The Big Bang Theory
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Arch-nerds Leonard and Sheldon may know more than their fair share about subatomic particles, but when it comes to people in general, and women in particular, they're absolutely clueless...
Series 3 Summary
Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj return from their expedition to the North Pole, and revert back to (relatively) normal life. Leonard continues to pine over Penny - only with a little more success this time around - while Sheldon carries on broadcasting his unmatched and unwelcome genius to everyone in earshot.
Episode 1 - The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation
Leonard's attempts to woo Penny are constantly thwarted, while Sheldon heads to Texas after learning that his friends meddled with his expedition data
Episode 2 - The Jiminy Conjecture
Leonard and Penny feel awkward around each other after their romantic liaison, while Sheldon and Howard take bets to determine a species of cricket
Episode 3 - The Gothowitz Deviation
Sheldon rewards Penny with chocolate to modify her behaviour, while Howard and Raj go to a goth nightclub
Episode 4 - The Pirate Solution
Raj reluctantly accepts a job offer from Sheldon so that he won't be sent back to India. Leonard and Penny try to get some time for themselves.
Episode 5 - The Creepy Candy Corollary
Sheldon enters a competition that pits him against Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton, whom Sheldon considers his arch-enemy after he snubbed him as a child at a Star Trek convention
Episode 6 - The Cornhusker Vortex
Sheldon teaches Leonard about football so that he can fit in with Penny's friends, but Leonard alienates the group with his new knowledge
Episode 7 - The Guitarist Amplification
Sheldon is upset when Leonard and Penny argue about Penny's male friend staying over and he has to act as peacemaker
Episode 8 - The Adhesive Duck Deficiency
Leonard, Raj and Howard go on a camping trip that alters their minds. Sheldon has to come to Penny's rescue after she dislocates her shoulder when she slips in the shower.
Episode 9 - The Vengeance Formulation
Howard is scared about committing to Bernadette so he avoids her. Then he realises he's made a mistake and, to compensate, he proposes to her.
Episode 10 - The Gorilla Experiment
Penny feels left out when Bernadette asks Sheldon to teach her about science. And Howard is jealous when Bernadette asks Leonard about his work.
Episode 11 - The Maternal Congruence
Leonard is horrified when his mother turns up unannounced, and then he finds out that Sheldon knew about the visit
Episode 12 - The Psychic Vortex
Sheldon and Raj go to a university party, Leonard disapproves of Penny's belief in psychics, and Raj lusts after a girl called Abby
Episode 13 - The Bozeman Reaction
Leonard and Sheldon's flat is burgled. Determined to outwit any thieves, the gang work on creating a state-of-the-art security system to protect the apartment. Can they deter the burglars?
Episode 14 - The Einstein Approximation
Sheldon is baffled by a formula he's working on, so he gets a less mentally taxing job at the Cheesecake Factory to kick-start his creativity
Episode 15 - The Large Hadron Collision
Sheldon is gutted when Leonard asks Penny to go to Switzerland to see the world's largest particle accelerator instead of him
Episode 16 - The Excelsior Acquisition
Sheldon is summoned to court for driving through a red light. He misses the chance to meet Stan Lee and riles the judge. Will he go to prison?
Episode 17 - The Precious Fragmentation
The gang squabble over a ring that they believe was used in The Lord of the Rings movies, while Sheldon seems to be turning into Gollum
Episode 18 - The Pants Alternative
Sheldon earns a prestigious prize but is scared of collecting the award at a ceremony because he knows he'll have to make a speech
Episode 19 - The Wheaton Recurrence
Leonard tells Penny that he loves her. The gang go bowling and find that Sheldon's enemy Wil Wheaton is playing in the opposing team.
Episode 20 - The Spaghetti Catalyst
Sheldon hides his friendship with Penny from Leonard but his cover is soon blown. Can he remain friends with both Penny and Leonard?
Episode 21 - The Plimpton Stimulation
Sheldon meets a famous physicist online and invites her over to the flat, where she spends her time flirting with Leonard
Episode 22 - The Staircase Implementation
This episode flashes back to the start of Sheldon and Leonard's friendship seven years previously and explains the housemate agreement
Episode 23 - The Lunar Excitation
Raj registers Sheldon for online dating and finds the perfect match: the female version of Sheldon. Penny seduces Leonard while she's drunk.
The Big Bang Theory synopsis
Arch-nerds Leonard and Sheldon may know more than their fair share about subatomic particles, but when it comes to people in general, and women in particular, they're absolutely clueless...Episode Guide >
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