The Big Bang Theory

Season 3 Episode 22

The Staircase Implementation

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 17, 2010 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A squabble over the thermostat setting leads to Leonard going over to Penny's and recounting for her the story of how he met and moved in with Sheldon.

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  • Rocket Fuel

    This episode is actually a very sweet flashback/background type episode for the series. It was wonderful to see how it all started (and know that Glen has been running regardless of whether it's from walkers or Sheldon) and where we've come from with the series. It was also a surprisingly tender moment with Penny and Leonard (they're totally getting back together at some point). And of course, knowing how the elevator broke was glorious. Pretty nice episode.moreless
  • I haven't laughed like this in a while, excellent episode:) Please keep the show alive, as we all need this kind of excellent clean humour with such a wonderful cast. All FIVE are exceptional and gifted, thank you guys :)moreless

    This episode has the makings of an excellent writer. The humour evolves and inebriates us all to an exillirating ending.

    The elevator scene got me in hysterics. Wife had to come into our theater room to see what was going on, and she got broadsided with laughter. ( I record the show while watching just in case someone important calls and I have to answer, well....doesn't everyone? :)))) Anyway, it saved the moment.....again :)

    Leonard and Penny added the suspense to Sheldon's culmination for the elavator scene which Raj and Wolowitz were an integral part as well.

    All are to be commended for this wonderful episode.

    Thanks guys :)

    Keep the SHOW we all are hooked :)

    We ( ok...ok....I gotta have )...have a Sheldon/Leonard/Penny/Raj & Wolowitz FIX every week... to keep us going until the next show.moreless
  • 322

    The season 3 penultimate episode definitely proved to be one of the funniest episodes of the series. I guess the only way you'll really laugh is if you're in to pop culture and if you knew what was going on in 2001. The wacky hair in the flashbacks was a little over the top especially since 2001 really wasn't that long ago.

    I loved the iPod/Microsoft reference, the Firefly reference, and Sheldon discovering where his "spot" is, was also very enjoyable. It was just a great flashback episode, and it definitely stands out from the rest of the episodes. Also find it comforting that Penny & Leonard are friends and are over the post-breakup phase.

    Superb episode with great one liners and just fantastic Sheldonisms. Good job, TBBT.moreless
  • I havent laughed this hard since the Pilot

    The Tale of How Leonard met Sheldon was sheer briliance in both performances and dialogue. and costumes. Raj channeling Don Johnson in Miami Vice, Howard sporting a sexy Jewfro and Leonard being all curly and lovable while Sheldon was exactly the same had me in tears. the opening sequence set a tone and pace that the whole episode managed to keep. Leonard telling the story to Penny was a nice touch and their interaction - also know as mani-pedi, didnt overshadow the main plot but still managed to be entertaining enough. seeing the boys meet and finding out why they are still friends was long time coming and it was just the right moment for it. getting a better understanding of the whole agreement and seeing how truly socially inept Sheldon was and that what we see now is really an improvement was one hilarious ride. best part for me? the graffiti on the wallmoreless
  • staircase implementation

    It has been quite some time since I have given an episode of The Big Bang Theory such a high score, but the show deserved it tonight even if they had just about every cliche in the book (the characters having wacky hair in the flashbacks for example.)

    The episode was funny, and poked fun at a lot of the topical elements in 2001 such as the introduction of the iPod and the TV series Firefly (although I would've loved to hear Sheldon's take on the Y2K nonsense.)

    Good episode, but one that I do not think I will enjoy as much in repeats.moreless
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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Sheldon makes two blatantly wrong predictions in flashbacks: Firefly would run "for years" and told Raj that he would be sorry he wasted his money on an Apple iPod when Microsoft "comes out with theirs" implying the the Microsoft Zune would be more popular than the iPod series. In reality, Firefly only lasted for one season before being cancelled by Fox leading to Sheldon's hatred of Fox and, by extension, Rupert Murdoch while the Microsoft Zune dwindled in sales from the moment it was released with the entire line being discontinued a mere five years later after initial release, while the iPod became a global icon when it comes to music players.

    • In Howard's room of 2003 they showed a Roboraptor and a slimline PS2, neither of which was available then.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Sheldon: Roommates agree that Friday nights shall be reserved for watching Joss Whedon's brilliant new series, "Firefly".
      Leonard: Does that really need to be in the agreement?
      Sheldon: Well, we might as well settle it now, it's gonna be on for years.

    • Leonard: (in 2003, hearing Howard's mother for the first time) Is that your dad?
      Howard: If she grows anymore hair on her face, yes.

    • Penny: So Sheldon's last roommate tried to warn you off?
      Leonard: For all I knew, he was the crazy one. He had this really deranged look.
      Penny: Well, yeah, he'd been living with Sheldon.
      Leonard: Sure, it makes sense now!!!!

    • (Recounting to Penny about applying for the room for rent at Sheldon's, and how there were warning signs)
      Leonard: (knocks on door; a large man wearing a bright pink dress opens) Doctor Cooper???
      Man: No, you want the crazy guy across the hall.
      Leonard: (voiceover) In retrospect, that should have been clue number 2...

    • Leonard: Screw the roomate agreement!
      Sheldon: You don't screw the roomate agreement; the roomate agreement screws you!

    • Sheldon: Explain the couch.
      Leonard: Well, there were some people on the first floor moving out, and they sold it to me for $100. Howard and Raj helped me bring it up.
      Sheldon: But what's wrong with the furniture we have?
      Leonard: They're lawn chairs. And there was no place for company.
      Sheldon: Did it occur to you that was by design?

    • Sheldon: (reading from roommate agreement) "Roommates agree that Friday nights shall be reserved for watching Joss Whedon's brilliant new series, Firefly."
      Leonard: Does that really need to be in the agreement?
      Sheldon: We might as well settle it now. It's going to be on for years.

    • Mrs. Wolowitz: (shouting from another room) Howard! Are you having a playdate?
      Howard: (also shouting) I don't have playdates, Mom, I have colleagues!
      Mrs. Wolowitz: Do their parents know they're here?
      Howard: No, but if you keep talking maybe they'll hear you!

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #287.

    • The Italian episode title is "Nel covo del nemico", meaning "In the Lair of the Enemy". The German title is "Die Wahrheit über den Fahrstuhl", meaning "The Truth about the Elevator". The French title is "La Saga de l'escalier", meaning "The Saga of the Staircase".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: May 25, 2010 on Warner Channel; Australia: June 21, 2010 on Channel 9; United Kingdom: July 22, 2010 on E4; Finland: January 3, 2011 on Sub; Czech Republic: January 6, 2011 on Prima COOL; Turkey: Februay 28, 2011 on CNBC-e; Slovakia: November 16, 2011 on Markiza