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Plot points in The Big Bang Theory story lines where facts do not agree with past points. Here is the list below:

1. In "The Dumpling Paradox" (Season 1 Episode 7), the boys start Halo night 6 minutes late, and determine if the 6 minutes should be taken out of game time, bathroom time, or pizza break. Wednesday is Halo night, so it must have been Wednesday. But pizza night is on Thursday.


Sheldon caught in an electrified net in The Bozeman Reaction

2. In "The Bozeman Reaction" (Season 3 Episode 13), Sheldon allows Howard to install a giant net into his apartment in order to electrocute robbers. But, In "The Ornithophobia Diffusion" (Season 5 Episode 9), Sheldon reveals that he has a fear of nets. Since "The Ornithophobia Diffusion" is after "The Bozeman Reaction", Sheldon's fear of nets may have been triggered because of being trapped in a net at the end of the other episode.

3. In "The Maternal Capacitance" (Season 2 Episode 15), Penny revealed through her conversation with Leonard's mother at the end that her father's name is Bob. However, in "The Boyfriend Complexity" (Season 4 Episode 9), when her father visits her, he introduces himself to Leonard as Wyatt.

5. Sheldon says that Amy doesn't like to wear costumes in "The Justice League Recombination" (Season 4 Episode 11). However, she does dress as a pretzel, a Star Fleet medical officer, Snow White and more in various episodes. She wore the Star Fleet medical officer outfit for Sheldon to like her more and the pretzel as a part of Sheldon's web show "Fun with Flags". The greatest counterexample is in "The Holographic Excitation" (Season 6 Episode 7) when she asks Sheldon to join her in a couple's costume pair.

6. In "The Thanksgiving Decoupling" (Season 7 Episode 9) and "The Proton Transmogrification (Season 7 Episode 22), Sheldon says that his father died when he was 14 years old. However, in "The Pancake Batter Anomaly" (Season 1 Episode 11), Sheldon states that he was once sick in Germany when he was 15 years old, and his mother wasn't able to fly to take care of him because she needed to help his father as the house had been damaged in a tornado. Also, Sheldon mentions that his father tried to give him a beer for his high school graduation, but he was 11 and his mom said no. This creates a mistake as Sheldon never attended high school and instead started college right after leaving elementary school. But in Young Sheldon, Sheldon does attend high school when he was 10 and graduated when he was 11.

7. The famous flashback episode, "The Staircase Implementation" (Season 3 Episode 22), details Leonard moving into Sheldon's apartment seven years prior to the episode, putting the events of the flashback in May 2003. However, in "The Stag Convergence" (Season 5 Episode 22), when Sheldon is comforting Howard, he says, "Also, there was a single cube of chicken bouillon in the cupboard when I moved in and it’s been bothering me for the last eight years. So, as they say, two birds." The Stag Convergence took place in May 2012, making Sheldon's reference of him moving into the apartment eight years ago at 2004, a year after Leonard is supposed to have moved in. Theoretically, one could claim the cube of chicken bouillon did not bother Sheldon for a full year after he moved in but that seems unlikely for our lovable Sheldon Cooper.

8. Rajesh says that he doesn't know how to speak Hindi when he encourages Sheldon to learn the language when Sheldon wants to be intellectually stimulated. However, in the earlier episodes Rajesh can be seen speaking Hindi, watching Hindi movies.

9. When Howard and Bernadette decide to get married before he leaves for space in "The Decoupling Fluctuation" (Season 6 Episode 2), the group looks for venues where they can get married. Howard suggests Vegas, but Bernadette shoots him down saying "isn't that tacky". Penny replies "I know tons of people who got married in Vegas", this suggests that she knows that people who get married in Vegas are really married. However, in "The Leftover Thermalization" (Season 8 Episode 18), Penny says that she married Zac as a goof and she thought that the Vegas marriages are not real marriages.

10. In an early episode when the guys kick Sheldon from the Physics Bowl team and they are looking for a fourth player Raj mentions two actresses that are really smart, that actually later appear in rolls on the show. He refers to the girl who plays TV's blossom (Maiam Bialik who plays Amy and is a neuroscientist in real life) and he says the girl from The wonder years (Danika Mckellar who is a best selling author in mathematics). Danika goes on to play a grad student I believe at a mixer and gets together with Raj.

Note: Checkout the Goofs sections for TBBT episodes on the Internet Movie Database and the Contradictions page in this wikia.