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01 August 2009 @ 12:19 am
The Big Bang Theory: 15 Best Season One Moments  
Since I re-discovered my love for this show, I've been thinking a lot about my favorite moments, and I decided, hey, why not picspam them. I managed to narrow it down to my top fifteen.

Of course I'll be doing season two at some point (certainly before the season three premiere), but for now, here are my top 15 moments from The Big Bang Theory season one.

15. "math, science, history unraveling the mystery that all started with a big bang."

The credits are one of my absolute favorite things about the show, and have been since episode one. They're so unique and imaginative and very cool. I always get so dorky and excited and bouncy when the credits come, and I can't recall ever being so with any other show.

14. "well, today we tried masturbating for money."

This is the moment that sets up the whole show: when Sheldon and Leonard first meet Penny. Sheldon shows exactly how he reacts to new people coming into his life and Leonard pretty much falls in love with her at first sight. Sheldon's parting line, when Penny comes into their apartment, though, is rolling on the floor laughing hilarious.

13. "i don't care if anybody gets it, i'm going as the doppler effect."


I just love that Sheldon dressed as the doppler effect. It's so...Sheldon. As are his attempts to explain it to everyone. It sounds weird to say it, but Sheldon is particularly Sheldon in this episode.

12. "oxen are in my bed! many, many oxen!"


I laugh my ass of every time. I could watch that clip over and over again and never get sick of it.

11. "it serves the ancient imperative of protecting oneself against marauders."

I'm a huge fan of subtle moments like these. There's so much about this scene that I love, chief among them being that everyone totally forgot Raj was there. Including me, the first time. It's like, "Oh yeah. Raj never left." Sheldon's explanation of why people traditionally sleep facing the door (which I do, now that I think of it) because of a subconscious self-protection against marauders seemed like Sheldon being Sheldon to Penny, until Raj left and she heard a noise and immediately turned around.

10. "hey, fish night lights."

I remember watching this episode and expecting Sheldon's luminous fish to be a throw away venture, which is why I was so pleased at the end, when we saw a luminous fish on his nightstand and learned that he'd actually pulled it off.

9. "his mother published a paper on it."
"what was it called? 'I Hate My Son and That's Why He Can't Have Cake'?"

Another simple line that made me laugh like crazy.

8. "there's this thing he does where he stares at you and tries to get your brain to explode."

I love when Penny picks up and uses geeky things from the guys (there'll be at least one instance in my favorite season two moments, for sure). I believe this was the first time, but her trying to explode Howard's brain is (oddly) just adorable.

7. "i'm doing this for you, little buddy."

Oh, Howard. What won't you do to get laid? I always laugh at Howard's puffed-up face. I can't help it.

6. "some things are more important than toys."

In the first place, Leonard's fantasy is adorable. When he throws off his glasses, I can't help but giggle. And secondly, I always love it when the elevator that doesn't work is actually mentioned. If the elevator worked, they wouldn't be able to do the walk-and-talks, so I'm glad they haven't fixed it, but I always love when they do a fourth wall thing and mention it in passing.

5. "penny, you are on fire!"
"yeah, so is sheldon!"

True story: when I was about 12, every time I beat my brother at a video game, he would tell me I was cheating. I'd beat him at Mortal Combat and he'd tell me that it was cheating to push the same button over and over again. I'm not saying I got a kick out of seeing Penny be good at video games and kick Sheldon's ass for that, but still. There was a certain pleasure in seeing someone who's used to winning every time get beat by someone who's never even played the game before.

4. "what's gotten into him?"
"oh, i don't know, maybe a couple virgin cube libres that turned out to be kinda slutty."


Seeing Sheldon drunk is hilarious. Seeing Sheldon drunk and singing is even more hilarious. I love mischevous!Penny.

3. "where did my life go, penny?"


I think the reason this is so high on my list is because I literally gasped. I got so caught up in Raj never being able to talk to Penny that when he actually did, it shocked me as much as it did Penny. And I love when Penny points out that Raj is talking to her and he says "Hello Penny" for the first time.

2. "why can't all guys be like you?"
"because if all guys were like me, the human race couldn't survive."

I'm a Leonard/Penny shipper, so this one is high up on my list for that reason, and because it shows that Leonard is an honestly good guy, who, even though he's dreamed about kissing Penny, can't take advantage of her because she's really sad and really drunk. Here's the thing about me: I don't like the bad boys. Except for isolated characters, I love the nice boys. The ones that treat people right and this is when Leonard really proved he was one of those guys.

1. "we might consider schrodingers cat."

The three separate instances of the use of Schrodingers cat in the finale is my #1 favorite moment (and will re-appear in my season two favorites as well). First, Sheldon explains it to Penny, and then only has to say "schrodingers cat" to Leonard for him to get it. And then at the end, he asks Penny if she's heard of it without knowing she's already talked to Sheldon. I don't know, I just thought it was a cool thread throughout the episode, not to mention a really good metaphor for Leonard and Penny's relationship.

