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The Stairs
Background Information
Feature films
Short films
Television programs The Big Bang Theory
Video games
Park attractions
Designer
Inspiration
Other Information
Other names Stairs,
The Stairs
Caption
Location The Apartment Building
2311 Los Robles Avenue,
Pasadena
Founder(s)
Ruler(s)
Owner(s)
Inhabitants
Visitors Sheldon Cooper, Leonard Hofstadter, Howard Wolowitz, Rajesh Koothrappali, Penny Hofstadter, Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz, Amy Farrah Fowler, Stuart Bloom, Leslie Winkle, Barry Kripke, Ramona Nowitzki, Priya Koothrappali, Beverly Hofstadter, Mary Cooper, Professor Proton, Zack Johnson
Students
Employees
Members
Final state Still standing and unharmed.

The stairs exist in the fictional apartment building at 2311 Los Robles Avenue that serpentines around the broken elevator for a distance of five floors where Sheldon, Leonard and Penny reside.

Plot DeviceEdit

For the original second pilot, which introduced the character of Penny, the original sets from the first pilot were modified to add an elevator next to the steps. By making the elevator non-functional, many scenes used the steps for a place for discussions by arriving and departing characters, random meetings and the subjects of visitors' complaints. The downstairs laundry room is also used for random meetings. The same set of stairs is used for all three sets of stairs by changing the hallway decorations and apartment numbers. A separate set is used for the building lobby.

Significant appearances in episodesEdit

In "The Justice League Recombination", Sheldon runs down the stairs dressed as the Flash in his imagination.

In "The Zarnecki Incursion", Penny and Priya share a long, awkward silence as they walk up the stairs after an encounter at the lobby.

In "The Infestation Hypothesis", Amy and Penny go running down the stairs screaming after seeing something alive in her chair that she had retrieved off the curb.

In "The Big Bran Hypothesis", Leonard and Sheldon drag Penny's new IKEA entertainment center up the stairs.

In "The 43 Peculiarity", a jealous Leonard follows Penny's classmate down the stairs telling him that her boyfriend is a jealous gang member. From the lobby, Leonard sees that Penny witnessed his deception and storms up the stairs getting mad.

In "The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem", Penny follows Ramona Nowitzki up the stairs trying to verify that she is visiting Sheldon Cooper; tall skinny, looks like a praying mantis.

In "The Nerdvana Annihilation", the guys are bringing their time machine upstairs blocking Penny's ability to go downstairs. She ends up going up, crossing the gap between The Building and the one next door and ending up having lunch with an Armenian family.

In "The Codpiece Topology", Sheldon retreats to the stairwell to play video games while Leonard has his dates with Leslie Winkle.

In "The Bus Pants Utilization", Sheldon takes his theremin and plays it in the stairwell after being thrown off Leonard's app writing team.

In "The Maternal Capacitance", Penny gets analyzed by Beverly Hofstadter both ascending and descending the stair both times ending in her breaking into tears.

In "The Hofstadter Insufficiency", the pizza delivery guy wants more of a tip for climbing the stairs. Penny offers him thirty plus cents and a promise not to tell his boss about the marijuana aroma around him.

In "The Proton Resurgence", Professor Proton doesn't make it up all the way up the stairs without Sheldon, Leonard and Penny coming down to the third floor to help him.

In "The Cooper Extraction", Amy learns that Sheldon uses her picture for his screen saver and sees a physical demonstration on how he cares for her. When Sheldon returns she is staring at him all the way up the stairs, asking if he missed her and asking how he liked holding his new-born nephew, therefore might like to have a baby with her.



