Christmas Specials Wiki
Christmas Specials Wiki

"The Santa Simulation" is the third Christmas episode of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, aired as the eleventh episode of the show's sixth season.


Leonard is assembling a cardboard fireplace decoration for his apartment. He is amazed that he assembled a fireplace, though he did get a paper cut. Then Leonard tells Penny that the guys are playing Dungeons and Dragons together because they haven't in a long time. Amy tells Sheldon that she always wanted to play D&D. Sheldon replies that she isn't invited because men at times have to get away from civility and break out into their primal selves. Sheldon tells Amy about the game and she remarks that it sounds like fun. He tells her that this night is for men only. Howard tells Bernadette that she worked late so that they could be together on Saturday night. Howard tells her that if he doesn't come, then the guys will blame the failure of their night on her. Raj and Stuart had planned to have dinner and see the Christmas lights in Griffith Park, but are even more excited about joining in the game.

Their D&D quest starts with a Christmas gift given to Sheldon. Sheldon as usual is complaining about Christmas like the overuse of "tis" and "twas" He gets a scroll that describes their quest that starts in a village of massacred elves and they must rescue their leader, Santa Claus, from a dungeon of ogres. Leonard thought a holiday themed quest would be great. Sheldon replies that that was like a sandwich of grape jelly and petroleum jelly...Leonard wants both of them to have a great Christmas since he didn't have any when he was growing up. Instead of leaving Santa milk and cookies, they left research papers that in the morning were graded. Leonard has set up a holiday themed D&D game where Santa's village was attacked, Santa was dragged off and they had to rescue him. After going through stunts that included singing "Good King Wenceslas" and playing "Jingle Bells" on the bells, they finally reach where Santa is being held. Sheldon freezes Howard and Stuart, goes in, yells at Santa and then kills him. When Sheldon was five, he asked Santa do bring back his grandfather, who had just died and was his only relative that urged him to follow his dream into science. Santa brought him a set of Lincoln Logs instead. The others are completely shocked as they now know that Sheldon doesn't like celebrating Christmas as he was struggling to recover from such a traumatic family tragedy at the time.

"Ho-Ho-Ho, ya big dork!"

That night Sheldon gets out of bed and finds Santa Claus leaving him presents and he apologizes for not bringing back his Pop-Pop though he said that his magic was limited. He also had something special for Sheldon. Because he left him for dead in the D&D game, Santa fired a cannon at Sheldon for his revenge. Sheldon quickly woke up from his nightmare, realizing he shouldn't blame Santa for the fact that his grandfather can't come back to life.

Earlier, Raj played his game too perilously and was killed on his first move. Penny pokes her head in tells the guys that the girls are going out and the guys get to see what they are missing. Acting like runway models, Bernadette is wearing a tight red dress from Forever 21 and Amy is wearing a flowered dress from the sixties, actually showing some ankle, and new shoes. Penny is wearing a very short little black dress that got her out of some parking tickets. First, they tell Raj that he can't came, then Penny pokes her head back in and invites him. At the nightclub, they discuss whether Raj should find a hook-up or a quality relationship. Amy announces that they should get him laid. He finds a hot girl at the bar, they talked for a while, he leaves her and finds that she gave him a phony email address. Raj complains that is really his fault since he fails for girls that are out of his league. He also mentions about falling for his friend's hot girlfriends, Penny and Bernadette. Amy wonders about him falling for her and he says a definite "no". Penny and Bernadette urgently try to get him to change his comment about Amy and he keeps saying no. Amy starts talking about her earlier love life. Her first kiss was at twenty-two, but only before she returned some guy's medicine to him. She fell asleep at a frat party in college and woke up with more clothes on. She tells Raj that she knows what it's like to be alone and Raj agrees as they seem to connect. Amy immediately tells the girls that he's hooked and now they can leave obviously getting back at Raj.


