Sep. 24, 2007
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30 min.
CBS TV Network

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The Big Bang Theory - 02x10 The Vartabedian Conundrum

2x10 The Vartabedian Conundrum

4.83/5 (12 votes)
First Aired: Dec. 08, 2008 on CBS
Summary: Leonard ask for advice from Penny when his relationship with Stephanie begins moving too fast for him.

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Episode Quotes

Leonard Hofstadter: Maybe it's'a residual bacterial infection from getting toilet swirlies.
Sheldon Cooper: It is possible. I got a lot of those. Even at church.
Stephanie Barnett: If it's from a swirlie, I have something for that. Circle, circle, dot, dot, now you've got a cootie shot.
Leonard Hofstadter: Don't you think if a woman was living with me that I'd be the first one to know about it?
Penny: Oh, sweetie, you'd be the last one to know about it.
Howard Wolowitz: [Leonard is having difficulty breaking up with Stephanie] Why don't you text her?
Leonard Hofstadter: Isn't that cowardly?
Howard Wolowitz: Oh, yeah. It's beyond contemptible.
Rajesh Koothrappali: But then again, you are wearing a bird sweater.


  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Part of the definition of "living together" in the roommate agreement is "ten consecutive days of overnight visits" or "nine or more overnight visits in a three week period". Although we know that the roommate agreement isn't a tightly-written legal document, even Sheldon would not have had two clauses where the second obviously includes the first.
  • Goof (continuity error): When Penny and Leonard talk while folding towels, she folds a pink hand towel. In the next shot the towel is partially unfolded.
  • Goof (continuity error): Just after the opening sequence Leonard is preparing dough. You can see him spilling a lot of it on to the table, but in the next take there is only a tiny stain instead.


  • Stephanie is the second person that Leonard has slept with in the series after Leslie Winkle.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Sheldon is shown wearing a T-shirt that features several instances of an impossible object known as the "Blivet" or "Devil's Tuning Fork".
  • Leonard tells Sheldon, "I initialed another clause naming you my sidekick in case I get superpowers." in the Roommate Agreement. Similarly, Howard and Raj argued over the same thing in "The Alien Parasite Hypothesis".
  • This episode marks the last appearance of Stephanie Barnett.
  • The label on Howard's Dr. Pepper can has been altered to "Dr. Peeper."
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