Sep. 24, 2007
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30 min.
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The Big Bang Theory - 02x10 The Vartabedian Conundrum

2x10 The Vartabedian Conundrum

4.82/5 (11 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.
Penny: Out of coffee. Need coffee.
Stephanie Barnett: Uh, hello.
Penny: Hi! Stephanie, right?
Stephanie Barnett: Uh-huh. And, and, and you are?
Penny: I'm Penny, I live across the hall. I've heard a lot about you.
Stephanie Barnett: Really?
Penny: Mm-hmm.
Stephanie Barnett: I haven't heard a thing about you. Leonard? Why haven't I heard a thing about this woman who lives across the hall and comes into your apartment in the morning in her underwear?
Leonard Hofstadter: She's heard about you because we're, you know, involved and you haven't heard about her because... I never slept with her, I swear!
Penny: Come on, Leonard, you are entitled to try and make things go the way you want them to!
Leonard Hofstadter: Really?
Penny: Yes! You don't always have to go along with what the woman wishes.
Leonard Hofstadter: Huh.
Penny: What?
Leonard Hofstadter: Nothing. Just rethinking my whole life.


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • This episode marks the last appearance of Stephanie Barnett.
  • Sheldon complains to Stephanie that he can hear a note playing inside his head with a constant pitch of the C above middle C. He then sings this note. Allowing for the fact that he sings a little bit flat, the note is indeed C above middle C, thereby showing that Sheldon has perfect pitch.
  • The label on Howard's Dr. Pepper can has been altered to "Dr. Peeper."
  • Stephannie was never mentioned after this. It was assumed after the text Leonard gave to her which Howard suggested that they broke up. No further information is available to what happened to her.
  • 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".
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