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  1. 19 points
    Haven't said much yet, just enjoying all the reactions and spreading likes. Just want to say that I thought the finale was great, which was a little surprising considering the less than perfect season. I was especially happy with the Lenny pregnancy. When this forum finally winds down, I will very much miss interacting with my fellow TBBT fans as much as I will miss tuning in to the show week after week. It's been a fun and at times frustrating ride and I wouldn't change it for the world. I found support here through both the Lenny breakup, and my own battle with cancer (closing in on two years cancer free for those who were aware 🙂) and for that last, I am most thankful. That was pretty wordy for me, lol, but this is not good-bye. I plan on sojourning here for at least a little while longer.
  2. 13 points
  3. 13 points
    I loved Amy's make-over. She's a beautiful woman who dressed like an old frump but admitted on a few occasions that she wanted to be a princess. She loved her tiara. Why shouldn't she look her best? Her husband looked great in his beautiful formal attire. They made a very lovely couple, imo. Should she have showed up to receive her award in her layered sweater and orthopedic shoe look? I don't think so. I see nothing wrong with trying to look our best, both men and women. I really enjoyed that part of the episode!
  4. 12 points
    (taken from 1223 'The Change Constant' thread) Uh, oh. Sorry for this late service. My workstation broke down on Saturday (just in time for the end of the show?). Now after a short repair, all right, here we go. 🙂 I'll put it right here in this thread. That seems appropriate to me and I hope you like it. 😉
  5. 12 points
    Penny wouldn't be the first to insist it was 'an accident' when in reality it happened 'accidentally-on purpose', which is a saying where I grew up. It saves face when you don't want to tell people your first declaration was sincere but only up to a point. The fields I've worked in, both professionally and voluntarily, have taught me that Lenny's situation is as common as chips (fries ) on a Friday. Maternal instinct v self-preservation can be a two-way street. Bernadette would not need any explanation, given her own history and mixed feelings about it and Amy would accept without quibble that Penny had been sloppy or careless. The men would be pleased for Leonard regardless, if they gave it any thought at all. Note that Penny had never been sterilised although she could have well afforded it and had not sent Leonard for the snip either. She obviously wasn't on the pill, although she's much more organised in her life than she was when she was younger and would have remembered to take it every day. She hadn't had an implant either, nor was she on annual jabs. When she realised she had run the risk of pregnancy - assuming it was true she didn't know what she was doing - she didn't raid her sample store or dash to the pharmacist for a morning-after pill. And good lord, how many times have we seen her drunk and wanting sex ? This time she wasn't even drunk that we knew of, since Sheldon reminded her she was driving, which the writers hadn't had him do before. But drunken accident is her story and she's sticking to it, and blaming her husband to his face. Objectively, Penny's declaration out of the blue in 1203 that she didn't want children was bizarre to start with. She'd never been shown as hard-nosed or anti-motherhood. There didn't appear to be any reason. For instance, pregnancy needn't have interfered with her career just as she was beginning to like it : she could take as short a maternity leave as she wanted and there's a brilliant nursery at Caltech. She's always been a maternal sort, even in the early seasons when she was an irresponsible flibbertigibbet. She can deal with Sheldon and is the stablest among female friends who include the cleverest women on the planet. She's lovely to Raj, the wobbly doctor of astrophysics. And they all love her. She knows her husband may be superbly intelligent but has his weaknesses and with few lapses treats her as if he thinks he's a lucky sod to have wooed and won her. She can hold her own with geniuses and what's more has met all their living parents. She should know she could knock any of their mothers into a cocked hat. However, she was put on the spot by Leonard and like an uncertain racehorse or an insecure show-jumper, she refused a fence she wasn't confident enough to take. Motherhood, especially of a genius's children, was a big thing for Penny to face, and any misgivings she had kept down naturally surfaced then. She was suddenly having to think seriously about it. The future was upon her. Would she be up to raising an academically-inclined family if she needed to ? Whoever they took after, becoming someone's mother would be the final settling-down, the end of desirable - 'doable' as she called-it - hot, cool, fanciable Penny whom she was already beginning to