The Big Bang Theory wholly surrounds the relationships Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons) has with his friends and family around him. This ongoing theme has continued so much that the character has garnered a spin-off show – Young Sheldon – where viewers witness his eccentric upbringing. His childhood included Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn), who has played a huge part in Sheldon’s life in Young Sheldon. And during the final episode of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon thanked all those close to him – but seemed to leave out Dr. Sturgis.
Fans of the show were understandably irritated by this apparent plot hole, as the character’s relationships with those around him are essential to the story, and indeed the comedy it is wrapped up in.
Sheldon has never had fantastic relationships with male role models, and therefore Dr. Sturgis is an endlessly important pillar in his life.
The events of The Big Bang Theory saw Sheldon eventually build incredible relationships with his friends and acquaintances, prompting his sincere thanks at the awarding of his Nobel Prize.
But the lack of gratitude to Dr. Sturgis has plagued the minds of viewers ever since – until now.
Recently, The Big Bang Theory’s producer Steve Molaro spoke to TV Line about this scene, and cleared up exactly what was going on.
He went on to give the explanation: “Sheldon’s speech was intended to honour the history of Big Bang.”
However he did go on to add: “It didn’t seem like the right time to invoke specific characters from Young Sheldon.
“He mentions ‘all the men in his life,’ which would include Dr. Sturgis.”
“So, it’s unlikely. But I’ll never say never.”
Meanwhile, stars of The Big Bang Theory have been promoting their next projects following the end of the hit CBS show.
Most recently, Amy Farrah Fowler star Mayim Bialik appeared at the Toronto International Film Festival to discuss her new film, As Sick As They Made Us.
According to Deadline Mayim said: “Growing up surrounded by mental illness is not something that is easy to write about, nor is it easy to live through.
“The challenges ripple out into the lives of children immersed in these families even as they try to make their own lives apart from the challenges they grew up with.”
She then went on to explain she was pulling some inspiration from her own life experiences.
Mayim said: “After my father’s passing four and a half years ago, I decided to explore the complexity of mental illness and familial responsibility.
“Especially as it falls on women – as well as to highlight the redemptive nature of a family’s love as they navigate death and continue to live life on their own terms.”
The Big Bang Theory is available to stream on Netflix now.