The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory (2007)

25 mistakes in season 3

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The Pirate Solution - S3-E4

Factual error: Sheldon says the movie Gremlins "baffles" him in regards to the instructions being very clear."Don't feed the gremlins after midnight." However, this instruction is only for caring of a Mogwai, not gremlins (the gremlins are formed by Mogwais eating after midnight). Sheldon, of all characters, would not mistake Mogwais for Gremlins and he would know the exact wording of the instructions.

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The Vengeance Formulation - S3-E9

Factual error: Sheldon's voice becomes squeaky when helium is pumped into his office. But if the room contained enough helium to make his voice squeaky just by breathing, Sheldon would actually be suffocating due to lack of oxygen, the lighter helium having displaced the heavier oxygen. You can do it with a balloon because you can breathe normal air between huffs, but if you're in a room full of helium, you won't last long before passing out and asphyxiating.

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The Excelsior Acquisition - S3-E16

Character mistake: When Howard finds the stack of paychecks in Sheldon's drawer and wonders why Sheldon hasn't cashed them, Sheldon explains that he's saving them to purchase items that have yet to be invented and he doesn't trust banks. But just keeping them in his drawer doesn't do anything, because checks are voided after a set period of time and they would eventually become worthless.

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The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: At the dinner, Howard's mom calls. Howard's wine glass refills itself between shots.

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The Bozeman Reaction - S3-E13

Other mistake: Sheldon would not have been able to crawl straight along the window ledge to Leonard's bedroom due to the layout of their apartment. Leonard's window is round a corner from Sheldon's.

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The Excelsior Acquisition - S3-E16

Plot hole: In Series 1, Episode 7, "The Dumpling Paradox, " Sheldon makes an oblique reference to his financial status: "Frankly, if I could afford the rent, I'd ask you [Leonard] to leave, " meaning he cannot pay the rent on his two bedroom apartment by himself - not that he doesn't want to, he can't. However, in "The Execlsior Acquisition, " we find that he does not even cash his pay cheques. He doesn't even deposit them into a bank account - he leaves them in a drawer in his desk. In Series 2 Episode 14 "The Financial Permeability", he lends Penny a large amount of money from a huge bankroll he just happens to have lying about - again, without cashing his pay cheques! He is obviously independently wealthy. Either he doesn't have enough money to afford the rent or he has enough to work without being paid while practically giving large amounts of cash away. Can't be both.

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The Staircase Implementation - S3-E22

Character mistake: When Howard says they should put the time machine into the elevator in 1-14 "The Nerdvana Annihilation", Leonard states the elevator had been broken for two years, but in this episode, we found out the elevator broke seven years earlier.

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The Large Hadron Collision - S3-E15

Factual error: At the very end of the show, Leonard and Raj arrive at the hotel, which is supposed to be in Geneva, Switzerland, to visit CERN. If you look out the "hotel" window, it looks like they're half way up Matterhorn, but in Geneva there are no big/rocky mountains anywhere near the city itself.

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The Gothowitz Deviation - S3-E3

Character mistake: Sheldon refers to using the spray bottle as negative reinforcement when it is in fact positive punishment. Reinforcement involves encouraging a behaviour by either adding or removing a stimulus whereas punishment involves discouraging a behaviour by adding or removing a stimulus. Sheldon would know the difference.

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The Adhesive Duck Deficiency - S3-E8

Character mistake: When Sheldon is placing his order near the beginning of the episode, he states "In the mid-18th century, King Rama IV of Siam..." King Rama IV was born 18th October 1804 and died 1st October 1868. His reign was during the mid-19th century (1851-1868).

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The Large Hadron Collision - S3-E15

Continuity mistake: Penny asks Sheldon if the roommate agreement contains something about girlfriends, which Sheldon dismisses as unrealistic. However, it was revealed in season 2 that there is a cohabitation rider. This was revealed when Sheldon asserted that Leonard's girlfriend, Stephanie, was officially living with them.