miss. What she once saw as her chief, perhaps only, assets would be gone. So, rebelling against what others expected of her was the order of the day. It was the easy way out. She could be child-free, keep her time to herself for putting on her make-up and doing her nails, go on trips alone or with her husband, meet her friends as much as she liked, drink as much as she wanted, be free to do her exercises and her yoga and go for runs, and spend her own money on herself. Carrying on with the status quo. Losing nothing. But perhaps that certainty didn't last. Most women who've ever been independent think about what they'll be giving up in order to become mothers. But they go ahead anyway, which is why so many of us are here. Sometimes when they're changing nappies at dawn they remember what their pre-children lives were like and look forward to the day when they're all at school or even to when they've left home. Those who start to regain themselves after raising children to school age sometimes feel broody again in spite of everything. They don't want another one really, but end up pleased when the annoyance at the failed birth control wears off. Penny will have heard all this from colleagues at work, just like we all did - and I daresay those young enough are still hearing it. I think, Penny being Penny as we know her, finally put her mind to weighing things up. There were losses and gains however she looked at it. Best thing was to carry on with the decision she'd made, but just in case, leave things to the hands of fate : do nothing medical or surgical to reinforce her child-free position. If conception was 'meant' and in her stars, then she'd be reconciled to it. Complain, protest, blame your husband, curse your stars at first, and then announce that you were more pleased than you thought you'd be, despite what you'd previously chosen. Jump that fence this time. BTW not telling people as early as two months is quite normal, at least here in UK. When I started work the fourth month or even later was usual. Official confirmation by a doctor didn't happen until after three missed periods and even then it wasn't always right. Now that there's a scan at about nine weeks to check it's really a baby growing there, it's earlier, true. I can see why Lenny would want to wait for the questions until they got home from Sweden, however. As it happens, it doesn't matter that their friends and much of the world's public already know : anecdotally it appears that discomfort and lots of sickness at this stage bodes for a successful outcome.
  6. 12 points
    It's adorable how tenderly and lovingly Leonard cares for his pregnant wife. ❤️
  7. 11 points
    You know there comes a time when you have to stop beating that dead horse and move on. Leonard and Penny are happily married and have a child coming, Amy and Sheldon are happily married and will have children. Sheldon actually cares for his friends and they care for him and none of them are the horrible cheating jerks you wish they would be in your world of Shenny.
  8. 11 points
    A new version of the sweet Lenny kiss from the final scene. Leonard's hand on Penny's belly to make sure the baby is okay and Penny wearing the heart locket and the top from the pilot (she wears it too in episode 5.13) make this moment absolutely perfect for me. ❤️
  9. 11 points
    The Lenny Storybook Chapters 278/279: The Change Constant/The Stockholm Syndrome (Season 12, Episode 23/24 - original air date: May 16, 2019)
  10. 10 points
  11. 10 points
    Here's the first one of my new iPad drawings. I hope you like it.
  12. 10 points
    From Entertainment Tonight 'Big Bang Theory' Says Goodbye: 16 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets From the Emotional Finale Taping You may have already watched The Big Bang Theory’s tear-jerking finale, but you definitely didn’t see these emotional behind-the-scenes moments! ET was on set in Burbank, California, for the live taping of the CBS comedy's very last episode and when we weren't freaking out over all the hidden Easter eggs or cheering for the surprise appearance of Sarah Michelle Gellar, we were holding back tears while watching the cast say goodbye to the characters they've played for the past 12 seasons. Here are 16 on-set moments that every Big Bang fan should know about... <full article & video in the link>
  13. 9 points
    The end seems to be just a new beginning.
  14. 9 points
  15. 9 points
  16. 9 points
    (8 pictures) (7 pictures) (2 pictures)
  17. 8 points
    Are you kidding? Howard had the most character growth over 12 seasons! You need to go and watch Season 1 and 2 again
  18. 8 points
    That hug lasted at least 5 Mississippis. ❤️❤️
  19. 8 points
    I found myself tearing up during Sheldon'a speech which annoyed me no end! Intellectually I was saying just more Sheldon bs, but emotionally I was buying it! (Because Jim is so good!) If that makes any sense. I'd like to think that he may have setbacks, but will mostly stay grateful for his good friends.
