I’ve complained before about The Big Bang Theory’s predictability, but I have to admit the show threw me for a loop with the ending of this season finale.
While last week’s episode closed with Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) yelling at fiance Howard (Simon Helberg), “The Roommate Transmogrification” sees the couple together again. Bernadette tells the group that she successfully defended her dissertation and is soon to have her PhD. The gang teases Howard about being the only non-doctorate in the group, and Bernadette’s new high-salary job doesn’t do anything to help relieve Howard’s insecurities.
That’s more or less it for Howard and Bernadette. The season finale’s main focus is on the Will They Or Won’t They between Leonard and Penny, and the episode leaves things in an entertainingly unresolved manner.
Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) shows up in a brief but effective webcam scene. The bulk of the action rests in the intersecting narratives of Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Priya (Aarti Mann), Penny (Kaley Cuoco), and Raj (Kunal Nayyar). Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is, of course, central to all plot proceedings
Grossed out by Leonard and Priya’s “astronomically incorrect Star Trek sex,” Raj decides to switch housing with Leonard. Naturally, Sheldon considers this a huge risk, forcing Raj to sign agreements similar to the roommate agreement between Sheldon and Leonard.
Meanwhile, Leonard and Priya clash over Priya’s refusal to tell her parents about their relationship. Via videochat, Priya’s parents mention her upcoming return to India. Shocked, Leonard accidentally exposes his and Priya’s relationship to her parents. We end with Leonard, upset, back at his old apartment. This is problematic because–
That same night, Raj cooks a gourmet dinner for himself, Sheldon, and Penny. After copious amounts of wine, Penny reveals that she misses Leonard. Oh, and she and Raj have sex. In accordance with sitcom law, Penny and Raj walk out of the bedroom in a disheveled state, right after the other core characters conveniently congregate in the living room.
Raj and Penny sleeping together definitely surprised me, though it was pretty clear where things were headed once the two started the drunken heart-to-heart conversation. I’m interested in seeing how this will play out next season. With Priya gone, the show’s stalwart couple needed an obstacle, so this event might help move things along.
While the season finale didn’t have the inventiveness of Season 1 or 2, it did adequately feature all main and supporting characters. After a Sheldon spree earlier this season, it seems that the show’s writers have figured out how to use the character without overwhelming the rest of the ensemble.
The inclusion of more female characters has definitely helped the balance of the cast, though Raj’s inability to speak to women is becoming a tired joke. I did enjoy Penny’s rejoinder in the morning after, though. “Still can’t speak to me?”