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The Excelsior Acquisition 

Sheldon misses an opportunity to get Stan Lee's autograph because he has to make an appearance in traffic court.

Director:

Peter Chakos

Writers:

Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 7 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Stan Lee ... Stan Lee
Kevin Sussman ... Stuart Bloom
Steve Paymer ... Judge J. Kirby
Marcus Folmar ... Guard
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Storyline

With only a learner's permit in his possession and not even owning a car, Sheldon is summoned to traffic court after he is caught speeding by a traffic camera. He was driving Penny to the hospital in her car as a favor to her, she who reported Sheldon when she knew she couldn't pay the traffic fine herself. Feeling this situation is all Penny's fault and feeling that he did nothing wrong, Sheldon vows to beat the ticket in court. Beyond the issue of Sheldon winning or losing the case, his scheduled court appearance coincides with a personal appearance by Stan Lee at Stuart's comic book shop. Leonard, Howard and Raj have no conflicting emotions on going to court with Sheldon or going to meet their idol at the comic book shop - they're going to the comic book shop. In addition to paying the fine if one is incurred, Penny vows to make it up to Sheldon by trying to arrange a meeting with Stan Lee. It would help both Penny and Sheldon if Stan knew about Penny's plans. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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Sheldon tells Penny, "The moving finger writes, and having writ, moves on". This is a quotation from verse 51 of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, a collection of poems originally written around the 11th century AD, as translated from Persian into English by Edward FitzGerald (first published in 1859). See more »

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Raj wants to ask Stan Lee about his alliteration in character names and Howard tells him not to because it will annoy him. No wonder, as he has stated that this quirk is because he has a bad memory and it made it easy to remember. Surely a fanboy would know that. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Leonard Hofstadter: [Raj enters the comic book store, then presses a button and the Imperial March from Star Wars starts blaring out of speakers in the middle of his shirt and he struts in like he's Darth Vader] Will you please turn your shirt off?
Raj Koothrappali: What? I'm giving myself dramatic entrance music. People will know I'm awesome and to be feared.
Howard Wolowitz: Right. There's nothing more awesome and frightening than a man who's got music blasting from between his nipples.
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Crazy Credits

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #279 I worked for Stan Lee twenty-five years ago at Marvel Animation in Los Angeles. My favorite memory is sitting in his office with the legendary Johnny Carson writer, Bob Smith. We were discussing an animated series featuring Rodney Dangerfield as "a dog that got no respect." (Bob was the actual brains behind the project, I was just hanging around hoping to be included.) Anyway, the meeting was going along nicely, the idea of creating an unloved mutt modeled on Rodney seemed both poignant and hilarious. Then Stan rose from the throne-like seat behind his desk and said, "what this project needs is a real comedy writer." I looked over at Bob, one of the whitest guys you've ever seen, and watched him get even whiter. I glanced down and saw his fists curl into bloodless mallets. A cold, eerie silence filled the room. It felt as if time had stopped. I remember thinking I'm about to see a legendary Johnny Carson writer kill the guy who invented Spider-Man. And then the oddest thing happened. Bob smiled and said, "Yeah, Stan, that's what it needs, a real comedy writer." Stan was happy to be agreed with. The clock started ticking again, the atmosphere returned to normal. Bob and I left the office. Stan never had a clue. When I told him this story on the set of The Big Bang Theory, he jokingly said, "So? You're still not a real comedy writer." We both laughed. It was funny. But I'm still gonna sic Bob Smith on his wrinkled old ass. See more »

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References Law & Order (1990) See more »

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History of Everything (Instrumental version)
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Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

1 March 2010 (USA) See more »

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16:9
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