Ranking: The Big Bang Theory Season Two

Their whole universe was in a hot dense state. Now it’s time to tackle season two of The Big Bang Theory!

The Big Bang Theory has quickly become one of my all time favorite shows. Not only do I find it extremely funny and entertaining, but it’s also my wife’s favorite show too, so it’s become a staple of our nightly routine. We settle into bed, put on whatever disc of whatever season is next, and watch until we fall asleep. It’s easily in my top 10 favorite shows list (now that’s a blog I need to do eventually) and since I’ve seen every episode more than I can count, it’s only natural I give them the ranking treatment I’ve given my other favorite shows too.

Season two starts to develop the characters more, introduces new regular characters like Stuart and Barry Kripke, and even uses Leslie Winkle a bit more before Sara Gilbert stopped being a series regular. The season also expands into 23 episodes (24 soon became the norm) and proves that Big Bang Theory would be here to stay.

So let’s get right down to it. Here I go:

 

RANKING THE BIG BANG THEORY SEASON TWO

Episode Total: 23

Overall Season Opinion: Better than the first, but still finding itself. Many fans prefer this season because it’s the last season to not involve any of the main female characters in relationships with the guys (a common complaint I’ve heard, even among fans still watching). Still, it offers a lot of variety considering it only has five main characters to really work with, and I think it does it well. I may like it overall more than three or four, but I’ll discuss those factors when I actually rank those episodes.

 

23. The Financial Permeability (Episode 31)

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Overall, not just my least favorite episode of the season, but one of my overall least favorite episodes of the show as a whole. You’ll find that I have a tendency to reject episodes where Leonard comes out the loser through no real fault of his own, and Penny (who is the most important character on the show, being that she directly starts the events of the series) is painted in a truly negative light. Penny is behind on her bills, and borrows money from Shelton (a quality of his character that doesn’t make anyone want to kill him) resulting in Leonard trying to retrieve money from her horrible ex-boyfriend Kurt (probably the worst character in the series). Despite the fact that Kurt writes on Leonard’s forehead, he still tries to cover up the fact that he got bullied again, and results in Penny getting back together with her ex. Penny looks like a fool, Leonard looks like a fool (hmm, maybe he is at fault here) and nobody wins. The only real highlight is that Sheldon keeps emergency money in Green Lantern’s ass. I generally skip this one.

 

22. The Work Song Nanocluster (Episode 35)

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Oddly, one of my wife’s favorite episodes of the series despite it being one of the universally hated episodes by the fans. I attribute that to the fact that, unlike other episodes, it only features one linear storyline that ultimately goes nowhere and can be pretty slow-paced and boring at times. Penny is starting her own crafting business making hair Berets called Penny Blossoms, and the guys try to help her up the manufacturing line. The only truly funny moments are caffeinated Sheldon looking for more coffee dressed as the Flash, and Sheldon’s ignorance as to what Radiohead is (admittedly one of my favorite jokes in the whole season). There really isn’t much else to say here. Like I said, it’s very slow and linear, which led to a lot of fan criticism. Heck, even the opening and closing gags don’t do it for me. Secret Agent Obstacle Chess isn’t something I’m going out of my way to check out, and there’s no way Secret Agent Obstacle Lunch is happening anytime soon. You don’t put anything in the way of me and my food!

 

21. The Codpiece Topology (Episode 19)

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This is a weird episode. Leslie Winkle successfully ends up dating Leonard, only for it to not work out in the end. That premise is fine enough on its own, but it’s the execution of the episode as a whole that bothers me. Leslie in the beginning was a good character, but given how much the show has evolved, looking back on her now, I don’t put her in the best of light anymore. In this case, she decides to go out with Leonard after Penny moves on from their season two opener date, and ends things with him because her and Sheldon disagree on what theory best suits the building blocks of the universe. Loop quantum gravity or string theory? Which is it? It’s an odd episode that didn’t age well like some of the old episodes did. That said, it has its share of laughs, way more than the two episodes mentioned above. The guys convincing Sheldon to play Spock at the Renaissance Faire is pretty amusing, as is Sheldon’s apartment exodus playing Super Mario 64 on a “poorly coded Nintendo 64 emulator.” In my experience, no N64 emulator is coded well, so I relate to poor Sheldon on this one.

