Big Bang Theory blunder: Sheldon’s laptop was switched OFF in key scene – did you spot it?

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Sitcom staple The Big Bang Theory has been a comforting resource of entertainment throughout the coronavirus pandemic thanks to its availability on Netflix. Unfortunately, returning to the very first season of the wildly successful CBS comedy has uncovered several embarrassing blunders.

Some observant fans have noticed Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons) and the gang were playing on inoperable laptops in one of the first episodes of The Big Bang Theory. 

The geeky series eventually became the most popular comedy in the world, making household names out of the main stars.

However, before its widespread success, Big Bang needed some time to finetune itself into the well-oiled machine fans know and love today.

The third episode of the first season, The Fuzzy Boots Corollary, perfectly encapsulates Sheldon, Howard (Simon Helberg), Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and Leonard’s (Johnny Galecki) nerdiest tendencies in the opening scene.

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They begin the episode in the middle of a round of World of Warcraft, attempting to retrieve the fabled sword of Azeroth.

But, as one fan spotted: “When everybody is on their laptops at the beginning of the episode, you can clearly see in many shots that their screens are black.”

Potentially in a bid to remain environmentally friendly, the Big Bang production team opted to have the cast mimic their gaming session on machines that weren’t actually switched on. 

This seemingly minor oversight wouldn’t have been a problem if the scene was filmed head on, with the back of the gang’s laptops facing towards the camera.

Sadly, as this fan points out, the illusion frequently gets shattered when the sequence switches to over-the-shoulder shots and we can see Sheldon and Howard’s blank screens in full view.

Online multiplayer games like World of Warcraft are constantly mentioned throughout the series as being some of the group’s favourite pastimes. 

Unfortunately, Sheldon and co. are in danger of losing some serious geek cred if their fellow nerds discover they don’t actually know how to play the game.

To make matters worse, fans have exposed a number of similar errors in the very same episode of the series.

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One eagle-eyed fan spotted a particularly egregious continuity mistake when the gang switched off WoW in favour of a classic party game.

They took to online forums and wrote: “When Sheldon, Howard and Raj play Jenga, there is one block sitting at the top of the tower. 

“When Leonard walks in, there are now two blocks at the top, before we actually see Howard place the second one on the top.”

Another viewer spotted an equally distracting moment during one of the first of many arguments about Sheldon and Leonard’s beautiful new neighbour, Penny (Kaley Cuoco).

They said: “When Sheldon is telling Leonard that he didn’t ask Penny out, there is a yellow food-bag on the counter between them that keeps changing its position with every shot change.”

Thankfully, production on the series has only improved over the years, and only a few mistakes managed to slip through the cracks in later seasons.

Following The Big Bang Theory’s dramatic conclusion last year, much of the cast have spent their newly opened schedule to pursue new challenges, including Kaley Cuoco’s dramatic role in HBO’s The Flight Attendant. 

The Big Bang Theory is available to stream on Netflix.

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