Air date: September 24, 2007
Season 1, Episode 1 (Episode 1 overall)
PLOT : Two brilliant young physicists, Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, are the kind of “beautiful minds” that understand how the universe works (this episode reveals that Sheldon and Leonard have a combined IQ of 360 with Leonard having 173 and Sheldon having 187). But their Ph.Ds do not help them interact with people, especially women. All of this is about to change when a free-spirited newly single beauty named Penny moves in next door. When Leonard and Sheldon meet Penny, Leonard is immediately interested in her, hoping to date her, but Sheldon believes his deluded roommate is chasing a dream he will never catch.
Sheldon is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow geeks Howard Wolowitz, a wannabe ladies man, and Rajesh Koothrappali, who suffers from selective mutism, in particular when Penny is around. However, Leonard sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities. He is so infatuated with her that after letting her use their shower on account of hers being broken, he agrees to try and retrieve her TV from her ex-boyfriend, a tall, muscular man named Kurt. However, Kurt depantses Leonard and Sheldon, and they are unable to retrieve the TV. Feeling bad, Penny offers to buy them and their friends dinner. Sheldon realizes Leonard will continue pursuing Penny, acknowledged when Leonard says, “Our babies will be smart and beautiful,” to which Sheldon adds, “Not to mention imaginary.”
Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco as Penny
Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar as Rajesh Koothrappali
Vernee Watson-Johnson as Althea
Brian Patrick Wade as Kurt
My Favourite Quotes:
Leonard: Our children 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’s 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
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 ?
Leonard: What makes you think she wouldn’t have sex with me? I’m a male and she’s a female.
Sheldon: Yes, but not of the same species.
Penny: I’m a vegetarian, except for fish, and the occasional steak. I LOVE STEAK!!!
Sheldon: Well, that’s interesting. Leonard can’t process corn.
Sheldon: Leonard, I don’t think I can do this.
Leonard: What are you, kidding? You’re a semi-pro.
Sheldon: No, we are committing genetic fraud. There’s no guarantee that our sperm’s going to generate high-IQ offspring. Think about that. I have a sister with the same basic DNA mix who hostesses at Fuddruckers.
Leonard: Is this the high-IQ sperm bank?
Althea: If you have to ask, maybe you shouldn’t be here
Sheldon: That’s where I sit.
Penny: So sit next to me.
Sheldon: No, I sit there.
Leonard: I’m gonna invite her (Penny) over. We’ll have a nice meal and chat.
Sheldon: Chat? But we don’t chat, at least not off-line.
Penny: I’m a Sagittarius, which probably tells you way more than you need to know.
Sheldon: Yes, it tells us that you participate in the mass cultural delusion that the sun’s apparent position relative to arbitrarily defined constellations at the time of your birth somehow affects your personality.
Penny: (puzzled) Participate in the what?
Leonard: New neighbor?
Sheldon: It seems so.
Leonard: Significant improvement over the old neighbor.
Sheldon: A 200 pound transvestite with a skin condition, yes, she is.
Kurt: How the hell did you get in the building?
Leonard: We’re scientists!
Sheldon: Tell him about our IQ!
Penny: Oh, anyways I’m also writing a screenplay. It’s about this sensitive girl who comes to LA from Lincoln, Nebraska, to be an actress and who ends up a waitress at the cheesecake factory.
Leonard: So it’s based on your life?
Penny: No, I’m from Omaha!
Leonard: I love cheesecake.
Sheldon: You’re lactose-intolerant.
Leonard: I don’t eat it. I just think it’s a good idea.
Penny: (after seeing Leonard and Sheldon pantsed) I’m so sorry. I really thought if you guys went instead of me, he wouldn’t be such an ass.
Leonard: No, it was a valid hypothesis.
Sheldon: “Was a valid hypo” – what is happening to you?