The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory (2007)

24 corrected entries in season 1

(5 votes)

The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization - S1-E9

Corrected entry: Howard explains how the signal travels to the lamp via various means and clicks to switch the lamp on. There is then a delay of around 1 second. However when he does the same thing for the stereo the sound starts instantly. (00:00:10)

A Demon Premium member

Correction: Technically, when you use a network for the first time, there are many steps involved like creating a VPN, matching IP addresses, etc, hence the delay. Once you have connected and used it at least once, the go-betweens don't exist, hence there is no delay.

The Bat Jar Conjecture - S1-E13

Corrected entry: Sheldon is very particular about sitting in his spot and not allowing anyone else into his spot. We learn later on in the series that he has been this way since Leonard moved in. However at the very end of this episode, we see Leonard sat in Sheldon's spot and Sheldon sat in the arm chair. (00:19:00)

A Demon Premium member

Correction: At the start of the scene, Sheldon attempts to sit in his spot, but Leonard doesn't let him, because his Physics Bowl trophy is sitting there and then Leonard moves slightly onto Sheldon's spot to make fun of him using the trophy. Presumably, he is just sitting on the arm chair because Leonard wouldn't move and he is just sitting in that seat reluctantly.

Casual Person

The Jerusalem Duality - S1-E12

Corrected entry: At the start when Sheldon and Leonard are sitting at the table, and then talking with Dennis, their soda cans on the table keep rotating themselves and the straws in them change position a couple of times too. (00:01:00)

Hamster Premium member

Correction: The rotating of the cans is due to the various camera angles being used in the shot. Same with the straws.

A Demon Premium member

The Pancake Batter Anomaly - S1-E11

Corrected entry: When Leonard is standing outside the apartment his hair is tucked under the band of the wireless cam he has on his head, but when he is crawling on his hands and knees through the apartment his hair is out from under the band and is hanging in front of his face.

Jacy Sorkenn

Correction: They also find a gift bag in this time so it's clear there has been a gap of some time. Enough to sort the headband out.

A Demon Premium member

The Dumpling Paradox - S1-E7

Corrected entry: Characters in Halo games can never be decapitated, as Penny states about Sheldon's player character.

dregj

Correction: Penny says "whose head did I just blow off?" This can merely be an expression for killing someone. Not necessarily a literal reference.

A Demon Premium member

The Dumpling Paradox - S1-E7

Corrected entry: While the group are trying to figure out how to play Halo without Howard, Leonard jokingly suggests cutting Raj in half. Raj responds, "Oh sure, cut the foreigner in half. There's a billion more where he came from." But Penny is in the room with them, so there's no way he should be able to talk in front of her, or even if he's been drinking, the fact alcohol helps him isn't realised until the next episode, so the fact he can speak with her there should have surprised everyone, including him.

Correction: Penny is on the other side of the room and not in the conversation. Raj's comment was an aside to Howard and it can be reasonably concluded that nobody else could hear.

Knever

The Grasshopper Experiment - S1-E8

Corrected entry: Leonard wonders aloud "I wonder who's going to tell his (Sheldon's) parents they're not having grandchildren." Leonard and Sheldon have been sharing the apartment for long enough for Leonard to know that Sheldon's father has been dead for a number of years, but it is at least since S1E04, when Sheldon's mother says "God rest his soul" while talking about his father.

MFWills

Correction: Episode S01E04 ended with Sheldon asking his mother if Dr. Gablehouser is going to be his new daddy and her saying "We'll see." So he could be the other "parent." Or his mother could have met someone else between the episodes.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

The Pork Chop Indeterminacy - S1-E15

Corrected entry: Sheldon asks Missy why she doesn't tell her friends that he is a toll taker on The Golden Gate Bridge. There are no toll takers on the Golden Gate Bridge. Tolls are paid by credit or debit card, a prepaid account or by invoice to the registered car owner's address. There is no way Sheldon would not know this.

Correction: S1-E15 aired in May, 2008, but the Golden Gate Bridge didn't switch to all-electronic toll collection until March 2013, and the decision to convert to electronic toll collection wasn't made until January, 2011.

The Dumpling Paradox - S1-E7

Corrected entry: When Penny tells Sheldon that he forgot a plasma grenade, she presses the right trigger on the Xbox controller. On Halo 3, the right trigger fires weapons, not grenades. That's the left trigger.

Brad Premium member

Correction: In Halo 3 you can change around some features of the remote, including which trigger fires grenades and weapons.

kristenlouise3

The Tangerine Factor - S1-E17

Corrected entry: Penny storms into Sheldon and Leonard's apartment to throw her boyfriend's iPod out of their window and yell at her boyfriend who has just left. Raj then finds the iPod on his way in. However, according to the layout of the building with the front door being to the left of the elevator, the front side of their apartment building would be on Penny's side, so she should have thrown it out of her own apartment window. The window through Sheldon and Leonard's apartment would lead to the back.

07marsh

Correction: There's no indication from the scene that she's catching him as he is stepping out the door. He could have had his car parked behind the building and was on his way round to the front.

Jay32183

Pilot - S1-E1

Corrected entry: At the end of this episode when Penny asks to use Leonard and Sheldon's bathroom for a shower, when she goes down the hallway towards the bathroom/bedrooms, she turns past the bathroom (the door that is visible from the living room) and turns right and goes towards the bedrooms.