And there you have it. Hope you enjoyed this! ♥

→ The Big Bang Theory Screencaps: here
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music: Beloved Wife - Natalie Merchant
SH▲R • lion hearted girl;: GRIN SHELDON GRINruines on August 1st, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
Amanda: bbt → little miss sunshineisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 07:48 am (UTC)
So do I. :D
Queen of Everything: BBT: Sheldonsnarkysweetness on August 1st, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
This is adorable. I love Leonard/Penny moments.
Amanda: bbt → weisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 07:48 am (UTC)
Thank you! :) I'm glad you liked it.
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Amanda: bbt → the gang's all hereisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D
Dayln: tbbt; sheldon/pennygigglemonster on August 1st, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
This is awesommme dude!
I love all of these moments as well. I think the opening credits are some of the funnest ever. I can't help but tap my feet and bop my head along with it lol
Also? This is a very nifty idea for a picspam :)
Amanda: bbt → queen penelope and sheldorisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
I think the opening credits are some of the funnest ever. I can't help but tap my feet and bop my head along with it lol

Same here! :D I honestly can't help myself. I love the credits for this show.

I'm glad you liked it, hun, thanks! :)
Starry Dawnstarry_dawn on August 1st, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)
Awesome! I can't wait to see your list for S2. As awesome as S1 was, S2 totally blew it out of the water.

I love all the moments you picked. I'm particularly fond of Sheldon/Penny moments, because while I emphatically DON'T ship the two of them, their bickering and bantering (and the occasional moments of love) is one of the best things about the show.

And I'm SO with you on the nice guy thing. I love nice guys and Leonard is just ... ♥.
Amanda: bbt → happy birthdayisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
I know. I loved season one, but season two was my favorite of the two. It so rarely happens when a second season is better than a first, but with this show, it so was (even though season one was awesome too).

I love Sheldon and Penny's friendship. It's great. But I don't ship it at all either.

Leonard is a great guy. One of the nicest of the nice guys. What can I say? Nice guys don't finish last with me.
Susan: {bbt} sheldon cooper's smileburstoflight on August 1st, 2009 08:17 am (UTC)
Great job!! I love BBT! <3
Amanda: bbt → spontaneous human combustionisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
Twigg: Big Bang Theoryohsillytwigg on August 1st, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
love the spam!

And yay for another Penny/Sheldon shipper!
Amanda: bbt → weisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 08:46 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D
JEAN RALPHIO STOP CRYINGmidfunk on August 1st, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
This is perfect! I'm just watching Season 1 for the first time and this popped up on my flist.
Great job, I really enjoyed reading the commentary. And Sheldon is AMAZING. I love you for including the Doppler effect in here.
Amanda: bbt → someone is wrong on the internetisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
Aw, yay! Perfect timing! :) I'm glad you liked it.

The Doppler Effect was such a classic Sheldon moment.
noelia_g on August 1st, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
First, I'm impressed that you managed to choose 15 moments, as on this show, pretty much every moment is awesome and brilliant. But! You also chose some of my most beloved moments. ♥

(Especially the Schrodinger's cat... I was nine or so, when I've heard about it the first time, and I cried because I thought someone was putting an actual cat in a box, where they cat might die. Traumatic, I'm telling ya. But now it's my favourite thought experiment ever :D)
Amanda: bbt → weisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
It was difficult (season two is going to be even harder) but I had to narrow it down or I could have gone on forever. ;)

Hee, yeah, I'm not gonna lie, when I heard Sheldon say "a cat is put in a box with a vile of poison" I thought, "Oh my god, that's horrible!"
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Melissarps_lizardspock on August 1st, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
This is an amazing picspam! I absolutely agree with every one of these moments!!!
Amanda: bbt → spontaneous human combustionisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
laurel_potter: Leonard and Pennylaurel_potter on August 1st, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
Thank you for doing this!

I'm a Leonard/Penny shipper, too, but I love Sheldon, and his interractions with everyone!

This week's TV Guide had The Big Bang Theory on the cover. Very cool.
Amanda: bbt → chemicals reactisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
I'm a Leonard/Penny shipper, too, but I love Sheldon, and his interractions with everyone!

Same here. :)

I'm glad you liked this, thanks.
and your very flesh shall be a great poem: AHHHH!!clockwork_jo on August 1st, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
AW, great moments!!
Amanda: bbt → the gang's all hereisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
lucille bluthchoosetoignore on August 1st, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
I love everything and everyone on this show so fucking much ♥

and Leonard/Penny is always a plus
Amanda: bbt → the cat is still aliveisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
and Leonard/Penny is always a plus

I sure think so. :)

I'm glad you liked this, thanks.
renisanz: s/p hug pilotrenisanz on August 1st, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
Nice recap. I'm partial to the moments with Sheldon and Penny, especially when he explains something to her and it comes back later, as in the sleeping with the head away from the door and Shroedinger's cat. :)
Amanda: bbt → queen penelope and sheldorisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
I like those kinds of moments too, when she ends up using something he talks to her about, even if she doesn't quite understand it at first.
Sereeena: YAY. [OHMYGOD.]your_chair on August 1st, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)

I almost fell off my chair at Sheldon trying to speak in mandarin. It's hilarious cause he's ACTUALLY saying what's being shown in the subtitles. Which just makes it even more awesome :D
Amanda: bbt → someone is wrong on the internetisis2015 on August 1st, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
He is? That's awesome! :D I laugh fairly hysterically at that moment every time. It's impossible for me not to.