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Characters
Main Characters

Leonard HofstadterSheldon CooperPenny HofstadterHoward WolowitzRajesh KoothrappaliAmy Farrah FowlerBernadette Rostenkowski-WolowitzStuart BloomEmily SweeneyLeslie Winkle

Recurring Characters

Barry KripkeWil WheatonAltheaKurtEric GablehauserMary CooperDebbie WolowitzV.M. KoothrappaliMrs. KoothrappaliMikeStephanie BarnettBeverley HofstadterPresident SiebertZack JohnsonPriya KoothrappaliWyattMike RostenkowskiMrs. RostenkowskiAlex JensenJanine DavisLucyProfessor ProtonDavid GibbsClaireStephen Hawking

Minor Characters

ChristyLalita GuptaToby LoobenfeldDennis KimDimitriMissy CooperBlainTomOctaviaMariaLourdesRamona NowitzkiKathy O'BrianDavid UnderhillAliciaMikaylaCaptain SweatpantsLonely LarryDr. CrawleyBethanySarahSkeeterProfessor LaughlinAbbyMarthaOfficer HackettSandyGlenVenkatesh KoothrappaliSebastianLouie/LouiseJoyce KimMrs. GundersonJoyMrs. FowlerAngela PageProfessor GlennMrs. LathamTodd Zarnecki

Episodes
Season 1

PilotThe Big Bran HypothesisThe Fuzzy Boots CorollaryThe Luminous Fish EffectThe Hamburger PostulateThe Middle-Earth ParadigmThe Dumpling ParadoxThe Grasshopper ExperimentThe Cooper-Hofstadter PolarizationThe Loobenfeld DecayThe Pancake Batter AnomalyThe Jerusalem DualityThe Bat Jar ConjectureThe Nerdvana AnnihilationThe Porkchop IndeterminacyThe Peanut ReactionThe Tangerine Factor

Season 2

The Bad Fish ParadigmThe Codpiece TopologyThe Barbarian SublimationThe Griffin EquivalencyThe Euclid AlternativeThe Cooper-Nowitzki TheoremThe Panty Piñata PolarizationThe Lizard-Spock ExpansionThe White Asparagus TriangulationThe Vartabedian ConundrumThe Bath Item Gift HypothesisThe Killer Robot InstabilityThe Friendship AlgorithmThe Financial PermeabilityThe Maternal CapacitanceThe Cushion SaturationThe Terminator DecouplingThe Work Song NanoclusterThe Dead Hooker JuxtapositionThe Hofstadter IsotopeThe Vegas RenormalizationThe Classified Materials TurbulenceThe Monopolar Expedition

Season 3

The Electric Can Opener FluctuationThe Jiminy ConjectureThe Gothowitz DeviationThe Pirate SolutionThe Creepy Candy Coating CorollaryThe Cornhusker VortexThe Guitarist AmplificationThe Adhesive Duck DeficiencyThe Vengeance FormulationThe Gorilla ExperimentThe Maternal CongruenceThe Psychic VortexThe Bozeman ReactionThe Einstein ApproximationThe Large Hadron CollisionThe Excelsior AcquisitionThe Precious FragmentationThe Pants AlternativeThe Wheaton RecurrenceThe Spaghetti CatalystThe Plimpton StimulationThe Staircase ImplementationThe Lunar Excitation

Season 4

The Robotic ManipulationThe Cruciferous Vegetable AmplificationThe Zazzy SubstitutionThe Hot Troll DeviationThe Desperation EmanationThe Irish Pub FormulationThe Apology InsufficiencyThe 21-Second ExcitationThe Boyfriend ComplexityThe Alien Parasite HypothesisThe Justice League RecombinationThe Bus Pants UtilizationThe Love Car DisplacementThe Thespian CatalystThe Benefactor FactorThe Cohabitation FormulationThe Toast DerivationThe Prestidigitation ApproximationThe Zarnecki IncursionThe Herb Garden GerminationThe Agreement DissectionThe Wildebeest ImplementationThe Engagement ReactionThe Roommate Transmogrification

Season 5
The Skank Reflex AnalysisThe Infestation HypothesisThe Pulled Groin ExtrapolationThe Wiggly Finger CatalystThe Russian Rocket ReactionThe Rhinitis RevelationThe Good Guy FluctuationThe Isolation PermutationThe Ornithophobia DiffusionThe Flaming Spittoon AcquisitionThe Speckerman RecurrenceThe Shiny Trinket ManeuverThe Recombination HypothesisThe Beta Test InitiationThe Friendship ContractionThe Vacation SolutionThe Rothman DisintegrationThe Werewolf TransformationThe Weekend VortexThe Transporter MalfunctionThe Hawking ExcitationThe Stag ConvergenceThe Launch AccelerationThe Countdown Reflection
Season 6

