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The Big Bang Theory (2007)

17 corrected entries in season 3

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The Excelsior Acquisition - S3-E16

Corrected entry: Penny doesn't know who Stan Lee is in this episode, though earlier in the series she not only knew who he was but met him at the Cheesecake Factory and had him sign a napkin for Sheldon.

Correction: The signed napkin (from s02e11 "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis") was from Leonard Nimoy (who played Spock) who Penny met at the Cheesecake Factory, not Stan Lee.

Bishop73

The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation - S3-E1

Corrected entry: At the end of the episode, Sheldon runs off to Texas. That would be impossible in the short time frame the episode was set in. Especially since they live in Pasadena, California. California is 18 hours away by car from Texas. It has also been stated previously that Sheldon dislikes cars and airplanes a lot.

Correction: Just because he dislikes planes, doesn't mean that he will never go on one, as proven by him traveling by plane to Texas with Howard.

Greg Dwyer

The Jiminy Conjecture - S3-E2

Corrected entry: In the discussion between Raj and Howard about "shiksa goddess" plus Sheldon's later mispronunciation of the word and Howard's correction, it is never clarified that the term applies only to a Gentile girlfriend of a Jewish man. No other relationship qualifies.

MFWills

Correction: This is incorrect as it also applies to a Gentile woman who is the object of desire by a Jewish man. However, like many words, the appropriation of the word by English speakers has transformed it into any Gentile woman (although usually an attractive woman) and is as such, commonly used as a term of endearment rather than an insult.

Bishop73

The Pants Alternative - S3-E18

Corrected entry: Sheldon claims the X-Men were named so after the X in Charles Xavier's' name. In The X-Men #1 (1963), Professor X states that mutants possess an extra power that humans do not have. Xavier then says "That is why I call my students... X-Men, for EX-tra power!"

Correction: He may be going by the movie continuity, where the X-Men DID name themselves after Charles. (Likely in an effort to "dumb it down" for Penny).

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

It could also have been deliberate on the part of the writers as a set-up for Sheldon's "C-Men" punchline.

Cubs Fan Premium member

The Bozeman Reaction - S3-E13

Corrected entry: In the scene where Sheldon lists the things that were stolen from the apartment, he mentions several gaming platforms including PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. Other than that he lists games including Final Fantasy 1 to 9. You can't play those Final Fantasy games on any of the gaming platforms he lists though (Only some HD remakes are available for the PlayStation 3, but only as downloads, so you won't be able to steal the discs because they don't exist).

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Sabine J. Kwak

Correction: He lists the items that were stolen. Just because he lists games for consoles that weren't taken doesn't mean they weren't stolen. He either has the games but the console was not in the apartment, or he has the games and the consoles were not taken.

The Pants Alternative - S3-E18

Corrected entry: Sheldon refers to the "Hillbilly Peace Prize" in connection with Penny. Sheldon would have corrected anyone else who said such a thing. He would point out that that word "hillbilly" refers to people who dwell in rural, mountainous areas in the US primarily in Appalachia, the Ozarks, and other less well-known mountain chains. Nebraska, where Penny is from, is rural, but being a Great Plains state, has no connection at all to the term, not to mention a lack of mountains.

MFWills

Correction: Hillbilly is also an insult to those who live in farming and rural areas, which Penny's story certainly invoked.

Greg Dwyer

The Wheaton Recurrence - S3-E19

Corrected entry: In previous episodes, it's mentioned that Leonard is lactose intolerant, but at the bowling alley he eats from a plate of chili cheese fries.

Cubs Fan Premium member

Correction: Just because he's lactose intolerant doesn't mean he can't have dairy (as opposed to Howard's peanut allergy where he can't have any peanut product). In fact, in several episodes others have made fun of Leonard's flatulent as a result of him having dairy, evidence that he's had dairy products before.

Bishop73

The Large Hadron Collision - S3-E15

Corrected entry: The "Hollermus" that Sheldon allegedly makes is not actually a Swiss breakfast dish. It is in fact simply a kind of jam made from elderberries which is quite common in most German-speaking countries. Also, judging by the ingredients on the table (eggs, milk, butter) and the food on the plate, the dish prepared by Sheldon seems most likely to be an omelette with a Vienna sausage, which is in no way traditionally Swiss.

Tanngrisnir

Correction: He actually says Cholermus which is a swish breakfast dish similar to a pancake, I had to find a script online when I first heard it to figure out what it was.

