The Big Bang Theory

Season 1 Episode 7

The Dumpling Paradox

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

With Wolowitz AWOL with one of her friends, Penny's recruited to fill in for him on the guys' Halo team.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • It's Raining You!

    This was another one of those disjointed episodes, but it was a fun one overall, from Penny repeatedly destroying Sheldon at Halo to Raj being forgotten in the kitchen. It was easily predictable from a comedy standpoint, but they're staple occurrences for a reason. Big Bang Theory is definitely finding its stride, even if it's still a little rough around the edges.
  • Look, my first Jew!

    I loved this episode. What made it great for me was seeing focus on Howard. I knew from the start he was going to be great. This was one of his launch pads in this show. The best part is knowing that he will grow to be even funnier as time goes by. So much so that season 5 is pretty much Howard's Season.
  • 107

    Just as superb as the last episode, and this continues to be one of the most promising shows of the season. I really can see this show going on for a long time. We have intriguing characters, funny one liners, and interesting plot lines. Sheldon has not disappointed me ever since the series started, and things were no different here.

    He is easily the star of the show, and he's the one who always ends up making me laugh by the end of the episode. From him explaining the "dumpling" paradox to him wanting to watch Doctor Who, he was hilarious here! A great cold opening too, Penny playing Halo was entertaining. Wolowitz having sex with Penny's friend was hysterical and it was hilarious that he used all of Penny's things. The end was just as funny with the girls who went dancing offer the guys sex while playing Halo. "I thought I heard something..." Absolutely hilarious installment of TBBT.moreless
  • Nerds.

    Penny's promiscuous 'friend' Christy (Brooke D'Orsay) from Nebraska is in town, and ends up being seduced by Wolowitz. The pair take over her apartment causing her to sleep on Leonard and Sheldon's couch for the night. With Wolowitz gone, Penny takes his place on their Halo team, causing Sheldon much distress as she is naturally good at it. Christy moves in with Wolowitz (and his mother) taking up all his time. Sheldon is distraught over the odd number in the group believing they can no longer function. He's even more distraught when he relents and lets Penny join in on Halo night, but she declines the offer to go dancing with her friend instead. Believing that they are falling apart as a group, the guys go to speak to Wolowitz. When they arrive they hear Christy and Wolowitz's mother arguing loudly, causing Christy to leave. Wolowitz, once again single, says 'So, Halo night?' and the group is restored. I love the start of the episode - hilarious. I love it when they are plaing Halo. I love the way Hoawrd always says something weird to Penny. I love the way Sheldon doesn't want Penny to plat, but she does and I really love the fact that she kicks Sheldon's butt. Sheldon is my faovurite he is such a nerd. the way he is eith every single detail, I love the relationshp between Sheldon and Penny. I love it when Sheldon wakes up with his breakfast and he wants to sit in his normal seat but can't due to Penny. I also love the whole storyline with Howard, and the ending is awesome.moreless
  • Brilliant start to the episode and it continues to be awesome!

    The start of this episode made me laugh sooo much! The scene with the phone and Sheldon is just adorable! Totally adorable!

    Penny avoiding her friend and then Howard going to chat her up hahahha!

    I want Sheldon's t-shirt! Penny playing HALO amused me greatly and her being good was just amazing! The fact she is female and is good is great for all female gamers :P!

    "Look it's raining you!"

    Howard and Christie - I just kinda puked at the imagine even though I haven't seen this episode in ages!

    The guy who plays Sheldon is a legend and everytime I watch an episode I keep having to remind myself Sheldon is not real. Yes. I am in love with that geek.moreless
Brooke D'Orsay

Brooke D'Orsay

Christy Vanderbelt

Guest Star

James Hong

James Hong


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Kimberly D. Brooks

Kimberly D. Brooks

Automated Cell Phone Voice

Guest Star

Carol Ann Susi

Carol Ann Susi

Mrs. Wolowitz

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Sheldon: I'll watch the last 24 mintues of Doctor Who, although at this point it's more like Doctor Why Bother.

    • Leonard: If you don't like this Christy, why are you letting her stay?
      Penny: Well, she was engaged to my cousin while she was sleeping with my brother, so she's kind of family.

    • Leonard: Sheldon, think this through, you're going to ask him to choose between sex and Halo.
      Sheldon: No, I'm going to ask him to choose between sex and Halo 3. As far as I know, sex has not been upgraded to include high-def graphics and enhanced weapons systems.
      Leonard: You're right. All sex has is nudity, orgasms, and human contact.
      Sheldon: My point.

    • Leonard: What's wrong?
      Penny: Well, Howard and Christy are kind of hooking up in my bedroom.
      Leonard: Are you sure?
      Penny: Look, I grew up on a farm. From what I heard, they're either having sex, or Howard's caught in a milking machine.

    • Howard: Oh, by the way, where did you get that loofah mitt? Yours reaches places that mine just won't?
      Penny: You used my loofah?
      Howard: More precisely, we used your loofah. I exfoliated her brains out!

    • Leonard: Can't you see that she's using you?
      Howard: Who cares? Last night she pulled off her blouse, and I wept.
      Penny: Look, Howard, I know her, okay. She'll sleep with anyone as long as they keep buying her things.
      Howard: Really?
      Penny: Yeah.
      Howard: Yay!

    • Christy: (finds Howard) There's my Little Engine that Could. (Howard and Christy make out)
      Sheldon: Well, there's one beloved children's book I'll never read again.

    • Leonard: You have a TV in your room. Why don't you just have breakfast in bed?
      Sheldon: Because I am neither an invalid nor a woman celebrating Mother's Day.

    • Penny: Wait, Sheldon come back. You forgot something.
      Sheldon: What?
      Penny: This plasma grenade.
      (Explosion sound on the tv)
      Penny: Ha. Look it's raining you.
      Sheldon: You laugh now, but wait till you need tech support.

    • Penny: Hey, if you guys need a fourth, I'll play.
      Leonard: Great idea!
      Sheldon: Uh, no. The wheel was a great idea. Relativity was a great idea. This is a notion, and a rather sucky one at that.
      Penny: Why?!
      Sheldon: Why? Oho, Penny, Penny, Penny.
      Penny: Oho, what, what, what?
      Sheldon: (as Penny picks up the controller) This is a complex battle simulation with a steep learning curve. There are a myriad of weapons, vehicles, and strategies to master, and not to mention an extremely intricate back story.
      Penny: (explosion from the TV) Oh, cool! Whose head did I just blow off?
      Sheldon: Mine.

  • 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


    • 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.