  20. 8 points
    This^^ but then again... if you get on board with the character then I think you honestly have to stay on board for the whole ride. The characters are what we are shown. Leonard has had his weaknesses and is weirdly, maybe unhealthily tolerant and Penny has had a drinking problem. Sheldon is fun to watch but maybe difficult to know - most people would not put up with his arrogant nonsense, regardless of imaginary diagnoses. You’d just avoid him. And Amy has a baseline that underpins her behaviours. I’d like to argue that they are always showing us who they are. Blame the writers, sure, but they created and own the characters. Any perceived flaws the writers put in are as real as any perceived perfections they also put in. So, Amy is a little creepy.
  21. 8 points
  22. 8 points
    I know that's what was said in the scene but it didn't feel true to her character. Like she never saw herself on a picture or what? Come on! She knows her style and didn't care what people said - that was always great about her. I said before: I'm not totally against the makeover and I'm fine with the result but the reason how it came about felt not quite right.
  23. 8 points
    From TV Line Performer of the Week: Jim Parsons THE PERFORMER | Jim Parsons THE SHOW | The Big Bang Theory THE EPISODE | “The Stockholm Syndrome” (May 16, 2019) THE PERFORMANCE | “This honor doesn’t just belong to me,” said Sheldon as he began his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. And neither does this Performer of the Week distinction just belong to his portrayer; Parsons wouldn’t have been as brilliant as he was in the finale had he not been buoyed by an ensemble for the ages. That said, Parsons was spectacular, imbuing Sheldon with the childlike wonder that for 12 seasons has made him so lovable, the incomprehension of social mores that has made him so challenging, and the self-absorption that has made him so intolerable. But what really cinched his win were his final two scenes. In the first, Parsons made it clear just how oblivious Sheldon was to the fact that his friends had turned away from him on his big night because he’d hurt them. “Does not compute,” said the stricken expression he wore as wife Amy spelled it out for him. (Then, “I don’t want that to compute” when the painful message got through.) In the second scene, Sheldon was moved so deeply to see his family of choice in the audience at the award ceremony that he chucked his speech to instead apologize to and thank his pals. The monologue, as Parsons delivered it, was a work of art, simple, sincere — and funny. (“Is that Buffy the Vampire Slayer?!?”) By the time Sheldon concluded by telling the gang, “In my way, I love you all,” there wasn’t a dry eye in the house — at least not in ours.
  24. 8 points
    BTS of Leonard slapping Sheldon 😉
  25. 8 points
  26. 7 points
    I don't agree. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Nor me. Howard always wanted to settle down eventually. He was looking for his 'Mrs Wolowitz' although not going the right way about it. He thought his creepy act was acceptable and attractive to women. He didn't have a father to tell him otherwise during his adolescence, and judged by his mentions of his cousins, his uncles were too young at the right time. His punch on the nose from Penny did as much for his changing behaviour as meeting the right woman. Sure, some of his creepiness still shows through. Nearly every episode he says something yucky. Ingrained habits die hard - look at Sheldon. As for Raj, right down to the last episode he was still behaving cringeworthily. Is going through someone's purse under those circumstances even legal ? Walking into the ladies' toilets may just about be excusable at a stretch when a man's recognised the distressed voice telling him to go away, but at nearly forty years of age, holding hands in public with a married woman without her consent in one of the final scenes says it all. If he meets a thirty-something woman who has identical tastes to his is he young enough to change his outlook and become a nice guy ? That is left to the imagination now.
