Unaired first pilot

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Unaired First Pilot
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Unaired First Pilot
WritersChuck Lorre, Bill Prady
DirectorJames Burrows
StarringVernee Watson as Althea, Iris Bahr as Gilda, unknown as Makeup counter customer
Air DateUnaired
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GuideEpisode #100
QuotesEpisode #100

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Unaired first pilot >> . . . Pilot

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Summary

Leonard and Sheldon encounter a young woman crying on the curb, having been left homeless by a break-up with her boyfriend. Leonard, over Sheldon's objections, invites her to dinner and then to stay a few days at their apartment. She is abrasive, sexy, hard, and sarcastic, but she softens a little when she discovers that the guys aren't trying to get something from her. In the end, she decides she'll crash at their place for awhile.

Episode Outline

I. High-IQ Sperm Bank

  • Sheldon and Leonard are finishing up at the high-IQ sperm bank. Sheldon expresses concerns.

II. Pasadena street

  • the guys encounter Katie crying on the curb; Leonard invites her to come to dinner with them

III. Indian restaurant

  • the guys buy Katie dinner and over Sheldon's objections, Leonard invites her to stay a few days in their apartment


Main title card and music ("She Blinded Me With Science")


IV. Hallway outside the guys' apartment

  • Katie assures the guys that they won't even know she's there

V. apartment living room

  • Katie sees the white boards and discovers that they're geniuses. Gilda comes in and meets Katie.

VI. apartment living room

  • Gilda, Sheldon, and Leonard are trying to figure out Katie using formulae on the whiteboard. Katie comes in and asks if anyone wants to go out for a drink with her.

VII: Leonard's bedroom, later that evening

  • Leonard wakes up when he hears a lamp being broken by someone in the living room

VIII. apartment living room

  • Leonard comes in to the living room holding his light saber, encounters Katie who uses a white board to explain who she is and something of her history to Leonard. He indirectly calls her stupid for the choices she's made. She storms out.

IX. apartment living room next morning

  • Sheldon tells Leonard that Katie has come back, picked up her stuff, and left. Leonard decides he needs to go after to apologize.

X. department store

  • Katie is working, helping a customer at the makeup counter. Leonard comes in and apologizes, then asks Katie where she's going to go. She says she'll work something out.

XI. apartment living room

  • Gilda, Sheldon, and Leonard are eating. Gilda reveals that she and Sheldon have had sex, but it was at a Star Trek convention in costume. Katie knocks on the door and walks back in, stating that she's "worked out" where to stay, and it's with the guys

XII. bar

  • Katie has taken Sheldon, Leonard, and Gilda to the bar; they all dance -- Katie very well and the other three ... well, it's something to see.

Credits and Warner Bros logo

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a scene from the pilot with Amanda Walsh and Johnnie Galecki

Commentary

(edited from Sitcomsonline.com)

The female lead was played by Amanda Walsh and was named Katie. Sheldon and Leonard discover her sitting on a curb, crying about her boyfriend, and soon invite her to stay with them. The character of Katie is much more overtly sexual than the character of Penny. In fact in the pilot she totally exposes herself to the boys, of course her backside is covered by a towel to the camera! The characters of Howard and Rajesh are not included. Basically it was originally a sort of geeky "Three's Company" with two guys and a girl living together. Sheldon also isn't as disliking of Katie as he is with Penny. Much of the dialogue and jokes from the pilot were re-used thoughout episodes from the first season.


(edited from Wikipedia)

The show's initial pilot, developed for the 2006–07 television season, was substantially different from its current form. Only Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons were in the cast, and their across-the-hall neighbor Katie was envisioned as "a street-hardened, tough-as-nails woman with a vulnerable interior". Katie was played by actress Amanda Walsh They also had a female friend called Gilda (played by Iris Bahr). The show's original theme music was also different, using Thomas Dolby's hit "She Blinded Me With Science". The show was not picked up, but the creators were given an opportunity to revise the show, bringing in the remaining leading cast and retooling the show to its current format. The original unaired pilot has never been released on any official format. On the evolution of the show, Lorre bluntly admitted "We did the 'Big Bang Pilot' about two and a half years ago, and it sucked... but there were two remarkable things that worked perfectly, and that was Johnny and Jim. We rewrote the thing entirely, and then we were blessed with Kaley and Simon and Kunal." As to whether the world will ever see that original pilot, maybe on a DVD, Lorre said "Wow that would be something, we will see. Show your failures..."


(from an interview with Bill Prady in Variety)

The key difference in the original pilot was the conception of the female lead. The original character ... was envisioned as a street-hardened, tough-as-nails woman with a vulnerable interior. The idea was for the guys, who would approach her with honesty, to draw the real, sensitive Katie out. What we didn’t anticipate, though, is how protective the audience would feel about our guys. Early screenings of that version of the pilot led audiences to beg that the “mean lady” would stay away from the “sweet guys.”


(from Development Update on futoncritic.com, April 17-19, 2006)

THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS) - Amanda Walsh (Jenna Halbert on "Sons & Daughters") has landed the female lead in the comedy pilot, about two brilliant theoretical physicists (Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons) who meet a woman who shows them how little they know about real life. She'll take over for Jodi Lynn O'Keefe as Gilda, said woman in the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour, which comes from creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. No reason for the change was given, other than it was made after the show's table read Thursday. Walsh's involvement is in second position to her duties on the ABC comedy.

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