When Sheldon gets sick, Leonard, Howard and Raj go AWOL, leaving a reluctant Penny to deal with him.

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Germaphobe Sheldon is more hyper-vigilant than ever after Penny comes back from Nebraska where she was visiting with family who were sick with an unknown bug. Regardless, Sheldon does come down with a bug. Leonard enacts "Code Milky Green", a protocol between himself, Howard and Raj to avoid Sheldon at all cost because of his illness. They decide to attend a Planet of the Apes (1968) marathon at a local cinema. So Sheldon turns to the only person left, Penny, who is unaware of Code Milky Green. But when Leonard's glasses break at the cinema with his only spare pair at the apartment, he has to decide if it is worth the risk to go back to the apartment or watch a bunch of totally fuzzy looking apes for 10 hours. Written by Huggo

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The song Soft Kitty is introduced where Penny learns it and sings it to sick Sheldon. See more »

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When Leonard reminds Sheldon to drink plenty of fluids Sheldon attempts to deride Leonard by asking "What else would I drink, gasses...?" Gasses ARE fluids. Liquids and gasses are both fluids. If fact, generally, gasses are more fluid than liquids. See more »

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[first lines]
Sheldon Cooper: Checkmate.
Leonard: Aaow! Again?
Sheldon Cooper: Obviously, you're not well-suited for three-dimensional chess. Perhaps three-dimensional Candy Land would be more your speed.
Leonard: Just reset the board.
Sheldon Cooper: It must be humbling to suck on so many different levels.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #200 Two hundred vanity cards. I have now amassed a body of work that can safely be called "pointlessly unique." In the history of literary efforts, there has never been a literary effort quite like this one. Okay, literary might be pushing it, but I don't think I'm engaging in hyperbole when I say that it's highly unlikely my achievement will ever be duplicated, let alone surpassed. Why? Well, most show creators who are awarded the hallowed, second-and-a-half, end-of-episode "hey everybody, look at me!" card, have better things to do. Those that have no life (a goodly number), are simply not compelled to vomit up weekly offerings of painfully personal, petty, mock-metaphysical, self-congratulatory, rage-filled, and regretfully sarcastic essays that occasionally haunt them forever. Sure, non-showrunners can write a weekly essay of no particular value. But for it to be considered a true vanity card, it must be attached to the ass end of a television show. And let's keep in mind I've made a lot more shows than vanity cards. There were many weeks on Dharma & Greg and Two and a Half Men when I was too wasted (mostly in the literary sense) to write something coherent. Anyway, I wanted to use this momentous card to celebrate my accomplishment because, well... no one else was jumping up to do it. Two hundred cards! Boy, oh boy, that is really something... Oh God, I'm so lonely. See more »

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Big Bang Theory Theme
Composed and Performed by Barenaked Ladies
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Germs, Lysol, and Soft Kitty
5 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the first Big Bang Theory episode I ever saw, which sparked my interest and really got me into it. The storyline was very comedic with Sheldon catching a minor cold but needing help from everyone as he is practically an invalid when he is sick thinking he can't do anything for himself. The guys avoid him when at all possible but Penny is suckered into helping him while he is ill. Watching it now I would say that it is weak compared to the average episode, but it is still not bad. Jim Parsons doesn't seem to be very good at a sick voice, and you can tell the actors have improved greatly from this point till now. As a bonus this was the first episode where we were introduced to Sheldon's song "Soft Kitty."


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