Who would have thought back in season one that by the end of season five, Howard Wolowitz would be married and hurtling into space on a Russian rocket? In “The Countdown Reflection,” the season finale of The Big Bang Theory, he accomplished both things. Boldly go, indeed.
Unwilling to wait for her man to get back from space, Bernadette decided that they would get married quickly before he left and then have the big reception they planned after his return. It seemed like a good plan, but when city hall proved overcrowded with star-crossed lovers, they had to come up with an alternate plan.
What better way to get married than on top of the roof as the Google satellite passes overhead, with all five of your recently ordained on the internet friends officiating the ceremony? Maybe not the wedding Bernadette had been planning, but it was both geeky and sweet, and would have been even more so if Sheldon had been allowed to conduct it in Klingon.
Some of my favorite parts of the episode were the scenes with Howard in the rocket with the two other astronauts as they waited for liftoff. His nickname from training (Froot Loops) did end up sticking, to their great amusement and his total humiliation. The other men didn’t seem to be concerned about leaking fuel or the fact that one third of their team happened to be absolutely terrified; the two actors were great at holding their own against a show regular.
So, we ended the season with the gang gathered around the TV to watch Howard’s launch. Bernadette and Raj held hands, bound by their mutual love for Howard. Penny grabbed Leonard’s hand, despite spending most of the episode still berating him for proposing during sex. And even Sheldon put his hand over Amy’s as the rocket lifted off, no doubt inadvertently leading her on even further than he has all year.
What will next year hold? Another marriage? Maybe a baby? The loss of Sheldon Cooper’s virginity. Woah, sorry…forgot who I was talking about for a minute. Although, maybe it’s about time the writers explore that as a possibility. Marrying Howard to a great girl and sending him into space proves that they’re willing to have their characters grow by leaps and bounds. Let’s see that applied to the other members of the ensemble next year.
Amy: Bernadette, I want to thank you for allowing me to be your maid of honor. I also want you to know that I will be happy to do it again if this marriage craps out.
Sheldon: Would you like some aloe vera? You just got burned.
Sheldon: The need to find another human being to share one’s life with has always puzzled me. Maybe because I’m so interesting all by myself. With that being said, may you find as much happiness with each other as I find on my own.
Penny: (re: the launch) I can’t believe it. This whole time, a small part of me thought he was lying.
Sheldon: Boldly go, Howard Wolowitz.
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