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The Big Bang Theory is a comedy about two physicists Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper who live and work together in Pasadena, California. They live a comfortable geeky existence until attractive wannabe actress Penny moves in across the hall. CBS 2007-???

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Episode 11 - The Pancake Batter Anomaly

29 March 2012

Synopsis: When Sheldon becomes ill Leonard runs away. Howard and Rajesh join him in hiding because of how needy Sheldon becomes. Penny ends up having to look after him.

The Good: The three dimensional chess set is yet another creative science fiction homage to throw into their lives. Sheldon asking Leonard to swab his throat is pretty funny as is Howard’s conversation with his mother.

The Bad: There is a lot of silly behaviour going on here which isn’t funny. Sheldon isn’t a good enough actor to make the flu look plausible and funny. So we have a lot of his unconvincing coughing while the writers try to make his neediness funny which it isn’t.

Then we have Leonard feeling guilty about leaving Sheldon but not wanting to return. His excuses to Penny are so poor that they are completely unconvincing. His crawl around the apartment is not really funny either.

Comic Highlight: Sheldon asks Leonard to put a measuring cup in the toilet.
L: “What for?”
S: “I need to measure my fluid intake and output to make sure my kidneys aren’t shutting down.”
L: “I mix pancake batter in this!”
S: “No. That measuring cup has always been for urine.”
L: “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 says urine cup?”
S: “It’s right here on the bottom.”

In Conclusion: A very dull episode. The humour is built around Sheldon being annoying and it just isn’t convincing or funny.

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