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Recap / The Big Bang Theory S 1 E 11 The Pancake Batter Anomaly

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The Pancake Batter Anomaly is the 11th episode of the first season of The Big Bang Theory.

Despite being lambasted by TV critics for its boring story, thin plot and shortage of irony, this episode has been one of the most popular and economically viable of the show due to introducing the "Soft Kitty" song.


When Penny returns from a trip to Nebraska, she brings home a flu virus. Sheldon gets sick and the guys run away and hide out at a movie theater playing all 5 Planet of the Apes movies (from 1968 to 1973) to avoid his whining demands ever since the last time they took care of him. Sheldon extracts servitude from Penny instead. At the theater, Leonard has his glasses broken and decides to sneak back into the apartment and get new ones without being noticed. However, he gets caught by Penny who was being forced to do menial tasks for Sheldon and as Leonard tries running away with her (while visually impaired), he injures his head by running into a support beam.

Sheldon and Leonard sit sick and injured on the couch just waiting to recover or for Penny (or anybody) to return and take care of them, neither of which are likely to happen soon.



  • Annoying Patient: Guess who.
  • Dirty Coward: Howard and Raj abandon Leonard when they see Penny caught them redhanded.
  • Downer Ending: Sheldon and Leonard sit on the couch sick and injured grieving and awaiting recovery. And there's no one to take care of them.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Leonard realizes that he's been making pancake batter in a cup Sheldon uses for urinal purposes.
  • Idiot Ball: Leonard for not taking his glasses off before his chimp mask thus leading to his glasses falling on the ground in a dark movie room and Howard stepping on them by accident.
  • Made a Slave: Penny by sick Sheldon.
  • Momma's Boy: Howard still relies on his mother to make him breakfast.
  • No Inside Voice: Mrs. Wolowitz
  • Noodle Incident: Sheldon has gotten sick a few times before in the 2000s decade, and Leonard, Howard and Raj all had to take care of him and listen to his complaints. Howard mentions Sheldon had an ear infection in 2006.
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  • Pass the Popcorn: Raj wants Howard to do this. Howard objects.
  • Plot Hole: Why couldn't Howard and Leonard hide at Raj's place?
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Leonard's reaction when he hears Sheldon say "Leonard, I'm sick!"
    • Penny as well when she's had enough of Sheldon's nursing demands and sees Leonard returned home.
  • Sick Episode
  • Typhoid Mary: Sheldon believes this trope applies to Penny, even referring to her as, "Typhoid Penny."
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Sheldon, as usual.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Code: Milky Green" is short for "In Case Sheldon Gets Sick, Run Away from Him".
  • What Have I Done: Leonard feels awful about letting Sheldon just enslave Penny when Penny called him on the phone for help.

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