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The Big Bang Theory: The Pancake Batter Anomaly

Leonard and Sheldon are playing 3D Chess, but Leonard loses once again. Luckily for him, the conversation is disrupted when Penny comes home from her visit in Nebraska, but Sheldon is shocked when she tells them that her family got sick over the weekend. The result is that Sheldon gets paranoid about not getting sick, but when he does, it gets so bad he forces Penny to take care of him while the guys are out trying to avoid coming home.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x11
Production Number: 3T6610
Airdate: Monday March 31st, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Apr 23, 2008
NL (Veronica) May 11, 2009

  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (37 Votes cast)
Co-Guest Stars
Carol Ann Susi
voiced Mrs. Wolowitz
Erin Allin O'Reilly
As Cheryl
Main Cast
Johnny Galecki
As Leonard Leakey Hofstadter
Jim Parsons
As Sheldon Lee Cooper
Kaley Cuoco
As Penny
Simon Helberg
As Howard Joel Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar
As Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali
Episode Notes
Rating: 8.68 million

The title ("The Pancake Batter Anomaly") refers to the fact that Leonard found out that the cup he uses to mix pancake batter is the same as the cup Sheldon uses to measure his fluid intake and urine output.

This episode reveals that Sheldon has an IQ of 187.

This episode marks the first "appearance" of the song "Soft Kitty", which Penny sings when Sheldon is sick.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
THXDeep NotePlays over speakers at cinema
(Unknown artist)Soft KittySheldon sings when Penny takes care of him

Episode Quotes
Penny: Why didn't you just have soup at home?
Sheldon: Penny, I have an IQ of 187. Don't you imagine that if were a way for me to have had soup at home, I would've thought of it?
Penny: You can have soup delivered.
Sheldon: I did not think of that.
Sheldon: Clearly febrile delirium is setting in. Please bring me some soup while I still understand what a spoon is for.

Sheldon: It must be humbling to suck on so many different levels.

(Penny is talking with Leonard over the phone when Sheldon won't leave the Cheesecake Factory.)
Penny: He says he's afraid he'll pass out on the bus and someone will harvest his organs.

Episode Goofs
Leonard says that Sheldon has been labeling everything in their apartment, including the label maker, but just a few moments later, we can see the full apartment and not even a single label is visible...

When Sheldon finds out he is sick, he walks towards the apartment livingroom with a comforter. He loses the comforter right before the lower level into the livingroom, but only a few parts of the comforter reaches the floor on the lower level. However, when the camera angle changes after a few seconds, half the comforter is suddenly on the lower level, without Sheldon moving it.

Cultural References
Visual: Leonard and Sheldon are playing 3D Chess.

3D Chess (also known as "Three-dimensional chess") is an example of a Chess variation. It has existed since the 19th century and one of the oldest versions in 3D is "Space Chess", that has existed since 1907. Be aware, concerning chess, 3D does NOT mean a chess software with 3D rendering!

Sheldon: Perhaps three-dimensional Candy Land would be more your speed.

Candy Land (also known as "Candyland") is a very simple racing board game. It is among the very first games ever played by American children, as it requires no reading, no remembering of rules and no special skills besides recognizing colors.

Leonard: You'd better go before he starts spraying you with Lysol.

Lysol is a brand name of disinfectant household cleaners distributed by Reckitt Benckiser. The use of Lysol is meant to clean, disinfect food surfaces and removing odors. The name comes from a combination using the words "lysosome" and "solvent".

Howard: But there's a Planet of the Apes marathon at the Nuart today.

Howard is referring to the Planet of the Apes franchise, but when Leonard responds, he says "Five movie, two hours a piece", and there are six movies in the movie franchise, so we can't really be sure what the guys are actually referring to beyond the franchise.

Rajesh: How about LASEK?

LASEK (shortened for Laser-Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratectomy) is a laser eye surgery procedure intended for the use of correcting a person's vision, which reduces the need of glasses or contact lenses. The first LASEK was done in 1996 by Dimitri Azar, an ophthalmologist and refractive surgeon.

Sheldon: VapoRub makes my hands smell funny.

VapoRub is a line of medications owned by the American company Procter & Gamble. It is applied to the chest and the use of the medication is for treating minor medical conditions and the common cold.

Episode References
This episode has the first "appearance" of the song "Soft Kitty", which Penny sings for Sheldon when he is sick. This song has been sung several times throughout the show.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady
Executive ProducerChuck Lorre  |  Bill Prady  |  Lee Aronsohn
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Goetsch  |  Robert Cohen (1)
ProducerSteven Molaro  |  Faye Oshima Belyeu
Co-ProducerMary T. Quigley  |  Peter Chakos
Consulting ProducerJennifer Glickman  |  Stephen Engel
Associate ProducerKristy Cecil
Production DesignerJohn Shaffner
EditorPeter Chakos
CastingKen Miller (2)  |  Nikki Valko
Unit Production ManagerKelly Lee
First Assistant DirectorAnthony Rich
Second Assistant DirectorChris Klausen
Costume DesignerMary T. Quigley
HairstylistFaye Woods
Set DecoratorAnn Shea (2)
Property MasterScott L. London
Production Sound MixerBruce Peters
Script SupervisorJulie Fleischer
Re-Recording MixerBob La Masney  |  Charlie McDaniel, III
Director of PhotographySteven V. Silver
Post Production CoordinatorRyan Berdan
Executive ConsultantEddie Gorodetsky  |  Mark Roberts (2)  |  Don Foster
Associate DirectorHoward Murray
Casting AssociatePeter Pappas
Makeup ArtistPeggy Nichols
Theme Song Written And Performed ByBarenaked Ladies
Science ConsultantDavid Saltzberg Ph.D.
Post Production ServicesTechnicolor
Sound Services ByWarner Bros. Post Production Services
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