 

20. The White Asparagus Triangulation (Episode 26)

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We get three episodes featuring a character named Dr. Stephanie Barnett, who dates Leonard after a failed date with Howard. This is the second episode we see her in, and it’s the weakest of her trilogy. Although I am a little biased because I’m not a huge fan of her character, I simply didn’t find these episodes all that interesting. Sheldon becomes worried that Leonard’s relationship with Stephanie will fail and goes to great lengths to “help” Leonard along, which ranges from crashing dates to causing Leonard to be rushed to the emergency room for cutting himself on a jar that Sheldon tried to help him with. The episode is okay, and even though I’m not a personal fan of Stephanie, I do admit she can be an interesting character at times. My favorite part is when Sheldon crashes their movie date, and goes looking for the acoustic sweet spot. That part never fails to make me laugh. Sheldon may be an extremely quirky character, but some of his quirks really bring out the laughs. This is definitely one of them.

 

19. The Vartabedian Conundrum (Episode 27)

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Stephanie Barnett’s third (and final) episode is a decent send-off to the character. She meets Penny for the first time, despite being involved with Leonard for quite a while by this stage, because an underwear-clad Penny simply walking into the apartment isn’t weird for them. But with the basis of the episode being that Stephanie and Leonard are living together by now, it seems weird that this is the first time Penny and Stephanie have met. In any case, Stephanie moves in without Leonard being the wiser, and when things move too fast for him, he balks at ending the relationship because he doesn’t want to be single and alone. While we don’t see them officially break up, this is the last time the character is seen or mentioned again. As she isn’t a horrible character by any means, it’s a good sendoff to her, although I’d be lying if I said I was actually a fan of Dr. Stephanie Barnett. Her real episode highlight is tricking Sheldon into not speaking anymore. A “Sheldonectomy” as she called it. Hmm, Leonard, you SURE you want to be so quick to lose her?

 

18. The Killer Robot Instability (Episode 29)

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The guys build their very own fighting robot to compete in a robot fighting league. Remember when that was all the rage for a little while? This episode does sort of date itself there. The episode as a whole is okay, but it has two bright spots: the debut of Barry Kripke (who admittedly is an insufferable character in his first episode) and Penny punching Howard in the face. The Howard bring broken by Penny is actually a pretty critical moment for Howard, who up until now had made some highly perverted comments and maneuvers in Penny’s direction. Her successful rebuttal against him does go a tad mean-spirited, but he definitely had it coming for some time. And I’m a big fan of the Howard Wolowitz character too. Penny’s attempt to console him is hilarious, and when he puts one move too many on Penny, he pays for it. The camera work for that moment is perfect too. As for the guys. their robot meets a swift end to the Kripke Krippler. R.I.P. M.O.N.T.E. It’s an okay episode overall, but it hasn’t aged as well as a lot of the early episodes have. And Barry does get some good moments down the line, but in his debut episode, he’s just a tool.

 

17. The Lizard-Spock Expansion (Episode 25)

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Dr. Stephanie Barnett’s debut episode is easily her best, mostly because of how we meet her. Howard plans to go out to a bar and meet women while wearing an eye-patch, because that works so well picking women up. After failing because other guys at the bar tried the eye-patch game, Howard invites his date to drive a car on Mars…and gets the Mars Rover stuck in a ditch. Panicking, he enlists Sheldon and Raj to help him out while Leonard takes his date home. Naturally, since Leonard is the ladies man of the group, they hook up, and Leonard becomes dead to Howard as a result. He forgives him eventually when Stephanie hooks him up with his roommate. Isn’t that sweet? While that premise alone is okay, this episode does get one big bonus point in humor: the first ever game of Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock. The game has come up quite a few more times in future episodes, but this is where it originates. It’s become a seldom used but great running gag on the series. The exclamation point on the episode is when it’s discovered that Howard’s mistake caused the Mars Rover to conclude the existence of life on Mars, much to Howard’s chagrin. So much for plan B.

