Apartment 4A is located on the fourth floor of the building across from Apartment 4B, where Penny lives. 4A is known to be a corner apartment, being that it has windows facing outside on two sides.
The apartment has one living room, one bathroom, and two bedrooms. A hallway links the the living room to the bedrooms. The kitchen is part of the main living area.
Immediately upon entering, the wall on the right houses Sheldon and Leonard's desks and the TV. The wall ends in the kitchen part. This wall is rarely visible, being the wall that is the view into the apartment from which the episodes are filmed, and has only been shown on two occasions (one is in "The Euclid Alternative", S2E5).
The wall immediately to the left after entering the apartment has a long bookshelf that ends at a small closet, with the wall itself ending at a large window with a desk and telescope. Pasadena City Hall can be seen from this window, which has been used on several occasions:
- "The Tangerine Factor" (S1E17), Penny throws her ex-boyfriend Mike's iPod out of it
- "The Panty Piñata Polarization" (S2E07), Sheldon shows Penny that he hung her clothes from a telephone pole outside
- "The Einstein Approximation" (S3E14), Sheldon throws a whiteboard out the window, causing the sound of car tire screeching and car horns, implying that there is a fairly large road just down the window and that Sheldon just caused an accident.
- "The Ornithophobia Diffusion" (S5E09), a blue jay lands on the window sill outside, which upsets Sheldon
- "The Countdown Reflection" (S5E24) Howard and Bernadette are married on a rooftop ceremony which is photographed by satellite.
After the window, there is a corner and the hallway that leads to the bathroom, as well as Sheldon and Leonard's bedrooms. The kitchen area is a small area that has an island with rarely used barstools since they usually eat in the living room area. A window is located at the end of the visible wall of the kitchen area (which can be clearly seen in several kitchen area scenes, one typical instance is in "The Loobenfeld Decay", S1E10, when Toby Loobenfeld talks with Sheldon in the kitchen area). Presumbly, this window is one of the two windows (the other being the large window described above) that Sheldon has stated "creates a cross breeze" when he describes his Spot.
Sheldon, at one point in time, had painted luminous glow-in-the-dark arrows on the floor pointing to the various nearest emergency exits throughout the room. He shows them to Raj in "The Roommate Transmogrification" (S4E24), but gets rid of them before "The Friendship Contraction" (S5E15) when he explains that they were "wildly carcinogenic".
Production-wise, the bathroom interior, Sheldon's bedroom, and Leonard's bedroom are actually filmed on a different set than the rest of the apartment. The actual apartment set ends at a corner in the hallway immediately after the bathroom door. This is for easier filming access and better view of the actors for the studio audience.
The bathroom has a double bath/shower. Sheldon and Leonard have a shower curtain with the periodic table printed on it. Sheldon has placed a UV sterilization light there to stop his toothbrush from being infected by germs. Sheldon also has tape on the floor which serves to avoid splatter on the mirror from flossing teech, and to stop urine from getting on the floor when men use the toilet. Sheldon also has a squeegee to clean the mirror.
Also in the bathroom is a wooden toilet seat with cherry finish, similar to this Home Dynamix model , and a five-drawer rattan chest by Oriental Furniture . Various pieces of artwork and memorabilia also appear, frequently changing, including a color photograph of the McCandles space walk seen over the toilet in Season 2, Episode 6, and a super rare City of Heros poster seen in the same episode on the wall behind the door. The poster is an enlargement of the inside of the game CD, and finding intact posters is now almost impossible now that the online game is defunct.
The earliest views of the bathroom are in Season 1, Episode 1, when Penny uses the shower, and in Season Two, Episode 6, when Sheldon hides from Romona in the shower.
Sheldon's bedroom is located immediately after the bathroom. Sheldon usually keeps his bedroom locked, and rarely allows anyone inside. Sheldon's bedroom set is the "Princeton" set, in cherry wood, from Home Comfort Furniture and includes the bed, a 5 drawer chest and a 3 drawer nightstand. Like the rest of the apartment, the artwook and collectibles displayed in Sheldon's bedroom change frequently. Among items seen are:
- A poster of the Building of the Golden Gate Bridge, by Lieberman's Gallery , seen on the wall behind the door in Season One, Episodes 1 thru 15.
