The Big Bang Theory Review: Introducing the Chatterbox

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The Big Bang Theory guys love to go work on projects through the summer, don't they?

In previous finales, Sheldon had an assignment in the North Pole and the guys joined him there. Howard went on a space mission. And, this time, it was Leonard's turn to head out to sea to work on a Stephen Hawking's project. With Leonard and Penny relationship finally in a good place, I feared that he would decide to stay home.

Instead, Penny was entirely supportive of the opportunity. She never even had doubts, which was a pleasant surprise. 

Leonard's New Job

The finale didn't focus on Leonard and his decision to go as much as it did on "The Bon Voyage Reaction" of his friends. Sheldon had a difficult time accepting that Leonard was going away and that he was given such an amazing opportunity. In normal Sheldon-style, he tried to convince Leonard that it was a bad idea. Over and over again. Sheldon didn't miss a chance to talk about the risk of being on a boat, being killed by sharks ... or even crabs. 

Sheldon rarely has a reason to be jealous, but he was here. And Penny schooled him on how to pretend to be happy for his friend. Nice smirk there, Sheldon! Between Howard's trip to space and Leonard's expedition, perhaps it's time for Sheldon to get out there. Though, he would have to adjust to a new environment, which would be exceedingly difficult for him.

There were quite a few funny moments tied to Leonard's decision to go on the trip, but my favorite were when Leonard and Penny discusses the opportunity.

Penny: On a ship? Aren't they afraid Hawking will just roll overboard?
Leonard: Uh, he's not gonna be there. He's just sending a team to research his theory.
Penny: Oh sure. Like when you send me to kill spiders in your bathtub. | permalink

Penny: Oh, sweetie, if you're gonna screw things up, it's gonna be while you're here, not while you're away. | permalink

Penny: Oh, I don't know. Remember what happened when I took care of your goldfish?
Leonard: Well, flush Sheldon down the toilet and get me a new one. | permalink

Once the writers finally let Leonard and Penny be happy with one another, their relationship was the best on the show. They are different, yet they understand and respect each other. They have their troubles at times, but no matter what they make each other laugh. And that makes me laugh at home too.

While their relationship was going strong, Raj and Lucy were having problems. Their social dysfunctions were interfering with their ability to have a somewhat normal romance. Raj wanted Lucy to meet his friends, but she wasn't ready for that. The decision to have her meet Amy alone first was a good idea, but Raj got caught up in Amy's comments. He got caught up in his frustrations over the relationship and put Lucy in the awkward position of defining their status. Oops!

In the end, it was a highly successful relationship in Raj's life. In a Big Bang Theory moment to remember, Raj talked to a woman without alcohol! After six seasons, he's no longer mute. That's a relief because it was getting annoying for him to talk through Howard or for him to be drinking all the time.

Raj: I haven't had a drink since last night.
Penny: You're talking to me.
Raj: I am. And, now I'm crying for a whole different reason. | permalink

Raj may have lost Lucy, but he gained something even more precious. His voice. That should help him find the right woman for him. Though ... by the looks of it, Penny, Bernie, and Amy need to watch out. Raj has turned into quite the chatterbox.

Check out lots of funny lines from the season 6 finale in our The Big Bang Theory quotes section.

Are you glad that Raj can talk to women now? What was the funniest moment or line from the finale?


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This wasn't much of an episode. I thought it was just advancing or wrapping up series story lines. I mean, the next episode Leonard will return, Leonard & Penny's relationship seems to have reached permanent couple, they show wrapped up a tired Raj-can't-talk characterization and still left open a relationship w/Lucy or ended it if the producers so choose, Amy's role in the group was better defined (rather than there as strictly Sheldon's appendage), and Howard and Bernadette (who seemed more wifely) are still moving toward starting a family. Sheldon could have been nasty-obnoxious, but they softened it by the old joke about him acting like Penny and Leonard's kid.


@Douglas Wolfe, I believe you are correct. The reason they had problems early in the season was that they were in different places and clearly she's catching up.. :)


More and more Amy!


i like it. so glad raj can talk to women now.!!!!!!! so glad the frist woman he talk to was penny not amy. i hope season 7 we see less of amy please


Poor finale. Too little too late on Raj being able to speak to women sober.


I agree with Mel. I thought this finale was super weak. I didn't really think it was funny at all. Sheldon had a few one liners that made me laugh but not really. I was disappointed.


I loved the show! So much happened...Penny told Leonard she loved him and Raj talking to women without drinking. Also love the "family" of Penny, Leonard and Sheldon. Penny is such a good mom. :D I agree that Lucy wasn't good for Raj, I actually thought she was a little creepy. I hope the show is on for a long time, there are so many more stories to tell, like Sheldon and Amy's relationship "growing", and maybe Howard becoming a dad, or Leonard and Penny getting married.


Someone set me straight please. Was this the first time Penny told Leonard that she loved him? And she did it without any sign of discomfort.


We can dream all we want and in the spring hope springs eternal, but white-other race couples dont last long because it is not popular with the audience. That is why Priya-Leonard couple did not last long and neither did Raj-Lucy. In the Mentalist Kimbal Cho-white female relationship did not last long either. Interracial couples last long in TV shows if it does not involved a visibly white person. Isiah Washington (black)-Sandra Oh (Asian) in Grey's Anatomy would have lasted even longer had Washington not mades some anti-gay comments. Why? Because white audience does not give a damn!


I am glad Lucy is gone I don't like her at all. Raj can do way better than her. After all he is married to Miss. India in real life!

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The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Episode 24 Quotes

Who do you think would win in a fight -- you or a shark?


Leonard: I know what you are doing. You don't want me going on this research trip because you're afraid to be alone.
Sheldon: I'm not afraid to be alone. On the sea, it would be terrifying. Because of all the drowning.