 

16. The Bad Fish Paradigm (Episode 18)

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The season two premiere episode picks up on the same night that season one ends with, with Leonard and Penny returning from their date. The episode focuses on the aftermath of the date and whether or not it was a success, which it ultimately turns out not to be. Penny asks Sheldon to keep a secret for her – that she never finished community college, because she is slightly intimidated by Leonard’s advanced intelligence. Of course, we also learn that Sheldon is incapable of keeping a secret, and we play a little roommate roulette before a drugged up Shelton confesses to Leonard. This is the first time we see Raj’s apartment too, which is pretty small considering we later find out Raj isn’t actually paying for it. While not the strongest season opener the show has done, it’s a fan episode watching the great lengths Sheldon will go to just to keep a secret, and what a burden his existence can be for only one evening. However, due to Leonard’s extremely idiotic mistake of making Penny slam a door in his face over a community college pamphlet, this episode cannot be ranked any higher. Sorry Leonard.

 

15. The Griffin Equivalency (Episode 21)

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Of the five central characters on the show – make that seven when you add in Amy and Bernadette in later seasons – Raj is easily my least favorite character. Don’t get me wrong, I still like him as a character, just not as much as the central players. Maybe it’s because he generally gets the worst overall dialog (which is more of a writing issue, but still) but I’ve always found his character to be the most annoying, especially in earlier seasons. That’s why this episode is where it is on the list. That said, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that overly cocky Raj in this episode is hilarious. After being named one of People Magazine’s “30 Under 30 to Watch,” Raj’s ego goes off the charts. He gets a photo shoot done, gets an assistant, and even scores a “date” with Penny that he quickly rubs in Leonard’s face. Add in Sheldon’s terrifying Joker grin and a surprise cameo by Charlie Sheen, and you get a decent episode. Like I said, because it’s overly Raj-centric, it loses points, but because Raj is hilariously obnoxious here, it gains points too. A perfect middle of the road episode for season two.

 

14. The Friendship Algorithm (Episode 30)

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Shelton needs access to a university computer that he believes is controlled by Barry Kripke, but also believes Kripke only lets his friends utilize time on the computer. The solution? Befriend Barry Kripke! Sheldon takes two big steps here – attempting to find an activity that he and Kripke can do together, and quizzing his friends on why they currently like him. Both plot points are hilarious for their own reasons. Sheldon’s failed attempt at indoor rock climbing is pretty great, as is his attempt to write a ridiculously long quiz for all of his friends to take. Raj ends up failing for not know Sheldon’s favorite amino acid, and is temporarily booted from Sheldon’s circle of friends (but is reinstated because he likes monkeys). The other big highlight is Sheldon attempting to befriend a little girl at a book store, only to have Leonard take him out of the situation because, well, Sheldon doesn’t know any better. However, Sheldon’s attempts to create a friendship algorithm and his purchase of “Stu the Cockatoo is New at the Zoo” are futile, as Barry reveals that he has no control over the computer’s schedule. Hey, gotta give points to Sheldon for trying, right? However, Howard gets the line of the episode, muttering to Penny “I’m looking pretty good now, huh” after Barry’s incredibly sleazy comments fall short of Penny’s attention. Roxanne IS a hot name I suppose.

