Big Bang Theory Discrepancies Distress Me

Now that I’ve posted on what I loved from last week’s Big Bang Theory, I have to note what I didn’t love. It’s not a huge deal, really, but I was bothered by the discrepancies in last week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory (season 5, episode 12 “The Shiny Trinket Maneuver”). Howard becomes concerned when his fiance, Bernadette, says she doesn’t like kids and doesn’t know how to handle them. She’s quite firm in her refusal and does in fact demonstrate poor parenting skills when handling the kids at the magic show. Bernadette explained that her mom was always working, so she had to take care of her younger siblings. Howard thinks it will be better when they have their own kids, but Bernadette isn’t convinced:

When it’s our kid that has ruined my body and kept me up all night and I have no career and no future and nothing to be happy about for the next twenty years, sure, that will be completely different!

Now let’s jump back to season 3, episode 14  – “The Einstein Approximation”. Bernadette handles fussy, whiny, sleep-deprived Sheldon flawlessly. When asked how she did it, Bernadette points out that her mother used to run an illegal daycare in their basement.

Bernadette: Okay, Sheldon, what happens to our neuro-receptors when we don’t get enough REM sleep?
Sheldon: They lose their sensitivity to serotonin and norepinephrine.
Bernadette: Which leads to…?
Sheldon: Impaired cognitive function.
Bernadette: Right. [firmly, pointing at his bedroom] So march in there, brush your teeth and go to bed!
Sheldon: [in a childish manner] …But I don’t wanna go to bed.
Bernadette: [firmly] I’m gonna count to three. One…
Sheldon: [exasperated] Oh, all right! [leaves]
Leonard: [shocked] That was amazing how you handled him.
Bernadette: I know how to deal with stubborn children. My mother used to run an illegal daycare center in our basement.

There have been other episodes wherein Bernadette handles Sheldon in a very maternal – and effective – manner. She helps him get over his fear of birds, for example, and she convinces him to take all of the ladies dancing. I fully expected to hear a Bernie version of “Soft Kitty” sometime soon!

So now Bernadette’s entire background is different? Just for the conflict between her and Howard? I guess it bothers me because it seems like an obvious contradiction that could have been easily avoided. Just make her be bitchy and snap at the kids because she’s no good at lying and therefore not great with magic. Or have her be worried about losing her career/body/free time, but don’t make her a hardcore kid hater, damn. Her sweet side – and her delight at all of Howard’s odd little quirks – are what I like most about her!

I also don’t enjoy the storyline of her treating Howard like he’s the boy toy to her sugar mama. I guess I think these plots would play out better with, say, Leonard and Pria, or Leonard and Penny, or even Raj and some girl who he manages to date. Like maybe his deaf girlfriend that was mentioned like twice and then never discussed again?

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5 thoughts on “Big Bang Theory Discrepancies Distress Me

  1. While I agree with the discrepancy (her mom running the daycare), you missed one fundamental point on how she handles Sheldon and the other kids. Sheldon, although childish, is willing to listen to, and then accept a logical argument; the same cannot be said of the other children and thus she just ends up yelling at them.

    • But I’m really going by Bernadette’s own words more than anything else…she’s the one that first declares she’s good with kids, and then says that she hates them and they hate her. Plus she’s been helpful in other situations when Sheldon was less logical and more childlike (ie his fear of birds). So it still bugs me :)

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  3. I am so glad that this bugs someone else! I love BBT, and I watch reruns ALL the time, but every time I see one of the 2 above mentioned episodes, the Burnadette and kids thing bugs me! Why would the writers not remember what they had already described about a character? Frustrating. Lol.

    • I know right? It’s super annoying because it seems SO SIMPLE. Keep track of a character’s background, motivations, basic personality, etc, and then stick to it. It’s this cool thing called continuity, and I sometimes wonder if the writers of this show care much about it. They take liberties with that sort of thing pretty often, although not on such an obvious level. I suppose that may just be how they write this show, with more than a touch of whimsy, but it bugs me too!

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