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The Big Bang Theory Episode: "The Lizard-Spock Expansion"

Season 2, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: A smitten Wolowitz thinks he's found his soul mate---until the woman (Sara Rue) meets Leonard.
Original Air Date: Nov 17, 2008
Guest Cast Carol Ann Susi: Mrs. Wolowitz Sara Rue: Stephanie
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Season 2, Episode 8
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Length: 16:32
Aired: 11/17/2008
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The Big Bang Theory Episode Recap: "The Lizard-Spock Expansion" Season 2, Episode 8

This week we find Howard falling for a young woman he met, but things don't go as exactly as he planned after she meets Leonard.

The episode begins with the guys sitting around the living room fighting over what television show to watch. Raj suggests a nice, simple game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to settle the dispute but Sheldon does not approve and suggests a new and improved version of the game...Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizards, Spock. While the guys were playing the game, Howard walked in with wearing an eye patch on. While Leonard thinks Howard "looks like a bar mitzvah guy with pink eye," he explains to the gang that wearing this is his new technique to pick up women.

The next scene we find the guys fighting over what to watch on TV. Leonard wanted to watch The Clone Wars TV series, while Sheldon wants to watch the movie before the television series...just as it was intended. Of course, there is only one way to settle this...a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizards, Spock. While playing Leonard then gets a phone call from Sheldon letting him know that there is an emergency, and Leonard tells him that they'll be right over. While at the lab, Howard lets them know that the Mars Rover got stuck in the ditch...but he also met a girl Stephanie (played by the talented Sara Rue) at the local bar. We also learned that girls really love the fact that they can drive a car on Mars. Howard is not afraid to ask for help and tells Sheldon and Raj to help get the Rover out of the ditch, while Leonard gets Stephanie out of the lab because she doesn't have clearance.

Leonard accepts and takes Stephanie out of the lab...only to bring her to his car where a make—out session ensued. The future Mrs. Wolowitz (in his eyes at least) was now lip locking with Leonard. This scene was great because the entire time they were making out Leonard was telling her how much of a great guy Howard was, and even Stephanie said, "I really like how you're a loyal friend." Meanwhile, the other three guys were in the lab trying to figure out the Mars Rover dilemma. Raj suggested calling Triple A, but Howard had a better plan...a plan B. This plan ends up working and leaves Howard in the clear.

Next, we see the entire gang in the apartment watching television when Leonard comes out of his bedroom and tries to secretly get Sheldon's attention...Sheldon doesn't really know how to be conspicuous, but eventually goes into Leonard's bedroom. He explains to Sheldon that he is going away...but he can't tell him where...only that he should tell anyone who asks that he "went to the office." My favorite Sheldon Moment (because lets face it...every episode there is something that he does that just makes the show what it is) and the best moment of this weeks episode was when he was practicing the phrase, "Leonard went to...the office!" The look of confusion and lack of simple social skills that was so apparent on his face was great. "Doesn't anyone want to know where he is going?" "To...the office."

Eventually Leonard makes it out of his place and to Stephanie's apartment. After a very brief dinner, the second make out session of the episode occurred on the couch when all of a sudden the phone is Howard leaving a voicemail for Stephanie. He leaves her a message letting her know that she is invited to dinner at his mothers. After many calls and messages later...we find Leonard and Stephanie in the bedroom...leaving us to use our imagination of what they are doing.

Finally, Howard finds out that Stephanie and Leonard are dating each other when she calls his house. Howard is not too happy with his good pal Leonard, even telling him, "You are dead to me." Leonard comes back to his apartment and finds a visibly angry Howard in his living room hanging out with Sheldon and Raj. Sheldon explains that Howard is using a school yard paradigm and the extension of death metaphor in order to get his message across to Leonard that he is not happy with him. But right after Leonard walks in...Stephanie came following. "Oh, if it isn't Mrs. Death to me" Howard says to her. Stephanie then replies, "I guess it will just be the three of us," out to dinner." Howard was very intrigued by this statement and quickly changes his tune when he finds out that Stephanie's roommate (who recently had a bad break—up) and wanted the four of them to go out to dinner. He then gets up and gives them both a big hug! I'm sure Howard is thinking that this girl will be "the one" and I guess Stephanie wasn't the future Mrs. Wolowitz after all...

So, what was you favorite Sheldon Moment of this episode? And how about the Penny/Leonard brief meeting in the laundry room this episode. I thought it was a great scene and it just shows that they both really do care about each other...even though I think it is the wrong time for that relationship to go to the next level. As usual, here are some of my favorite quotes of this week's episode:

"Not many people can look as hot as you with greasy hair." — Howard seeing what he can get away with to Penny

"How can five be worse than one?"
"Star Trek 5...worse that 1." — Raj and Sheldon's argument

"Kind of like a Mars Rover, Mars Rover, can Howard come over...dilemma." — Howard

"Oh, Snap!"
"...Snap what?" — Sheldon

"If I knew you were waiting, I would have swallowed it whole." — Leonard

"We're going to the Olive Garden...I have a coupon from THE PAPER!" — Howard's mom

"Son of a B*tch." — Howard's reaction for not getting credit for Mars Land Rovers findings at the very last scene

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Premise: Two nerdy physicists share an apartment and an unlikely friendship with their beautiful neighbor with whom one of them is infatuated. Like the universe after the big bang, the show's popularity expanded, thanks to breakout star Jim Parsons, along with the chemistry among the friends and the developing romance between Leonard and Penny. The addition of Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik in later seasons also enhanced the stories and relationships of the leads.



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