  27. 7 points
    I’m not disagreeing about there being male writers. I do hope that the audience can be smart enough to see that most of the derision aimed at Penny was aimed by Sheldon, where he is being something of an avatar for a particular school of thought about gender norms Most of the time Penny was pretty comfortable with her enthusiasm for the behaviours that Sheldon, the self-appointed “Arbiter of All Things”, decried. Leonard and the rest of the community were pretty accepting, if not maybe covetous, of Penny’s history. Further, once Penny worked through her issues about why Leonard wasn’t her first choice, but was really her best choice, she never deviated. Her whole arc through the Priya/Leonard story was about her trying to cope with her grief at having stuffed up. Once they reconciled she was totally, but not slavishly, devoted to him - Maybe she tested their bonds more than I personally was comfortable with (hello Penny in nightie with Beverley on Skype), but that wasn’t about devotion, I think it was always about the jokes. Penny had every legal right to act as she did. She was at liberty to pursue happiness. And thankfully in the 21st century, she can also pursue bodily autonomy. Overall it was mostly Sheldon, the person with almost no capacity for intimacy, who made the snide put-downs of Penny. And he became the hero of the show. The audience lapped it up. Or maybe was the show mocking him and his pre-technological views. He got a Nobel for science and he is still the guy stuck in pre-20th century modes of thought when it comes to what people do with their pants off. I don’t know. It says a lot about the audience, as well as the writers. If it weren’t reflective of, and resonant with, the audience core beliefs Sheldon’s accusative diatribes would have been written out as part of the chase for ratings. Like Amy was written in, and a sex drive for Sheldon was written in too. But hey, 12 seasons isn’t easy. /rant
  28. 7 points
    They hung the giant painting of Amy and Penny in the lobby of the production office and Alex (a.ayers10) is NOT thrilled. "Oh good, we still get to see this masterpiece EVERY.DAY." LOL
  29. 7 points
    I'm working on new Lenny drawings on my iPad. I will post them in the course of this week.
  30. 7 points
    OK, here's the three day DVR viewer numbers. The show was up 1.4 demo point to a 4.6 (from a 3.2) and viewers went from 18.00 million to 23.44 million, up 5.33 million viewers. This mad the one hour finale, the highest rated non-sports show in both demo and viewers for the season. All that's left is the 7 day numbers. The hour repeat last night had a 4.1 household rating, with a 1.0 demo, and a 5.90 million viewers. This had the second highest house hold rating and viewers (behind The Voice ) and the third highest demo behind The Voice and The Bachelorette.
  31. 7 points
    I've been thinking about the ongoing lives of the gang, as the writers said they hoped we would. When Sheldon named his friends at the ceremony it struck me how prestigious those who’d supported him and Amy were: "Doctor, Doctor, Doctor, Astronaut". Impressive peers indeed. I couldn't have gathered such company at his age. With people at that level behind you, how can you but do well? Neither of them had their relatives in the audience, though, which I thought was sad. I’m glad Shamy's friends weren't tempted by the stressful situation Sheldon was in to bite their tongues at his attitude. Now he had achieved the ultimate, he no longer needed to be handled as if he were vulnerable. No more 'Sheldon is Sheldon, what did we expect ?' He was a Nobel laureate for Pete's sake. He should buck up. It was time to take off the kid gloves. Whatever the name is for Sheldon’s disorders, he’s got the intelligence to learn how to behave. He has learned many times what’s expected of him and he has shown he can apply that knowledge when he wants to. Trouble is, because it doesn’t come naturally, it has to be remembered all the time and built on whenever there’s something new. It can be a strain. Moreover he’s got a selfish,self-serving streak anyway, honed by his having to defend himself as a child and adolescent. Now he has gained his goal, he doesn’t know how to deal with his new life going forward as a Nobel laureate. He doesn’t yet know where he fits in. Who would ? He has got it all to learn. Others may find it exciting. All that stuff is stressful for him,though, and when he’s stressed he reverts to his baseline. Just as an over-stressed ex-smoker might lapse and go for a cigarette, or a formerly obese person who’s slimmed down might go for a cream doughnut, so a Sheldon who’s of necessity always self-centred while concentrating on applying learned behaviour, under pressure boils over into selfishness and inconsiderateness. In this mode he can’t see life from anybody else’s angle and is too fixated on his own position to try to. But it’s not the time for wife and friends to be making excuses or concessions for him. A kick up the behind is more appropriate, poor chap. No longer will anything be gained by not letting him know when he’s being a jerk. If they tolerate his crap now that he’s really on top it will last forever. Well the tough love worked. Will the lesson last ? That remains to be seen, or rather imagined.
