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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Let's see . . . yet again, TPTB have gone for the boring, predictable, non-funny, NON-WORKING thing of 'Penny wuvs Leonard, Leonard lusts after Penny.' Even after the epic fail that was their 'relationship' in the third season, BP and his minions have yet to learn. Leonard and Penny DO. NOT. WORK. They have no chemistry as characters, Leonard turned into the world's second-biggest douche after they started sleeping together, and Sheldon paid the price for it re: characterization (Howard and Raj did too, just not as much -- luckily). And where is it written that there must be a romantic pairing in a TV show? Why can't the quartet plus 3 (Penny, Bernadette, Amy) just ... be friends, with the occasional romantic interlude on the side? You know, like the first 2 seasons when the show was funny on its own merits instead of who was sleeping with who? God, I miss those days.


Awful ending. When Penny and Raj were drinking together it was to predictable.


Penny and Raj sleeping together was a huge setback for Penny and Leonard's "relationship". I was really dispointed. Not because it was a betrayal (it wasn't), but it's going to make things too awkward between the three of them.


I agree... Holy Crap on a Cracker!!! How could they pair Penny and Raj?!? In Raj's defense, Leonard slept with his sister. So the bro code is officially broken between them...
Poor Shelly, both room mates of his has had coitus with Penny... I hope that this season Raj gets over his fear of speaking to women... I mean what growth has he had over the last four years?


McMahan, Your son can watch the episode here:


I loved it. My son was upset that he missed it.However, I don't appreciate the comment about Penny just being a waitress, apparently whoever wrote that has never been a server.


I hope they keep Raj and Penny together for a while. Leonard and Penny just doesn't work and the show will just go down hill if they get back together. I hope Priya stays, she's the best of the females. Howard has got a lot of thinking to do, but I hope he doesn't burn Bernadette because of his pride. Sheldon actually had some growth this episode. It was the first time he was laughing with and at the same time as the group.


Not totally convinced that Priya and Len are breaking up, possibly they wont break up so soon and will do once priya sees that len is upset with penny for sleeping with raj. poor guys! sheldon and raj - hilarious. howard and bernadette ehh not really my cup of tea, id rather see her with raj.


Season Finale......holy crap on a cracker!! So much crammed into 21 minutes! Where to begin: First of all, to the ending.....Raj & Penny as a couple, uh-uh, won't believe it, and neither does Penny. (Glad to hear that she regrets dumping Leonard!!) The way she blasted out of there in total denial? That double OH GOD! when she realized what she'd done? Oh, that was some serious regret and shame there. (at least, I'm hoping it was.) I think that after Priya goes back to India, Leonard's still going to keep Raj's place for a bit, or get his own, because he's definitely not going to want to have to deal with any of the 3 of them. (ie: Everyone but Wolowitz.) I even Tweeted BILL PRADY about where the holy hucking fell they're going to go with the show after tonight's episode. We know Len & Priya are breaking up. (THANK GOD!) As for Leonard & Penny.....guess who gets to be chasing after whom now?! And I hope Leonard strings HER along a GOOD bit. I mean, if you were Leonard, what would you think at this point? I think Amy Farrah Fowler's question to Penny at the beginning of the season during she & Sheldon's dinner date HAS been answered!! I'm betting Leonard definitely is reevaluating his views of that beautiful blonde across the hall, who, up to that point, could probably do no wrong. I don't care if they were drunk, I definitely did NOT like the ending tonight.


for some reason when I just knew something was going to happen between raj and penny when they were drinking. I dont really care what happens between these 2 because i love this show for its hilariousness. cant wait for SEASON 5!!! i dont know how my life will be in the summer without TBBT!! I'll miss SHELDON the most! :[ I started watching this show when I bought the DVDs for Season 1-3 last summer! I guess I'll watch them all over again, along with BONES :) @Critics: please keep us updated over the summer with news about season 5 or anything related to TBBT :D

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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.