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The Big Bang Theory Episode: "The Tangerine Factor"

Season 1, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: In the first-season finale, Leonard asks Penny out on a date after she breaks up with her boyfriend. To prepare for the big night, Leonard practices the date the day before with the guys.
Original Air Date: May 19, 2008

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Season 1, Episode 17
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Aired: 5/19/2008
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The Tangerine Factor Season 1, Episode 17

Howard is teaching Sheldon Chinese (actually, Mandarin to be exact.) It seems Sheldon wants to confront the nearby Chinese place about secretly replacing Tangerine Chicken with Orange Chicken. Watching Jim Parsons deliver Mandarin lines is great comedy. In walks Leonard, whom Sheldon addresses with Mei du lui zi. Sadly, he's accidentally called his roommate a syphilitic donkey. Now a peeved Penny arrives, who's been wronged by the bozo she's been dating. The guy apparently posted details of "driving his point home" with her on his blog. She hurls his iPod at him. Cut to the best opening titles/animation in all of television. Even better than Angie. Leonard's got her right where he wants her. She's emotional, hurt and vulnerable. But he's loudly rebuffed. He's goin' in again. This time, he gets the Hi sign from Penny. She wants to talk. But while perusing bozo's stories on his blog, Leonard somehow convinces her that it's all just an odd yet endearing way that he's expressed his feelings for her. She wants to go over there and apologize. Major misfire! Uh oh. Peeved Penny is back. Apparently Leonard's non-advice about going over to bozo's place and apologizing didn't go over too well. Not too well, as in beholding the guy and his new fling in some sort of sexual olympics. Penny is so done with guys with a perfect body, hair and lots of money. If only she could date someone nice, honest and who cares about her. Then the Earth moved. Or there was some kind of big bang. Leonard musters up the courage to do what a lot of guys (including your blogger) would never have the marbles to do. After the season premiere, the antics at the cheesecake restaurant, the strike and so on, we're here. We've arrived. He's asked her out, and by gosh she said yes. Yes. But now what? What does he do now? From her perspective, what does she do now. Easy...hit up Sheldon for advice. I'm not sure what serious advice she was expecting, but, heck, a little physics string theory thrown in with advice for the lovelorn can't hurt. She reveals that she's known for a while that Leonard's had a little crush on her. Gee, do ya think? By way of introducing Penny to the theory of Schrödinger's Cat (the befuddled look on her face is priceless), Sheldon convinces her that she should keep open the option of going out with Leonard since the end result is not yet known to be positive or negative. This is what's missing from my love life - quantum physics. One thing I've liked about Sheldon's character development throughout the season is amid all the bickering and scientific doublespeak, he really does care about his roommate and friend. This came about (again) when Penny misinterpreted the Schrödinger's Cat theory as meaning she absolutely must go on a date with Leonard. Sheldon responds "no-no-no-no" before catching himself. He knows this date must happen. And it does. Leonard shows up at Penny's door to pick her up and asks if she's heard of Schrödinger's Cat. She says she's heard way too much about the cat. Apparently she had him at "way." Major kiss ensues. Meow! It looks like they decided to go for Chinese (didn't he just eat Chinese? But she hasn't, so good boy for going with the flow), and who's there? Sheldon, yelling at the cashier about Tangerine Chicken, but accidentally imploring him to "show me your mucus." Well, they've seen enough and head out to somewhere else. Perhaps to another restaurant. Maybe to a movie (how about Plan 9 From Outer Space?) But that's the end of the season. I'm glad it got this far. It had to. How did the date go? Any action? I guess we'll just have to wait. Line of the night: "Incredible. You screwed up the screw-up." Spoken by Rajesh to Leonard after Penny returned from hoping to reconcile with bozo. show less
Howard is teaching Sheldon Chinese (actually, Mandarin to be exact.) It seems Sheldon wants to confront the nearby Chinese place about secretly replacing Tangerine Chicken with Orange Chicken. Watching Jim Parsons deliver Mandarin lines is great comedy.In walks Leonard, whom Sheldon addresses with Mei du lui zi. Sadly, he's accidentally called his roommate a syphilitic donkey.Now a peeved Penny arrives, who's been wronged by the bozo she's been dating. The guy apparently posted details of "driving his point home" with her on his blog. She hurls his iPod at him.Cut to the best opening titles/animation in all of television. Even better than Angie.Leonard's got her right where he wants her. She's emotional, hurt and vulnerable. But he's loudly rebuffed.He's goin' in again. This time, he gets the Hi sign from Penny. She wants to talk. But while perusing bozo's stories on his blog, Leonard somehow convinces her that it's all just an odd yet endearing way that he's expressed his feelings ... read more

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