  32. 7 points
    I think when Sheldon said he loves them in his way, he was recognizing he would likely still hurt them or fail to meet their expectations at times. That is completely realistic, progress is much less linear than we would like to believe. But I want to believe he will try better, and I hope they keep making him see where he's failing, accepting him but also not just taking it and saying "Sheldon will be Sheldon".
  33. 7 points
    Bruce Banner - he has more PHDs There's a bit of lip service paid to how people are done with enabling him and even Amy doesn't cushion her reactions any more that makes it feel a bit more serious this time around but ugh yeah, I can't deny that this is a bit "been there, done that". But I guess in the end it's also part of the fanservice laundry list - dig out some of the greatest hits to say good bye.
  34. 7 points
    I think it was fine 😃 My problem with the Sheldon plot was that it wasn't anything we haven't seen before. "Sheldon acts like an ass and everyone is annoyed and he apologizes" has been done to death many times before. They do that over and over and reset him, so why would it be any different this time ? He should have learnt that lesson in one of the many previous episodes. If this wasn't the finale, he would have learned this lesson in another episode. Jim did great with that speech but I was pretty meh about that plot.. We didn't get many nice shamy moments. More time could also be spent on Raj and Penny. I don't like that we never find out what hapenned when Penny found out she was pregnant. Was it a complicated decision ? Did Lenny have a discussion ? We mostly get jokes about Penny drinking a lot and drunk sex. It is disservice to Penny, because she is supposed to be one of the main three, but actually not treated as one.
  35. 7 points
    To paraphrase Bernadette, because sometimes the writers are ich.
  36. 7 points
    It was always, always, always Leonard for Penny. No matter how hard she fought against it. No matter how she tried to deny and hide her longing for him. It was always Leonard. Not so with Rachel for Ross (IMHO). ^^^ This. Is. Amazing. Such a well thought out post. Thank you so much @joyceraye !!! ❤️❤️❤️
  37. 7 points
    Kunal is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this Thursday, May 23rd.
  38. 7 points
    She was “fantasising about .....Leonard ....... AND a little Idris Elba. “ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  39. 7 points
    Sorry about a short distraction... Goodbye, Big Bang Theory! (Jimmy Kimmel Live) Tonight on CBS, one of the most popular TV shows ever came to a close. It was the final episode of 'The Big Bang Theory,' and unfortunately for one of our audience members, he wasn't aware tonight was the big night. Seriously, who's this guy? Is he one of us, one of us? 😁
  40. 7 points
    Thanks @luminous for this great project and all the effort you put into it. I love every chapter. ❤️ A wonderful illustration of the amazing Lenny story. ❤️
  41. 7 points
    The last chapter of the Lenny storybook Thank you @luminous Gonna miss those two
  42. 7 points
    I didn’t have a problem with the makeover, at the end of the day it’s Amy’s choice and if she felt the desire to change her appearance with new clothing and a haircut then good for her! Millions of people change their style all the time. A new look can make you feel good and somewhat empowering so I have no problems with it whatsoever. Sheldon’s response was predictable, greatly disappointing but I fully expected it. Truth be told the last couple of seasons has in some ways made me realise I actually don’t like Sheldon as much as I thought I did, maybe that is down to the writing? I think it’s undeniable that you have seen more ‘old school’ Sheldon moments over the past couple of seasons since the show runner change. I think that’s been detrimental to the show and progress that has been shown of the years. True there has always been examples of one step or two steps forward and one step back with him, but I think as seasons and essentially time has passed I think in some cases it’s hard to sell even justify some of those steps back, you can’t have a character even one like Sheldon make big strides and look at ease with it only for the sake of a story regress him. Anyway the finale I thought was ok, Raj probably the only thing that super annoyed me (his whole story really hasn’t amounted to much has it?) But this season as a whole wasn’t quite at the same level.
