The Big Bang Theory: Season 3, Episode 22

The Staircase Implementation (17 May 2010)

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Leonard tells Penny about how he and Sheldon became roommates and what happened to the elevator.

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After Leonard and Sheldon have a heated argument about what Sheldon sees as Leonard making a major breach in the roommate agreement, Leonard takes refuge at Penny's apartment. Despite the seriousness of the argument, Leonard assures Penny that Sheldon was much more difficult to live with when Leonard first moved in. Leonard recounts to her his first meeting with Sheldon seven years earlier when Leonard answered Sheldon's advertisement looking for a new roommate. He also recounts Howard and Raj's first encounters with Sheldon, what happened to the now broken elevator which was working when Leonard first moved in, and why Leonard decided to stay despite Sheldon being such a difficult and unusual roommate. Written by Huggo

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Sheldon seems to lack a comprehensive knowledge of heraldry. (Perhaps not surprising, since he once went to a Renaissance Fair dressed as Spock.) He described their "room flag" as "a golden lion rampant on a field of azure". In English heraldic tradition, the color (tincture) of the field is named first, followed by the charge. The correct blazon would be "Azure, a lion rampant dexter Or". "Rampant" and "dexter" are both defaults and may be omitted without error. (After A.C. Fox-Davies, A Complete Guide to Heraldry (1978).) See more »

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This episode begins in 2010 and flashes back 7 years to 2003. In 2003 Sheldon makes a reference to Joss Whedon's show "Firefly" stating that "Friday nights are reserved for Firefly, it will be on forever." In fact, Firefly was canceled in December 2002. See more »

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Louie: [Flashback]
[a large, black man in a dress]
Louie: Yeah?
Leonard: Dr. Cooper?
Louie: No, you want the crazy guy across the hall.
Leonard: [Present day] In retrospect, that was clue number two.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

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An episode I've been waiting for since the beginning!

Ever since the start of the show, the big question on everyone's mind is "what happened to the elevator?" Finally, in a flashback episode to reveal how everyone met -which are always fun- it is shown why they must walk three flights of stairs.

From start to finish, this episode is a laugh riot and makes your stomach hurt from all the laughing. It's creative and interesting to learn how Leonard comes to live with the freak Sheldon. It's interesting how Sheldon is worse before Leonard arrives and it's great to see that Howard and Raj have always been lovable and quirky.

It would have been interesting to watch the show starting back in 2002 and venturing all the way until Penny moved in and such, but it's a great show and seems to improve with each episode.


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