"The Excelsior Acquisition" is the sixteenth episode of the third season of the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory. This episode first aired on Monday, March 1, 2010.


The gang finds out Stan Lee is coming to the comic book store to sign autographs, which conflicts with the day Sheldon has to go to court (because he ignored a red light at Penny's insistance). Penny takes him to court and he insults the judge. He gets locked up temporarily until he apologizes to the judge. To cheer Sheldon up, Penny finds out Stan Lee's address and brings Sheldon to meet him. Sheldon misinterprets Stan Lee's sarcasm and enters his house. He ends up getting a restraining order from Stan Lee, but he is happy about it.

Extended Plot


Sheldon in jail.


Stan Lee guest stars as himself.

Raj walks into the comic book store and turns on the music on his speaker T-shirt, to Howard's annoyance. Stuart announces to the gang that Stan Lee is coming to his comic book store to sign books on Thursday and everyone is excited. Back at the apartment, they discuss which comics they should get him to sign. Sheldon decides he will get him to sign his Batman comic as it will be unique since Stan Lee has nothing to do with Batman.

When Howard has a paper cut, he searches Sheldon's drawer for bandages, but instead finds unopened paychecks and, among them, a summons for running a red light when he was driving Penny to the hospital, courtesy of a red light camera. Sheldon points this out to Penny, but she denies it repeatedly, despite Sheldon's excellent memory and even when Sheldon points out the photo of Penny in the car with him. Sheldon demands to know why the ticket went to him since it was Penny's car and license plate. She explains that she had been sent the ticket, but betrayed Sheldon and told them that it had been him because she couldn't afford anymore points on her license. Since Sheldon believes he's not guilty, he starts to prepare his defense rather than just pay the fine. Since he is supposed to be in court on Thursday, it conflicts with getting his comic book signed by Stan Lee, much to Sheldon's horror. The other guys refuse to go with him as they want to meet Stan Lee instead, leaving Sheldon no other choice but to force Penny to go with him who is his only witness.

The following day, Sheldon has taken the liberty of scripting Penny's statement because he describes her as a "loose cannon".

At the court, Sheldon makes his defense, but is ignored by the judge and is told to pay the cashier. Sheldon objects and insults the judge's position of working in traffic court calling it the kiddie table of courts. After refusing to apologize, he is thrown in jail.

Penny rings the guys about the incident, but they aren't interested as they are lining up for Stan Lee. Sheldon is ready to apologize to the judge because he refuses to use a metal bowl (jail toilet).

Penny sees that Sheldon is depressed about missing his chance with Stan Lee, so she goes to Stuart and is able to get Stan Lee's address in exchange for a date to his cousin's wedding (though she can bring Leonard). They arrive at his house and ring the doorbell, but Stan Lee is not impressed by their act and sarcastically invites Sheldon in to watch the Lakers. Since Sheldon doesn't understand sarcasm, he takes him at his word, causing Stan to tell his wife Joan to call the cops.

When Sheldon gets home, he brags about how he got a signed restraining order from Stan Lee and is able to hang out with him again at the hearing. He plans on hanging it next to his restraining order from Leonard Nimoy.



  • "The Big Bang Theory could run for years and years and now has the reach to pull in various celebrities to make fun cameos. While Stan Lee isn't the best here it does open your mind to the amazing possibilities on offer from all the different geeky worlds which the guys are into...Sheldon being in court and jail should have been a bigger deal than this. There are so many jokes which could be made and there was no time for them here. However I am sure they will revisit the scene in a future episode...A fun story which was enjoyable throughout without being overly funny or interesting." - The TV Critic's Review
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Costume Notes

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(Raj is about to enter the comic book store. He presses a button making his shirt play the Star Wars "Imperial March" theme and walks up to Leonard and Howard).

Leonard: Will you please turn your shirt off?

Raj: What? I'm giving myself dramatic entrance music, people will know I'm awesome. And to be feared.

Howard: Yes, and there's nothing more awesome and fearful than a man with music blasting between his nipples.

(Raj turns his shirt off).

Raj: I can't believe it. I'm going to meet Stan Lee. (Presses a button making his shirt play Pointers Sisters "I'm So Excited" and dances to it while the guys just stare at him).

Howard: I'm sad to say I taught him those moves.

Sheldon: I'm not going to pay a fine. That would imply I'm guilty.

Howard: You ARE guilty.

(Raj presses a button making his shirt play a sound effect from Law & Order making Leonard and Howard laugh).

Howard: (Still laughing). That one I liked.

Penny: Did he (Sheldon) somehow give me the finger?

Howard: Not just the finger... (in a deeper voice) the moving finger!

Raj: Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Invincible Iron Man, Happy Hogan, Curt Connors...

Howard: OK, just let it go!

Raj: Oh and worst of all, Fin Fang Foom.

(Sheldon comes home with a piece of paper in his hands.)

Leonard: Hey, where have you been?

Sheldon: I'll tell you where I've been. You boys may have had gelato with Stan Lee and gotten autographed comics but, I saw the inside of his house. And got an autographed application for a restraining order.

Howard (sarcastically): Sweet.

Sheldon: Plus, I get to hang out with him again: at the hearing. (Sheldon goes to his room and marvels at the restraining order.) This is going to look great hanging next to my restraining order from Leonard Nimoy.

(Sheldon has just finished explaining his case.)

Judge Kirby: Impressive.

Sheldon: Thank You.

Judge Kirby: Guilty. Pay the cashier.

Sheldon: I object, you're completely ignoring the law!

Judge Kirby: No, I'm following the law, I'm ignoring you.

Sheldon: Really, well, may I remind you that I am at the top of my profession while you reside over the kiddie table of yours.

Judge Kirby: Dr. Cooper, before I find you in contempt and throw you in jail, I'm gonna give you a chance to apologize for that last remark.

Sheldon: I'm a scientist, I never apologize for the truth.

(Cut to Sheldon in a jail cell as the guard closes the door. He turns to a bench of criminals.)

Sheldon (to guy on the far left end): That's my spot.

Leonard: Look at that. To my friend, Leonard, from Stan Lee, Excelsior!

Howard: Awesome. Mine says, To my friend, Howard, from Stan Lee, Excelsior!

Raj: Mine says, To Raj, from Stan Lee.

Howard: That's 'cause you pissed him off about his character names.

Raj: Hey, I didn't even mention Dum Dum Dugan or Green Goblin, Matt Murdock, Pepper Potts, Victor Von Doom, oh, and worst of all, Millie the Model.


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