 

13. The Hofstadter Isotope (Episode 37)

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The debut episode of Stuart Bloom, owner of the comic book store, and eventually a regular cast member in the newest seasons. Stuart as a whole isn’t a great character, and I’d rank him below Raj if we’re ranking central characters – way below, in fact. But Stuart isn’t awful and even starts off promising enough. The guys end up at the comic book store with Penny on “Anything Can Happen Thursday” so Penny can find a comic book for her nephew’s birthday. This leads to Stuart, the talented artist, scoring a date with Penny, who accompanies him to an art showing. Leonard, distraught from events, has Howard bring him to a bar to try to pick up women. This attempt fails miserably for Howard and Leonard, and not just because Howard’s plans to hit on women would turn any girl with half a brain off. Raj does well though! He even sleeps with the girl he makes out with at the bar. As for Penny and Stuart, their date goes decently well, until Penny invites him in for “coffee” (which innocent gullible Stuart thinks means actual coffee) and winds up in an argument with Sheldon about who should be the successor to Batman if Bruce Wayne dies. The argument lasts so long that Penny falls asleep. Who knows what could have happened with Stuart and Penny that evening? This episode also debuts Captain Sweatpants, who isn’t a main character, but makes quite a few appearances in the next few seasons as a background character.

 

12. The Classified Materials Turbulence (Episode 39)

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The penultimate episode of season two sees a huge character revelation in Penny that begins to affect her relationship with Leonard. But first, we have a code red. Howard’s space toilet is going to fail after ten flushes, and he needs the guys to help him so he doesn’t look like an engineering failure. That alone is a funny enough premise on its own, but what sets the episode apart is that Leonard deliberately tries to sabotage Stuart’s date with Penny by giving him bad advice. Ironically, Leonard’s advice turns out to actually help Stuart, but what ultimately goes wrong on their date is when Penny doesn’t say Stuart’s name while they’re making out in his car. Whose name does she say? Leonard’s. Which gets a hilarious reaction from Leonard after he leaves the comic book store. Raj also gets one of the funniest lines in the episode, informing Leonard how to clean up his karma. The episode is a great way to start wrapping up the season, and the finale is even better…

 

11. The Monopolar Expedition (Episode 40)

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Season two’s conclusion episode is a good one, as it sets some major relationship seeds in place for season three between Leonard and Penny, and ends with the guys actually getting to go on a big science expedition. It also makes the debut of Sheldon’s catch phrase for when he’s pulling one of his classic practical jokes – BAZINGA! Sheldon is invited to the North Pole. The gang is ready to celebrate a Sheldon-free summer, but he ends up choosing them to be part of his team. They end up agreeing, as it’s an opportunity they simply can’t afford to pass up. Penny is slightly taken by surprise by these events. It’s revealed in the last scene before they leave that it’s because she secretly doesn’t want Leonard to leave, as events from the season have finally led to her starting to show an interest back in Leonard. Of course, as touching as that can be, the episode’s real humor lies in the training exercise in the Cheesecake Factory freezer that proves to be completely unnecessary. Howard’s line about building a crossbow gets a big laugh too. It’s the start of what would lead to be some great season closers for the show. It makes you anticipate the events of next season, leaving you wondering what will happen next for all five characters involved. A great ending to a great season.

 

10. The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition (Episode 36)

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What kind of event could make Penny truly realize how much she values the guys in her life, especially Leonard? How about a little competition? Meet Alicia, the new neighbor moving into the apartment directly above Leonard and Sheldon. Ironically, she’s never seen again after this episode. Alicia is an actress just like Penny, except she’s actually gotten decent paid work. She shamelessly flirts with the guys to get their help, blatantly taking advantage of them, although Leonard, Howard and Raj are too blind to notice it anyway. Penny however, notices everything. Leonard bends over backwards for her, getting her TV (something Penny made them do) and setting up her printer (before he did it for Penny). Penny’s attempts to one up Alicia by dressing up and buying the guys food is both funny and heartwarming, because it shows that she really does care about them more than just “do stuff for me.” And naturally, the episode’s climax is the very best moment, when Alicia and Penny have their famous GIRLFIGHT, complete with Howard holding Leonard back because he knows he’d try to break it up. It’s a hilarious episode overall and well worth a re-watch. And like I said earlier, Alicia is never seen again. Not even mentioned. Maybe she moved out? We may never know. She did play a dead hooker after all. Maybe she made it big?

