411 - The Justice League Recombination
Aired December 16, 2010

The Justice League Recombination

With New Year's Eve approaching, the guys invite Zack and Penny to join their Justice League group at the comic book store's annual costume party. Their hopes of finally winning the contest this year are dashed when Penny pulls out.

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Guest Stars: Kevin Sussman as Stuart, Brian Thomas Smith as Zack

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

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 13.23 million Households Rating: 7.9/13 Adults 18-49 Rating: 4/13

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Episode Notes

  • The title references the Justice League costume group which the guys invite Penny and Zack to be a part of.

> Sheldon's Knock

When the guys go to Penny's apartment to apologize for their ridiculing of Zack, Leonard knocks on Penny's door three times and Sheldon feels compelled to say "Penny." Later, Sheldon, dressed as the Flash, knocks on Penny's door frantically, saying "Penny" each time.

Quotes (31)

Raj: I've said this before and I'll say it again: Aquaman sucks!

Zack: You want to go with em?
Penny: No.
Zack: Okay, see you later.
Penny: Wait, w-w-wait-wait-wait, youre ditching me to go look at comic books?
Zack: Are you mad at me?
Penny: Im not happy.
Zack: Milk Dud?

Zack: Hold on. The costume came with a black wig.
Penny: No. I'm not wearing it. It looks stupid.
Zack: Come on. We're trying to win a contest here.
Penny: Forget it. I'm not wearing the wig.
Zack: Honey, there is no "I" in "Justice League."

Stuart: So are you guys coming to my New Year's Eve costume party?
Sheldon: Of course. We're coming as the Justice League of America.
Howard: Switching it up from last year when we came as the Justice League of America.
Sheldon: To that point, it occurs to me that we might have an opportunity to finally snare Best Group Costume if we shore up our weak link, which is clearly Leonard as Superman.
Leonard: Hey, I got new boots this year. Guaranteed to add three inches.
Sheldon: That's sad. Let's ask ourselves, is there anyone we know who would make a more manly and convincing son of Krypton?
Stuart: Than than Leonard in high-heeled boots? Howard's mother in high-heeled boots?
Sheldon: I was thinking specifically of the gentleman over there moving his lips as he enjoys the latest exploits of Betty and Veronica.
Leonard: Zack?
Howard: He is the only person we know with actual muscles.
Leonard: You can't replace me with Zack.
Sheldon: Why not? Penny did it.
Howard: Yeah, she seems happier. Why wouldn't we be?
Zack: Score. I got an Archie, Betty and Veronica, and a Jughead. All set for my weekend number twos.
Sheldon: Congratulations. Zack, how would you like to be Superman?
Zack: I don't know, sounds like a lot of responsibility.

Zack: You know, I saw this great thing on the Discovery Channel. Turns out if you kill a starfish it'll just come back to life.
Sheldon: Was the starfish wearing boxer shorts? Because you might have been watching Nickelodeon.

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After Penny and Zack get back together, the guys make fun of his lack of intelligence. When Zack realizes what's they're doing, he leaves the apartment and Penny scolds the guys for bullying him. The guys go over to Penny's apartment to apologize to him and invite Zack to the comic book store with them. At the store, they realize Zack would make a great addition to their Justice League group for Stuart's New Year's Eve costume party.

When the guys settle on their costumes, Raj is stuck being Aquaman. The guys buy a Wonder Woman costume for Penny, but she is not interested. After Penny relents and dresses as Wonder Woman, she refuses to wear the wig that goes with the costume. Leonard eventually talks Penny around, who reveals that she's unhappy because she's not in a proper relationship and isn't really interested in Zack.

At the comic book store, the group wins the costume party. When it strikes New Year's Day, Zack is kissing Penny, though she's looking over at Leonard. On their way home from the party, the guys witness an ongoing car theft, but decide against acting like superheroes and walk in the opposite direction.

Comments (91)

Xavi Spain, 09:03 May 24 2014.
Very funny episode, one of my fav! Zack is a very funny character --and played by a good actor. Too bad he didn't showed up anymore in the series.
Mark Vincent Australia, 09:18 Aug 26 2012.
Hope this continues as one of the best comedy series from USA. Far better than TwoAndAHalfMen.
Isabell <3 Germany, 14:14 Jun 29 2012.
One of the best episodes of Season 4 :D
AL United Arab Emirates, 18:44 May 27 2012.
wow this episode just made cry of laughter...amazing...the best thing about TBBT is that every episode is funny and unique...love it...
Kate Thailand, 04:08 Oct 31 2011.
I watch Sheldon in Thailand...I'm Thai people I love TBBT and Sheldon
Brian United States, 10:44 Sep 15 2011.
I had a Sheldon moment when watching this episode I saw they showed Dead Horse Point as the Grand Canyon. I just had to point it out and ruin it for everyone.
Aveeva Australia, 00:50 Feb 10 2011.
This show is really funny, keep up the good work :)
Klingon1 United Kingdom, 13:52 Jan 14 2011.
This episode was outstanding. Penny & Leonard will they won't they. Love it. And a big congratulations on getting 3 more seasons. Fan bloody tastic
Rodger Australia, 12:05 Jan 6 2011.
I have to agree with Matt from the US Season 4 so far has been Sheldon Centric, iMHO a little much, Jim Parson's Emmy is well deserved, but that should not take away from the talent of the rest of the team, IMHO they all deserved an Emmy
Britt Canada, 23:07 Jan 5 2011.
How is it that we haven't seen any pics and the ep airs tomorrow?

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