Jack Adams

Correction: Penny could simply be going to grab a towel from the linen closet before having her shower.

kristenlouise3

The Bat Jar Conjecture - S1-E13

Corrected entry: When the guys are practising for the Physics Bowl and they are sitting across from Penny, Leonard is sitting in Sheldon's seat, which Sheldon would never allow.

ashnzoe242

Correction: In most cases, this would be true. But given the way things were set up, he had to pick a new, temporary spot for the practice. It's likely that their living room setup is too complex to change just for a short amount of time, which is why the practice area was set up as it was. Sheldon chose a spot related to the practice area so he would be comfortable, just like he chose a new spot when the gang went to the north pole.

Knever

The Nerdvana Annihilation - S1-E14

Corrected entry: At the beginning, when Leonard has won the online auction, we see a shot of his laptop computer screen showing an Apple Safari browser window with Mac OS X window controls, but the laptop is a PC, not made by Apple. Mac OS X can only run on Mac hardware.

Correction: It is difficult but possible (and a TOS violation) to get Mac OS X to run on a PC. The company Psystar even did it commercially. Given Leonard and Sheldon's computer knowledge, it shouldn't be difficult at all. Or they could easily just be running a custom browser skin.

LorgSkyegon

The Luminous Fish Effect - S1-E4

Corrected entry: At the buffet table when the gang gets food, Howard walks in with his 'date.' Between shots, as he walks in, in one shot Sheldon puts his right hand up on his plate. In the next shot his hand is down.

Hamster Premium member

Correction: I have just reviewed this scene. Sheldon makes only one movement with his right hand as Howard walks in. Between shots he was able to walk from behind the group to the side. This gives him ample time to move his right hand back down.

XIII

The Peanut Reaction - S1-E16

Corrected entry: At the apartment, after pretending to eat some of the granola bar, Howard throws the bar and wrapper down on the coffee table. He does not pick it up again before they leave the apartment. Later, at the hospital, he takes the bar from his pocket and eats some.

pinkwafer

Correction: No, he breaks a chunk off the bar and stuffs it in his back pocket so it would look like he took a bite. This is what he removes at the hospital.

Grumpy Scot

The Tangerine Factor - S1-E17

Corrected entry: When Penny and Leonard are talking to Sheldon about their date, Sheldon refers to Schrodinger's Cat, stating "The cat in the box is both alive and dead, until you open the box and find out." Yet the precise point of the Schrodinger's Cat example is that the cat cannot be both alive and dead. Schrodinger was arguing against physicists of the time who claimed that certain subatomic particles were special and could be in opposite states at the same time; his argument was that you can't make small systems special because a large and obvious system (e.g., the cat) could always be made to depend on the state of the smaller one, and for a large and obvious system to be in opposite states simultaneously is ridiculous. Now, this is pretty obscure and the misunderstanding of Schrodinger's Cat experiment is widespread, but this is Sheldon we're talking about.

Moose Premium member

Correction: This is not a factual error on Sheldon's part. He explicitly says that Schrodinger's experiment was an attempt to explain the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics, which implies that the cat could be both dead and alive until the box is opened and observed. While he doesn't explain that the point of the experiment was to critique the prevailing thought of the time, his overall point to Penny fits within the context as given.

The Nerdvana Annihilation - S1-E14

Corrected entry: When Leonard starts packing his action figures away, the box says "Leonard's collectables. The spelling should be "collectibles" - an unlikely mistake from someone of Leonard's intellect.

Fat Tony69

Correction: Both spellings are correct. I checked thirty six online dictionaries and they all list "collectable" and "collectible" as the correct spelling.

Pilot - S1-E1

Corrected entry: When Howard is showing Penny the online game and Penny expresses interest, Raj says "Smooth", even though Penny is right there - breaking his mutism rule.

Moose Premium member

Correction: This has never been a diagnosed condition in his case. In Episode 13 of the same season, during a group conversation he accidentally says "good story" with Penny present and immediately realized that he talked in front of a female then covered his mouth. This is just a individual non-medical problem.

XIII

The Loobenfeld Decay - S1-E10

Corrected entry: In "The Loobenfield Decay" Sheldon and Leonard go to absurd lengths to avoid having to hear Penny perform because her singing voice is so horrible. But in series 2 episode 18 "The Work Song Nanocluster", series 3 episode 3 "The Gothowitz Deviation" and series 3 episode 8 "The Adhesive Duck Deficiency" (amongst others) she is shown to have a strong, pleasant singing voice, and she sings in front of both men without them objecting. They aren't just being polite - they genuinely like her singing. So, which is it?

Correction: If either of those episodes occurred before "The Loobenfield Decay" episode than this could be a valid plot hole BUT they all occur after. It is fair to conclude that she got better.

XIII

The Luminous Fish Effect - S1-E4

Corrected entry: When Penny and Sheldon are driving to the supermarket, Sheldon is explaining the weight of the car and how it affects her braking time. He estimates the car's weight to be 4000 pounds, 140 for himself and 120 for Penny, and then rounds the total up to be 4400 pounds, when it actually should be 4260. It's extremely out of character for somebody like Sheldon to make such a basic addition mistake.

LittleWildman

Correction: Or he could be including other things he just failed to mention, such as the contents of the vehicle and trunk.

LorgSkyegon

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