 

9. The Cushion Saturation (Episode 33)

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Would it surprise you to know that my favorite Leslie Winkle episode involves her being with Howard? After seeing her use up Leonard more than once, it’s nice to see her use someone who, at the time, actually deserved it. Early season Howard Wolowitz is a big of a sleaze, and now he has someone who can play the game better than him. Leslie hooks up with Howard during a game of paintball, and they end up together as a result. Well, as together as they can be. Leslie’s using of Howard is shown when she asks him to be her date to a wedding, and when he refuses, she immediately pulls him from a trip to Geneva that she pulled strings to get him on in the first place. Sorry, Howard, but she’s better at this than you. Of course, that’s not even the best story that’s happening. Penny accidentally shoots Sheldon’s spot on the couch with a paintball gun, forcing Sheldon to deal with having no place to sit on the couch and being quite miserable in the process. Sheldon’s ridiculous uncomfortable groans throughout the episode are hilarious, but what really gets a laugh is his reaction to the cushion’s return and how Leonard finally makes him sit back down in his spot. The episode’s finale is even better, as Sheldon goes rogue on his own paintball team and takes out Penny as revenge for the cushion. It’s a great episode where the book-ended jokes are great, and the duel plots running throughout are both strong.

 

8. The Maternal Capacitance (Episode 32)

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The last episode I talked about is the start of the really, really good episodes from season two. They only get better from here. This time, we meet one of the best recurring characters in the series – Dr. Beverly Hofstadter, Leonard’s mother, played by Christine Baranski, and played brilliantly to boot. Leonard’s mother is a renounced psychologist in child development and behavior, and clearly treats Leonard as her least important child. She manages to bring Penny to tears talking about her relationship with her father in their short walk up the stairs, and the way she analyzes Howard and Raj in the university cafeteria is one of my favorite moments in the episode. She naturally bonds with Sheldon, and drives Penny and Leonard to drink during her visit – which ALMOST leads to sex until Leonard blows it. The great dynamic established in this episode, and explored in future episodes with Leonard and Sheldon’s parents, is that each of their mothers represents the kind of mother that the other one wishes they had. Sheldon admires and respects Beverly for her brilliant mind, while Leonard envies Sheldon’s mother for being warm and caring. The other highlight is Sheldon convincing Beverly to play Rock Band with him, and they sing a Journey duet together. Beverly becomes a great addition to the show’s cast of characters, and is easily one of my favorite recurring guest stars on the show. And no, not just because Leonard and his family are from New Jersey. Although that does help.

 

7. The Cooper–Nowitzki Theorem (Episode 23)

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The Big Bang Theory has become very good at creating one time characters that can really hit a home run. More often than not, their guest stars are perfect cast members for their one time appearances. In this episode, Riki Lindhome guest stars as Ramona Nowitzki, a grad student who seriously admires Sheldon. She ends up coming over to Sheldon’s apartment and develops a weird relationship with him, forcing him to work day and night and give up his social life in order to make a scientific breakthrough. Her craziness involves keeping Sheldon from paintball and Halo night, doing his shopping and cooking for him, not to mention giving him a manicure, and accusing Penny of being in love with Sheldon. She’s also rather rude to Leonard, despite the fact that Leonard lives there. Sheldon’s breakdown in sanity trying to hang out with his friends and escape someone even more work driven than he is is so much fun to watch. Of course, Sheldon successfully dismisses Ramona in the most Sheldon way possible, by finally standing up to her when she requests shared credit for his work. Is there a more Sheldon way to eliminate someone who was helping you all along in their own psychotic way? Holy crap on a cracker. Riki’s comedy duo partner in Garfunkle & Oaks, Kate Micucci, would appear in the show’s sixth season as Lucy, a love interest of Raj’s. However, as of this writing, we haven’t seen Ramona Nowitski again.