- A poster of the Golden Gate Bridge During Construction, by Poster Revolution , replaces the above poster in Season One, Episode 16.
- A miniature replica of the Golden Gate Bridge by Metal Works is often seen on the dresser
- Sheldon's Japaneese puzzle box , on his dresser, is destroyed by Penny in Season 2, Episode 17
- other items, used by Sheldon in various episodes, appear to be kept in the bedroom, rather than out in the apartment at large, including:
- his comic book collection, some of which we see either displayed or "in use" in different episodes:
- Season One Episode 4: The Luminous Fish Effect
- Season One, Episode 11: The Pancake Batter Anomaly, we see these collections on the bookshelf next to the bed:
- Showcase: Superman Volume 1 : collection of 29 Superman comics which appeared between 1950 and 1963
- Showcase: Superman Family Volume 1 : 22 issues of Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, including Lois's first solo
- Showcase: The Atom, Volume 1 : includes The Atom issues 1 thru 17
- Showcase: Wonder Woman, Volume 1 : collection starts from issue 98 (1958)
- Showcase: Martian Manhunter, Volume 1 : All the J'onn J'onzz stories from first appearance in 1955 through Detective Comies #304 in 1962
- Showcase: The Flash Volume 1 : Covers late 1950's into the 60's through Flash 111
- Showcase: Metamorpho Volume 1 : collection includes Brave and Bold #57, #58, #66, #68, Metamorpho 1 thru 17, and Justice League #42
- In Season One, Episode 15, The Pork Chop Indeterminancy, the comics displayed on the wall above the bed change to:
- In Season Two, Episode 6, Romona takes away Sheldon's Batman #680 (January 2008)
- Sheldon is seen reading The Flash #247 (December 2008) ** need episode **
Leonard's bedroom is the last room in the hallway. There is a ledge outside that runs by both bedroom windows. Sheldon uses this during "The Bozeman Reaction" to access Leonard's room because he is too paranoid to go out of his bedroom because they were burglarized earlier in the episode. Items found in Leonard's bedroom include:
- Caught Again print by artist Eric Joyner (sometimes referred to as "Robot Lineup") seen above the bed
- Limited edition Star Wars Rebel Alliance Defend and Protect poster by artist Mike Kungl, seen to left of bed
- Just Another Day in LA poster by artist Eric Joyner - Godzilla, King Kong, Star Trek, etc. in one image!
In "The Staircase Implementation", the story of how Leonard and Sheldon meet is revealed. Sheldon places an ad for a roommate after his former roommate named Sebastian is driven to the brink of madness from Sheldon's antics. Leonard encounters Sebastian on his way to the interview with Sheldon, and he tells Leonard to run away. Leonard is accepted by Sheldon as his new roommate and inherits Sebastian's former room, only to discover that Sebastian wrote "DIE SHELDON DIE" in red paint (like in a slasher film) on the wall.
At this time, the apartment also had significantly less furniture in the living room. Sheldon's only placement was two lawn chairs and cinder blocks as the TV stand. Even at this point in time, Sheldon's lawn chair was placed in the exact spot that he claims later on the couch. Their first major addition in furniture to the apartment was the leather couch, in which Leonard buys for a $100 from tenants on the first floor who were moving out; which is a great deal, since a new Moroni Havana sofa retails for around $1,500. Careful watchers may recognize the style of sofa; while the boys utilize the full 3 cushion sofa, defective detective Adrian Monk from the series "Monk" sports the smaller, two cushion model, of the line.
In "The Bozeman Reaction", the apartment got burglarized. Some of Sheldon and Leonard's game systems and various games were stolen. The police were also called to the apartment in "The Zarnecki Incursion", when Sheldon's World of Warcraft account was hacked.
In "The Staircase Implementation", an "apartment flag" is mentioned as a small blue flag with a coat of arms on it of a gold lion rampant on a field of azure on it. Flipping it upside down signifies that the apartment is in distress. In "The Roommate Transmogrification", Raj was given a lapel pin version.
