The Big Bang Theory Review: Stupid Pop-Tart!

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"The Gorilla Dissolution" was moving along like most episodes of The Big Bang Theory with characters dealing with their personal problems. Penny had work trouble, Raj struggled with dating, and Howard was dealing with his mother.

The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 23 wasn't anything particularly special, but not a bad episode either. Then ... all of a sudden a conversation about Penny's career troubles turned into something amazing.

It happened. It really happened and it was perfect. Leonard and Penny are engaged! 

After Penny jokingly asked Leonard to marry her twice in The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 22, I mentioned that I wanted them to really talk about their relationship. I hoped they would finally move forward and get engaged. I'm not sure that they are the best matched couple, but it will shake up the series.

The Big Bang Theory Season 7 has been pretty flat in regards to character growth with the exception of Raj finally dating (Thank you, writers!). Sheldon and Amy's relationship has moved forward at a slow, but appropriate rate for them. That stagnation has made the show get a bit stale. Going into Season 8, the series could use a swift kick. 

Leonard and Penny getting engaged is a huge and appropriate kick. They get to move forward in their relationship, while Sheldon will be forced to consider life after rooming with Leonard. It opens up a whole to world of interactions and jokes for the show. I've watched the series since the beginning, but this re-energizes my interest in it.

The other big shake-up that I could see coming is Bernadette and Howard having kids. They definitely got a taste of what it would be like when they took care of Howard's mother. At least a baby wouldn't yell, "Howard!" I doubt they will be rushing out to have a kid, but that's something they could consider next season.

I've waited all season for Raj's love life to take a positive turn and it finally did. I was worried when he ran into Emily at the movie theater on a date with another man, but it was just a ruse. The writers played a good trick. She likes him and doesn't want him dating anyone else. Raj is in a real, adult relationship. Way to go!

The slow build-up of the episode worked well for a surprise proposal. It was the perfect way for Leonard and Penny to come to realize they do want to be married. She's his Pop-Tart!

Check out the highlights of their proposal in our quotes section. 

Penny: Where did you get a ring?
Leonard: I've... had it for a couple years, not important. Penny... will you marry me?
Penny: Oh, my God, yes.
Leonard: This would have been so much more romantic if you didn't have monkey hair on your finger.

Love! Love! Love!

How happy are you about Penny and Leonard's engagement?


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This Review was brilliant and this is exactly what I feel - Or most importantly, someone that can grasp the whole picture and can clearly review: "Oh Penny, what a monkey they've made of you; transformed into an ugly creature, impotently flailing about in a cage, sparring with an insensitive lover. And now you've been backed into the schlockfestian fur opera, Serial Apeist 2. (See what I did there?) Admittedly offering only a glimmer of a ghost of a chance for a career, income, and networking opportunities, it's a chance nonetheless. But even THIS is snuffed out. Ah, never mind. A successful career is unimportant so long as you start making "smart decisions" and surrender yourself to matrimonial lockdown with a colon-cleansing "bran muffin" and his ready-made ring. The hobbling of Sheldon and Penny continues in this painfully unfunny and anticlimactic episode, the writers determinedly slotting them into downward trajectories of self-doubt, disappointment and failure so that their (in)significant others can then "rescue" them from lives slowly drained of lofty aspirations and self-determinacy. It's the trope of the triumphant underdog that's being played out over and over again, unfortunately at the expense of the show's two most popular characters. That this is fobbed off as "sweet," "romantic," or, most nauseatingly, "growth" is disturbing. If the show absolutely must sickeningly descend into romcom banality, is it too much to ask that these creaky ships be propelled by something other than desperation, manipulation, and character degradation?"


While it played out nicely, what happened to Leonard's one request? He promised to stop proposing, and that if they were to get married it was up to Penny to ask ***But I got to tell you, when the time comes, I want the whole nine yards. I want you down on one knee, flowers, I want to be swept off my feet.***
She didn't quite live up to that...

