The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)
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The Pancake Batter Anomaly 

When Sheldon gets sick, Leonard, Howard and Raj go AWOL, leaving a reluctant Penny to deal with him.

Director:

Mark Cendrowski

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Carol Ann Susi ... Debbie Wolowitz (voice)
Erin Allin O'Reilly ... Cheryl
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Storyline

Germaphobe Sheldon is more hyper-vigilant than ever after Penny comes back from Nebraska where she was visiting with family who were sick with an unknown bug. Regardless, Sheldon does come down with a bug. Leonard enacts "Code Milky Green", a protocol between himself, Howard and Raj to avoid Sheldon at all cost because of his illness. They decide to attend a Planet of the Apes (1968) marathon at a local cinema. So Sheldon turns to the only person left, Penny, who is unaware of Code Milky Green. But when Leonard's glasses break at the cinema with his only spare pair at the apartment, he has to decide if it is worth the risk to go back to the apartment or watch a bunch of totally fuzzy looking apes for 10 hours. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

31 March 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9
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Trivia

Code Milky Green is a code for when Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is sick. See more »

Goofs

When Sheldon explains that Penny needs to get more data for her joke, she holds a catalog with the spine facing forward. It faces down at an angle in one shot, then is back in its original position in the next. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sheldon Cooper: Checkmate.
Leonard: Aaow! Again?
Sheldon Cooper: Obviously, you're not well-suited for three-dimensional chess. Perhaps three-dimensional Candy Land would be more your speed.
Leonard: Just reset the board.
Sheldon Cooper: It must be humbling to suck on so many different levels.
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #200 Two hundred vanity cards. I have now amassed a body of work that can safely be called "pointlessly unique." In the history of literary efforts, there has never been a literary effort quite like this one. Okay, literary might be pushing it, but I don't think I'm engaging in hyperbole when I say that it's highly unlikely my achievement will ever be duplicated, let alone surpassed. Why? Well, most show creators who are awarded the hallowed, second-and-a-half, end-of-episode "hey everybody, look at me!" card, have better things to do. Those that have no life (a goodly number), are simply not compelled to vomit up weekly offerings of painfully personal, petty, mock-metaphysical, self-congratulatory, rage-filled, and regretfully sarcastic essays that occasionally haunt them forever. Sure, non-showrunners can write a weekly essay of no particular value. But for it to be considered a true vanity card, it must be attached to the ass end of a television show. And let's keep in mind I've made a lot more shows than vanity cards. There were many weeks on Dharma & Greg and Two and a Half Men when I was too wasted (mostly in the literary sense) to write something coherent. Anyway, I wanted to use this momentous card to celebrate my accomplishment because, well... no one else was jumping up to do it. Two hundred cards! Boy, oh boy, that is really something... Oh God, I'm so lonely. See more »

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References Two and a Half Men (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

History of Everything (Instrumental version)
(uncredited)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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One of the best
30 November 2019 | by dno-60718See all my reviews

This episode is classic. From Leonard running out of the apartment putting on his clothes to the foray to get his back up glasses. Hey Heather. One of the best episodes of the series


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