The Adhesive Duck Deficiency - S3-E8

Corrected entry: There is no way Sheldon would have been able to hear Penny call him for help as as he did, through four closed doors, two rooms and a hallway.

luke f

Correction: Sheldon's 'Vulcan hearing' is an important plot device, used in a number of episodes for comic effect. This is one of them. In another episode, Leonard says he can hear her toilet flush, so the apartments clearly aren't very soundproof.

The Jiminy Conjecture - S3-E2

Corrected entry: Professor Crawley states he discovered a new species of dung beetle (named after him) in a rain forest in Borneo. That is impossible - dung beetles do not live in damp climates as the fecal matter upon which they live degrades too quickly when moist. You can find dung beetles in Savannah grassland, semi-arid desert, some lightly wooded areas, but a rain forest? Never.

Correction: Never is a big word. Deltochilum valgum and Oxysternon pteroderum are two examples of dung beetles that live in rainforests.

Guy

The Staircase Implementation - S3-E22

Corrected entry: When Sheldon tells Leonard about the time travel clause, he states "in precisely five seconds." Anybody who knows anything about time travel know that you need a definitive point in time, so without having that exact date and time written down somewhere, there's no way a future version of them could arrive at that unspecified time. Sheldon's too anal to ignore something like that.

Knever

Correction: The precise time would be slightly before the signing of the Roommate Agreement, which is about to happen, so it's a markable point in their histories/future histories.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

The Adhesive Duck Deficiency - S3-E8

Corrected entry: When Penny and Sheldon get into the car to drive to the hospital, she makes the remark, "You do have a learner's permit, right?" He answers yes and explains he has logged several simulation hours which ended badly. She already knows he has a learner's permit and about the simulations, since in season 2, "The Euclid Alternative," she was with him at the DMV when he got the permit and stood beside him during the simulation, actually hitting him in the face with a pillow to mimic an airbag when he crashed.

lizbeth1fl

Correction: Actually, after Sheldon said that it was the first time driving an actual vehicle, she said "you do have 'your' learners permit, right?" It was an indirect reference to the fact that (approx) a year had passed (a season for us viewers) and he had not stepped into an actual vehicle. Penny has been known to be sarcastic from time to time.

XIII

The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary - S3-E5

Corrected entry: Wil Wheaton tells Sheldon that he missed the convention because his grandmother died. When Wheaton later refers to a living grandmother, Sheldon realizes he has been tricked. He shouldn't - presumably Wheaton, like everyone else, has two grandmothers (mother's and father's side) and thus Wheaton announcing he has a living grandmother in no way contradicts what he said before. This alone shouldn't tip Sheldon off that Wheaton was lying.

Moose Premium member

Correction: In context of how the scenes played out, it is directly implied (and very obvious) that Wheaton is talking about the same grandmother.

XIII

The Excelsior Acquisition - S3-E16

Corrected entry: Penny got a red light camera ticket while Sheldon was driving her car. She says she gave up Sheldon as the driver to the court because she didn't want to get any more points on her license. You don't get points on your license for a camera issued violation. The registered owner just gets a straight fine. A police officer has to issue a ticket at the scene to get license points.

terry s

Correction: Penny is not a legal expert. She might not be aware of this technicality and is still afraid of losing points.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

The Spaghetti Catalyst - S3-E20

Corrected entry: When Sheldon says goodbye to Howard after walking with him on the street, he says "BYE, SHEL" instead of "BYE, HOWARD".

Rays2011

Correction: Howard tells Sheldon to have a nice walk and Sheldon replies "I shall", not "Bye Shel".

THGhost

The Vengeance Formulation - S3-E9

Corrected entry: Kripke pumps helium into Sheldon's office to make his voice squeaky while conducting a phone interview. However, the helium is pumped in via a tube that is above the height of Sheldon's head, and helium floats in air; therefore, the helium would have accumulated near the ceiling and would not have affected Sheldon within a couple of minutes as shown.

DavidK93

Correction: Kripky opens 2 massive canisters of helium - enough to accumulate low enough to affect Sheldon's voice.

A Demon Premium member

The Precious Fragmentation - S3-E17

Corrected entry: The "ring" prop is alleged to be one used in "The Lord of the Rings" movies. However, the prop used in the TV show has a gold chain, but in the films Frodo's ring is held on a silver chain.

woodrz

Correction: The chain isn't what's important. It's the ring. The chain is not part of the prop.

Knever

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