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The Einstein Approximation - S3-E14

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Sheldon visits Leonard and Penny in bed, towards the end of the scene, Leonard turns off the light. As he does, if you look carefully, you can see that the light turns off before he hits the switch.

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The Vengeance Formulation - S3-E9

Factual error: In order to get vengeance on Kripke, Sheldon mixes a solution of hydrogen peroxide, saturated potassium iodide and liquid soap, creating a large foam blob. This is easy to replicate, and what you will get (and look carefully, it is what Sheldon gets) is a huge, aerated foam mass consisting almost completely of bubbles. It is barely heavier than air, and if dropped from a ceiling as we see later in the episode it would float harmlessly about the place. Whatever it is that drops on Kripke and his visitors later, it isn't the foam mixture we see earlier - it looks like some sort of custard mix.

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The Einstein Approximation - S3-E14

Character mistake: When working in the Cheesecake Factory, Sheldon says "Bonne appétite," with a hard T at the end. He should know that this is incorrect and would be the first to remind others that the correct phrase is "Bon appétit" (pronounced "appéti" - it is masculine and the t at the end is not pronounced).

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The Vengeance Formulation - S3-E9

Continuity mistake: When Howard is proposing to Bernadette she is holding a tray with two glasses on it. The glasses are next to each other, side by side for two shots of her. Then in the third shot the glasses move so one is behind the other. Then in the fourth shot they are side by side again.

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The Einstein Approximation - S3-E14

Continuity mistake: When Sheldon is looking for another job, the woman is holding a piece of yellow paper up. Camera cuts and she is no longer holding the piece of paper.

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The Maternal Congruence - S3-E11

Visible crew/equipment: When the four (Leonard, Penny, Sheldon and Beverly) are driving to the airport at the end, the studio lights are reflected in Beverly's sunglasses.

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The Gothowitz Deviation - S3-E3

Continuity mistake: When Penny is making French toast and Sheldon walks into shot, the edges of the toast are not covered in egg whilst the rest of the toast is. About 30 seconds later, Penny asks Sheldon if he wants French toast and the edges are still not covered in egg. The shot cuts to Sheldon. In this shot we can see Penny's hands to the far edge of screen and fully raised showing us that she hasn't dipped the edges of the toast in egg yet. But in the next shot, we can see the whole of the toast is covered in egg, including the edges of the toast that were clear a moment earlier.

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The Spaghetti Catalyst - S3-E20

Continuity mistake: When Raj and Leonard are sitting on the couch, Leonard is holding Watchmen and Lost in Space in his left hand and Young Sherlock Holmes in his right. In the very next shot when Leonard turns his head after Raj speaks, Watchmen has disappeared.

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The Precious Fragmentation - S3-E17

Continuity mistake: When eating at the Cheesecake Factory, the position of Raj's hamburger bun changes from shot to shot.

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The Vengeance Formulation - S3-E9

Continuity mistake: When Leonerd sits on the whoopie cushion, he picks it up and it has creases in. Camera changes and the creases have changed.

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The Plimpton Stimulation - S3-E21

Continuity mistake: When Sheldon, Penny, and Leonard are discussing Leonard's tryst with Dr. Plimpton, Penny pinches the bridge of her nose with her right hand. The shot changes and Penny brings her left hand down from her face.

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The Precious Fragmentation - S3-E17

Continuity mistake: At the cheesecake factory, the necklace is wrapped around his middle and ring fingers, then in the next shot, he is just holding it.

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The Precious Fragmentation - S3-E17

Continuity mistake: When Sheldon sneaks into Leonard's bedroom while Leonard and Penny are sleeping, Penny has her arms out over the blanket and Leonard has his on his pillow in front of his face. When Sheldon leans over Penny only her hands are on top of the covers and Leonard's are tucked under his pillow.

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The Einstein Approximation - S3-E14

Continuity mistake: When Sheldon is playing in the ball pit and Leonard is trying to coax him out the position of the black netting of the ball pit alternates between being and not being wrapped around the yellow entrance pillars.

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