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The Tangerine Factor 

After a bad breakup, Penny finally agrees to go out on a date with Leonard, however they both develop doubts and turn to Sheldon for advice.

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
James Hong ... Chen
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Storyline

Penny has just broken up with her latest boyfriend Mike who blogged about their sex life. Besides feeling embarrassed about the blog contents, she's angry with herself for what she sees as her poor choice in men, who all seem to fit into the same mold. After a few discussions between the two on her break-up and a few tantrums on Penny's part, Leonard finally asks Penny out on an official date. Penny agrees despite or perhaps because Leonard does not fit into that mold. Afterward, Penny has second thoughts about going on a date with Leonard and speaks to the one person who she feels can place the best perspective on it: Sheldon. Leonard too has second thoughts and speaks to his best friend, Sheldon. Using the analogy of Schrödinger's cat, Sheldon tells both individually that they have to risk opening the box to find out what's inside. Will either do so? Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

19 May 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Title Reference: Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is afraid that the Szechuan Palace's Tangerine Chicken is not actually Tangerine Chicken. See more »

Goofs

When Sheldon and Penny are doing laundry, there are a couple of spots where the article of clothing Sheldon is folding magically changes from a t-shirt to socks(or vice-versa). See more »

Quotes

Leonard Hofstadter: Why are you learning Mandarin?
Sheldon: I suspect that the people at the Szechuan Palace are passing off orange chicken as tangerine chicken, and I intend to confront them.
Leonard Hofstadter: If I were you, I'd be more worried about what they're passing off as chicken.
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #212 I believe that the voices of fear, both from without and within, can only be dispelled by trusting the voice that comes from the heart. Be still and listen to it. If it speaks of love and compassion for others, for the world itself, it just might be the voice of God -- or a reasonable facsimile. If, however, it snarls with fear of the unknown, fear of losing what you have or of not getting what you want, then it just might be the voice of Rupert Murdoch -- or a reasonable facsimile. See more »

Connections

References Fantasia (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

History of Everything (Instrumental version)
(uncredited)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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