|The Excelsior Acquisition|
|Writers||Chuck Lorre (Story), Lee Aronsohn (Story), Steve Molaro (Story), Bill Prady (Teleplay), Steve Holland (Teleplay),Maria Ferrari (Teleplay)|
|Starring||Stan Lee as himself, Kevin Sussman as Stuart, Steve Paymer as Judge Taylor, Marcus Folmar as Guard|
Sheldon learns that he was photographed driving Penny to the hospital the night she dislocated her arm and, thus, has been ticketed. To make matters worse, his court date just happens to be the same day that his idol is having his comic-book signing. Presumably to get in and out of the courtroom faster, he calls Penny as a witness, then has her recite an account of what transpired in her own voice — as written by himself.
I. Comic Center
Title and Opening Themes
II. Living room
- The guys try to decide which comic book to give Stan Lee for signing, while Penny has no idea who he is.
- When Howard cuts himself and searches for a band aid in Sheldon's desk drawer, he discovers a summons for traffic violation on November, 16th, 2009 by the municipal court to Sheldon.
- Sheldon does not feel guilty and declares he won't pay the fee when he finds out that the hearing will be on the same day as the signing by Stan Lee.
- The other guys make clear they won't accompany Sheldon to court.
III. hallway in front of apartments, morning of Thursday, 4 March
V. Court room
VI. Cell in jail
VIII. Cell in jail
IX. Living room, evening of Thursday, 4 March
X. Comic Center
XI. in front of Stan Lee's house
XII. Living room
Notes and Trivia
The traffic court judge's name (according to the nameplate in front of him) is J. Kirby. Jack Kirby was a comic book artist who co-created many Marvel Comics characters—including the Fantastic Four and the X-Men—with Stan Lee.
The episode most likely opens on March 1, 2010, a Monday night. Stuart says that Stan Lee is going to do a signing on Thursday, for which the poster gives the date as March 4, and the episode closes a few days later. Stan Lee is watching a Lakers Game on the evening of Sheldon's and Penny's visit and Penny says the signing was "the other day". There was a game on Thursday, March 4, Friday, March 5 and Sunday, March 7. Thus we could assume that they went to his house on March 7.
The title refers to Stan Lee's trademark autograph phrase "Excelsior!" and the fact that all the guys wanted to acquire it - and did, though in different ways.