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The Dumpling Paradox 

"The Dumpling Paradox" is an episode of The Big Bang Theory starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, and Kaley Cuoco. 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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Episode complete credited cast:
... Leonard Hofstadter
... Sheldon Cooper
... Penny
... Howard Wolowitz
... Raj Koothrappali
... Christy Vanderbilt
... Chen
... Debbie Wolowitz (voice)
... Automated Cell Phone Voice (voice) (as Kimberly D. Brooks)


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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5 November 2007 (USA)  »

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Several items in Sheldon (Jim Parsons) & Leonard (Johnny Galecki)'s apartment appear for the first time in this episode:
  • Periodic table magnet on the fridge.
  • Docking station on the end table next to Sheldon's spot. Later this tablet will move and most often be seen on the trunk next to the refrigerator.
  • Halo 3 Master Chief's helmet on the table at the edge of the alcove.
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When Leonard suggests cutting Raj in half in order to have four people to play Halo, Raj objects by saying: ''Yeah, sure. Cut the foreign guy in half.'' All the while, Penny is in the doorway. Raj shouldn't have been able to speak out loud with Penny in the room. See more »


Sheldon: [as Penny makes up the couch to sleep on she puts the pillow on the end of the couch closest to the door] Hmm-hmm, wrong.
Penny: [Turning to face Sheldon with a glare] I'm listening.
Sheldon: Your head goes on the other end.
Penny: Why?
Sheldon: It's culturally universal. A bed, even a temporary bed, is always oriented with the headboard away from the door. It serves the ancient imperative of protecting oneself against marauders.
Penny: I'll risk it.
Sheldon: [high pitched] Hmm.
[and turns away]
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Crazy Credits

In the opening scroll of the time line when it gets to 91,000 there is a mistake the dates read 93,000BC 92,000BC 91,0009C 90,000BC for some reason 91,000 is a 9c not a BC. See more »


References Halo 3 (2007) See more »


History of Everything
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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The Dumpling Paradox
18 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

I'm really liking this show, i just started it and is truly good. This was a funny episode. When Penny's friend Christy comes to the town, she is picked up by Howard, and his affair takes up all of his time, leaving no space for his normal activities with the gang. It was specially funny for me the routine of Sheldon at 6:15 PM, and how Penny joins them to play Halo and she's very good in it.

Good episode, the show it's getting better and better after each chapter!

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