The Big Bang Theory

Season 1 Episode 11

The Pancake Batter Anomaly

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 31, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

With his friends knowing how sour he acts when sick, and avoiding him as a result, Sheldon is nursed for by Penny, who hasn't a clue what she's in for.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Kitties!

    They're relying far too heavily on Sheldon to deliver the comedy in this comedy. It needs to be more spread out among the characters for the series to really shine. That said, it was a decent episode, if a bit jarring in its pacing and more than a little jumpy in its action. We did get the kitty song, though, so I suppose that's a plus. Makes me wonder how many Big Bang meme-type things are packed into this first season.moreless
  • 111

    The best TBBT to this date. This show is just getting better & better and I hadn't laughed this hard in a while. Everyone in this episode was used perfectly and there was a perfect balance between all the characters. I've come to realize the show is at it's best when Penny & Sheldon are interacting and we surely got a lot of that here.

    A plot as simple as Sheldon being sick can have the potential to be the funniest plots of the season so far, that's great, and I'm really glad I got in to this show because of it. Kayley Cuoco has been downright likable these past few weeks, and I can finally say she's doing good with her character.

    The best scene was definitely when Leonard was trying to sneak back in to get his glasses, just great interactions between all the characters. The vapor rub scene was also absolutely hilarious.

    This show is getting really good and it's slowly but surely climbing up on my list of favorite shows.moreless
  • Nerds. ♥

    With his friends knowing how sour he acts when sick-and avoiding him as a result-Sheldon is nursed for by Penny, who hasn't a clue what she's in for. As always another Awesome start to the episode. I love the whole Sheldon and Leonard friendship - they are pretty Awesome together. I also love Sheldon and Pennys friendship. I love the way Sheldon freaks out about Penny's family being sick. I love the way Sheldon gets sick and the rest of the boys basically run away from him - leaving Penny to look after him, which is hilarious epsically when Sheldon asks Penny to sing to him and rub his chest. I love the scene with Leonard, Howard and Raj, when they are back in the apartment. Awesome episode possibly my favourite out of season one.moreless
  • Sheldon is sick so everyone except Penny senses DANGER.

    If I ever have children and they ever get sick, I am totally singing "Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur!" to them. But Sheldon's singing voice wasn't the only great part of this episode. Leonard scientifically crawled into his apartment to steal his second set of glasses, only to discover that the footstep censor worked. No other show could get away with this kind of a plot! Not to mention the Q-tip for Sheldon's throat. Jim Parsons made this stance funny several times in a row, and I couldn't get enough of it. Oh, and Howard's impersonation of his mother? Priceless. This was a great episode for every character!moreless
  • A sick Sheldon is a very... cranky Sheldon!

    "It must be humbling to suck on so many different levels"

    Oh Sheldon! I love you! Marry me, Please!

    I understand why people ship Sheldon/Leonard because of this episode!

    Anyway - Sheldon getting sick and woah he gets cranky! I mean Sheldon is normally difficult to deal with and normally men are difficult to deal with when sick but put together the fact it's a male Sheldon then well, you definitely have a serious case of man flu!

    The scenes with the monkeys in the cinema was so cute.

    Penny looking after Sheldon then putting the responsibility on Leonard was so Penny-like! Would of done it myself to be honest with Sheldon!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Mrs. Wolowitz: Howard, it's the phone!
      Howard: I know it's the phone, Ma, I hear the phone.
      Mrs. Wolowitz: Well, who's calling at this ungodly hour?!
      Howard: I don't know.
      Mrs. Wolowitz: Well, ask them why they're calling at this ungodly hour!
      Howard: How can I ask them when I'm talking to you?!

    • Sheldon: (handing Leonard a measuring cup) Put this in the bathroom.
      Leonard: What for?
      Sheldon: I need to measure my fluid intake and output to make sure my kidneys aren't shutting down.
      Leonard: I mix pancake batter in this!
      Sheldon: No, that measuring cup has always been for urine.
      Leonard: You had time to make a label for everything in this apartment, including the label maker, but you didn't have ten seconds to make one that said "urine cup"?
      Sheldon: (flips the measuring cup over to show Leonard) It's right here on the bottom.
      Leonard: Huh. I guess I owe the Betty Crocker company a letter of apology.

    • Leonard: How was Nebraska?
      Penny: Oh, better than North Dakota! (pause) I guess that joke's only funny in Nebraska.
      Sheldon: From the data at hand you really can't draw that conclusion. All you can say with absolute certainty is that that joke is not funny here.
      Penny: Boy, it's good to be back.

    • Sheldon: If influenza was only contagious after symptoms appear, it would have died out thousands of years ago. Somewhere between tool using and cave painting, Homo habilis would have figured out to kill the guy with the runny nose.

    • Penny: You deliberately stuck me with Sheldon!
      Leonard: Come on, I had to. You've seen what he's like.
      Sheldon: (from inside his room) Penny? Penny, I'm hungry!
      Penny: It's okay, sweetie! Good news! Leonard's home!
      Leonard: No!
      (Penny hands him a small bottle of Vick's VapoRub)
      Penny: Here you go. Good luck.

    • Sheldon: Anyway, the housekeeper in the faculty residence didn't speak any English. When I finaly managed to convince her I was sick, she said, "Möchtest du eine Darmspülung?"
      Penny: What does that mean?
      Sheldon: Based on what happened next, I assume it means, 'Would you like an enema?'

    • Leonard: Alright, get some rest and drink plenty of fluids.
      Sheldon: What else would I drink? Solids? Gases? Ionized plasma?
      Leonard: Drink whatever you want.

    • Sheldon: Checkmate.
      Leonard: Argh, again?
      Sheldon: Obviously you're not well-suited for three-dimensional chess. Perhaps three-dimensional Candyland would be your speed.

    • Sheldon: (to Leonard on 3D chess) It must be humbling to suck on so many levels.

    • Leonard: Sheldon, don't you think you're overreacting?
      Sheldon: When I'm lying comatose in a hospital, relying on inferior minds to cure me, these Jell-O cultures and my accompanying notes will give them a fighting chance.

    • (at The Cheesecake Factory)
      Penny: Why didn't you just have soup at home?
      Sheldon: Penny, I have an IQ of 187. Don't you imagine if there were a way for me to have soup at home, I would have thought of it?
      Penny: You can have soup delivered.
      Sheldon: I did not think of that.

    • Sheldon: (on studying in Germany) The local cuisine was a little more sausage-based than I'm used to, and the result was an internal blitzkrieg, with my lower intestine playing the part of Czechoslovakia.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Alles fließt", meaning "Everything Flows". The French episode title is "Alerte aux microbes", meaning "Germ Alert". The Italian title is "L'anomalia della pastella per le frittelle", the Spanish title is "La anomalía de la masa de tortitas", both exact translations. The Mexican title is "La anomalía del plato de panqueque", meaning "The Plate of Pancakes Anomaly".

    • International Airdates: Turkey: November 25, 2008 on CNBC-e; Czech Republic: June 16, 2009 on Prima COOL; Germany: September 5, 2009 on ProSieben; Slovakia: September 2, 2011 on Markiza

    • This episode was part of the show's Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season.

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #200.


    • The three-dimensional chess that Sheldon and Leonard play during the teaser is from a game played on the original Star Trek.

    • Sheldon refers to Penny as "Typhoid Penny", comparing her to Mary "Typhoid Mary" Mallon, a cook whose denial that she could be carrying typhoid fever—yet be healthy herself—led to the infection of 47 people, with 3 of them dying.