List of known items in the apartmentEdit
- Large bamboo cutting board with drip groove
- Arch napkin holder in nickel/satin finish
- OXO Good Grips Uplift tea kettle (Sheldon loves his tea. The set features a blue kettle since the pilot episode, and later a red one.)
- microwave, fridge, stove
- Battlestar Galactica Cylon toaster
- toaster oven (destroyed by the guys' battle robot in "The Killer Robot Instability")
- Petre Devos poster
- Batman cookie jar - given to Sheldon by Leonard in "The Bat Jar Conjecture "
- made in limited edition of 3,600 - hard to find but they pop up on eBay once in a while
- Modernist Cuisine cookbook set , seen on top of the fridge
- Oggi 4 piece stainless steel canisters with acrylic lids , usually seen on top of the microwave
- Zevro Dispensers , usually seen holding cereals on the counter
- Stainless steel papertowel holder from The Kennedy Home Collection
- Rogar gourmet half dome pot rack with grid
- KitchInspirations Bamboo Bread Box
- Spectrum banana holder in satin/nickel
- wooden tea chest from WatchMaterial
- red ceramic frying pan by Walter Drake
- Simple Human stainless steel step trash can
- periodic table fridge magnet
- Comic Collectibles
- Leonard's bat signal (mentioned by Leonard in "The Recombination Hypothesis" but previously Stephanie supposedly threw it out in "The Vartabedian Conundrum")
- Hulk Hands (Raj gives them to Sheldon in "The Psychic Vortex")
- Figurines; the apartment sports most of the DC Direct 13 inch figure collection , including Batman, Robin, Captain Marvel, Green Lantern, and Aquaman above the living room alcove, and BatGirl, Black Canary, and Superman.along the top of the kitchen (these occasionally move around)
- SuperGirl figurine appeared in S1E14
- Bizzaro figurine appeared in S2E12
- an additional Batman figurine, from Arkham Asylum series 1 , appears on the shelf behind the front door in S2E13
- Forbidden Planet poster (1956 sci-fi film)
- Captain Future poster , left of the front door
- Electromagnetic Spectrum Chart , seen leading from living room into the hallway
- War of the Worlds poster by Frank Paul, in the hallway
- The Final Blow by Eric Joyner (called "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots by some)
- Robots Exploring Desert by Michael Saul. Located at right of front door
- Nikola Tesla lab poster (1899 photo) located to the right of the closet
- The Incident by Eric Joyner , framed at the top left of the bookshelves behind the couch
- Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula - print from the Hubble Space Telescope; seen in the alcove
- The Helix Nebula - print from the Hubble Space Telescope; seen in the alcove
- Orion Nebula - print from the Hubble Space Telescope; seen in the alcove
- Glass coffee table (where the gang usually eats and plays various games on)
- desks (for the laptops and iMac near the back window)
- Moroni Havana Leather couch (with Sheldon's spot)
- Ektorp armchair , from Ikea
- Better Homes & Gardens Candlestick Lamp with Silken Toast lampshade
- bankers chair
- 30 drawer library card file
- dart board (on back of the front door), which is never seen used in the show because, as Leonard explains in "The Itchy Brain Simulation" (S7E08), they had played dart once (obviously off the screen), and Leonard broke the window that is opposite to the door.
- Rubik's cube tissue box (seen in many episodes but featured in "The Rhinitis Revelation" where Leonard holds it out to a sick Sheldon)
- Halo 3: Legendary Edition Master Chief Replica Helmet (on an end table/mini-bookcase in front of rear desk by living room window)
- Various consoles: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation (1-3), Xbox, Xbox 360
- Rubik's Cube cookie jar.
