your fantasy of dating her and analyze the data so that you don't crash into geek mountain again.

Howard: So how did it go with Leslie?
Leonard: Oh, we tried kissing, but the Earth didn't move. I mean, any more than the 383 miles that it was gonna move anyway.

Sheldon: 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 a black hole is a little man with a flashlight searching for a circuit breaker.

(Leonard is fretting about his upcoming date with Penny)
Leonard: Oh, you know what? Maybe this isn't such a good idea.
Sheldon: Oh, no, well, now, there's always the possibility that alcohol and poor judgment on her part might lead to a nice romantic evening.

Leonard: I'm having a panic attack.
Sheldon: (stressing over not knowing what to do) Oh, okay. Well, then, calm down!

Episode Goofs
At the beginning of the episode, Sheldon sells "the Sword of Azeroth" on eBay. However, after only 4 seconds, he claims someone (later revealed Howard) just clicked "Buy It Now". This isn't possible on eBay, however, as items get listed in their database about an hour after it's added. Another problem is that there is NO WAY that any person is able to find the specific entry, go through all the procedures of purchasing and waiting for the transaction to be completed within the 4 seconds until Sheldon says the button's been clicked.

Cultural References
Visual: The guys are playing a multiplayer online game working as a team, though they are on their own individual computers.

The game the guys are playing have several references to "World of Warcraft", which is a multiplayer online role-playing game made by Blizzard Entertainment. However, Howard specifically says "The Sword of Azeroth". "Azeroth" are three different continents in the game, but there is no such thing as a "sword of Azeroth" existing in the game.

Sheldon: Wanna log on to Second Life and go swimming?

"Second Life" (often abbreviated "SL") is a virtual world created by Linden Lab, and was released on June 23, 2003. In the game, you first create an avatar for yourself and then you go exploring the virtual world, which is in many ways just like real life. "Residents" (the name for users) can do anything you can do in real life, like participate in activities, create and trade virtual properties and services with other residents and, just as in Sheldon's example, go swimming.

Sheldon: (...) as the Hubble telescope does of discovering...

The Hubble Space Telescope (often abbreviated "HST") is a telescope in space that was carried into orbit by the space shuttle in April 1990. The Hubble is not the first space telescope, but it is the largest and most versatile one, and it is named after Edwin Hubble, an American astronomer.

Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Leslie (Sara Gilbert)

The actors playing Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Leslie (Sara Gilbert) have an acting history together, in which they both starred in the 1988-1997 TV show "Roseanne", that was broadcast on ABC and got the highest ratings on TV during its airing.

Visual: The guys, except for Leonard, are playing Jenga.

Jenga is a game of physical and mental skills created by Leslie Scott and marketed by Milton Bradley Company (a division of Hasbro), in which the rules are that contestants take turns to remove a block from a tower and balance it on top, creating a higher and increasingly unstable structure as the game proceeds.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady
Executive ProducerChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Goetsch  |  Robert Cohen (1)
ProducerSteven Molaro  |  Faye Oshima Belyeu
Co-ProducerMary T. Quigley  |  Peter Chakos
Consulting ProducerLee Aronsohn  |  David Litt  |  Jennifer Glickman
Associate ProducerKristy Cecil
Production DesignerJohn Shaffner
EditorPeter Chakos
CastingKen Miller (2)  |  Nikki Valko
Unit Production ManagerKelly Lee
First Assistant DirectorAnthony Rich
Second Assistant DirectorChris Klausen
Costume DesignerMary T. Quigley
HairstylistFaye Woods
Set DecoratorAnn Shea (2)
Property MasterScott L. London
Production Sound MixerBruce Peters
Script SupervisorJulie Fleischer
Re-Recording MixerBob La Masney  |  Charlie McDaniel, III
Director of PhotographySteven V. Silver
Post Production CoordinatorRyan Berdan
Executive ConsultantEddie Gorodetsky  |  Mark Roberts (2)  |  Don Foster
Associate DirectorHoward Murray
Casting AssociatePeter Pappas
Makeup ArtistPeggy Nichols
Theme Song Written And Performed ByBarenaked Ladies
Science ConsultantDavid Saltzberg Ph.D.
Post Production ServicesTechnicolor
Sound Services ByWarner Bros. Post Production Services
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