 

6. The Euclid Alternative (Episode 22)

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“Oh no, not Euclid Avenue!” Sheldon’s inability to drive becomes a downfall for him when Leonard starts using a new free electron laser that he can only access at night, and is unable to drive Sheldon to and from the university. As a result of Sheldon being a burden on everyone – criticizing Penny’s driving, her car’s check engine light, screaming as he rides with Howard on his Vespa – the gang sign him up for her learner’s permit at the DMV. Sheldon also uses a driving simulator that Howard configures especially for him, in one of the best visual jokes in the show’s history. In fact, Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, has stated in interviews that the driving simulator scene is his favorite from the show, because it was done purely on theatrical acting and facial reactions. Hard to argue with him, as it truly is a very funny scene. Sheldon screaming on Howard’s Vespa is one of my favorite scenes in all of the show’s running. The best part is that Sheldon simply can’t find a way to cope without driving, so he ends up living in his office until Leonard finishes his experiment. And of course, Leonard reveals that he finished it a week ago. The last scene, with the university janitors seeing Sheldon like a phantom, is a great moment too. This is a rare episode where the quick pace works to the story’s advancement and makes the episode even better overall.

 

5. The Terminator Decoupling (Episode 34)

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Sheldon’s insistence on taking the train to San Francisco instead of flying leads to the guys meeting Summer Glau, star of the Sarah Connor Chronicles, by pure happenstance. This results in what amounts to be a very long ride, as each guy takes their turn trying to woo the Terminator. Howard’s cowardice in even speaking to her leads to Raj taking the charge, and actually does quite well until he realizes he was drinking non-alcoholic beer the whole time, and the placebo effect wears off. Howard fails spectacularly, as only Howard can, and even gets his phone broken for trying to take a picture with the actress where it looks like they’re making out. Leonard finally moves in, just in time for Summer to reach her stop and get off the train. As for Sheldon, well, you should know by now he’s too busy with his own life to even think of trying to hit on a famous actress. He’s distraught over the fact that he forget his flash drive, with a paper he wanted to present to George Smoot at the conference. This results in Sheldon having to get help from Penny over the phone, in one of the season’s best episode-long gags. We also learn Sheldon’s nickname from his meemaw (grandmother for those not in the know), Moon Pie. Because he’s nummy nummy, and she could eat him right up. It’s one of the classic Big Bang Theory episodes that got a lot of people talking and helped establish the show as a major player for CBS.

 

4. The Panty Piñata Polarization (Episode 24)

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Penny uses the guy’s television to watch America’s Next Top Model, turning Leonard, Howard, and Raj into instant fans. This leads Howard and Raj on a mission to track down the house in Los Angeles where the supermodels live so they can party with them. Shockingly, it works, although we never truly see what happens after Howard and Raj successfully enter the house disguised as repair men. The last time we see them, they are simply following “the future Mrs. Wolowitz.” While that plot point is funny enough on its own, what happens between Sheldon and Penny is one of the funniest plots in the whole series. Penny touches Sheldon’s onion rings, causing him to issue her a second strike. Her attitude towards his system gets her banned from the apartment, and this begins a series of pranks towards one another that only get funnier with each passing moment. Penny and Sheldon messing with each other’s laundry is the real highlight, and Leonard’s key to Penny beating Sheldon is one of the best jokes in the entire season. Everyone has a kryptonite, and Leonard helps Penny expose Sheldon to his. This is a perfect example of a duel plot episode where both plots are equally funny and every character is utilized to some capacity. A great season two episode.

