The Big Bang Theory

The Dumpling Paradox

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 11/5/07
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  • Episode Description
  • With Wolowitz AWOL with one of her friends, Penny's recruited to fill in for him on the guys' Halo team.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jim Parsons

    Sheldon Cooper

  • Kaley Cuoco


  • Simon Helberg

    Howard Wolowitz

  • Kunal Nayyar

    Rajesh Koothrappali

  • Johnny Galecki

    Leonard Hofstadter

  • Fan Reviews (11)
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    By Sarah_LOST, Jan 16, 2010

  • Brilliant start to the episode and it continues to be awesome!

    By Pucktweety, Dec 26, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Penny: Can I hide out here for a while?
      Leonard: Sure. What's going on?
      Penny: Well, there's this girl I know from back in Nebraska, Christy. Anyway, she called me up, and she's like "Hey, how's California?" And I said "Awesome," 'cause, you know, it's not Nebraska. And the next thing I know, she's invited herself out here to stay with me.
      Sheldon: (checking his watch) 8:08!
      Leonard: (to Sheldon) Shh!
      Penny: Anyway, she got here today, and she's just been in my apartment yakkety-yakking about every guy she's slept with in Omaha, which is basically every guy in Omaha, and washing the sluttiest collection of underwear you've ever seen in my bathroom sink.
      Howard: (sexually aroused) Well, is she doing it one thong at a time or does she throw it all in? Like some sort of erotic bouillabaise?
      Penny: (to Leonard) He really needs to dial it down.

    • (after long deliberation in the restaurant without result) Koothrappali: Can we please make a decision? Not only there are children starving in India, there's an Indian starving right here!

    • Sheldon: I don't know how, but she is cheating! Nobody can be that attractive and this skilled at a videogame.

    • Leonard: You know, Penny, we make such a good team, maybe we could enter a couple of Halo tournaments sometime. Penny: Or we could just have a life.

    • Penny: (barges into apartment) Hey, guys! My friends and I got tired of dancing so we came over to have sex with you. (The guys continue playing Halo) Penny: Told ya. (Penny and her friends leave) Sheldon: Why did you hit pause? Leonard: I thought I heard something. Raj: What? Leonard: No, never mind.

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    Notes (3)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #193.

    • The German episode title is "Das Vorspeisen-Dilemma", meaning "The Appetizer Dilemma". The French title is "Le Paradoxe du ravioli chinois", the Italian title is "Il paradosso del raviolo a vapore", and the Spanish and Mexican title is "La paradoja del Wan-Tun", all exact translations.

    • International Airdates: Turkey: October 28, 2008 on CNBC-e;Czech Republic: May 19, 2009 on Prima COOL; Germany: August 22, 2009 on ProSieben; Slovakia: August 25, 2011 on Markiza

    Trivia (4)

    • Raj is supposed to be unable to speak whenever a female is nearby, but he's shown responding to Leonard right before Penny, who's in the room, offers to be on his Halo team.

    • Sheldon criticizes Penny's decision to sleep with her head facing the door, however in "The Hamburger Postulate" he sleeps facing the same direction.

    • As of the first airing of this episode, BBC America did not show Doctor Who at 6:15 in the morning on Saturdays when Sheldon claims to watch the show.

    • When Penny stays over at Leonard and Sheldon's, when they wake up it's Saturday, meaning Halo night was Friday night, but later in the episode Sheldon alludes to Halo night being every Wednesday.

    Allusions (2)

    • Christy refers to Howard as her "Little Engine That Could", playing off the title character from The Little Engine That Could.

    • Responding to a knock at the door, Sheldon queries, "Oh, what fresh hell is this?" a phrase author and poet Dorothy Parker would reportedly answer her phone with.

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