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5th Feb '18 2:15:02 PM KJMackley
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** Beverly Hofstadter is repeatedly referred to as being an award-winning psychiatrist and author. However, besides various mentionings, the only time we ever see one of her books being used is when it was required for Pennyís community college psychology class. In addition, while she is an adept psychoanalyst, she tends to force clinical analysis on people around her, insulting and abrasively mocking people around her before using psychological jargon to distance herself from the antagonism which she has created. Overall, she comes across as so cold, robotic, and overly analytical that itís hard to see how she could be a good psychiatrist when she seems to see other humans as merely test subjects and will ask those she finds particularly interesting if they would be willing to have their brain scanned.
** Thatís not even going into her [[TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes relationship with Leonard]]
** Her theories also have a number of LogicalFallacies that are easily discernable when you take a close look. For example, she argues that parents should "focus on celebrating achievements" instead of celebrating birthdays or holidays when they raise the child. This is despite the fact that she is never actually shown congratulating Leonard for his accomplishments. In "The Maternal Combustion", she opted to congratulate only Sheldon for a paper they both published as well as thank Sheldon and not Leonard when the latter did something for her merely because the former happened to be there. It has also been mentioned that she has intentionally sabotaged Leonard such as waiting to tell him that his science project was similar to his brother's until the moment he won the science fair. There is also the fact that despite intentionally withholding affection from him she claims Leonard has an Oedipus Complex every time he tries to seek her approval.
** Her works seem to revolve around a hands-off, neglectful style of parenting, as enumerated in her book, ''Needy Baby, Greedy Baby''. It's likely that her work is popular mainly with overwhelmed parents who are ripe to latch onto an excuse to stop actually parenting their children, much as Ayn Rand's books are popular with self-centered teenagers who want a post hoc justification to act with no regard for anyone other than themselves.
** FridgeBrilliance Beverly is primarily a neuroscientist; all the books she publishes revolve around pure logical scientific facts. Psychiatrist is just a more glamorous title.

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** Beverly Hofstadter is repeatedly referred to as being an award-winning psychiatrist and author. However, besides various mentionings, the only time we ever see author, with Penny ended up with one of her books being used is when it was required textbooks for Pennyís community college a psychology class. class and guest stars have mentioned hearing her name. In addition, practice, while she is an adept psychoanalyst, she tends to force clinical analysis on people around her, insulting and abrasively mocking people around her before using psychological jargon to distance herself from the antagonism which she has created. Overall, she comes across as so cold, robotic, and overly analytical that itís hard to see how she could be a good psychiatrist when she seems to see other humans as merely test subjects and will ask those she finds particularly interesting if they would be willing to have their brain scanned.
** Thatís not even going into her
scanned. The show generally plays this for laughs, given [[TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes her cold relationship with Leonard]]
** Her theories also have a number of LogicalFallacies that are easily discernable when you take a close look. For example, she
Leonard despite being an expert on childhood development]]. She argues that parents should "focus on celebrating achievements" instead of celebrating birthdays or holidays when they raise the child. This (which does not include birthdays), this is despite the fact that she is never actually shown congratulating Leonard for his accomplishments. In "The Maternal Combustion", she opted to congratulate only Sheldon for a paper they both published as well as thank Sheldon and not Leonard any accomplishment even if earned. This makes it even more hypocritical when the latter did something for her merely because the former happened to be there. It has also been mentioned that she has intentionally sabotaged Leonard such as waiting to tell him that his science project was similar to his brother's until the moment he won the science fair. There is also the fact that despite intentionally withholding affection from him she claims Leonard has an Oedipus Complex every time he tries to seek her approval.
** Her works seem to revolve around
approval. Eventually Leonard and Penny meet a hands-off, neglectful style of parenting, as enumerated in her book, ''Needy Baby, Greedy Baby''. It's likely psychologist who states that her work is popular mainly with overwhelmed parents who are ripe to latch onto an excuse to stop actually parenting their children, much as Ayn Rand's books are popular with self-centered teenagers who want a post hoc justification to act with no regard for anyone other than themselves.
** FridgeBrilliance Beverly is primarily a neuroscientist; all the books
she publishes revolve around pure logical scientific facts. Psychiatrist is just a more glamorous title. doesn't approve of Beverly's conclusions.
19th Jan '18 4:50:26 AM Cryoclaste
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* GamerChick: Penny isn't a gamer, but in S1 Ep07, "The Dumpling Paradox", she fills in for Howard for the guys' ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' night, and the first time she picks up an XBox controller, she manages to outclass all of them on her first try. And yes, the guys are 30-year-old geeks who play ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' religiously. However, considering Penny's more rounded characterization, this is surely less PositiveDiscrimination and more RuleOfFunny.

