Details On Star Trek Subplot In Next Week’s 100th Episode Of Big Bang Theory [w/ Photo]

Next Thursday the hit CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory will air its 100th episode. Over the years the show about a group of nerdy scientists had often used Star Trek to play into the humor and they will again in this milestone episode with another Sheldon/Trek subplot. Details and photo preview below (spoilers). [UPDATED]


UPDATE: video promo

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Sheldon’s Spock disappointment in Big Bang 100th episode

In The Big Bang Theory’s 100th episode "The Recombination Hypothesis" the main focus is how Leonard and Penny may get back together. However Sheldon has his own subplot, focusing on how his order for some Star Trek merchandise has gone wrong. According to a tipster, Sheldon orders a Star Trek Spock life-size cutout, but when it arrives he is not happy. Sheldon was expecting it to be a cutout of the Leonard Nimoy Spock, but he gets Zachary Quinto’s Spock instead. Apparently Sheldon isn’t a fan, exclaiming "Zachary Quinto!? Live long, and suck it!" Sheldon’s disappointment factors into a later scene, when he tries to accept the new Spock.

Sheldon not too happy with his Quinto Spock cutout (Photo: Robert Voets/Warner Bros.)

The 100th episode of The Big Bang Theory airs Thursday, Jan. 19 (8:00 – 8:31 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.



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January 13, 2012 4:16 pm

Cool, first!

A situation made funnier by a guest appearance by the real deal perhaps?

January 13, 2012 4:20 pm

All I can think to ask is “If you have the man’s DNA, what need has one with a cardboard cutout?

January 13, 2012 4:23 pm

Touche Disinvited. Touche! lol

January 13, 2012 4:24 pm

Ah yeah, like all episodes of BBT, I’m sure this one will also underwhelm.

Dee - lvs moon' surface
January 13, 2012 4:30 pm

OMG… I WANT to see it… ZACHARY QUINTO?… Okay Sheldon, accept it now!!!!…. :-) :-)

January 13, 2012 4:39 pm

I need that cutout! :D and that’s going to be hilarious to watch on BBT next week :P

January 13, 2012 5:01 pm

Sad to say, but I used to own a ton of those cutouts.

January 13, 2012 5:05 pm

That sounds extremely funny.

January 13, 2012 5:08 pm

They should have Quinto guest star on that episode. Imagine Sheldon meeting with him and arguing about Spock. LOL.

Gordon Ramsey's knife
January 13, 2012 5:12 pm

Oh this will be great…that show is the best reason to watch TV

January 13, 2012 5:20 pm

Hey, if Shelly doesnt want it, I’ll take it!

January 13, 2012 5:23 pm

WOw 100 already
I love this prgrame and it still feels
Be so cool to have both spocks in the episode

January 13, 2012 5:25 pm

#2,…… That would be correct if he had Quinto’s DNA, which he does not. He has Leonard Nimoy’s!

January 13, 2012 5:41 pm

Love the trek Jokes, Nimoy said in a talk that they had talked about a role but there was a money issue, probably they didn’t offer enough for him to come out of retirement (again)

January 13, 2012 5:58 pm

I have that cut out! :D

January 13, 2012 6:03 pm

Be funny if ZQ Spock visits him in a vision (nap) or dream sequence… all fully suited and Spock makeup etc.
I’m sure whatever they do will be fun…its a great show

January 13, 2012 6:04 pm

Oh Shelly, you did not read the order?
Perhaps Nimoy is the buildlings owner? Or he could take it to the comic book store and trade it for two Datas!

January 13, 2012 6:05 pm

ZQ should be the delivery guy…..

Ted C
January 13, 2012 6:11 pm

Oh here I thought for the 100th episode they were going to finally make it funny. I guess I was wrong.

Ted C
January 13, 2012 6:12 pm

@ #8 It does?

Spock/Uhura Fan
January 13, 2012 6:59 pm

All I can say is if he doesn’t want new Spock, give him to me. I’ll take him!!! :-) He’s like Campbell’s soup: Mmm mmm good. :-D

January 13, 2012 7:03 pm

This is a great show, sadly we got into it a little late. But thanks to my wonderful wife, she got me 4 seasons of TBBT on DVD for Christmas…I am a very lucky man indeed.

These guys are a hoot to watch and honestly, we all know people who are like them. Some of us were even like them growing as kids.

Spock/Uhura Fan
January 13, 2012 7:11 pm

@#11 Celeste

Oh, hey, I see you have the same idea. :-)

I'm Dead Jim!
January 13, 2012 7:12 pm

Oh here I thought for the 100th episode they were going to run out of hilarious Star Trek references. I guess I was wrong.

Looking forward to this episode!

January 13, 2012 7:13 pm

I love ZQ’s Spock!! Accept it Sheldon:This. Is. The. New. Spock! :) This will be a great episode,can’t wait to see what happens!! :)

Dr. Cheis
January 13, 2012 8:05 pm

I’d be annoyed too.

