107 - The Dumpling Paradox
Aired November 5, 2007

The Dumpling Paradox

Penny's promiscuous friend from Nebraska is in town and Wolowitz quickly seduces her, taking over Penny's apartment in the process. Penny takes refuge on Sheldon and Leonard's couch. With Wolowitz otherwise engaged, the guys enlist Penny as the fourth member of their Halo team.

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Guest Stars: Brooke D'Orsay as Christy, James Hong as Chen, Carol Ann Susi as Mrs. Wolowitz

Writers: Chuck Lorre (Story), Bill Prady (Story), Lee Aronsohn (Teleplay), Jennifer Glickman (Teleplay)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 9.37 million Households Rating: 5.8/8 Adults 18-49 Rating: 3.7/9

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Episode Notes

  • The title references the guys' trouble splitting their usual order of four dumplings among the remaining trio.
  • This episode marks the first appearance (so to speak) of Mrs. Wolowitz.

> Weekly Calendar

Sheldon reveals that Wednesday nights are Halo night.

When Penny sleeps on their couch Friday night, Sheldon is annoyed when he wakes up early Saturday to watch Doctor Who on BBC America with a bowl of Shredded Wheat as Penny is in his way.

Quotes (29)

Leonard: Well, the only way we can play teams at this point is if we cut Raj in half.
Raj: Oh, sure, cut the foreigner in half. There's a billion more where he came from.

Penny: Wait. Wait, Sheldon come back, you forgot something.
Sheldon: What?
Penny: This plasma grenade. Ha look, it's raining you!

Leonard: Wow Penny, you're on fire!
Penny:Yeah, so is Sheldon!

Penny: She'll have sex with anyone as long as they keep buying her things.
Howard: Really?
Penny: Yeah!
Howard: Yay! If you'll excuse me, I have some bar mitzvah bonds to cash.

Howard: By the way, where did you get that loofah mitt? Yours reaches places that mine just won't.
Penny: You used my loofah?
Howard: More precisely, we used your loofah. I exfoliated her brains out!


The guys are about to start Halo night when Penny arrives at the apartment and informs them her promiscuous friend Christy has come to visit her. After Howard leaves to hit on Christy, the Halo team is a player short and Penny volunteers. Sheldon is outraged when noob Penny beats him at Halo. Later that night, Penny asks if she can spend the night as Howard and Christy are having sex in her bedroom.

The next morning, Sheldon cannot cope when Penny sleeping on the couch interrupts his routine and prevents him from watching Doctor Who. Howard and Christy come and Penny tells Christy she should find another place to stay. Howard proposes that Christy stays with him, undaunted by the fact she's obviously just using him.

When the guys go out for Chinese food, Howard's absence proves tricky when the guys can't scale down their order for free. Later that night, the guy's Halo team is yet again a player short but this time Penny is also busy. Sheldon and the guys decide to "restore balance" by getting Howard back, so they go to his house. When they arrive at Howard's house, they hear Howard's mother and Christy arguing, at which point Howard flees and joins the guys for Halo night.

Later that evening, Penny enters the apartment with three girlfriends as the guys are playing Halo. The guys are so caught up in the game, they don't notice when Penny makes a facetious offer to have sex with them.

Comments (19)

Andrew Malaysia, 01:32 May 19 2016.
Who are those penny friends at the end of the movie.
Nicole Australia, 00:23 Dec 31 2013.
Funniet one yet
Mike J United States, 01:51 Aug 28 2013.
In the end when Penny enters with girlfriends to ask the guys to go dancing, the one girl in back with long dark hair used to star in a TV series a few years back but I just can't remember what it was.
Veronica United States, 01:25 Feb 8 2013.
I would like to know who designed Penny's halter top dress. Does anybody know??
Cale United States, 20:49 Dec 6 2012.
Did anyone notice that Raj spoke in front of Penny in the kitchen tonight while she was gutting the fish?
Natalie United Kingdom, 14:04 Sep 18 2012.
Penny and Sheldon wouldn't last but it would be great to watch!
Maria Colombia, 22:50 Aug 11 2012.
This is the smartest comedy ever written.
MKD India, 06:41 Feb 1 2012.
penny & sheldon hook up....bad idea mate... :)
Marcos Canada, 05:08 Jul 15 2011.
Okay im a rather large halo fan and everytime i see this one i get annoyed by the fact that the producers didnt take the small time to make a good reference to halo this being that you cant blow off someones head, or make it rain them, and the sounds didnt sound like halo
sana France, 15:56 May 23 2011.
I just noticed that raj was talking in front of Penny!! It's weird, tey've done this mistake!

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