Big Bang Theory - Episode 2.3 - "The Barbarian Sublimation"

The season two DVD set of CBS' brainy physics-based The Big Bang Theory. Chuck Lorre Production/CBS

The Bottom Line

This is a great episode, hitting pretty much all of the right notes. The episodes which feature strong Penny/Sheldon interaction are among some of the best.


  • Hilarious dialogue.
  • Dynamic characters.
  • Great dynamics between Penny & Sheldon in this episode.


  • Hard to find any real flaws with this episode.


  • 21 minutes
  • Available on Disk 1 of The Big Bang Theory's Season Two DVD collection.
  • Starring Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Simon Helberg (Howard), and Kunal Nayyar (Raj)
  • Created by Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady

Guide Review - Big Bang Theory - Episode 2.3 - "The Barbarian Sublimation"

Sheldon introduces Penny to the world of online fantasy gaming, but she quickly becomes addicted. When this addiction interferes with Sheldon's life, he decides to intervene in an effort to bring meaning (or at least romance) back into her real-world life. The efforts fail, but she soon hits rock bottom and realizes that she needs help.

Physics in This Episode

  • Condensation - Penny's bag of groceries falls apart, and Sheldon suggests that it is because the condensation on her groceries
  • Non-Newtonian Fluid - In one of the more interesting (and replicable) experiments shown on the series, the guys put plastic wrap over speakers and put corn starch and water, a non-Newtonian fluid (sometimes called Oobleck), on it. The speakers cause the fluid to dance around erratically.

    Notable Quotes

    Leonard: Hey, check it out. It's just corn starch and water.
    Sheldon: They make up a non-Newtonian fluid, which is liquid, but solid under the percussive action of the speaker.
    Howard: That's what makes it get all funky.

    Sheldon: Here's the problem. I was clearly signed up to use the mainframe in Buckman 204 and Dr. Winkle just wantonly ripped the sign-up sheet off the wall.

    Leslie:It wasn't even an official sign-up sheet. He printed it off himself and put his name down on every slot for the next 6 months.
    Sheldon: If it is a crime to insure that the university's resources are not being squandered chasing subatomic wild geese, then I plead guilty.

    More quotes at Internet Movie Database.