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Question: In which episode did Sheldon criticize Falcon of the Avengers?

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Question: How come Raj has no problem speaking to his mother, but, when around other women, such as Penny, he immediately stops talking? Also, why does he have to whisper in someone's ear if he wants to ask Penny something?

Answer: Because Raj's selective mutism seems to be caused by women that Raj sees (on some sort of conscious or subconscious level) as a potential sexual partner. An attribute that wouldn't apply to either his sister or mother.

The Expedition Approximation - S8-E6

Question: Is the mining song Sheldon sings on this episode a real song? If so, what is it called?

strikeand

Chosen answer: The song is called "Dark as a Dungeon" and was written and first performed by singer-songwriter Merle Travis in 1946. It has been performed by a wide array of artists, including Tennessee Ernie Ford, Harry Belafonte, Dolly Parton, Queens of the Stone Age, Kathy Mattea and Amy Grant. But it was made most famous when it was performed and recorded by Johnny Cash during his concert at Folsom Prison in 1968. According to Wikipedia: "It is a lament about the danger and drudgery of being a coal miner in an Appalachian shaft mine. It has become a rallying song among miners seeking improved working conditions."

Michael Albert

The Euclid Alternative - S2-E5

Question: Though it comes up in other episodes as well, this one is focused on Sheldon needing a ride everywhere he goes because he can't drive, not to mention his not being welcome on the bus. Of course, this story element would be nonexistent if there was a simple answer, but it does beg the question: Does Pasadena not have taxicabs?

MFWills

Chosen answer: It does. The variable cleanliness of the cab and the habit of taxi drivers to engage customers in small talk would be too much for Sheldon to handle, and not an option for him.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Answer: Sheldon DID finally use a taxi when going to the airport to see and propose to Amy in New Jersey.

The Agreement Dissection - S4-E21

Question: Since Sheldon had left the room, why didn't Leonard and Priya just hide the pen and lie and say that Leonard had signed the roommate agreement since Sheldon is so gullible?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: In a situation where he wants to get his own way, he turns to the roommate agreement and for this situation would see an empty space.

Chosen answer: Sheldon would certainly check the contract for a signature afterwards. Sheldon also notarizes every contract he writes or signs.

Greg Dwyer

The Convergence Convergence - S9-E24

Question: Why does Penny not like Sheldon inviting Mary to the wedding given how they hug every time they see each other? Also, what did she like so much about Mary and Alfred sleeping together? Was it because she is very fond of them both?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Penny's reply was "wait, you're inviting people to our wedding?" Most people don't like when other people invite guests to their wedding. Penny and Leonard were getting remarried so their families could attend this time (and a few friends). Mary, Sheldon's mother, is not family to Penny or Leonard, and while they like her, they wouldn't consider her a close friend. I think Penny liked the idea that Mary was hooking up knowing how it would bother Sheldon, who didn't realise what was happening. And it was funny to her knowing the conflict it could cause since it didn't affect her at all.

Bishop73

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Question: Why does the show go out of the way never to show the names of sodas? IE, 'Cola' instead of 'Coke', 'Lime' instead of 'Sprite,' 'Zip' instead of '7up.' They don't seem to have a problem with showing names of other products, such as the snacks in the vending machine.

Brian Katcher

Chosen answer: Certain items are part of paid product placement. Those would be obviously named, as would things that can't go unnamed for simplicity reasons. Other things might be unnamed because of opposite product placement, i.e. Coke pays for it so they don't name Pepsi products.

Greg Dwyer

The Rothman Disintegration - S5-E17

Question: I don't get it. Sheldon and Kripke are bad at sports. At the end, they are both sweating and breathing hard. But in 6-13 The Tenure Turbulence, Leonard can't last on the treadmill but this time Kripke can run on the treadmill for a long time yet one season ago, he can't run without breathing so hard. What's going on?

Answer: The simple answer would be "he must have trained and gotten fitter." If it were the other way around, fit then a season later unfit, it would be more confusing.

XIII

Answer: The two scenarios are very different. When Kripke and Sheldon are playing basketball, Kripke is not familiar with the sport, and in trying to win, uses up a lot of his energy too quickly, without preserving it properly. When Kripke is using the cross trainer, he is familiar with how to use it, and knows what the appropriate speed he should be running at, and preserves more of his energy, so in this scenario, doesn't become exhausted as easily. Plus, since he is more familiar with the cross trainer, it is likely that he has exercised before and the condition of his health has improved in between episodes.

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Question: My understanding is Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Howard, and even Amy and Kripke work for a university; but none of them seem to be teachers. And if they are, they never have office hours, or are seen grading homework, and Sheldon seems inept at teaching. Do universities really hire that many people who simply do research with no actual work requirements? Or what's going on? (I understand not filming boring office hours or grading, etc. But they never even allude to it, their work never interferes with random daily events, and I imagine college teachers/professors would stay extremely more busy.

