Bad Fish Paradigm
|Bad Fish Paradigm|
Bad Fish Paradigm
|Writers||Bill Prady (Story), Dave Goetsch (Teleplay), Steven Molaro (Teleplay)|
|Starring||Carol Ann Susi as Mrs. Wolowitz|
|Air Date||22 September 2008|
(Edited from Wikipedia:)
Penny and Leonard return from the restaurant while Howard and Raj spy on them, using a webcam on the corridor connected to a laptop. They try to convince Leonard that the date wasn't working well: they think that when Penny said "let us slow down a bit", it meant that the "fish is bad". But they are obviously envious.
On the other hand, after Penny and Leonard's date, Penny feels uncomfortable having not completed community college. She is afraid that Leonard would become bored with her. She lied to Leonard about completing her own college and makes Sheldon keep her secret. This request to deceive Leonard is very hard for Sheldon (and his facial expressions) and results in the drastic decision on Sheldon's part to move out. However, after moving from Raj's and Howard's homes (in the course of one night), Sheldon is brought back home by Howard. Having unknowingly taken a dose of Valium, Sheldon tells Leonard about Penny's failure to complete community college. Leonard, in an attempt to help Penny, offers her some pamphlets regarding some local community colleges. She promptly slams the door in his face in annoyance. The episode closes as Leonard remarks "Okay this time I know where I went wrong." and he finds Wolowitz and Koothrapalli eavesdropped on the whole incident with the webcam.
I. Stairway and hallway in front of apartments
II. Living room
Titles and opening theme
III. Laundry room
VI. Living room
VII. Rajesh's apartment
VIII. front door of Howard's home
IX. Howard's bedroom
X. Living room
XI. hallway in front of apartments
The events of this episode immediately connect with the last one with Penny and Leonard coming home from their date. Penny talks to Sheldon while he is folding his laundry, suggesting it's laundry night, which is Saturday evening (see Schedule). Assuming that Penny's talk happened on the day following the date, this means the date was on a Friday.
The following events are a bit inconsistent. When Leonard and Sheldon come home just for Sheldon to leave again and wish Leonard a "good day", Sheldon wears the same shirt he wore when talking to Penny. It is however clearly not Saturday night. So we have to assume it's Sunday and Sheldon has two of these shirts.
The episode finishes with the following morning, which would be Monday.
The title comes from Leonard and Howard's conversation regarding Leonard and Penny "taking things slow", with Leonard's position being that their relationship is like a dinner that Penny wants to enjoy slowly, while Howard believes it's more like Penny is saying "This fish (referring to Leonard) tastes bad. I'm going to slow down and spit it out."