The Big Bang Theory Season Finale Review: "The Roommate Transmogrification"

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The Big Bang Theory ended it fourth season with a cosmic boom. Where does "The Roommate Transmogrification" leave our nerdy guys and their girls for the fall?

Every relationship is up in the air, except for the oddly perfect-for-each-other Sheldon and Amy.

I found the installment and each of the stories to be hilarious and/or to propel the characters forward. Overall, as a season finale, it gave me the laughs I expect and left me sitting in anticipation for the show to return in September.

I'm not sure you can ask for more from a finale. Over the last half of the season, the writers were able to find a nice balance for the new, enlarged ensemble cast.

New Roomies

I try to stay spoiler free, but I read a comment on a previous post of mine about Raj moving in with Sheldon. Initially, I couldn't think of a way that I would enjoy that idea, but they pulled it off.

I wasn't expecting the pairing of Sheldon and Raj to be that funny. But Raj's desire to be liked and to fit in and Sheldon's need for rules led to them complementing each other quite well. I wouldn't mind them staying roommates for a while.

Perhaps, next season, Leonard can rebound right into Penny's apartment!

While the roommate swapping was happening, two relationships were troubled. Howard was again reminded that he didn't have his PhD. That ego-crushing wasn't even the worst of it for him, as he also had to deal with her making much more money.

It was painful to watch, but I think they will ultimately work it out. Maybe Howard will decide it is time to get a PhD or just get over it. While I felt bad for him, the ribbing at the Cheesecake Factory was pretty funny. I mean, Penny - a waitress - even got in on it!

Penny, oh, Penny. Did they or didn't they, that is the real Shakespearean question of the episode. To be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about this. At first, I thought it was pretty funny, but now, I think it is just sad.

Penny revealed her true feelings for Leonard, but then ended up in bed with Raj. And poor Raj couldn't even talk to her in the morning. I'm going to wait until the show returns and I can see how it all plays out before I decide if I like this new entanglement or not.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this season, in particular, the growth of our nerdy friends and the addition of Bernadette, Amy and even Priya to the mix. These relationships were brought to a perfect, somewhat cliffhanging, spot in the finale.

Comment on the finale below and browse some of the best Big Bang Theory quotes from the episode here. Lastly, be honest: how many of you tried to give yourself a massage? I know you did!


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only a small thing penny and leonard are bound to be together this was only a tempory set back. they were both drunk and lonely.


It's good the characters are evolving and don't just stay stale but a god series came to a really bad end. I must say that I am very disappointed about the penny/ raj thing. Can't be undone and for me it feels like the real last episode of tbbt. That's it - the show has lost it's original charm. Shame

@ Shaun

Not to be derogative , but I believe that this is just what Rajesh needed . The action of Leonard is despicable for the friendship. Having a relationship with rajesh sister without his consent and then further disrespect raj by exploiting the relationship is uncalled for , and also leonard displays rajesh's disapproval as a joke . So even though raj has been disappointment for the penny/leonard relationship . rajesh's character was getting washed out and this incident just added color to the character . So this incident in the season finale is not shameful by losing its charm , if anything if you really understanded this show , the incident is nothing but original. It has resurrected all the importance of each character. I know it is bad for the loved penny and leonard relationship, but i have to stand by rajesh and i how he feels .


Sorry, Penny making fun of Howard for not having a PhD doesn't make her funny. It makes her a little bit obnoxious. She only graduated from high-school. Not that I think it matters much in life, but I would think it would make you think twice before making fun of someone's academic degree. I still prefer her over Priya though.
I liked it better when the show included science experiments some times and showed the guys were really smart guys. Still love the show!


I'm rooting for Shenny, here. And I hope others are, as well. I just think they'd be a good balance for each other, and honestly, who doesn't want to see what Sheldon would be like in a relationship? Really, though, Penny is the only way to go for him, knowing he is not the type to blindly look for relationships and because he and Penny are so close. They trust each other.


One of the best season finales. As you mentioned, there's so much humour, so much in the air and so many surprises that I truly can't wait for the next season. What's happening between Priya and Leonard? As much as I hated her initially, she has grown on me. And Bernadette and Howard - poor Howard. Get a PhD, damnit. (Is it bad that I almost expect Penny to get a PhD by the end of the series? or maybe just a TV role as a doctor will suffice?) As for Raj and Penny...did they or didn't they? (I'm voting for 'did'.) And wow-wee! Talk about a shocker! Did not see that one coming! (Especially since even Kunal Nayyar didn't know it was coming!) The best bit was that it was done in a believable way; not only have we seen Penny seek solace in the arms of one night stands before, but this season has been particularly emotionally difficult for her, so it isn't that surprising that, after a few drinks too many and with Leonard having more or less moved in with Priya, it is kind of understanding. Poor Penny. I just can't wait to see what's happening when the dust starts settling.


Leonard should stay with prya, Great girl much more beautifull smarter and all than Penny.


I think the best for this show would be to have Leonard move in with Prya and go to India.

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The Big Bang Theory Season 4 Episode 24 Quotes

Penny: Hey, Sheldon, did you change your Wi-Fi password again?
Sheldon: Yes, it's "Penny, get your own Wi-Fi." No spaces.

Sheldon: Here's an interesting fact about alcohol ... Man is not the only species that ferments fruit in order to become intoxicated. Can you guess what the other is? Hint: sometimes they pack the alcohol in their trunks.
Penny: Monkeys
Sheldon: When does a monkey have a trunk?
Penny: When a suitcase just won't do
Much later - Sheldon: And the answer was elephant.