The Big Bang Theory’s episode “The Bat Jar Conjecture” from season 1 reminds me of a math class I had when I was in middle school. In this episode, Sheldon is so arrogant about his knowledge of the quiz bowl questions, so he doesn’t allow anyone on the team answer any of the questions. He fails to work as a team so his friends decide to kick him off the team. They try to let him down easy by buying him a batman cookie jar.
Like Sheldon, in my middle school math class, I always wanted to answer all of the questions the teacher because I thought I knew all the answers. After a while, the teacher would stop calling on me and I, like Sheldon again, I would get very upset…If I knew all the answers, why did the entire class have to wait for someone else to figure it out? Growing up, I too had to learn to work as a team. After joining a math team with some of my friends, it was pretty difficult for me to not shout out the answer, but I soon learned to hold back my enthusiasm and work as a team.
Sheldon is so book smart, but doesn’t have very many social skills. This is what makes this show so great! Letting Sheldon down with a batman cookie jar was so funny, if someone wanted to make amends with me I’d probably be a sucker for homemade brownies.
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