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