Galveston got a shout-out on one of TV’s most popular shows last week, but those from the area who heard it might have ended up a little confused.
In last Thursday’s episode of the “Big Bang Theory,” fictional theoretical physicist and genius-who-doesn’t-understand-normal-people-or-emotions-archetype Sheldon Cooper (played by Houston native Jim Parsons) relives his traumatizing childhood Santa Claus experience over a game of Dungeons and Dragons.
“I believe the last time we spoke was in the Baybrook Mall, in Galveston, Texas, when I was five year old, is that right?” said Cooper during a out-of-reality moment. “My mother dragged me there, and plopped me on your lap and you asked me what I wanted for Christmas. And I told you, ‘My Pop-Pop, because that was the year my grandfather died and I wanted him back.’”
“But you didn’t bring him back, did you? Instead I got Lincoln Logs.”
(I’ve long been of the theory that if this show didn’t have a laugh track it would be one of the saddest, most depraved shows on television.)
Anyway, locals know that the Baybrook Mall is not, in fact, in Galveston, but in about 36 miles north on I-45, in Friendswood.
Since Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre and Parsons are both Houston natives, I assume the mistake was a choice of name-recognition and not ignorance. Of course, this being the nerdiest show on TV, the missed location could probably just be explained away by having BBT’s alternate universe be where every building is shifted 30 miles southeast.
Galveston has been cited on the show previously as the hometown of Shelden Cooper, who was born at the fictional Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Watch the latest episode “The Santa Simulation” here, the Galveston mentions comes about 18 minutes in.