- Star Trek 3-D chess (S1E11)
- Razer Orca Pro Gaming Headset (usually hanging on the Apple iMac monitor on the desk near the rear window)
- Game titles
- 17 Base Pair DNA Double Helix Model molecule model from Indigo.com - what you see in the show is actually TWO of these stacked on top of each other
- Periodic table shower curtain (in bathroom)
- Space shuttle Atlantis - 1/100 scale model from Tamiya (kit)
- Plasma ball (on bookcase behind couch)
- RS Media robot from WowWee - usually on the cardfile in the alcove
- Transparant celestial globe by American Educational Basic (on bookcase behind couch)
- brass armillary sphere - on top of the card file (S1E15)
- Sheldon's reverse osmosis machine
- telescopes: the original cheapy model was eventually replaced with a Celestron NexStar 102 SLT Computerized Telescope ** need to identify which episode**
- WMAP Beachball - from the Astrophysics Division at the Goddard Space Flight Center (read more. .)
- Leonard's green lightsaber (Leonard wields it after hearing a noise late at night in "The Big Bran Hypothesis", mocks Sheldon with it after the power goes out in "The Friendship Contraction", and Penny and Sheldon try a contest where they spin around it and then rush over to do a division problem while still dizzy in "The Re-Entry Minimization")
- Boba Fett helmet (worn by Sheldon in "The Ornithophobia Diffusion" as he approaches the bird on the window ledge)
- Action figures (on Leonard's nightstand in his bedroom first seen in "The Precious Fragmentation", a Sideshow Collectibles Han Solo Heroes of the Rebellion in Stormtrooper Disguise Sixth-Scale Figure and a Kotobukiya Chewbacca 15-inch Pre-Painted Soft Vinyl Model; the Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise Sixth Scale Figure that accompanies the former has been on the bookshelf next to the apartment entryway since "The Vengeance Formulation")
- In season 7 on the book case behind the sofa in the living room is a replica of the Yoda Lamp from The Empire Strikes Back.(First shelf down, far right side in the Scavenger Vortex episode. These are available from the manufacturer .)
- Other film and television and pop culture
- Dr. Who: a black dalek appears on the shelves behind the couch in The Nerdvana Annhilation
- Game of Thrones: "Longclaw" sword (Sheldon and Leonard buy it at the comic book store in "The Russian Rocket Reaction") - see this blog by the maker,Valyrian Steel , regarding their sword's appearance on the show
- Mini Robosapien figurine - appears in S1E8 on the bookshelf behind the front door, but seems to move all over the place
- Lord of the Rings; Weta Gollum figurine - seen on Sheldon's desk ** "The Gorilla Experiment" **
- Amazon Kindle (seen in "The Pants Alternative" and "The Gorilla Experiment")
- Apple iMac
- cordless phone
- Logitech S-0217A iPod Audio Station - on the bookshelf behind the front door
- Dyson bladeless fan/air multiplier
- Spirit of St Louis "regular" radio model - on bookshelf to the right of the front door
- Spirit of St Louis "two valve" model - on top of bookshelf behind the couch
- computers (Sheldon and Leonard originally both had Dell XPS M1710s --Sheldon's was in limited edition red--but both were stolen in "The Bozeman Reaction" and replaced with an Alienware M17 Nebula for Sheldon and a Dell XPS Adamo for Leonard)
- Playstation Portable - seen played by Sheldon in S2E6
- Sheldon's model trains (Sheldon gets an HO-guage model railroad starter set in "The Pulled Groin Extrapolation")
- Various books and computer software on shelves
- Leonard's high school yearbook (read by Amy in "The Pulled Groin Extrapolation")
- Sheldon's and Leonard's whiteboards
- stuffed animal "Timmy", the ThinkGeek.com monkey , can be seen sometimes on the end table next to Sheldon's spot, other times on top of the bookshelf behind the couch
See Part 7: Shedding Light on Dark Matter of the book Unraveling the Mysteries of the Big Bang Theory by George Beahm (2011, BenBella Books, ISBN 9781936661312) for more fantasy, sci-fi, pop culture, and other items mentioned on the show in general.
- ↑ Geek Peeks Top 5: Stuff from The Big Bang Theory!, Adam, Geek Peeks, 9 December 2010
- ↑ Gee, look, a Kindle on the The Big Bang Theory, Matt Burns, TechCrunch, 8 December 2009
- ↑ Kindle’s product placement gone weird?, Erik, Brands& Films, 11 August 2010
- ↑ Gee, look, a Kindle on the The Big Bang Theory, Matt Burns, TechCrunch, 8 December 2009