The Big Bang Theory: Season 1, Episode 7

The Dumpling Paradox (5 Nov. 2007)

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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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Leonard and Sheldon have two different copies of Halo 3 (2007) as the box Leonard is holding did not come with the Master Chief helmet on the desk. The Legendary edition's box cover is different. See more »

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In "The Hamburger Postulate," which aired two weeks prior to this episode, while Leonard and Leslie Winkle and in Leonard's bedroom, Sheldon sleeps on the sofa - with his head facing the door. In this episode, he chides Penny for wishing to sleep with her head facing the door. See more »

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Leonard: Sheldon, think this through. You're going to ask Howard to choose between sex and Halo.
Sheldon: No, I'm going to ask him to choose between sex and Halo 3. As far as I know sex has not been upgraded to include high-def graphics and enhanced weapons systems.
Leonard: You're right, all sex has is nudity, orgasms and human contact.
Sheldon: My point.
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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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The Dumpling Paradox is the first excellent episode of "The Big Bang Theory"
8 November 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

As Leonard, Sheldon, Howard Wolowitz, and Raj Koothrappali play the TV video game Halo, Penny barges in and asks if she could stay for awhile as her cousin from Nebraska, Christi (Brooke D'Orsay), makes herself at home in her apartment there. Turns out she can't stand her as Christi has a slutty reputation, especially with members of Penny's immediate family! Hearing this, Howard goes to Penny's apartment and charms the socks off Christi so much they spend the night there. So Penny not only defeats Sheldon on Halo, she begs to stay overnight at his and Leonard's place to Sheldon's consternation! Next day, Christi agrees to live with Howard who lives with his mother! This upsets Sheldon's sense of equality later at a Chinese restaurant since instead of splitting for four, they have to split for three. When the following week, Penny gets asked to be a fourth partner on Halo again, she declines having already dressed up for dancing. So they all go to Howard's house where they overhear arguments between his mom and Christi. Not wanting to stay for that, Howard goes back for another round of the game...This is the funniest episode yet of "The Big Band Theory". I must also mention how nice to see James Hong again as the restaurant owner here after seeing him as the wheelchair crime boss on "Chuck" a few weeks earlier. As always, most of the best lines came from Sheldon though Simon Helberg also has his share. So glad this is doing so well on Monday night on CBS! Now let's hope the writer's strike ends soon so we'll see new episodes through the end of the season and not just til January...


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