The Big Bang Theory

Season 1 Episode 15

The Pork Chop Indeterminacy

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 05, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The rest of the gang fall for Sheldon's twin sister, and Leonard's plan to win her heart is derailed when Sheldon declares he'll be the one to decide who can date her.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Missy

    Once again, we have Sheldon making sure the show goes on. Missy was obvious from a mile away, the humble-bumble from Sheldon's office all the way to the end of the episode was paced terribly and wasn't interesting at all and I really wanted something more worthwhile to happen with Raj. Also, Leonard was a complete douche to Penny. There's no sense of time passage in this series and that's really starting to bother me. Not a great episode overall.moreless
  • Sheldon's twin sister visits.

    This is another strong episode of The Big Bang Theory. Rajesh's character continues to rely on not being able to talk to girls, and it's not getting old anytime soon. His character is trumped though by the greatness of Sheldon and Howard, who continue to become two of the funniest people on television. Leonard is kind of the downfall of the show, but popular sitcoms are often ridiculed with unfunny leads.

    "My people invented circumcision." "We took quite an unnecessary detour from what I now think is your thesis." Some of my favorite quotes from the episode.

    Too often in today's TV society shows rely on cheap tactics, and sex jokes instead of captivating storylines and well-designed characters. The Big Bang Theory is a quintessential example of the latter and continues to produce one of the top shows every week.moreless
  • The show proves its quality once again. The Sheldon family again wreaks havoc - first it was the mother, and now the oh-so-lovely sister. Of course the brains of the family seeks only wisdom in his ignorance of life! [Only 9.9? - It was over too soon!]moreless

    Just when we thought the show was losing a little of its magic the unthinkable happens - it actually gets even better!

    The arrival of a mysterious woman in Sheldon office causes flutters in the gang. To find out its Sheldons twin sister only makes her even more delectable and Leonard quickly finds cause to invite her to stay over.

    Of course the guys become obsessed with her and bid for Sheldons approval as to why each should be the 'chosen one'. Chaos ensues as even Raj makes an effort with an experimental drug in order to win over Missy.

    Best bits, of which there are so many include:

    1.Raj grabbing the drug experiment notice after his first failed attempt at communication,

    2.The fight between the suitors to see who should have first shot - done via a virtual boxing match of course!

    3.The fact that Leonard is completely oblivious to Penny, and Penny actually looks a little disappointed

    4.Horror when Raj knocks on Pennys door to ask Missy out - and it looks like he could be the lucky one - at the exact moment his 'confidence' drug wears off. (i almost cried for him!)

    5.....any one of a dozen other worthy moments Of late it seems to have become somewhat Sheldon centred but this was a return in style, and more so. Some may miss the more Penny/Leonard lines but I feel this was touched upon in a very subtle but important way by Penny's reaction to the way she was almost in the way of his new goal. The best so far....more of this quality and a few awards could be on there way!!!!!moreless
  • Nerds. ♥

    The rest of the gang fall for Sheldon's twin sister, and Leonard's plan to win her heart is derailed when Sheldon declares he'll be the one to decide who can date her. As always I love the start - the way everyone surrounds Sheldon's office because there is a ''hot girl'' in there, who turns out to be Sheldon's twin sister. I love the way the others are with his twin and Sheldon. I love the way Sheldon doesn't realise he has a good looking sister. I love the whole storyline the way the other nerds are being competitive with Missy. I love the way Leonard is with both Penny and Missy - hilairous. I love the storyline with Raj and the shyness drugs and side effects. I love the scene between Missy and Shelond, I also love the ending the way they all knock for Missy one at a time. Awesome ending, another amazing episode.moreless
  • 115

    Great episode of Big Bang Theory here, we get to delve in to Sheldon's character a bit more when we meet his twin sister: Missy. It's a good thing that this character was introduced earlier in season 1, not at a random episode in season 3 or something, this managed to not hurt the continuity which was good. Raj taking medication was hilarious and the fact that it was wearing off just when he realized Missy liked him was absolutely hilarious. TBBT continues to be one of the strongest comedies on prime time, and one of the most promising shows that I've seen in a while. Sheldon, Howard, and Raj playing Wii for Missy was absolutely hysterical.

    The hug between Sheldon & Missy at the end was nice, and it's nice to know that Sheldon has some feelings, so overall great character development, and since Sheldon is just about the best thing about this show, it really helped this episode that it was focused on him.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Leonard: So, how do you two know each other?
      Missy: He once spent nine months with my legs wrapped around his head.
      Leonard: Excuse me?
      Sheldon: She's my twin sister. She thinks she's funny, but frankly, I've never been able to see it.
      Missy: That's because you have no measurable sense of humor, Shelly.
      Sheldon: How exactly would one measure a sense of humor? A 'humormometer'?

    • Sheldon: You see, I'm a superior genetic mutation, an improvement on the existing mediocre stock.
      Missy: And what do you mean, "mediocre stock"?
      Sheldon: That would be you.

    • Missy: (to Sheldon) Okay, I'm not even going to ask why you're pimpin' me out for cheese, but why do you care who I sleep with?

    • Missy: Shelly, can I speak to you a minute—alone?
      Sheldon: Why does everyone suddenly want to talk to me alone? Usually no one wants to be alone with me.

    • Howard: I'd kill my rabbi with a pork chop to be with your sister.

    • Penny: Sheldon, why are you ignoring your sister?
      Sheldon: I'm not ignoring my sister. I'm ignoring all of you.

    • Howard: Okay, you two have to back off.
      Raj: Why should I back off? You back off, dude.
      Leonard: Excuse me, this is my apartment, and she's my roommate's sister.
      Howard: So what? You've already got Penny.
      Leonard: How do I have Penny? In what universe do I have Penny?
      Howard: So, I can have Penny?
      Leonard: Hell, no!

    • Raj: Missy, do you enjoy pajamas?
      Missy: I guess.
      Raj: We Indians invented them. You're welcome.
      Howard: Yeah, well, my people invented circumcision.

    • Howard: (imitating Raj) I'm a fancy Indian man. We invented pajamas.
      Raj: (imitating Howard) Hey, look at me, I don't have a foreskin!

    • (About Sheldon's sister)
      Leonard: Maybe she's his lawyer.
      Howard: She's free to examine my briefs.
      Leonard: Howard.
      Howard: I know, I'm disgusting. I should be punished... by her.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Sheldon 2.0". The French title is "La Sœur jumelle", meaning "The Twin Sister". The Italian title is "Il fattore sorella gemella", meaning "The Twin Sister Factor". The Spansih title is "La indeterminación de la chuleta de cerdo", an exact translation. The Mexican title is "La indeterminación de la chica", meaning "The Girl Indeterminacy".

    • International Airdates: Turkey: December 23, 2008 on CNBC-e; Germany: September 19, 2009 on ProSieben; Slovakia: September 8, 2011 on Markiza

    • Alternate episode title: The Shiksa Indeterminacy.

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #208, an audio recording.


    • When Raj asks Missy "...if you wonder, wonder, who wrote the book of love," he is borrowing lyrics from the 1957 song, "Book of Love", by the Monotones.