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In Season 1, Episode 14, Leonard wants to get rid of all his collectibles after an argument with Penny. He says he’ll sell his entire lot to Larry at the comic book store.

I know of Lonely Larry, but it seems unlikely an individual would buy an entire collection, and that the deal will take place in a store.

Instead it seemed like Leonard is selling his stuff to the owner of the store. So is this the same comic book store that Stuart owned? Was the previous owner called Larry? Or did the guys frequent another comic book store in season 1?

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14 hours ago, AdrianXavier said:

In Season 1, Episode 14, Leonard wants to get rid of all his collectibles after an argument with Penny. He says he’ll sell his entire lot to Larry at the comic book store.

I know of Lonely Larry, but it seems unlikely an individual would buy an entire collection, and that the deal will take place in a store.

Instead it seemed like Leonard is selling his stuff to the owner of the store. So is this the same comic book store that Stuart owned? Was the previous owner called Larry? Or did the guys frequent another comic book store in season 1?

I think he said Stuart as he was the owner of the Comic Book Store! Lonely Larry was just a customer as was Captain Sweatpants.

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8 hours ago, silkscale said:

In my experience, individuals are far more likely to buy entire collections than store owners. I'm reasonably sure it was Lonely Larry.

Disagree. Individuals usually pick and choose what they want. The set may contain items that is already owned by the individual. So why then buy the set? Whereas the shop owner will buy the set to resale them. Lonely Larry never looked like he could afford more than a few comic books. Of course that's just my humble opinion.

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On 2/23/2021 at 4:41 AM, flisterten said:

The store is owned by Stuart Bloom. The store's name has only appeared twice on the show on its door, and has only been mentioned out loud once in "The Comic Book Store Regeneration".

What was the store's name?

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On 2/25/2021 at 4:17 AM, flisterten said:

The store first appeared in "The Hofstadter Isotope" where Penny follows the guys to the store to buy a gift for her nephew. Stuart recommends her a comic book for the gift. She sees Stuart has drawn a portrait of her, which he exchanges for her telephone number. forpc.onl jiofi.local.html

Which led to two dates with Stuart. Which caused Penny to realize she had feelings for Leonard.

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1 hour ago, chucky said:

Which led to two dates with Stuart. Which caused Penny to realize she had feelings for Leonard.

Could never understand this plotline.  Why would she be interested in Stuart?  And then after the date invite Stuart in for coffee or for something else?

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3 hours ago, NeckShotLime said:

Honestly , i thought Stuart was quite charming , funny and confident. ( at the time)  I can see Penny thinking the same :) Don't think she wanted more than a fling with him though 

That is what made this plotline so strange. Did she date Stuart to make Leonard jealous or to push him to ask her out. Recall before her second date with Stuart she practically pleaded with Leonard to object and ask her out.

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The reason is spelled out in the title, The Hofstadter Isotope.   Leonard mentioned it in the first episode.  

Leonard: "...I just want to know why Penny’s more interested in Stuart than me. We’re practically the same guy."

It was the idea that Penny really wanted Leonard, so going out with Stuart would be like going out with Leonard (Hence the name of the episode.  For those who don't know, an isotope is the same element, with different amounts of neutrons and protons),   I'm quite sure that if Leonard and Penny's first date had gone well (she felt inferior because of her lack of schooling) she would have invited him back for "coffee".  Remember her reaction to him once he came back from the arctic. 

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9 hours ago, Mario D. said:

Could never understand this plotline.  Why would she be interested in Stuart?  And then after the date invite Stuart in for coffee or for something else?

Yeah, that confused me as well. It seemed the writers were trying to make her more slutty in the early seasons.

4 hours ago, Tensor said:

The reason is spelled out in the title, The Hofstadter Isotope.   Leonard mentioned it in the first episode.  

Leonard: "...I just want to know why Penny’s more interested in Stuart than me. We’re practically the same guy."

It was the idea that Penny really wanted Leonard, so going out with Stuart would be like going out with Leonard (Hence the name of the episode.  For those who don't know, an isotope is the same element, with different amounts of neutrons and protons),   I'm quite sure that if Leonard and Penny's first date had gone well (she felt inferior because of her lack of schooling) she would have invited him back for "coffee".  Remember her reaction to him once he came back from the arctic. 

I never thought of it like that. It's almost as if her dates with Stuart were sort of a dry run for her dates with Leonard. I do agree that see would have invited him in for coffee had the dated ended better. I mean they were in bed together when Beverly first visited.

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The store is owned by Stuart Bloom. The store's name has only appeared twice on the show on its door, and has only been mentioned out loud three times. Once in "The Comic Book Store Regeneration" and twice in “The Comet Polarization”.

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In season 7 episode 6 "The Romance Resonance"  Why was Sheldon so bothered in the hospital to see Bernadette. I know he is a germaphobe but she was in quarantine and thus could not effect anyone. Couldn't Sheldon with his 183 IQ figure this out?

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25 minutes ago, Mario D. said:

In season 7 episode 6 "The Romance Resonance"  Why was Sheldon so bothered in the hospital to see Bernadette. I know he is a germaphobe but she was in quarantine and thus could not effect anyone. Couldn't Sheldon with his 183 IQ figure this out?

I imagine his issue is with hospitals in general. I'm sure he imagines a miasma of biological death filling the corridors which he will be unable to avoid.

Of course, this is also more selective writing on TBBT. Sheldon had no hospital issues while accompanying Leonard and Stephanie when she sutured Leonard's cut hand. He tracked down Stephanie in the hospital seeking her authorization for a battery of tests. He is likewise fine visiting the hospital hoping to get a haircut from his comatose barber. His presence in the ER with Penny resulted in one of the greatest TBBT scenes. All of Sheldon's quirks were dependent on the writer's whims.

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58 minutes ago, HeWolf said:

I imagine his issue is with hospitals in general. I'm sure he imagines a miasma of biological death filling the corridors which he will be unable to avoid.

Of course, this is also more selective writing on TBBT. Sheldon had no hospital issues while accompanying Leonard and Stephanie when she sutured Leonard's cut hand. He tracked down Stephanie in the hospital seeking her authorization for a battery of tests. He is likewise fine visiting the hospital hoping to get a haircut from his comatose barber. His presence in the ER with Penny resulted in one of the greatest TBBT scenes. All of Sheldon's quirks were dependent on the writer's whims.

I guess another continuity error by the writers...........oh well it is a comedy

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It’s called the rule of funny, and generally applies to all sitcoms( there are exceptions).  If the writers think something is funny, consistent characterization be damned, write the joke.  You can see it a lot in Sheldon when it comes to his eidetic memory. 

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