January 13, 2012 9:12 pm

Woah! A Zachary Quinto Spock cutout? Where can I get one?! :)

P Technobabble
January 13, 2012 9:15 pm

Can’t get enough of this show. No matter how many times I see it, I laugh.

Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup
January 13, 2012 10:31 pm

How did I think that “Star Trek Subplot” meant that they would have ST12 spoilers in TBBT?

I think too much.

Sheldon, accept it. Accept it now.

I am not Herbert
January 13, 2012 10:50 pm

“Zachary Quinto!?”

“Live long, and suck it!”


January 13, 2012 11:18 pm

I got emailed on this article because I often bring that cutout to our Star Trek club meetings. What, BBT guys didn’t watch Heroes? I can’t believe it. Anyway, I still want one of SHELDON in Spock gear (as he appeared in an early episode) to complete my collection.

January 13, 2012 11:21 pm

And all you guys who are being snide about ZQ as Spock; check out – 3000 fangirls (yes, they know he’s gay) disagree with you!

Hat Rick
January 14, 2012 1:24 am

Sheldon kinda looks like he could be Spock’s younger half-human brother, if Spock had one. Sort of has Spockian mannerisms, too.

Just noticed.

January 14, 2012 5:24 am

I hope there’ll be more Trek guests on Big Bang Theory like Scott Bakula! Loved Wil Wheaton, George Takei and Brent Spiner on it!

January 14, 2012 6:18 am

I smile everytime I pass a storage company in my neighborhood that has the lifesize Kirk and Spock “guarding” people’s junk. I think the TOS phaser would scare away crooks more than the p’choo p’choo whirley-nozzle toy they use in the JJverse.

January 14, 2012 6:25 am

The Big Bang Theory needs to visit the set of a Star Trek Fan Film.

January 14, 2012 6:43 am

I have a friend who put all of his Star Trek figurines and collectables on ebay the day after seeing the movie The 40 Year Old Virgin.

January 14, 2012 7:02 am

I would LOVE to see Zach and/or Leonard pop in to that show. Zach finally learned about “Rock, Paper, Lizard, Scissors, Spock” from a Russian fan on his tour for “Margin Call”. He said that he’s going to have to watch that show.

And.. I need to get the Quinto-Spock cutout.

Brett Campbell
January 14, 2012 11:14 am

36 – Did you mean that the other way around?

January 14, 2012 12:25 pm

Remember, Sheldon thinks ‘ST:V The Final Frontier’ was the best of the series! I know, I know… ;p

kirk's girdle
January 14, 2012 1:01 pm

Sheldon also trashed ST:TMP and of course, Leonard and Sheldon both hated Nemesis, even though they had excellent seats.

January 14, 2012 1:18 pm

So glad my girlfriend got me into this show. Even greater is watching it and getting all of the Trekkie and nerd jokes that she doesn’t even catch.

January 14, 2012 2:23 pm

#13. Re: “…That would be correct if he had Quinto’s DNA,…”

Non sequitur.

“Sheldon was expecting it to be a cutout of the Leonard Nimoy Spock…” – Anthony Pascale

January 14, 2012 2:45 pm

The best part about Cardboard Cutout Quinto is that it is embued with the same level of acting charisma as the real article. It’s like he’s in the room with you!

January 14, 2012 2:48 pm

@40 – No, Sheldon never said ST:V was the best.

He simply said ST:V had specific faults in acting, writing and directing, while TMP was a failure on EVERY level.

A pretty accurate assessment, actually.

However, I think he said ST IV was better than TWOK, which is of course, blasphemy.

January 14, 2012 2:52 pm


“Sheldon was expecting it to be a cutout of the Leonard Nimoy Spock…”

Aussie Ian
January 14, 2012 4:01 pm

Maybe you guys are all missing the obvious. On Big Bang Theory, the “A” story often has a direct tie-in to the “B” story. Running along side Sheldon’s dismay is the fact that Leonard needs help to get his relationship back on board with Penny …………….

Who better to advise him on how to get “The ladies” than the greatest lover of the Galaxy Captain James T Kirk?

My money is on a guest appearance by William Shatner, who unlike Mr Nimoy will NEVER retire, to turn up and make a comment on which actor he truly thinks of as Spock and to tell Leonard to grow a pair and go get Penny back!

No offense to Mr Quinto, but as amazing as his Spock performance was in JJ’s film, it would truly have to be an original cast member rocking up for something as big as their 100th episode.

Ms. Spock
January 14, 2012 6:25 pm

I want one of these!

January 14, 2012 9:16 pm

I have what Sheldon thought he ordered.

January 14, 2012 10:35 pm

Sorry, not even the temptation of Star Trek subplot will get me to watch TBBT. I’m sure Trekmovie will come through with a summary to spare me the aggravation. :)