In the TV show The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) liked to make his friends mad. Even though the long-running CBS sitcom ended almost three years ago, it is still trendy. Young Sheldon tries to take advantage of this by often talking about what happened in its parent show. Sometimes, it even has new information that helps explain some parts of The Big Bang Theory.
When Young Sheldon came out in 2017. It was supposed to go along with what was going on in The Big Bang Theory. The sitcoms aired right after each other, but most of the time, their weekly stories didn’t connect. All of that changed when it was said that after 12 seasons, The Big Bang Theory would be ending. Since then, CBS has put more effort into making connections between the shows so that Young Sheldon can be the next comedy to start on CBS. The spin-off has done this by making fun references to The Big Bang Theory. But it has also added to the story of The Big Bang Theory in ways that aren’t as obvious as cameos.
For example, Amy’s (Mayim Bialik) voice was a surprise guest in the season 4 premiere of Young Sheldon.
This is the case in “Stuffed Animals and a Sweet Southern Syzygy,” the fifth episode of Young Sheldon’s fifth season. Sheldon (Iain Armitage) and Dr. Linkletter (Ed Begley Jr.) worked together closely when they couldn’t figure out how to solve a physics equation. The young genius suggested they get Dr. Sturgis, who is still working at the supermarket and is played by Wallace Shawn, to help them.
Dr. Linkletter didn’t like the idea, but Sheldon went ahead and hired Dr. Sturgis anyway after he had a helpful conversation with George Cooper Sr. (Lance Barber). Surprisingly, he could figure out what was wrong, but Dr. Linkletter wasn’t grateful for the help. Instead, he was furious that he had to ask his rival for help. As the two professors argue, Sheldon, as an adult, talks about how vital their fight is and how it’s supposed to keep both of their minds sharp. This explains why Sheldon kept getting into fights with his Pasadena friends on The Big Bang Theory.
He thinks arguing with them is an excellent way to keep his brain in shape.
Looking back at The Big Bang Theory, it’s clear that Sheldon did things that annoyed or upset his friends for no good reason. This was especially true of his male friends, even though, like him, Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Raj (Kunal Nayyar), and Howard (Simon Helberg) were all considered the smartest in their fields. Their fights didn’t always have to be about science. They could also be about comic books or the simplest things.
Even though he liked to show people how smart he was, it didn’t make sense that Sheldon wanted to do this even more with those closest to him. Sheldon’s minor and annoying comments could have ended all of his friendships, and in some cases, they were very near to doing just that. But he learned in Young Sheldon that the best way to keep your mind sharp is to argue with intelligent people like you, so he did that with his friends. Even if you say with Penny (Kaley Cuoco), who isn’t exactly brilliant, you can get the same result because she’s sassy and quick-witted.
Sheldon’s friends in Pasadena had been very patient with him, which was a good thing. Even though he was weird and had a lot of quirks, they stuck with him until the show’s end. In Young Sheldon, he doesn’t know it yet. But they will become some of the most influential people in his life, not because they are interested in him. But because they are his true friends.