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The Parking Spot Escalation 

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The gang are drawn into a fight between Howard and Sheldon over Sheldon's vacant parking spot at the university.


Peter Chakos


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 7 more credits »





Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
William Stanford Davis ... Dry Cleaner


Howard finally replaces his scooter with a car and is assigned a parking spot at Caltech. Unfortunately it's "Sheldon's spot" even though he doesn't own a car or drive. A war escalates between Howard and Sheldon that also affects the friendship of Amy and Bernadette. Written by laird-3

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

29 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Penny mentions having a sister who gave her a bikini wax. All of her other family references have mentioned her having a brother, this is the only time she has claimed a sister. See more »


The first time Howard pulls into Sheldon's parking space, the name "H. Wolowitz" is painted on the space. See more »


Sheldon Cooper: [to Howard] Payback! It certainly *is* the B word!
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Crazy Credits


I've been told that if you change your mind, you change the world - or at least the way you experience it. Let's take a moment to examine that. The presumption is, if you thought the world was a hostile, ugly place filled with awful people doing awful things, that is what you'd see. Your mind would naturally seek out confirmation for its preconceived ideas (e.g., if you're intent on buying a red car, as you go about your day you'll see lots of red cars). If, however, you were able to sincerely change your mind and see that we are all God in drag, that we are the conscious aspects of a perfect universe which had to create us so we could bear witness and stand in awe before its loving magnificence, then that is the soul-shaking reality you'd be greeted with each and every moment of each and every day. In other words, it is entirely our choice as to what kind of world we live in. With a simple decision, we can suffer in the darkness or play in the light. We can be angry, frightened and enslaved, or loving, joyous and free.

I know. It's a toughie. See more »


References Iron Man (2008) See more »


History of Everything
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Series theme song played during the opening titles]
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One of the best episodes of the entire season!
16 June 2015 | by letterlSee all my reviews

"The Big Bang Theory" is always at its best when it's just the geeks being themselves without all of the relationship stuff which has pervaded the show in the last few seasons. "The Parking Spot Escalation" is a perfect example of what the series used to be -- and through the first nine episodes of Season 6, is the high point of the season. With an added bonus from the ladies.

Sheldon is back to being Sheldon -- horrified at having to give up an assigned parking space for which he has no use (since he doesn't drive). This sets up a classic battle of wits between Sheldon and Wolowitz, with some zany antics and great one-liners.

As funny as that is, even more hilarious are the scenes featuring the ladies. Much criticism has been thrown at the characters of Amy and Bernadette as the series and characters have evolved but they provide some of the best scenes in this one. With poor Penny caught in the middle.

This one was so good, I watched it twice in a row. I'd rank "The Parking Spot Escalation" as one of the top 10 episodes of the entire series and definitely is the high point of Season 6 to date. Highly recommended.

Leonard is really just a secondary character here. I've noticed that TBBT is much funnier when Sheldon is the main character in any of the episodes.

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