Bishop73

Answer: In season 7 though Amy came to work at the university til the end.

Chosen answer: The boys work for Caltech, a research university mainly dedicated to science and technology. It's never been stated where Amy works, except that she has her own lab. But remember, her lab is fully funded by the Saudi prince that she is pseudo-engaged to. Any business or university would hire her for that reason.

Greg Dwyer

The Herb Garden Germination - S4-E20

Question: In the beginning, Sheldon and Amy are attending a reading (or lecture) of Brian Greene. It seems Sheldon is truly mocking, although at the end he says he's kidding. Do theoretical physicists consider Greene to be a hack, or is he respected in the field of physics? Are Sheldon and Amy truly laughing at him?

Bishop73

Chosen answer: He's respected. Sheldon just thinks he knows more than anyone else and mocks anyone whose theories don't agree with his completely. Amy is probably just going along because it makes Sheldon happy.

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Question: Why doesn't Amy even once wear pants?

Rob245

Answer: Amy does not wear pants because Mayim Bialik does not wear them in her personal life. She is Jewish and observes the Judaic custom of modesty and only wears skirts. The Big Bang producers allowed her to incorporate this practice into her Amy character.

raywest Premium member

Thank you, I didn't know this. My apologies if I offended anyone.

Rob245

I don't think anyone is offended. I had to do a little research for the answer as I became curious about the reason for this.

raywest Premium member

Answer: Character choice.

Ssiscool Premium member

It seems sexist though as Bernadette wore both.

Rob245

It's not sexist, it's a perfectly valid character choice. Some women only wear skirts, some only wear pants, many wear both. Amy is pretty traditional, quite "frumpy" and has a fairly specific look she sticks to throughout the show. It's more sexist to imply she "should" wear pants at least once. People can wear whatever makes them comfortable.

The Justice League Recombination - S4-E11

Question: What is Raj's problem with Aquaman? Is it that he doesn't have powers?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Aquaman does in fact have powers. It is a long running joke that Aquaman is not a useful member of the Justice League due to a seemingly useless set of powers.

The Opening Night Excitation - S9-E11

Question: Leonard thought Penny would want to join them in seeing the new Star Wars movie but why would he think that? He knows Penny does not like Star Wars at all.

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Probably because part of being in a relationship with someone means sharing their interests, even if you yourself are indifferent, to grow closer together. Penny feels otherwise.

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Question: Whenever the gang always have dinner together why is it always in Leonard and Sheldon's apartment?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Out of everyone's apartments, the gang likely eats and hangs out at Leonard and Sheldon's apartment because it has the largest living room space and they would be given the most amount of room to interact in. Raj's apartment and Penny's apartment do not appear to have as much living room space as Leonard and Sheldon's apartment, so they may not want to hang out there, nor would they want to hang out at Howard's place since his mother would be there.

Casual Person

Chosen answer: It's not mentioned exactly, but it's implied to do with his weight and drinking.

Greg Dwyer

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Question: How old was Sheldon when his Dad died?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Sheldon was 14 when his father died.

raywest Premium member

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Question: Was it ever established how long Howard spent on the International Space Station? I ask because some story arcs that begin with one season's finale pick up immediately where the last season left off (S4-S5), but others take place more or less in real time, such as when the guys went on a scientific expedition to the Arctic Circle. So did Howard actually spend three months on the ISS, or was there a "time jump"?

zendaddy621

Chosen answer: Howard went up on Expedition 31 and came back on 32. If the BBT universe holds to the same schedule as the real one, he would have been up there for approximately two months.

The Viewing Party Combustion - S9-E21

Question: How come out of nowhere Leonard decides to not go to the roommate agreement meeting? I know he wouldn't want to but why just decide not to after about 13 years of these?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: He was probably sick of it by that point. He has complained many times about roommate agreement regulations.

The Tangible Affection Proof - S6-E16

Question: Why did they get rid of Alex after this episode?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Plot-wise, there was no reason given for her exit. She was a minor character, not a regular, and writers often write them out of a series without an explanation. The actress, Margo Harshman, did go on to work in a web series the next season and, following that, had a more substantial role on NCIS.

raywest Premium member

The Decoupling Fluctuation - S6-E2

Question: Why does Bernadette seem surprised to hear that Amy can see her and Sheldon eventually getting married?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Bernadette is surprised at the thought that Sheldon could get married. Going against everything she knows.

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The Bad Fish Paradigm - S2-E1

Factual error: Raj and Sheldon are watching TV in Raj's apartment and we hear music playing. Sheldon asks if the woman on TV was Aishwarya Rai to which Raj says yes and then they argue about her and Madhuri Dixit. The song playing was from the Bollywood movie Kaho Na Pyar Hai, but neither of them are in the movie - the lead actress was Ameesha Patel. (00:14:50)

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