Hi everyone! Here's my idea for the finale episode, though this one primarily focuses on Leonard. It makes a few assumptions: Raj and Anu are still together; Sheldon and Amy are still up for the Nobel Prize for super asymmetry. The idea actually came from a dream two nights ago.
FINAL EPISODE TITLE:
The Higgs Boson Doomsday
Leonard makes a fundamental discovery that proves supersymmetry just before his laboratory explodes. Now dead and a roaming spirit, Leonard (along with special guests) observes his friends and family say their final goodbyes with an odd turn of events as he quantum leaps through the next year of their lives.
Raj, Howard, and Sheldon are eating lunch in the Caltech cafeteria. They notice his absence and comment about his long hours and never seeing him anymore. Sheldon, of course, adds his condescending remarks. Howard and Raj tune him out. Just then, Sheldon receives a call from Leonard. As Sheldon continues his rant, Leonard shushes him and states that he’s done it. His experiment in sparticles (superpartner particles) has proved supersymmetry exists. Leonard is in his laboratory, smiling with his eyes wide open. A glow from the room illuminates his face. Sheldon argues that supersymmetry was ruled out, but his theory on super asymmetry was on the Nobel Prize express train and Leonard needs to get onboard. Leonard says he needs Sheldon’s help, but then screams, “Wait, the quantum state is becoming unstable. The fermions…” Suddenly, a tremendous explosion occurs. The cafeteria shakes. Sheldon gets disconnected. Everybody in the cafeteria looks startled. An alarm sounds off. Sheldon, Howard, and Raj all look at each other.
Leonard looks around his destroyed laboratory. Everything is dismal grey and in piles of dust. He comments aloud, “Wow. That was a bust.” A voice speaks from behind him, “Great Scott! What in the name of Sir Isaac H. Newton happened here?” Leonard turns to see Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) from the Back to the Future movie franchise dressed in his yellow travel suit and shiny silver sunglasses. Leonard says, “I had a little accident…” and then adds, “Hey, aren’t you Doc Brown from…?” Doc Brown walks around. “You know, it took me nearly thirty years and my entire family fortune to finally invent something that works. My God, has it been that long?” Leonard remarks, “Speaking of which, where is everybody? They should’ve at least heard the noise.” As Leonard heads towards the laboratory door, Doc Brown shouts, “You're just not thinking fourth dimensionally!” Leonard looks back. Doc Brown is gone. He turns and walks out the door directly into his own apartment. Raj, Anu, Howard, Bernadette, Amy, and Sheldon are sitting around the food on the coffee table. Nobody is eating. Confused, Leonard begins ranting and raving about what happened and why nobody called him. Nobody hears him or acknowledges him. Leonard states, “What’s going on here? I feel like I jumped into another universe.” Again, a voice speaks from behind him, “You have no idea.” Leonard turns to see Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) from the Quantum Leap television series lying across his kitchen countertop. Leonard says, “Okay, I know who you are. I’m just trying to figure out what the hell is happening.” Dr. Beckett responds, “I’m just trying to get home.” Raj speaks, “Leonard was a great scientist.” Howard adds, “He was smarter than all of us put together.” Leonard looks at Dr. Beckett, “Wait a minute… I’m dead? I’m a ghost?” Dr. Beckett replies, “Oh, boy…” Leonard looks down at his hands and body, “Cool. I also proved the law of conservation of energy.” referring energy can neither be created nor destroyed, only transformed. Leonard looks up jokingly at his friends. Sheldon looks as though he’s going to argue, but says, “You’re right. Leonard was right.” Sheldon looks at Amy, “We’re nothing.” Bernadette says, “It’s not about us anymore. We’re here for Penny now.” Leonard looks around, “Wait, where’s Penny?” He rushes into his bedroom. Penny is lying on her side in bed, sobbing.
