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Recap / The Big Bang Theory S 3 E 19 The Wheaton Recurrence

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When Sheldon takes on Will Wheaton, Wheaton uses sneaky tactics that threatens Sheldon's victory and Leonard and Penny's relationship.

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  • Ambiguous Syntax: Sheldon has named the team the Wesley Crushers, indicating that they are going to crush Wil Wheaton (who played Wesley in Star Trek: The Next Generation). The others, however, point out that it also makes it sound like they have a romantic crush on Wheaton.
  • Bested at Bowling: Played with in that the guys acknowledge that Penny is the best bowler among them. In the end, however, Penny forfeits after psychological manipulation by Wheaton.
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  • Bowling for Ratings: The guys bowl against Stuart, who has Wil on his team.
  • Downer Ending: This is the episode where Penny dumps Leonard, all thanks to Wil Wheaton.
  • Humiliating Wager: The guys lose the bowling match and therefore have to show up at the comic book shop dressed as superheroines.
  • The "I Love You" Stigma: The whole things starts with Leonard telling Penny "I love you" and her answering with "Thank you".
  • Innocent Innuendo: Sheldon is getting ready to bowl.
    Sheldon: I am the ball. Its thoughts are my thoughts. Its holes are my holes.
  • Relationship Sabotage: Will Wheaton wrecks Leonard and Penny's relationship just to win the bowling match.
  • Square-Cube Law: Discussed when the boys talk about giant animals they would like to ride. According to Sheldon, giant rats and rabbits are possible.
  • Your Mom: Sheldon once again tries trash talking.
    Sheldon: You bowl like your momma! Unless, of course, she bowls well, in which case you bowl nothing like her. That is what is referred to as a burn on you.
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