The smash hit sitcom said goodbye to CBS’s cast of mega geeks last year. However, devoted fans are still finding clues and easter eggs hidden in The Big Bang Theory’s extensive episode titles.
Fans of the popular series were saddened to leave the beloved cast behind when the series was axed last year.
However, it had a fitting end, with Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons) and Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) receiving their coveted Nobel Prize in Physics.
The episode is entitled The Stockholm Syndrome, a reference to the fact that the Nobel Prize ceremonies traditionally take place in Stockholm, Sweden.
One fan took to Reddit to note that the title actually has a scientific meaning.
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In fact, it is one of the only episodes in The Big Bang Theory’s history whose title actually refers to a scientific phenomenon.
Reddit user Samuel13881995 said: “As far as I know Stockholm Syndrome is a condition where kidnapped persons fall in love with their kidnapper.”
An occurrence like this was first recorded during a bank robbery in Stockholm in 1973, in which hostages refused to testify against their offender, instead raising money for his cause.
The fan continued: “But I’m not understanding what it has to do with the series at all. Any ideas?”
He commands the space of his shared apartment with Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and refuses to learn to drive or use public transport, instead demanding to be constantly driven around to work and events.
In one episode, Sheldon even left his friend Raj (Kunal Nayyar) trapped underground with rats after a botched experiment.
The fan continued: “Yet they were still there for him every step of the way as he alluded to in his acceptance speech.”
Despite Sheldon’s frequently appalling behaviour, Leonard and Raj, as well as Howard (Simon Helberg) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) remain loyal and treat him like a true friend.
Another fan agreed and added: “Sheldon has traits of Asperger syndrome; it’s a joke, in that he has learned to deal with it. And got progressively better.”
The accuracy of Sheldon’s behaviour and whether this claim is true has been debated amongst fans, but it’s generally agreed that he has grown to be more considerate as the series has gone on.
Even if this double meaning wasn’t intentional, it still indicates that the writers went above and beyond to cram the series with as many hidden details as possible for fans to spot.
The Big Bang Theory is available to watch on Netflix and All4.