101 - Pilot
Aired September 24, 2007

Pilot

Leonard and Sheldon meet their new neighbor Penny. Leonard is instantly smitten with her, but Sheldon feels he's chasing an impossible dream. Leonard talks Sheldon in to helping Penny out by retrieving her television from her ex-boyfriend Kurt.

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Guest Stars: Brian Patrick Wade as Kurt, Vernee Watson as Althea

Writers: Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady

Director: James Burrows

Viewers: 9.52 million Households Rating: 6/9 Adults 18-49 Rating: 3.7/9

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Notes

  • As is customary for TV series' premiere episodes, this episode is titled "Pilot". So far it is the only The Big Bang Theory episode not to have a scientific title.

Quotes (27)

Leonard: Our babies will be smart and beautiful.
Sheldon: Not to mention imaginary.

Sheldon: Do you want to hear an interesting thing about stairs?
Leonard: Not really!
Sheldon: If the height of a step is off by as little as two millimeters, most people will trip.
Leonard: I don't care. 2 millime--? That doesn't seem right.
Sheldon: It's true. I did a series of experiments when I was 12. My father broke his clavicle.
Leonard: Is that why they sent you to boarding school?
Sheldon: No. That was the result of my work with lasers.

Penny: So, what do you guys do for fun around here?
Sheldon: Well, today we tried masturbating for money.

Howard: Wait till you see this.
Raj: It's fantastic. Unbelievable!
Leonard: See what?
Howard: (Putting in DVD) It's a Stephen Hawking lecture from MIT in 1974.
Leonard: This isn't a good time.
Howard: (Imitating Stephen Hawking) It's before he became a creepy computer voice.

Leonard: Come on! We have a combined IQ of 360 we should be able to figure out how to get into a stupid building.
*Two girls selling cookies ring every bell, the door opens*
Sheldon: What do you think their combined IQ is ?

Recap

Leonard and Sheldon visit a high IQ sperm bank in a bid to raise a bit of money for fractional T1 bandwidth. They back out after Sheldon is concerned by the inherent deception of promising high-IQ offspring.

When they return to their apartment, Leonard and Sheldon discover a new neighbor, Penny, has moved in across the hall. After exchanging a round of "Hi"s, Leonard invites Penny to join them for lunch. Penny comes over to the apartment and is instantly impressed by Sheldon and Leonard's work. Sheldon first explains the reasons behind his spot on the couch when Penny inadvertently sits there.

While Penny goes to use the guys' shower as hers is broken, Howard and Raj come to the apartment with a video of Stephen Hawking from 1973. As Howard is setting up the video, Penny emerges in a bath towel and meets Howard for the first time. As Leonard helps Penny operate the shower, she asks him for favor regarding her ex-boyfriend Kurt.

Sheldon and Leonard head to Kurt's apartment to retrieve Penny's television. Penny's huge ex boyfriend refuses to give the TV back and "pantses" Leonard and Sheldon, so they return to their apartment without the TV and without their pants. Penny is is grateful for their effort and upset at what Kurt did to them, so offers to take Sheldon and Leonard out for dinner.

Comments (119)

Francis Argentina, 07:41 Feb 2 2014.
Just like people say before..."The best show on earth right now"....kisses from Argentina
samantha jones United Kingdom, 05:42 Dec 11 2013.
I love the big bang theory its the best show on earth and Leonard is the best out all the people love you all see ya later
SAG United States, 04:08 Nov 30 2013.
First time Howard does Stephen Hawking impersonation.
Joeyapples Canada, 19:27 Nov 29 2013.
Raj's baseball cap with the circled number 42, what is the significance of that?
Nicole  Australia, 03:41 Nov 6 2013.
It's funny when raj dosesnt talk
Mrs.Soft-Kitty France, 19:59 Sep 8 2013.
I'm an idiot sorry. When Simon speak French*
Mrs.Soft-Kitty France, 19:42 Sep 8 2013.
I love this show <3 I like the Simon French accent in this episode. "Bonne douche" LOL
Zendelot United Kingdom, 21:05 Aug 14 2013.
Hilarious! Is bassicly the end of friends , and the start of a new funny tv show! They gave a extroardynary touch of reality and awsomeness.
Richie United States, 22:40 Aug 11 2013.
I hate the big bang theory,BAZINGA!!!!!!!!!!!!
spida B Ghana, 09:12 Jul 27 2013.
the big bang theory is the best comedy series ever. WITH characters like sheldon, the series with never fade.

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