@ Doug

Well, technically she *did* ask first. :)


Sheldon giving Raj a solid advice even if it came in a typical Sheldon manner - But without Sheldon's advice Raj wouldn't had that moment with Emily, so Raj owes Sheldon a big favour.
The rest what happened was one big meh with the exception of Howard, Bernadette and Howard's mom. As for Penny and Leonard the most boring and unconsidered couple in tv history it was just laugh worthy and plain sad to witness - They gave me the same feeling as ingrown toenails does to me when it happens, that relationship it's the very definition of a convenient relationship/marriage. Also I been to weddings and said to myself and others that I give them a year and Penny and Leonard exactly like those Couples - Sadly the writers and producers/in charge took the safe way with this debacle*Sigh All and all this was a shi**y episode, but the silver lining was Sheldon helping Raj in his own way and no Amy.with Sheldon - Hell Amy wasn't in this episode, so good for her because she didn't miss a thing.
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@ Jonas

i was waiting to see how you felt about last night show. since you do not like lenny. i was glad to see no amy

@ stephie1973

i like the shamy interaction, its like to see 2 cylons
And someone wisely say in this latin page "Se casa Leonard ??? Solo en un mundo de ficción un friki conseguiría a Penny" In English: "Leonard gonna married? Just in a sitcom a friki could get Penny"


The episode.. meh, i already did read that on a spoiler page
I really hope that timeframe for the series gets increased, because 8 chars could be problematic to handle


I was so happy to see Leonard and Penny finally get engaged. It was definitely a long time coming. I knew that it would eventually happen after last year's season finale when Penny didn't hesitate to say "I love you" to Leonard when he went away on his summer trip. That was a big moment for her, and it wasn't lost on Leonard. And I'm so happy for Raj to finally be in a relationship with a mature, normal woman, who actually likes him for being himself: goofy, sweet and thoughtful. I'm actually more surprised that it hasn't happened sooner. But I'm curious how Emily will fit in with the dynamic of the group if it's a long-term thing. She is not as quirky as the other women of the group, and if she really likes Raj, she will have to spend some time with them as they are his family.

@ Eddie

I really do hope it's a long-term thing. (Dare I say even permanent?) They're very cute together, and I find both the character and the actress seriously endearing. Besides which, "lonely single Raj" is about as played-out as played-out gets, and by this point I have to think that even the writers have noticed. Plus, the girl gets turned on by House of 1000 Corpses. Clearly she's quirky enough to work. ;)


i so did not miss amy at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 heck i did an happy dance. she was on waaaaaaaay to much this season
i like last night show. it was cute, like how sheldon told raj that raj hates being alone. can not till we see how sheldon is going to handel lenny getting marry


I loved the interaction between Sheldon and Raj. Sheldon is starting to act like a good friend and that is so sweet! It was pleasantly surprised by it! I am also happy for Leonard and Penny! It's about time!! :) One scene with Amy :(


The proposal was perfect. Very true to their characters. It was so like Leonard to have a ring. And very Penny to not be romantic. I also was surprised by Sheldon and Raj. Good to see they actually talk. Allthough Sheldon didn't have a clue he was very helpful. Howard and Bernadettes storyline was really funny. I did miss Amy.

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The Big Bang Theory Season 7 Episode 23 Quotes

Penny: There's no reason why I shouldn't be the best bisexual go-go dancer slowly transforming into a killer gorilla
anyone's ever seen.
Leonard: I don't know. The bisexual gorilla go-go dancer in Schindler's List is tough to beat.
Sheldon: Ah, very good. Because a gorilla go-go dancer
of any sexual preference would be out of place in a film about the Holocaust.
Leonard: It only gets funnier when you explain it, Sheldon.
Sheldon: I know.

Raj: If she isn't gonna use it, then why are we doing this?
Howard: She'll use it. All I need is to rig it with a fishing pole and a Honey Baked Ham.