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"The Big Bang Theory" The Pancake Batter Anomal...

Later that night, Sheldon asks Leonard to swab his throat to see what disease he thinks is infecting him. Leonard refuses and says he's going back to bed, but then Sheldon asks him to place a measuring cup in the bathroom so he can measure his urine output to make sure his kidneys are not shutting down. Leonard quickly gets mad, because he think she mixes pancake batter in that cup. After Sheldon proves to Leonard that the measuring cup was always used to measure urine, Leonard sarcastically says he "[owes] the Betty Crocker company a letter of apology". By the next morning, Sheldon discovers he is indeed sick.

"The Big Bang Theory" The Pancake Batter Anomal...

  • Tropes Annoying Patient: Guess who. Anyone with even just passing familiarity with this show knows that Sheldon is even more annoying than usual when ill: he expects everyone around him to drop what they're doing to attend to him. In this episode, he forces Penny to cut her shift at the Cheesecake Factory short and expects her to give him a sponge bath, rub ointment on his chest, sing to him, etc.

  • Code Emergency: "Code Milky Green" is an alert that Sheldon is sick, and must be avoided at all costs.

  • Continuity Snarl: The entire plot of the previous episode was motivated by Leonard and Sheldon wanting to avoid Penny's atrocious singing at all costs. Now in this episode, the illness must have so scrambled Sheldon's brain that he actually asked her to sing to him.

  • Didn't Think This Through: Penny questions Sheldon coming into the Cheesecake Factory and dining in while he's sick, instead of ordering delivery.

  • Dirty Coward: Leonard feels awful about letting Sheldon enslave Penny when she calls him on the phone, but not enough to take her place.

  • Downer Ending: Sheldon and Leonard sit on the couch sick and injured grieving and awaiting recovery. Since they've pissed Penny off, there's no one to take care of them.

  • I Ate WHAT?!: Leonard realizes that he's been making pancake batter in a measuring cup Sheldon uses for urine samples.

  • Idiot Ball: Leonard for not taking his glasses off before his chimp mask thus leading to his glasses falling on the ground in a dark movie room and Howard stepping on them by accident.

  • Laser-Guided Karma: Just as Leonard was ready to leave Penny at the mercy of Sheldon, Howard and Raj abandon him when they see Penny caught them redhanded.

  • Made a Slave: Penny by sick Sheldon. She's pressured to do everything from feeding him, applying Vaporub on his chest, to singing him a lullaby.

  • Momma's Boy: Howard still relies on his mother to make him breakfast.Mrs. Wolowitz: WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR BREAKFAST?!!!Howard: CHOCOLATE MILK AND EGGOS, PLEASE!

  • No Inside Voice: Mrs. Wolowitz

  • Noodle Incident: Sheldon has gotten sick a few times before in the last decade, and Leonard, Howard and Raj all had to take care of him and listen to his complaints. Howard mentions specifically how the "great ear infection of '06" was the catalyst for planning ways to never do this again.

  • Plot Hole: Why couldn't Howard and Leonard hide at Raj's place? Raj's apartment, as first seen in "The Bad Fish Paradigm", seems adequate for the three friends to spend a day away from Sheldon.

  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Leonard scrambles half-dressed to get out of the apartment the second he hears Sheldon announce he's sick.

  • Penny as well when she's had enough of Sheldon's nursing demands and sees Leonard returned home.

  • Sick Episode

  • Typhoid Mary: Sheldon believes this trope applies to Penny, even referring to her as "Typhoid Penny."

  • Ungrateful Bastard: Sheldon, as usual.



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