But kids are like pancakes. The first one’s always a throwaway.

aaronsun666

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The Big Bang Theory Season 06 Episode 22

Howard and Bernadette were taking care of Raj's dog. Unfortunately they lost it.
Bernadette: I’d be a terrible mom.
Howard: Well, maybe with the first one. But kids are like pancakes. The first one’s always a throwaway.

Do people always throw away the first pancake they make?
 
  • owlman5

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    English-US
    Do people always throw away the first pancake they make?
    No. Howard is exaggerating to make a point. It is common for people to ruin the first pancake if they are cooking pancakes and don't know how to cook very well. Those ruined pancakes are "throwaways", but a good cook probably won't ruin the first pancake he puts on the griddle.
     

    quillerbee

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    Canadian English
    The first pancake will stick to the pan if the oil is not hot enough, so then I have to scrape it off the pan and feed the bits to the dogs. After that, the pancakes cook nicely.
     

    quillerbee

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    Canadian English
    …or the oil is too hot to start off with and I burn the stupid thing and have feed it to the dogs. Then I turn down the heat and the pancakes cook nicely.
     
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