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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First of all I'd like to comment on all those saying "even if they were drunk there's no way bla bla".. You've obviously never been highly intoxicated. In the past I've drank to the point where I've blacked out and awoken in strange places, with no memory of how I got there. I can vouch for Penny and Raj that this is indeed possible. I've been told by ex gfs that we've had sex and I have zero memory of it. We may not like what happened, because of course many of us would like to see Lenard and Penny together (and they most likely will be again at some point), but it is a highly plausible scenario. Extremely drunk girl upset over news that her ex bf, which she still has strong feelings for, is living with his new beautiful, successful and sophisticated gf. Lonely, depressed and upset guy in Raj, also very drunk, hating himself because he's knocking 30's door down and has no girlfriend and doesn't even know any girls he can get to know more. They get together to have drinks and share stories. Sounds like the only possible scenario to me.. And they are also both currently single, so technically they have done nothing wrong. Lenard slept with Raj's sister (and on his bed!!), so the "bro code" cant even be brought up here, seriously.. I'm actually very interested to see where they go with this. I'm counting down the days until september. I can't get enough of this show. I hope it goes at least 10 seasons! Sounds like a given to me


First of all I'd like to comment on all those saying "even if they were drunk there's no way bla bla".. You've obviously never been highly intoxicated. In the past I've drank to the point where I've blacked out and awoken in strange places, with no memory of how I got there. I can vouch for Penny and Raj that this is indeed possible. I've been told by ex gfs that we've had sex and I have zero memory of it.


I was always OBSESSED with this show. Here is what I despised this season:
1. Their friendship. The foursome always teased each other, but in the end were friends. In this season it seems like they all hate each other, and do nothing but insult each other.
2. The girls. Sorry, but for these guys that they depict to be so nerdy, they sure get a lot of girls. I wish they would get rid of all the girls (except Penny) and make it the way it was.
4. Priya (this is an extension of #2, but whatever). She is soul-sucking, and has taken the already mediocre Leonard and changed him (for the worse).
5. Sheldon. No I do not despise Sheldon, he is the best. But for him to be so comfortable with someone he just met is insane. It took him 7 YEARS to be somewhat close to his group.
6. Raj/Penny. NOOOO! The writers can't undo this. Big Big BIG mistake!
7. Bernadette/Howard. Don't get me wrong, Bernadette is adorable. But Howard is no longer the trying to but failing womanizer. And I miss that. There is more, but I'm too lazy to mention it.


Ok, first of all, I have always loved this show, mainly for the characters Sheldon, Raj and Penny, and I also love Amy except that recently it seems the writers(in typical misogynist style)want to sexualize even her, as if it is impossjble that any woman be serious and not into sex all the time! In point of fact, its the male of the species who is oversexed most of the time, but the writers being men of course seem to feel the juvenile need to portray women as sexual objects.....not too smart, guys. What you have done to my fave lady, Penny, is disgusting. A typical cliche(an untrue one): blonde woman=dumb slut/whore with a heart. As a blonde woman(a real b,onde, not a dyed one as most of the blonde bimbo types are actually brute brunettes)i am continually ANGERED AND DISGUSTED by all the quasi-racist and simple minded anti-blonde caucasian bias all over Hollywood. Hey you idiots: take a look at the highly intelligent Germanic and Scandinavian peoples of Europe from which all TRUE blondes descend: 10 to 1 more intelligent than all the dyed fake brunettes blonde wannabes in the States! Of course, you felt the need to kowtow to this ridiculous line of (non)thinking, and thus turn Penny into a SLUT. Well consider my and all my intelligent friends viewing of any more TBBT seasons moot and at an end. There has been such a devaluation of everybodys characters on this show its not worth it anymore. Just another simpleminded drama like The OC....also, that BITCH Priya?? Really? Shes not even attractive, as most have noted on these posts, as a character she is just manipulative and small minded. I suppose she is what the writers think of when they see an intelligent woman: brunette, lawyer, no sense of humour, racist(because lets face it, most East Indians have a bias against marrying outside their own "kind")?? Puh-leeze. She js OBNOXIOUS, plain and simple! Just like Raj and her mother is: a small-minded ball buster. Leonard deserves better! I am done with this shiw. You have disappointed all thinking viewers with this stereotypical crap!


Wow, its a T.V. show meant to be entertaining which it is. The drama is only a filler, the real substanance of the show is the humor, whether Sheldon and his ideosyncrocies, Raj and his personality swings, Leonard with his foot in mouth situations or Howard....well Howard. To top it off all the new characters have made it possible to expand into even more genres and areas of humor so far untapped. Still, since some of you seem not to get it, Penny and Ray were a no brainer, Leonard hurt Ray and Penny mutually by dating what did you think would happen. So sit back wipe those tears away, enjoy the show for what it is and quit whining, your acting worse than the nerds who supposedly dont have a life!


I am soooo disappointed. The writers will have to make a miracle next season to make me want to continue watching. They made Penny into a slut. We all knew that she had her share of guys, but finally she opens up to Raj that she made a mistake breaking up with Len, she follows up by sleeping with him ( I was relieved when they cut the scene after Sheldon started to scream as I thought they wouldnt do it ). It took 4 seasons to make Penny the perfect girl next door, miss america girlfriend and 1 episode to destroy all. Cheers


Season 1 Genre Comedy
Season 2 Genre Comedy
Season 3 Genre Comedy & Drama
Season 4 Genre Drama
Season 5 Genre ? My main of watching this sitcom wasn't for all this, but for the fun in it. So where's the gone to, oh I knw where it is, it's in my water closet. They'd better get the back on track before they start loosing viewers which lead to a cancellation of this show. That was happens when a show is a Drama.


TBBT Season 1 Genre Comdey
TBBT Season 2 Genre Comedy
TBBT Season 3 Genre Comdey, Romance
TBBT Season 4 Genre Romance
TBBT SEason 5 Genre ?????? I guess no one knows where this show is going to.Pls Chuck give the people what they really want, the maain reason why most people are watching this show it's not for the romance but for the fun (Comedy) in it. TBBT is going off track, pls bring it back on the right track.


OMG guys, get over it! Penny and leonard have been on and off for three seasons already!!! i've always loved raj and i love penny - give them a chance, this could spice up big bang a little. besides leonard's with raj's sister, who is a great addition. love all the new characters, can't wait to see what the writer's bring next season to this great show.


The last episode was sad. They turned Penny into a slut. Everything else about this show is great, but this almost ruins it for me. Referencing Penny's exploits by innuendo was one thing, but this is different. It was obvious it was going to happen as soon as the drinking started. Sad.....

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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.