316 - The Excelsior Acquisition
Aired March 1, 2010

The Excelsior Acquisition

Sheldon and the guys are excited to learn comic book legend Stan Lee will be signing autographs at the comic book store. However, Sheldon's happiness fades when he finds out he received a traffic ticket the night he drove Penny to the hospital. To make matters worse, his day in traffic court is the same day as the comic-book signing.

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Guest Stars: Stan Lee as Himself, Kevin Sussman as Stuart, Steve Paymer as Judge Taylor, Marcus Folmar as Guard

Writers: Chuck Lorre (Story), Lee Aronsohn (Story), Steven Molaro (Story), Bill Prady (Teleplay), Steve Holland (Teleplay), Maria Ferrari (Teleplay)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 15.61 million Households Rating: 9.7/14 Adults 18-49 Rating: 5.9/14

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Notes

  • The title refers to Stan Lee's trademark autograph phrase "Excelsior!" and the fact that all the guys wanted to acquire it - and did, though in different ways.
  • This episode calls back to the time Sheldon drove Penny to the emergency room in the episode "The Adhesive Duck Deficiency". 

Quotes (8)

Sheldon: *Knocking on Penny's door* Penny. Penny.
Penny: *Opening her door and knocking on it herself* ...Penny.
Sheldon: That's just wrong.

Sheldon: Good Morning your honor, Dr. Sheldon Cooper appearing in pro se - that is to say representing himself.
Judge: I know what it means, I went to law school.
Sheldon: Yet you wound up in traffic court.

Sheldon: *After just being jailed, at the biggest guy in the cell who's sitting on a bench* That's my spot.

Penny: Did he somehow just give me the finger?
Howard: Not just the finger, the moving finger!

*In the jail*
Sheldon: That's the toilet?
Policeman: Well, it sure ain't a wishin' well!
Sheldon: Please tell your judge I'm ready to apologize.

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Recap

At the comic book store, Stuart tells the guys that comic book legend Stan Lee will be doing a signing on March 4th. Back at the apartment, the guys try to decide which comic book they will be getting Stan Lee to sign. Penny has no idea who he is. When Howard searches for a band-aid in Sheldon's desk drawer, he discovers a summons for a traffic violation on November 16th, 2009, committed by Sheldon. Sheldon intends to fight the ticket in court, but is crushed to learn that the court date falls on the same day as Stan Lee's signings. The others guy make clear they will be attending the signing and not accompanying Sheldon to court.

In preparation for their day in court, Sheldon has written a speech for Penny to give in the witness stand which he wants her to rehearse. At traffic court, Sheldon makes his defense but does not sway the judge, who tells him to just pay the ticket. When Sheldon objects and insults the judge, he is thrown in jail until he apologizes. When Sheldon is placed in al cell with three other men, he points out that one of them is sitting in his spot.

In line at the comic book store, Raj says he will ask Stan Lee why he gives his characters alliterative names. Howard advises him not to bother Stan Lee with that question. Penny calls Leonard to tell him that Sheldon is in jail, though Leonard isn't particularly surprised or interested. Back in the jail cell, Sheldon needs to go to the bathroom. When the guard points to a toilet in the cell, Sheldon decides he's ready to apologize.

Back at the apartment, Leonard and Howard admire their Stan Lee autographs, while Raj is less enthusiastic about his. When Penny and Sheldon return, Sheldon blames Penny for his problems that day. Feeling guilty about Sheldon missing Stan Lee's signing, Penny goes to the comic book store and asks Stuart if he could give her Stan Lee's phone number or address.

At Stan Lee's house, Penny explains to him how she's the reason Sheldon missed his signing. Stan Lee is unimpressed by their visit and sarcastically invites them inside, which Sheldon doesn't recognize as sarcasm. When Sheldon enters Stan Lee's house, he calls the phone. Sheldon returns to the apartment with an "autographed restraining order".

Comments (32)

Moonpie Hungary, 16:19 Jul 3 2011.
to Jindra: Badric Nina-I'm so excited
jindra Czech Republic, 12:52 Mar 3 2011.
Can someone tell me song name of secound one?
Joyanna United States, 03:37 Aug 14 2010.
The personal soundtrack shirt was amazing! As was every quote that Sheldon said :). Any excuse to see Sheldon in his ugly plaid suit is amazing.
Pedro Ecuador, 14:04 Apr 17 2010.
I think this is my favorite episode yet...
Rodolfo Brazil, 16:28 Mar 7 2010.
I want a Raj'shirt
Connor United States, 18:52 Mar 3 2010.
What a funny episode. I am a big fan of Stan Lee, so I really enjoyed this episode. Also, I like when Sheldon goes to traffic court jail!lol Also, Raj's music shirt!
JM Philippines, 05:48 Mar 2 2010.
WOW! What a great episode... Very funny... Especially the one with Raj clothes... hehehe
Copperknob Canada, 23:06 Mar 1 2010.
This break was because of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
Akiwaky Mexico, 18:53 Mar 1 2010.
GO GO GO
Tom Slovakia, 18:39 Mar 1 2010.
no kone%u010Dne dal%u0161ia %u010Das%u0165... oujééé!!!!

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