  43. 7 points
    First off, I want to thank @vonmar, for posting the ratings. Due to a couple of things going back a month or so, and something that happened today, I've spent most of the day in the hospital, getting X-rays and A CAT scan. I may have a slight fracture to my right arm (and I'm right handed), but I can still type, without moving my arm. As for the show, as most of you can imagine, I'm quite happy with the Lenny pregnancy. If, as they said, they were looking at it from early in the season, then I'm puzzled about some of the episodes. As far as the episode 3, I am now of the belief that they expected a 13th season, and 12.03 was a way to not deal with a Lenny pregnancy during this season. The donation episodes were then their attempt to show Penny possibly changing her mind (or more properly think about it) but it was a rather messed up attempt. I think they pushed Sheldon's bad behavior more than necessary, (it's difficult here, as we've seen something close to that kind of behavior from him, even in this season, but it did seem a bit over the top), but the payoff in his speech was nice. I did think the too much change for Sheldon was overdone, as it had been done in 7-24. I also liked Amy's speech.I was disappointed that Raj didn't seem to get the sendoff the others got. Overall, I think they managed to honor several long running bits, and even some things from earlier in the run, while honoring the changes in the characters. There were several flourishes, Sleazy Howard made an appearance, in the Bernie and Penny shower comment. It was nice to see Bernie and Howard's kids, live, and of course the elevator working, was nice (if you watch the scene, until it opens, they never show the elevator, the shots are all close ups on Sheldon and Leonard). I liked the 139.5 hours bit (the number of hours of TBBT that ran), a Penny and Sheldon scene, The tag was perfection for me. The gang sitting on and around the couch, eating, as they have done so many times before. Amy and Sheldon with their Nobel medals, and Leonard rubbing Penny belly, after they kissed were nice touches. And having Bare Naked Ladies do an acoustical version of the theme, with a melancholy bent, was a great way to end it. I wasn't all that thrilled by the YS show, but the tag, with all the young kids was rather nice. The retrospective was what I expected, although panning across the different sets, then having the lights go out was rather emotional for me. One last thing, @Itwasdestined that was a great post, and I'm sure there are a lot of members here who have the same feelings. Thank you for voicing those sentiment so eloquently, very well done sir.
  44. 6 points
  45. 6 points
    Yikes!!! I just saw an Instagram video post of the aftermath of the last Leonard & Penny/Johnny & Kaley scene. Their hug was extremely long as if they didn't want to let go of their characters last alone moment. Holding on extra long while folks scurried around them. They didn't seem to notice. They both came away looking teary-eyed. The last thing you see? A prop man holding out his hand. For Penny's rings. Kaley takes them off and the video stops before she hands them off.... Oh my word. Crying again. Go look for it (and if someone more talented than I---maybe post it here---if it is allowed???). Oh my word!
  46. 6 points
    TBH this may not go down well with some posters here. But Raj got What he deserved by the end. He was a Douche through out the series. he diddn't deserve a long and lasting relationship. And nor should he been rewarded as such.
  47. 6 points
    Well, it's hard to show any caving afterwards when the show ends on Sheldon's speech. Don't get me wrong, I'm also in the camp of thinking that this was different or, well, a bigger step forward than usual. I just also can't exactly blame anyone thinking Sheldon will be back to his old form afterwards cause in the years and years of the show it happened so often (and the last two years under the new showrunner let him regress even more if it served the story). So after all those baby steps of progress seeing Sheldon flounder this hard again was a bit tough. To be fair to the writers though, while it would have been nice to see more of that "Sheldon has changed" payoff (i.e. have him react more mature during the finale demonstrating how far he's come) they probably needed something to generate conflict for the story or else this would have been a boring love fest with not much actually happening. And that speech wouldn't have come out the way it did.
  48. 6 points
    I’d totally forgotten about Shenny. We probably all know that elevator sex between Sheldon and Penny would be challenging and unlikely considering just his germaphobia. Never mind that Amy has been the only entity that has been seen to have activated Sheldon in that regard. I did get a twinge of nostalgia at the revival of the Shenny concept. Oh, the fun we had.
  49. 6 points
    There doesn't seem to be an interest in having a spin-off with some but not all of the BBT characters. I would like it so much though if Leonard and Penny (and perhaps baby) suddenly made an appearance in another Lorre sitcom. I don't think it would ever happen but IMO that would be so cool, I just want a short glance of them about a year later.
  50. 6 points
    Sad that the storybook can't continue but you have provided us with some really great Lenny photos/moments over these 279 chapters @luminous Yep, the ceremony is always the 10th of December and even with the climate change it's winter in Sweden.
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