The Big Bang Theory: Season 1, Episode 11

The Pancake Batter Anomaly (31 Mar. 2008)

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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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Sheldon revealed that Leonard is a poor chess player previously, and it is shown how he is not well suited for three-dimensional chess in this show. See more »

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None of the five Planet of the Apes films reach a runtime of two hours. 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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References Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) See more »

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The show has taken a serious nose dive!
25 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After the writers strike, this show has just not shown any real consistence of quality. The worst episode to date was The Loobenfeld Decay.

The show now lasts about 20 minutes or less, and gives the feeling of being badly produced. The sets are the same as ever, the apartment, the landing... This is just not good enough for an 8 pm slot. I doubt it will make it to a third season.

The character of Penny has changed, and oddly enough looks less interesting. Wolowitz and Koothrapalli in episode 11 play virtually no part at all in the show. A quite miss-able episode.


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