Sheldon`s obsession with controlling takeovers is well known, but the clauses on trying for a new place to eat are bordering on madness. According to the agreement, « the choice of a new takeout restaurant requires a public hearing and a 60-day delay for comment. » This means that if a new place with an interesting appearance shows up, ordering dinner from them means two months of paperwork… which is just not worth it (not to mention the fact that coupons can expire, or even that the place can be stopped!). Having a regular seat is one thing, but ordering food should be a pleasure, which means space for a little spontaneity. Although I think Leonard has a good shot at dismissing the roommate agreement, there are some who may not agree. Courts generally do not accept ignorance or non-reading as a plausible defence. It is generally considered that, without fraud, if you sign a contract that means that you have read it, understood it, and accepts all the inherent risks involved. Leonard is a highly educated and intelligent scientist who works for a renowned university. A judge can easily consider the agreement and, however ridiculous, maintain its validity. « Hey, you`re a smart guy and you signed it. Take care of that. A quick check of the rents available on Zillow tells me that throughout Pasadena, CA, there are only four two-room units for less than $2000 a month. It`s a fairly narrow (and more expensive) market, and if Sheldon had known, he could use the reality of the rental market to get Leonard to rent with him, because Leonard`s other rental options were slim. Leonard would have no choice but to sign the roommate contract, even if he did not want to.
« The Big Bang Theory » is full of hilarious jokes, but what`s not bazinga is Sheldon Cooper`s chord. The roommate agreement was written by Sheldon and signed by Leonard when they became roommates for the first time. These events were reported during a flash-return. Sheldon begins to mention in the episode « The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem » paragraphs of a friendship treatise. Subsequent episodes describe him as a roommate agreement, and Sheldon continues to quote him throughout the series, usually when one of the clauses is violated. « If Sheldon turns into a zombie, Leonard can`t kill him. » It`s right there in the roommates agreement, but this one makes absolutely no sense. Even if you ignore the fact that a zombie apocalypse isn`t really very likely, not to let Leonard kill Sheldon Zombie, he essentially condemns Leonard to become a zombie himself – which is just a terrible wait for every roommate! This harmless clause actually means that Leonard is responsible for doing everything a car entails for Sheldon. Drive him to work (and back). Take her to dental appointments. Take him to the station, to the comic book store and act mainly as a personal driver. This doesn`t seem to bother Leonard so much, but it`s definitely something that goes beyond what any normal roommate (or friend!) should do. Everything is written in the roommate agreement in every detail and includes rules and rules for the common space of the two physicists.
Sheldon`s peculiarities were part of his charm, and they were visible every time the roommate agreement was withdrawn as a reference. While Sheldon had listed many wild scenarios in the agreement, the most basic rules were perhaps the most depressing for Leonard. Finally, the ground rules were about things that could actually happen.