It happened! It really happened! Howard blasted into space!
And, of course, Howard and Bernadette got hitched.
Since they got engaged, I wondered how The Big Bang Theory would pull off a big wedding. Would we finally meet Howard's mother? No way that was gonna happen. They had to get married, but how? The solution was perfect. A rush wedding on the roof of the apartment building with all their friends officiating. Bonus: Google Earth satellite overhead.
Of course, they had to try an easy civil ceremony first, if for no reason other than for Howard to try to convince someone he was an astronaut headed into space. His plea did sound absolutely ridiculous; even Penny was surprised he actually made it to space.
The ceremony itself was almost as awkward as Howard's bachelor party toasts ... almost. Nothing could top Raj's insane reveals that night; it was probably a good thing he got choked up and couldn't finish. While the officiants were less than professional in their comments, especially Sheldon's attempt at doing it in Klingon, they each honored the couple in their own loving way. Plus, those didn't even matter once Bernadette and Howard said their romantic vows. Aww....
In contrast to the happy couple, Leonard had to deal with the crew ribbing him about his proposal during sex. Penny was taking it fairly well, until Leonard's perfectly timed wedding jab. When they do end up getting married (and they will!), and even probably before, they will laugh and laugh about it.
I didn't care for the flow of the episode with Howard about to blast off and the wedding in a flashback, but that last scene of the finale made it all come together: Howard shooting into the stars, his friends left behind bonding together.
It was touching to see Bernadette and Raj share their love of Howard and hold hands. Penny, who was irritated at Leonard, took his hand. And, lastly, the normally reserved and isolated Sheldon took Amy's hand. What a heartfelt moment, then the season closed out with Sheldon saying, "Boldly go, Howard Wolowitz." Perfect.
Here are a few lines from "The Countdown Reflection" and make sure to check out our full collection of The Big Bang Theory quotes. They are sure to hold you over until our favorite nerds return next fall.
Sheldon: He asked her during coitus.
Howard: Did he get down on one knee or were you already there? | permalink
Bernadette's father: Here ya go.
Bernadette: Here ya go? What am I? A football?
Bernadette's father: Like that guy could catch a football. | permalink
Bernadette: I love that man.
Raj: Me too. | permalink