The Big Bang Theory

Season 3 Episode 16

The Excelsior Acquisition

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 01, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

An appearance in traffic court comes at the worst possible time for Sheldon—the same day Stan Lee is appearing at the comic book store.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Stan Lee

    It was incredible it took the show six seasons to have a simple world-remembering episode. It's little things like "remember the time we" episodes that have consequences later that really bring an episode together and make it something more. Not only did we get a fairly decent stand-alone episode, we got the memories of when Sheldon had to help Penny to the hospital. I'd like to see more of this in the future.moreless
  • un deposited checks

    It's funny Sheldon cashes checks whenever he needs and wants to buy something, but I wish Leonard or any of his friends mentioned that after 90 days he can't cash them.
  • 316

    Although this episode definitely wasn't as good as the last couple of episodes, it was still an entertaining episode nevertheless. It wasn't so Sheldon-heavy and we got some Sheldon & Penny interactions, but the funniest I definitely would have to say would be Raj. With a speaker attached to his shirt, it just fit very well with the entire episode. Also him mentioning the superheroes' names was also mildly interesting.

    Seeing Sheldon in jail was also a funny theme on tonight's episode. I like how they brought up something from a previous episode this season. Stan Lee doesn't mean much to me considering I had no idea who he was until this episode came along, but the last scene at his house was pretty funny. Penny surprised me here tonight, as she brought most of the laughs.moreless
  • That's my spot.

    Another poor episode of The Big Bang Theory. Oh, Raj is playing a lot of familiar themes! ROFL, so funny....not.

    That Stan Lee cameo was terrible. The writers for this show really need to watch some tapes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to see how to properly utilize some celebrity guests. I really feel bad for people who find this show funny. Don't get me wrong, there was a time when this was a really good show that I looked forward to all week. Those days are long gone as evidenced by this below mediocre episode.

    Unfortunately, people are watching the show now more than ever.moreless
  • Stan Lee is coming to the comic book store to sign autographs and Sheldon finds out he'll have to miss the signing as he has to appear in traffic court for the night he helped Penny by driving her to the hospital. Things get out of hand!moreless

    I found this episode to be very amusing. I especially liked the line about "this restraining order will go really well next to the my one of Leonard Nimoy!

    All the characters acted true to form. The scenes with Sheldon, Raj, and Howard were standard Big Bang stuff with the Excelsior signings and Raj getting in Stan Lee's face about something ridiculous and not getting his signed the same way. Sheldon with his little speech for Penny making her out to be a real hick instead of a normal person. Sort of goes to show you what he really thinks.

    Sheldon's reactions at the court were to be expected. As most of us have learned in the past, it's not if you're guilty or not it is how you approach it. Superiority with a Municipal Court Judge is not the way to do it! That you can bet on. So overall a little predictable. Entertaining and fast paced. The half hour flew by and it was a very enjoyable episode. Thanks for reading...moreless
Steve Paymer

Steve Paymer

Judge J. Kirby

Guest Star

Marcus Folmar

Marcus Folmar


Guest Star

Stan Lee

Stan Lee


Special Guest Star

Kevin Sussman

Kevin Sussman

Stuart Bloom

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Sheldon: Well, I hope you're satisfied, Penny. You are responsible for all the evil that has befallen me today.
      Penny: OK, I realize—
      Sheldon: Not finished. It is because of you that I now have a criminal record. And it is because of you that I missed out on having gelato with Stan Lee.
      Penny: Maybe you'll have another chance—
      Sheldon: No, no, I will never have another chance to have gelato with Stan Lee, because oppurtunities to have gelato with Stan Lee come but once in a lifetime!

    • (after Sheldon finishes his case)
      Judge Kirby: Impressive.
      Sheldon: Thank you.
      Judge Kirby: Guilty. Pay the cashier.
      Sheldon: I object! You're completely ignoring the law!
      Judge Kirby: I'm following the law, but I'm ignoring you!
      Sheldon: Well, might I point out that I am at the top of my profession, while you preside over the kiddie table of yours!

    • (going over a script for the trial, which is written in Penny's "vernacular")
      Sheldon: "I call your attention to the events of November 16th. Do you remember that date?"
      Penny: "Darn tootin' I do, if the court will excuse my homespun, Nebraskan, cornfed turn of phrase."
      Sheldon: Excellent, go on.
      Penny: "The reason that date is like, so totally fixed in my memory, is that I have the privilege to be witnessed by one of the most heroic acts I've ever seen in like, ever."
      Sheldon: "And who performed that heroic act?"
      Penny: "Why you did sir, you! Dr. Sheldon Cooper. And may I add it is a privilege to know you."
      Sheldon: "There's no need for compliments, this court is only interested in the facts."
      Penny: "But it is a fact that it is a privilege to know you. Totally!"

    • Sheldon: (knocking) Penny... Penny...
      Penny: (opens door and knocks) Penny.
      Sheldon: That's just wrong.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #279.

    • The Italian episode title is "L'acquisizione dell'Excelsior". The German title is "Sheldon pro se", the Latin-derived legal term meaning "Sheldon Representing Himself". The French title is "La Rencontre avec le grand Stan", meaning "Meeting Big Stan".

    • Music: "Imperial March" from The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams; "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters; "Think!" (aka Jeopardy! theme/Final Jeopardy! round music) by Merv Griffin

    • International Airdates: Latin America: April 13, 2010 on Warner Channel; Australia: May 3, 2010 on Channel 9; United Kingdom: June 10, 2010 on E4; Finland: December 13, 2010 on Sub; Czech Republic: December 28, 2010 on Prima COOL; Turkey: January 17, 2011 on CNBC-e; Slovakia: November 8, 2011 on Markiza

    • Raj says he wants to ask Stan Lee why all his characters first and last names start with the same letter - Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner etc - yet not all of them do. There's Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Natalia Romanova (Black Widow), Clint Barton (Hawkeye) to name a few.


    • The title for this episode comes from "Excelsior!" This is the famous catchphrase of Stan Lee, who makes a cameo.

    • The traffic court judge's name (according to the nameplate in front of him) is J. Kirby. Jack Kirby was a comic book artist who co-created many Marvel Comics characters—including the Fantastic Four and the X-Men—with Stan Lee.