The Big Bang Theory

Season 4 Episode 11

The Justice League Recombination

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 16, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The guys get Zack and Penny to join their Justice League costume for a New Year's Eve bash at the comic book store.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Wear the Wig

    Hmmm, Penny's unhappy being alone? How could this possibly be resolved? I've no idea! I was a little disappointed when they didn't at least try to stop the break-in, not only because it was a lost character development moment but because it was a lost opportunity for humor that could have replaced Sheldon's run for the Grand Canyon. Not the best episode but not terrible, either.
  • Our friend the beaver

    Howard mentioning "Our friend the Beaver" is a reference to a Doonesbury strip from 1971 between B. D. and Mike Doonesbury with B. D. sitting there with a sigh over his head.

    On the opposite side of the desk is his roommate, Mike Doonesbury, and he said, How is your biology paper coming?

    Doonesbury is like, Okay, fine, whatever.

    And B. D. asks, What are you writing on?

    And Mike replies, Juxta-branchial organ secretions in the higher mollusk, what's yours on?

    And B. D. replies sheepishly, Our friend the beaver.moreless
  • 411

    Another really poor episode of The Big Bang Theory and I just have to wonder if this show is ever going to turn around. This is the same problem that plagued the show for most of last season. It started to turn around about March, but now it's back to being a generic and cliched sitcom, as evidenced by tonight's episode. Leonard and Penny do not have the chemistry of Jim and Pam, and these two cannot pull off the Sam and Diane relationship, so you either have to get them together again or give up on it entirely, ala Jerry and Elaine on Seinfeld, because this does not work.

    And why was there a costume party on New Year's Eve? I've never heard of that.moreless
  • Pretty good episode to end kind of a disappointing first half of season.

    The first run of episodes for this 4th season ends on a good note with a very enjoyable episode. A non centric one, the boys being the nerds that they are...just a little bit too much of melodrama for my taste at times but overall, good fun. I laugh a lot at the batman imitations cause I myself been joking around a lot with that lately. I don`t mind zack, he is funny (yeah stupid is funny at times), but wouldn`t like to see too much of him. Sheldon had his moments like always and Raj was plain boring. I mean, haven`t we heard him complain about Aquaman before? They really need to have him do something other than whine. Anyway overall pretty good episode. Does not prevent this first run of episodes from being rather disappointing. First 2 episodes of the season were simply great but unfortunately they did not keep that trend. Actress playing Penny had a broken leg, guess that altered the writing a bit. They tried some Leonard centric, guess what..was mostly boring. We had a good enough Howard centric tho. Sheldon-Amy relationship is interesting enough but to be fair Amy is starting to be more annoying than funny..specially when they try to focus on her outside her relation with sheldon.

    Anyway it was not a bad half of was enjoyable but I expected more..hopefully we have a better second half.moreless
  • A great episode probably my favourite of Season 4 so far!

    I just love this show when they add new or extra minor characters into the story. Most people have been complaining about new characters added in this Season, and I must admit I don't like Amy either. I find her annoying, mean, short answer is that we don't need two Sheldons, we have one and we love him. Anyway back to the episode, I thought Zack was a great, he was nice, he added great chemistry to the Leonard/Penny relationship and most importantly he was funny! I wouldn't mind seeing him again in the Season at all! I am aware that we had seen him before in previous episodes, but I liked him as one of the main characters for one episode. Overall the episode was lots of fun for me, the characters were great, it wasn't a Sheldon episode (thank god), it was a group episode which is always the best, and it was really funny. I also enjoyed the Justice League costumes part of it, it was very funny to watch Raj in his Aqua Man outfit and Sheldon at the end with his Flash scene on the Grand Canyon was very funny as well. I was happy to get a break from Amy and hope that great episodes like this one continue this season.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Penny: Your copy of Science magazine was in my mailbox.
      Leonard: Oh, thanks.
      Zack: Check it out. (taps cover) All about planets this month.
      Leonard: That's an atom.
      Zack: Agree to disagree. That's what I love about science; there's no one right answer.

    • Zack: I saw this great thing on the Discovery Channel. Turns out, if you kill a starfish, it'll just come back to life.

    • Zack: The costume came with a black wig. Where is it, babe?
      Penny: 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: Penny, there's no "I" in "Justice League".

    • Sheldon: Milk-Duds, with their self-deprecating name and remarkably mild flavor, are the most apologetic of the boxed candies.

    • Leonard: Do you think Penny's right? Were we bullying Zack?
      Howard: No, I know bullying. He left here un-swirlied, and his ass-crack was underpants-free.

    • (after Sheldon has just cheated by throwing in a self-made card)
      Leonard: Do you understand why people don't want to play with you?
      Sheldon: No, but it's a question I've been pondering since pre-school.

    • (playing a card game)
      Raj: (throws card) Water Demon.
      Howard: (throws card) Ice dragon.
      Leonard: (throws card) Lesser Warlord of Kahaa (smugly reaches to collect the 'winnings').
      Sheldon: Not so fast (throws card). Infinite Sheldon.
      Leonard: Infinite Sheldon?
      Sheldon: Yes. Infinite Sheldon beats ALL other cards. And does not violate the rule against homemade cards because I made it at work.

    • Leonard: Zack, this is Stuart. He owns the store.
      Zack: Wow, lucky you!
      Stuart: Yeah, I work 70 hours a week and average $1.65 an hour.
      Zack: Sweet!
      Stuart: Is that sarcasm?
      Howard: No, it's an indictment of the American education system.

    • Zack: You were making fun of me.
      Leonard: Come on, that's what we do! We give each other a hard time. (turns to demonstrate) Hey Sheldon, you look like a praying mantis.
      Sheldon: That's very hurtful.
      Leonard: See?

    • (at comic book store)
      Zack: Wow, this place is awesome. Where do they keep the Archies?
      Sheldon: In the bedrooms of ten-year-old girls, where they belong.

    • (planning to give Zack the role of Superman)
      Howard: He's the only person we know with actual muscles.
      Leonard: You can't replace me with Zack!
      Howard: Why not? Penny did it. She seems happier, why wouldn't we?

    • Penny: (hearing knocking) Go away, Sheldon!
      Leonard: (through door) It's Leonard.
      Penny: Oh. (beat) Go away, Leonard.

    • Zack: I haven't been to a comic book store in literally a million years.
      Sheldon: Literally? Literally a million years?

    • Sheldon: Wonder Woman was an Amazon. And Amazons tend to be very beefy gals
      Penny: Goodbye, Sheldon! (slams door in his face)
      Sheldon: (through door) But they're not blonde, so put on your wig!

    • Sheldon: Amy Farrah Fowler doesn't believe in wearing costumes. She isn't the free spirit I am.

    • Penny: What the hell is wrong with you?
      Sheldon: I'm The Flash. I just knocked 30,000 times.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode's end titles as aired featured Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #319 (which had also been used for the previous episode), though's version used #320, which was the same Happy Holidays card also used in that week's Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly episodes.

    • International Airdates: United Kingdom: January 13, 2011 on E4; Czech Republic: November 22, 2011 on Prima COOL; Turkey: October 18, 2011 on CNBC-e; Slovakia: December 5, 2011 on Markiza