The episode was made available on The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Sixth Season DVD and Blu-ray sets, released by Warner Home Video on September 10, 2013. It was also included, along with "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" and "The Maternal Congruence", on The Big Bang Theory Holiday Episodes DVD, released exclusively at f.y.e. in 2013.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. Pictures Christmas in ConnecticutGremlinsLethal WeaponNational Lampoon's Christmas VacationBatman ReturnsJack FrostNational Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island AdventureThe Polar ExpressKiss Kiss Bang BangThe Year Without a Santa ClausFred Claus
New Line Cinema ElfThe Nativity StoryFour ChristmasesA Very Harold & Kumar 3D ChristmasThe Conjuring 2Shazam!8-Bit Christmas
Blue Ribbon Content A Christmas Story 2A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
Live-action television episodes
Friends and Joey "The One With the Monkey" • "The One With Phoebe's Dad" • "The One Where Rachel Quits" • "The One With the Girl from Poughkeepsie" • "The One With the Inappropriate Sister" • "The One With the Routine" • "The One With All the Candy" • "The One With the Holiday Armadillo" • "The One With Monica's Boots" • "The One With the Creepy Holiday Card" • "The One With Christmas in Tulsa" • "Joey and the Plot Twist" • "Joey and the Christmas Party"
DC Comics "Season's Greedings" • "Home is Where the Hurt Is" • "Twas the Night Before Mxymas" • "Lexmas" • "Gemini" • "Year's End" • "Three Ghosts"
Other shows "A Semi-Merry Christmas" • "Mel, the Magi" • "Mel's Christmas Carol" • "'Tis the Season to Be Jealous" • "A Christmas Story" (Growing Pains) • "The Kid" • "It's Not Easy Being Green" • "A Christmas Story" (Just the Ten of Us) • "Santa Goes Downtown" • "Let It Snow" • "The Night Court Before Christmas" • "Santa on the Lam" • "Have Yourself a Merry Winslow Christmas" • "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Urkel" • "Christmas is Where the Heart is" • "Miracle on Elm Street" • "Fa La La La Laagghh!" • "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" • "Deck the Malls" • "The Christmas Show" • "The Man Who Canceled Christmas" • "Christmas Day-Ja Vu" • "A Country Christmas" • "The Gift" • "A Miracle Happens Here" • "Homeless for the Holidays" • "Do You See What I See" • "The Miracle Worker" • "How the Finch Stole Christmas" • "The Greatest of Gifts" • "I'll Be Home For Christmas" • "Hindsight" • "Twas the Night" • "All About Christmas Eve" • "City of Mercy" • "Meet the Cuban Parents" • "Christmas Punch" • "A Clear and Presentless Danger" • "George is Being Elfish and Christ-Misses His Family" • "Santa's Secret Stuff" • "A Very Supernatural Christmas" • "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" • "The Maternal Congruence" • "The Santa Simulation" • "The Cooper Extraction" • "The Clean Room Infiltration" • "Christmas" (The Middle) • "A Simple Christmas" • "A Christmas Gift" • "Christmas Help" • "The Christmas Tree" • "The Christmas Wall" • "Not So Silent Night" • "A Very Marry Christmas" • "The Christmas Miracle" • "It's Beginning to Stink a Lot Like Christmas" • "Jolly Red Elf" • "The World Ain't Over 'Till It's Over" • "Santa's Village of the Damned" • "Walnuts and Demerol" • "Warning, It's Dirty" • "One False Move, Zimbabwe!" • "Give Santa a Tail-Hole" • "On Vodka, On Soda, On Blender, On Mixer" • "Family, Bublé, Deep-Fried Turkey" • "Home for Christmas" • "Jingle Bell Glock" • "The Walk-Out" • "Yule Never Know" • "Merry Ex-Mas" • "A Very Carrie Christmas" • "Veronica's Christmas Song" • "Veronica's Secret Santa" • "An Echolls Family Christmas" • "One Angry Veronica"
Animated productions
Looney Tunes and related shows The Shanty Where Santy Claus LivesBedtime for SnifflesGift WrappedBugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales • "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special" • "'Twas the Day Before Christmas" • "Jingle Boo" • "The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert" • "A Christmas Plotz" • "Little Drummer Warners" • "No Time for Christmas" • "A Pinky and the Brain Christmas" • "It Happened One Night Before Christmas" • "In Arms Way" • "The Twelve Days of Christmas" • Christmas Eve with Yakko, Wakko & Dot • "Noel" • "The Christmas Tree" • "The Banks of the Delaware River" • "Feather Christmas" • "Yule Be Sorry" • "Christmas in July" • Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas • "A Christmas Carol" • "Tis the Seasoning" • "Winter Blunderland" • "The Legend of Burrito Monday" • Bugs Bunny's 24-Carrot Holiday Special
DC Comics "Christmas With the Joker" • "Holiday Knights" • "Frozen Out" • "Comfort and Joy" • "Storybook Holiday" • "Invasion of the Secret Santas!" • "Second Christmas" • "The True Meaning of Christmas" • "Halloween v Christmas" • "Teen Titans Save Christmas" • "Beast Boy on a Shelf" • "Christmas Crusaders" • Beebo Saves ChristmasA Holiday StoryMerry Little Batman
Hanna-Barbera co-productions "A Dickens of a Christmas" • A Scooby-Doo! Christmas • "Ho Ho Horrors" • Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker TaleScooby-Doo! Haunted HolidaysTom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers • "The Plight Before Christmas" • "Scary Christmas" • "Scroogey Doo" • "It's a Wacky Life" • "Dashing Thru the Snow" • "Signed, Sealed and Wacky" • "The Spirit of Frostnos"
Other cartoons "Yuletide and Redtide" • A Cool Like That Christmas • "Santa Mask" • The Polar Express • "The Match Before Xmas" • A Miser Brothers' Christmas • "Da Grinchy Code / Duck" • "FROST / Undercover Claus" • "Fantastic Four Christmases / Red and White Collar" • Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas • "Christmas in Oz" • "Top of the Naughty List" • "Mandora Saves Christmas" • Did I Do That to the Holidays? A Steve Urkel Story
Have Yourself a Looney Tunes ChristmasA Hip-Hopera ChristmasMerry Christmas: Animaniacs & Looney TunesThe Looney Tunes Kwazy ChristmasA Looney Tunes Sing-A-Long Christmas