When Howard hooks up with Penny's old friend, his absence in the gang causes problems for the rest of the guys.

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Penny receives an unwanted visitor from Nebraska named Christy. In Penny's eyes, Christy is a loose woman with no morals. Hence, Christy is ripe for the picking by Howard. As Howard and Christy have a spontaneous get together using Penny's bedroom, Penny decides to ask Leonard and Sheldon if she can sleep overnight at their place, which elicits different responses from Leonard and Sheldon. Beyond Penny's sleeping problem, Howard hooking up with Christy causes more issues. First, Leonard, Sheldon and Raj are now missing a fourth in their regular activities. And second, they can all see that Christy is only using Howard. They have to figure out how to get Howard back. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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Title reference: When the gang orders Chinese, their order of dumpling appetizer comes with four dumplings which is non-divisible by the three of them. See more »

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When Penny's friend Christy from Nebraska and Howard are in penny's apartment and the guys need a 4th for Halo 3, Leonard suggests they play one on one and Sheldon has an issue with it. Leonard states the only way it's possible to play teams is to cut Raj in half. Raj responds with "oh sure cut the foreigner in half" when penny is present in the room. Raj can not talk to women or while they are around him, but he did in this instance. It's not until the next episode season 1 episode 8 where raj realizes he can talk to penny while drinking. See more »

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Penny: Look, Howard, I know her, okay? She'll have sex with anyone as long as they keep buying her things.
Howard Wolowitz: Really?
Penny: Yeah.
Howard Wolowitz: YAY.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #193 Show of hands, during the climactic, face-scrunching moment of the sex act, how many of you out there sometimes find yourself thinking, "Gee, I must look pretty silly right about now"? C'mon, be honest... Okay, I understand. This is a little too intimate for a public conversation. How about if we do it this way: If you're alone right now, just nod. If you're reading this with your sexual partner, simply look at them, smile sheepishly, then, when they smile back, suddenly twist your face into your freakiest orgasm position. If they laugh, know you're in good company. Give them a hug, hit the play button on your DVR and watch Two and a Half Men. If they don't laugh, hit the play button on your DVR, watch Two and a Half Men, then go out and find a new partner. See more »

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References Two and a Half Men (2003) See more »

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The Big Bang Theory Theme (Instrumental)
Composed and Performed by Barenaked Ladies
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The Dumpling Paradox: Season 1 - Episode 7
19 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

I love this show and I do believe it's worthy of 8+ stars. However, I'm currently watching this episode again and Raj, sans alcohol as far as I can see, spoke to Leonard in front of Penny. I don't know how it went unnoticed by producers, but they clearly seem to have gotten away with it. And yes, I know, his character is that he can't talk to women without alcohol and what I mentioned here is that he talked to Leonard with Penny there. To me this is a big deal because, unless I'm forgetting something, he can't speak in front of her or other women without alcohol supposedly (always whispers in the ears of the others) until the end of Season 6.

I have downgraded by rating of this episode from a 9 to a 7. This error so early on should've been caught and dealt with before they aired it.

P.S. I'm sure there are other errors, mentioned or not, and maybe someone's already mentioned this one, but this caught me off guard watching it tonight and I figured it's a decent topic for my first review. Not trying to copy anybody, but am I seriously expected to read 260 reviews? I hope not.


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