Young Sheldon Explains Why Sheldon Was Mean To His Big Bang Theory Friends

Young Sheldon reveals why Sheldon (Jim Parsons) liked antagonizing his friends in The Big Bang Theory. It's been almost three years since the long-running CBS sitcom wrapped up its run, but it remains to be ever popular. Somehow, Young Sheldon is trying to take advantage of that by regularly referencing the events of its parent series. Occasionally, it even comes up with new information explaining certain aspects of The Big Bang Theory.

When Young Sheldon debuted in 2017, it was meant to complement whatever was happening in The Big Bang Theory, The sitcoms aired back-to-back, although, for the most part, their weekly narratives were separate from each other. That all changed when it was announced that The Big Bang Theory was wrapping up its run after 12 seasons. Since then, CBS has become more active in establishing a connection between the shows in an effort to set up Young Sheldon to be its next premiere comedy. To do this, the spin-off has had various fun references to The Big Bang Theory. But aside from outright cameos, such as Amy's (Mayim Bialik) surprise voice guesting in Young Sheldon season 4 premiere, it has also provided new details that build on The Big Bang Theory's story.

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This is the case in Young Sheldon season 5, episode 5 titled "Stuffed Animals and A Sweet Southern Syzygy." Sheldon (Iain Armitage) was working closely with Dr. Linkletter (Ed Begley Jr.) when they found themselves stuck solving a Physics equation. The young prodigy suggested that they bring in Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn), who's still working at the supermarket to help them. Dr. Linkletter was against the idea, but after his illuminating talk with George Cooper Sr. (Lance Barber), Sheldon went ahead and recruited Dr. Sturgis anyway. Lo and behold, he was able to pinpoint the problem, but instead of Dr. Linkletter being thankful for the help, he was very defensive about the fact that he needed some assistance from his rival. As the two professors bicker, adult Sheldon talked about the importance of their argument and how it's supposedly keeping both of their minds sharp. This effectively explains why Sheldon kept on picking a fight with his Pasadena friends in The Big Bang Theory as he's convinced as having a heated discussion with them is essentially an exercise for his brain.

Looking back at The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon had noticeably antagonized or infuriated his friends without any real reason. This was particularly true for his male pals, even though technically, Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Raj (Kunal Nayyar), and Howard (Simon Helberg) were all deemed to be the smartest ones in their respective fields, just like him. Their arguments weren't necessarily just about science, it could also be about comic books, as well as, the most mundane things. Granted that he liked to impose his intellectual superiority on people, but it didn't make sense that Sheldon seemed to like doing it all the more with the people closest to him. Sheldon’s petty and irritating comments could've led to the total destruction of his friendships, and on some occasions, they almost did. However, based on his realization in Young Sheldon, verbally sparring with people who have the same intellect is key in keeping one's mind sharp, so he did it with his friends. Even arguing with Penny (Kaley Cuoco), who's not exactly scholastically gifted, can somehow achieve the same result since she's quite sassy and quick-to-think, too.

Fortunately for Sheldon, his Pasadena gang had been nothing but very patient with him. Despite all his quirks and eccentricities in The Big Bang Theory, they stuck with him until the end. He doesn't know it yet in Young Sheldon, but they would be some of the most important people in his life, not because they engaged him, but because they were true friends to him.

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