 

3. The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis (Episode 28)

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This episode is considered by many to be one of the best episodes in the entire series. While I agree that it’s good, the plot involving Penny and David Underhill always dragged it down for me. Because of that, I am happy to give it top 3 billing, but I cannot justify going any higher. However, the final scene of the episode is probably my #1 favorite scene in the entire series so far, so I have to keep it high on the list. David Underhill, a MacArthur Grant recipient, collaborates with Leonard and meets Penny in the process, helping the injured Leonard up the stairs after David’s motorcycle falls on Leonard. David ends up hooking up with Penny, driving her to drink after she realizes he’s married. Leonard and Penny have a warm moment together, so it does ease the sting of Penny being pretty blind to how shallow she comes across to Leonard in the process. Meanwhile, Sheldon is on a mission to find a perfect Christmas gift for Penny, as the concept of gift-giving puts him in an awkward and stressful situation. He settles on a ton of bath baskets with a plan to give Penny one that matches the value of her gift to him. Really, a brilliant solution to his problem, until it’s revealed with Penny got him. I will not dare spoil the ending for anyone here, but it is pretty much the best moment in the show’s running, or at least up there. Kaley Cuoco actually said when she saw what happens in the last scene, she broke down crying she was so excited for it. Her emotional response in the scene is genuine too. Just a great moment that makes this show one of my all time favorites.

 

2. The Barbarian Sublimation (Episode 20)

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“Ah yes, online gaming addiction. There’s nothing worse than having that multiplayer monkey on your back.” When Penny is locked out of her apartment because she accidentally uses the wrong key, she has an emotional breakdown over her life. Sheldon invites her into his apartment while she waits for a locksmith, and introduces her to MMORPG Age of Conan. Penny quickly becomes hooked on the game, and continuously bothers Sheldon for help, interrupting him at work, while sleeping, and if he had another significant aspect of his life, that too. Watching Penny fall into the addiction of online gaming is a pretty hilarious but also easy to relate to plot. How many of us have been, or know someone who has been, addicted to a game so much that it seems to consume their very life? Watching Penny, the girl who up until now didn’t seem to understand the gaming world, become a warrior so addicted she lost track of what day it was and whether or not she had Cheetos in her hair is one of her best character moments on the show. “Ugh. Queen Penelope AFK, whaaaaaaaat?” Does this mean Penny’s full name is Penelope? We may never know. This episode also features another shining moment in the series. Sheldon attempts to distract Penny from the game by finding her a suitable mate, after Leslie postulates that her escape into the world is to compensate for her lack of intimacy. Sheldon signs her up for online dating. As funny as that is, his attempt to ask a man out in the university cafeteria, only to have it backfire, is a great gag on the show. Trivia: the guy who ends up interested in Sheldon is Jim Parsons’ real life partner, who they used specifically for this scene. One of my favorite trivia moments from the show.

 

1. The Vegas Renormalization (Episode 38)

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And now we arrive at my favorite episode from season two. By this point, Howard is involved in a friends with benefits pairing with Leslie Winkle, but she pushes him aside and moves on, causing Howard to have an emotional response because he cared for her. To cheer him up, Leonard and Raj bring him to Las Vegas. While having fun, they end up meeting a prostitute, and hire her to take care of Howard by pretending to be Jewish. Howard graciously accepts their gift. It’s a hilarious storyline, made even better by what’s happening back in Pasadena. Sheldon locks himself out of the apartment, forcing him to spend the night at Penny’s. The awkward bonding and complaining from Sheldon, leading him to sleep in Penny’s bed, is just as much fun to watch as the guys gambling in Vegas. It’s easily season two’s best episode in my opinion, and overall one of my favorite episodes to re-watch in the series. And to think, the entire idea to go to Vegas came from Sheldon of all people. As Raj says, “Vegas baby!” This one is well worth your time to watch. Oh, and if you ever play Twenty Questions with Sheldon, just guess Spock and you’ll win every time.

 

Well there you have it, another season of Big Bang Theory in the books. What’s your favorite episode from season two? Would you have placed any episodes on a different part of the list? Let me know in the comments!

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