The Big Bang Theory

Season 3 Episode 22

The Staircase Implementation

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 17, 2010 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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?

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions