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Big Bang Theory plot hole: Sheldon's germophobia exposed as key scene contradicts him

Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons) was one of the most iconic sitcom characters of the last decade when The Big Bang Theory was still on screens. Now the CBS comedy has been replaced by its spin-off, Young Sheldon, fans are still revisiting the good old days by rewatching past episodes.

Sheldon may have been known as the roommate from hell, but he eventually developed firm friendships with his co-habitant Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and his colleagues Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar).

Although he was loyal to his friends, he frequently caused arguments due to his difficult behaviour.

He was infamous for his OCD and narcissism, often unwilling to depart from his rigid schedule.

As well as this he suffered from severe germaphobia, and would commonly be found in rubber gloves and mask, obsessively spraying and wiping down his apartment.

READ MORE: Big Bang Theory: When will Young Sheldon learn to grow up? 

Now the world is attempting to react appropriately to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, fans of the series may be taking hints from Sheldon’s unnecessarily hygienic behaviour. 

In season two episode The Panty Piñata Polarization, Sheldon even went so far as to ban Penny (Kaley Cuoco) from his apartment for touching one of his onion rings.

Despite this, it appears Sheldon’s germaphobia conveniently comes and goes to fit with the plot of specific episodes. 

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In season six, his aversion to germs seemingly disappears when he agrees to take care of his girlfriend Amy (Mayim Bialik).

However, he does admit the clause was initially included to force her into taking care of him, rather than the other way round.

They added: “So you want us to believe that the guy who once banned Penny from the apartment for even TOUCHING his onion ring is okay with rubbing Vicks on a contagious human? Nope.”

The episode itself does address their agreement obligating Sheldon to stay with his girlfriend during her time of need, although once he comes round he doesn’t appear to be particularly afraid of her infectious virus.

Known for quarantining his apartment and covering his mouth to disinfect, it’s strange to see Sheldon fail to take any measures to protect himself from Amy’s illness.

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