The Date Night VariableThe Decoupling FluctuationThe Higgs Boson ObservationThe Re-Entry MinimizationThe Holographic ExcitationThe Extract ObliterationThe Habitation ConfigurationThe 43 PeculiarityThe Parking Lot EscalationThe Fish Guts DisplacementThe Santa SimulationThe Egg Salad EquivalencyThe Bakersfield ExpeditionThe Cooper/Kripke InversionThe Spoiler Alert SegmentationThe Tangible Affection ProofThe Monster IsolationThe Contractual Obligation ImplementationThe Closet ReconfigurationThe Tenure TurbulenceThe Closure AlternativeThe Proton ResurgenceThe Love Spell PotentialThe Bon Voyage Reaction

Season 7

The Hofstadter InsufficiencyThe Deception VerificationThe Scavenger VortexThe Raiders MinimizationThe Workplace ProximityThe Romance ResonanceThe Proton DisplacementThe Itchy Brain SimulationThe Thanksgiving DecouplingThe Discovery DissipationThe Cooper ExtractionThe Hesitation RamificationThe Occupation RecalibrationThe Convention ConundrumThe Locomotive ManipulationThe Table PolarizationThe Friendship TurbulenceThe Mommy ObservationThe Indecision AmalgamationThe Relationship DiremptionThe Anything Can Happen Thursday RecurrenceThe Proton TransmogrificationThe Gorilla DissolutionThe Status Quo Combustion

Season 8

The Locomotion InterruptionThe Junior Professor SolutionThe First Pitch InsufficiencyThe Hook-up ReverberationThe Focus AttenuationThe Expedition ApproximationThe Misinterpretation AgitationThe Prom EquivalencyThe Septum DeviationThe Champagne ReflectionThe Clean Room InfiltrationThe Space Probe DisintegrationThe Anxiety OptimizationThe Troll ManifestationThe Comic Book Store RegenerationThe Intimacy AccelerationThe Colonization ApplicationThe Leftover ThermalizationThe Skywalker IncursionThe Fortification ImplementationThe Communication DeteriorationThe Graduation TransmissionThe Maternal CombustionThe Commitment Determination

Season 9

The Matrimony MomentumThe Separation OscillationThe Bachelor Party CorrosionThe 2003 ApproximationThe Perspiration ImplementationThe Helium InsufficiencyThe Spock ResonanceThe Mystery Date ObservationThe Platonic PermutationThe Earworm ReverberationThe Opening Night ExcitationThe Sales Call SublimationThe Empathy OptimizationThe Meemaw MaterializationThe Valentino SubmergenceThe Positive Negative ReactionThe Celebration ExperimentationThe Application DeteriorationThe Solder Excursion DiversionThe Big Bear PrecipitationThe Viewing Party CombustionThe Fermentation BifurcationThe Line Substitution SolutionThe Convergence-Convergence

Season 10

The Conjugal ConjectureThe Military MiniaturizationThe Dependence TranscendenceThe Cohabitation ExperimentationThe Hot Tub ContaminationThe Fetal Kick CatalystThe Veracity ElasticityThe Brain Bowl IncubationThe Geology ElevationThe Property Division CollisionThe Birthday SynchronicityThe Holiday SummationThe Romance RecalibrationThe Emotion Detection AutomationThe Locomotion Reverberation

Locations

The Apartment BuildingApartment 4AApartment 4BThe ElevatorCalifornia Institute of TechnologyWolowitz HouseThe Comic Center of PasadenaPasadenaThe Cheesecake FactoryRaj's ApartmentAmy's ApartmentHoward and Bernadette's ApartmentThe StairsSheldon's Old OfficeRaj's Old OfficeSheldon's New OfficeHoward's LabThe University CafeteriaKripke's Plasma LabInternational Space StationThe Kinetics Lab

See Also

Unaired Pilot

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