Big Bang Theory fans expose glaring plot hole in Sheldon and Leonard tenure row

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The Big Bang Theory became an instant hit and gained tons of fans across the world after first airing on CBS in 2007. After coming to an end in 2019 many of its viewers have taken to re-watching the episodes to relive the iconic moments – and this is where an eagle-eyed fan spotted the major error.

The hilarious sitcom followed the lives of Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons) and his socially awkward group of friends Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar).

Despite their social anxieties, the men were geniuses who held multiple degrees and worked as scientists at the California Institute of Technology.

When the university unveiled they had a tenure position open, Sheldon, Raj, Leonard and their colleague Barry (John Ross Bowie) all competed for the role.

In order to get the job, each of them cosied up to Mrs Davis (Regina King) who was in charge of Human Resources.

Taking to Reddit, the observant fan wrote: “I’m on my bajillionth rewatch of the series (it’s my comfort show, don’t judge) and I noticed something during the S6 E20 episode The Tenure Turbulence.”

The viewer explained: “Obviously everyone’s fighting the whole time to get tenure, embarrassing themselves multiple times in front of Mrs Davis, only to learn later on they were all nominated.

But then, to my knowledge, it’s never brought up again?? They never say if they got it or lost it?” The user added.

“Obviously we can assume none of them got it considering it’s never mentioned again, but it seems odd and almost lazy to have an entire episode dedicated to them fighting for tenure and then never reveal who got it?” the fan concluded.

The episode saw Leonard lie about his interests to try and impress Mrs Davis at the gym, despite his lack of knowledge when it came to the equipment.

Barry joined them, hopped on the machine next to Mrs Davis and asked her the banana bread he’d sent her.

When she returned to her office, where she came across a 90-minute video Raj had sent her detailing his experience, qualifications and background.

Sheldon then entered her office and attempted to butter her up with an offensive gift, the Roots DVD miniseries.

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The gift was inappropriate as Mrs Davis was an African American woman and Roots is a slavery film.

Sheldon then attempted to cosy up to another member of the committee Dr Wu (Tam Nguyen) with a full collection of Jackie Chan movies.

With the friends desperate to get the tenure it was odd the show never revealed who succeeded and got the job or if they had all failed.

In response to the Reddit post, another fan made an interesting point: “I’m not even sure if they’d be eligible for tenure, they were not professors, they were researchers.

Although tenures at institutions can also be filled by researchers, it is commonly used for teachers or lectures.

As Big Bang Theory has long ended, it’s unlikely fans will ever find the answer to their questions about this huge plot hole.

Elsewhere, for fans, CBS has confirmed the upcoming instalment of the Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon, which will be returning on October 7, every Thursday at 8 pm.

Big Bang Theory seasons 1-12 are available to stream on CBS.

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