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* GamerChick: Penny isn't a gamer, but in S1 Ep07, "The Dumpling Paradox", she fills in for Howard for the guys' ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' night, and the first time she picks up an XBox Xbox controller, she manages to outclass all of them on her first try. And yes, the guys are 30-year-old geeks who play ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' religiously. However, considering Penny's more rounded characterization, this is surely less PositiveDiscrimination and more RuleOfFunny.
16th Dec '17 8:28:46 AM 59Efra
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** The night Raj met Lucy. At the comic book store, Stuart is throwing a Valentine's Day party that isn't exactly going quite well, and Raj gives a speech to the rest of customers about how they shouldn't value themselves only for being dateless. Then Lucy talks to him about it and she agrees to go have a coffee with him... and when Raj already was on his way out, he turns around and shouts "Later, losers!".
12th Dec '17 9:22:29 PM KJMackley
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** Stuart occasionally complains that his comic book store isn't doing very well. But then why won't he sell Marvel comics? Look around and you'll see none in his store.
*** Stuart does sell Marvel comics. Either that, or Sheldon produces a issue involving Wolverine with bone claws mighty quickly for somebody who doesn't drive if he can possibly avoid it, didn't take Leonard's keys to go home with, and didn't bring his bus pants with him.
*** Not to mention hosting Stan Lee for a signing.
*** That might have more to do with the fact that ''The Big Bang Theory'' is distributed by Warner Bros., who own DC Comics, and there is that big [[FandomRivalry rivalry]] between DC and Marvel (who are owned by Warners' other rival, Disney)
*** He also sells Archie.
12th Dec '17 1:33:45 AM KJMackley
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** Sheldon runs into this frequently due to his complete lack of self-awareness.
*** He often expresses annoyance at being treated like a child, usually followed by a child-like response.
*** [[NoSocialSkills Sheldon]] claimed that Barry Kripke "lacks the basic social skills that we take for granted", accused Leonard of having [[ItsAllAboutMe Narcissistic Personality Disorder]] and when Howard refused to drive him home because he didn't want to use a hospital bathroom, Sheldon complained that friendship is not supposed to be "[[IResembleThatRemark all give and no take]]".
*** Sheldon's claim that Leonard has NPD is delivered in the context of him discussing with Leonard's mother the NPD they think he has. This from a woman who doesn't see why her son should be upset that his parents are divorcing, because she's the one getting divorced, or why she might be happy about who her other son is marrying, because she isn't the one getting married. The irony could choke a horse.
*** Sheldon calls Kripke childish for having called dibs on Professor Rothman's now-vacant office... roughly thirty seconds after having done so himself. When Leonard points this out, Sheldon irritatedly tells him to "Shut it!"
*** Sheldon wake Leonard in the middle of the night, complaining of abdominal pain, which he puts down to cholera, mentioning a number of other improbable causes he's considered. Leonard suggests it's the more prosaic and likely appendicitis, and gets ready to take him to the hospital. Sheldon melodramatically assumes that he is dying; he then farts, and realizes it was digestive problems caused by the brussels sprouts he'd eaten. Sheldon then says, "Appendicitis. What a nervous Nelly."
** When the guys buy a life sized time machine replica.



** [[NoSocialSkills Sheldon]] once claimed that Barry Kripke "lacks the basic social skills that we take for granted", accused Leonard of having [[ItsAllAboutMe Narcissistic Personality Disorder]] and when Howard refused to drive him home because he didn't want to use a hospital bathroom, Sheldon complained that friendship is not supposed to be "[[IResembleThatRemark all give and no take]]".
*** Sheldon's claim that Leonard has NPD is delivered in the context of him discussing with Leonard's mother the NPD they think he has. This from a woman who doesn't see why her son should be upset that his parents are divorcing, because she's the one getting divorced, or why she might be happy about who her other son is marrying, because she isn't the one getting married. The irony could choke a horse.
** Sheldon calls Kripke childish for having called dibs on Professor Rothman's now-vacant office... roughly thirty seconds after having done so himself. When Leonard points this out, Sheldon irritatedly tells him to "Shut it!"



** Sheldon wake Leonard in the middle of the night, complaining of abdominal pain, which he puts down to cholera, mentioning a number of other improbable causes he's considered. Leonard suggests it's the more prosaic and likely appendicitis, and gets ready to take him to the hospital. Sheldon melodramatically assumes that he is dying; he then farts, and realizes it was digestive problems caused by the brussels sprouts he'd eaten. Sheldon then says, "Appendicitis. What a nervous Nelly."
** Actually, Sheldon, as completely lacking in self-awareness as he is, hits this trope at least OnceAnEpisode.



** One episode had the characters reworking the battle of Gettysburg with additional units ranging from real-world military units to Hindu gods. The humor value of the discussion was ruined somewhat by a lack of research that had Sheldon accepting Leonard's spurious argument that Middle-Earth's Orcs "are magic" and so would defeat Superman, who is vulnerable to magic.

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** One episode had the characters reworking the battle of Gettysburg with additional units ranging from real-world military units to Hindu gods. The humor value of the discussion was ruined somewhat by a lack of research that had Sheldon accepting Leonard's spurious argument that Middle-Earth's Orcs "are magic" and so would defeat Superman, who is vulnerable to magic.



** Also in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', the guys start to debate whether the White Witch or Billy the Kid would win a fight in a card game, and are persuaded to buy the cards to find out, telling themselves off for doing so.

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** Also in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', the The guys discuss an esoteric expansion set of their favorite card game and start to debate whether the White Witch or Billy the Kid would win a fight in a card game, fight, and are persuaded to buy the cards to find out, telling themselves off for doing so.
10th Nov '17 9:08:10 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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** "Geology is not a real science!", with Platoon style "death"
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Howard and Raj argue like a married couple, and are generally paired together in team activities and usually serve as each others "wingman." Leonard and Sheldon are a more mild version, as Leonard can only stand Sheldon for limited periods of time.

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** "Geology is not a real science!", science!" with Platoon style "death"
Platoon-style "death."
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Howard and Raj argue like a married couple, and are generally paired together in team activities and usually serve as each others other's "wingman." Leonard and Sheldon are a more mild milder version, as Leonard can only stand Sheldon for limited periods of time.
24th Oct '17 7:18:18 AM TonyG
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* FencePainting: In "The Collaboration Contamination", Sheldon is jealous that Amy is collaborating with Howard on a project, and Bernadette uses this to get him to do chores around the house, telling him that Howard loves doing chores and Sheldon doing them for him would upset him. She even mentions the TropeNamer when she asks Sheldon if he's read ''Literature/TomSawyer''.
7th Oct '17 9:50:48 PM nombretomado
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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: There are several people on this show who also featured in ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', first and foremost Johnny Galecki as Leonard. Sara Gilbert plays Leslie Winkle who briefly dates Leonard and Laurie Metcalf plays Sheldon's mom. Galecki also pointed out at a convention that his first kiss was with Mayim Bialik when he guest starred on ''{{Blossom}}'' years ago.

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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: There are several people on this show who also featured in ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', first and foremost Johnny Galecki as Leonard. Sara Gilbert plays Leslie Winkle who briefly dates Leonard and Laurie Metcalf plays Sheldon's mom. Galecki also pointed out at a convention that his first kiss was with Mayim Bialik when he guest starred on ''{{Blossom}}'' ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' years ago.
21st Sep '17 3:21:45 PM LavonPapillon1
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* ImpossiblePickleJar: Sheldon asks Leonard to open a pickle jar for him in order to impress Leonard's date. Not only can he not open the jar, Leonard ends up breaking it and cutting his hand, which causes him to throw up.
31st Jul '17 9:30:11 PM thecarolinabull01
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* Beverly Hofstadter is even worse than Sheldon.

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* ** Beverly Hofstadter is even worse than Sheldon.Sheldon. Alfred Hofstadter is agnostic and has no contempt for religious people.
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