Leonard kneels beside Penny, apologizing and trying to console her, but she can’t hear him or see him. Upset, Leonard says, “Penny, please answer me. I feel so alone.” Yet again, a voice speaks from behind him, “You’re not alone, you know. What you were, and what you are to become, will always be with you.” Leonard turns and growls, “Q. I should’ve known.” On the dresser sits Q (John de Lancie) from the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series. “You just don’t get it, do you?” Q jumps down. “We wanted to see if you had the ability to expand your mind and your horizons.” Walking around, Q continues, “And for one brief moment, you did.” Leonard responds with a quote from the episode, “When I realized the paradox.” Q responds, “Exactly. For that one fraction of a second, you were open to options you had never considered. *That* is the exploration that awaits you.” Leonard looks down at Penny, who cries, “Leonard, why did you leave me?” Leonard looks back up at Q and sadly replies, “But I don’t want that. I would give it all up just to be with my friends.” Leonard looks back down at Penny, “Just to be with Penny.” The frustrated Q states, “So be it.” With a swoosh of Q’s hand, Leonard is standing next to Penny at his own funeral. As the eulogy begins, Leonard looks to see his family and friends standing side-by-side. They each say something to honor Leonard. Denise is holding hands with Stuart. Zack has Penny under his arm, holding her tightly into his chest. Beverly (Leonard’s mom), is holding Sheldon tightly into her bosom. Amy is standing next to him, her eyes shifting oddly. Bernadette is standing next to her, looking disgusted. Howard is sobbing cheek-to-cheek with Raj. Anu, disturbed, looks on. Leonard speaks, “No, no, no… this isn’t the way it’s supposed to happen. This is all wrong.” Q speaks, “Goodbye, Leonard. I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But all good things must come to an end.” Leonard cries out, “NOOOO!” With another swoosh of Q’s hand, Leonard appears standing in the doorway of Howard and Bernadette’s bedroom. Howard, Raj, and Bernadette are on their knees in the middle of the bed, practically naked, comforting each other over the grief of their lost friend. They begin hugging and kissing in what looks to become a ménage à trois. Howard and Raj touch each other inappropriately. Bernadette squawks, “Cut it out, you two. Focus on me!” Leonard cringes, “Oh, I don’t want to see this!” He turns and runs out the door to find himself in another bedroom. Sheldon and Beverly are under the covers together, comforting each other over the grief of Leonard’s passing, discussing the proper methods for engaging in coitus. Amy is not in the room. In disgust, Leonard cries out, “Oh God, I can’t unsee that either!” Leonard ends up in his own room. Penny is lying on the bed, looking beautiful in a negligee. Zack, shirtless, climbs into bed with her. She puts her arms around him and kisses him passionately to find comfort over the grief of her husband’s death. Leonard drops to his knees and begins to sob, “No, Penny, no…” Leonard starts crying, “I can’t take this anymore…” Leonard looks down and closes his eyes. A bright, white light flashes. Leonard is on his knees in a white room. He looks up to see his family and friends smiling and waving back at him, all dressed in white. All the girls are pregnant, including his mom. Penny is with Zack. Beverly is with Sheldon. Amy is with Bert Kibbler. Anu is with Raj’s dad. Raj and Howard are with each other. Bernadette is with Barry Kripke. Leonard looks down and shakes his head. He looks up again. Everybody is holding their babies wrapped in white swaddling blankets, rocking them gently. They look up at Leonard with a smile. Penny and Zack’s child has Penny’s head, looking slightly drunk. Beverly and Sheldon’s child has Leonard’s head, looking confused. Beverly comments, “It’s a Freudian thing.” Amy and Bert’s child has two heads that look like Amy and Bert. Anu and Dr. Koothrappali’s child has the head of Raj’s mom. Raj and Howard don’t have babies, but are kissing little dogs inappropriately. Bernadette is holding twin children with Howard and Raj’s head. The Howard and Raj twins begin to touch each other inappropriately. Bernadette squawks out, “Knock it off, you two. That’s just weird!” Leonard passes out.
“Leonard. Leonard! LEONARD!” *SLAP* Leonard wakes up. He is on the floor in a hospital delivery room. Penny is in bed with her legs up behind a curtain. “What the hell? You’re supposed to be helping me breathe and you passed out.” Leonard stands up, “Sorry, you were squeezing my hand a little too hard.” Penny smiles, “That’s okay. It’s all over. You can go outside if you need to. Get a little fresh air.” Leonard says, “Yeah, maybe I should. Will you be okay?” Penny smiles and nods her head. “I’ll be right outside, if you need me.” He looks down at her, “We’ll meet our baby soon… Mommy.” Leonard kisses Penny’s hand and says, “I love you.” Penny replies, “I love you, too…” then kisses Leonard. Leonard walks out into the waiting room. Everybody is there to greet him: Beverly, Wyatt (Penny’s dad), Raj, Anu, Howard, Bernadette, Sheldon, Amy, Stuart, Denise, Bert, Barry, President Siebert, and Wil Wheaton. Beverly hugs Leonard, “I’m very proud of you, my son. You did well!” Howard says to Leonard, “I couldn’t have done better myself.” Raj adds, “Yeah, I only wish we were there to help.” Leonard replies, “You were, my friends. You were.” Bernadette and Anu smile. Amy and Sheldon both come up to Leonard with smiles on their faces. Sheldon shakes Leonard’s hand, “Congratulations, Leonard!” and continues, “And congratulations on your breakthrough and award. It’s amazing! You really deserve it!” Leonard replies, “Thank you, Sheldon. You’re my best friend and that really means a lot to me.”
“Welcome to the Physics Club, Leonard.” Leonard turns around to see Stephen Hawking (CGI) and a group of physics legends. Leonard walks up to him, “Thank you, Professor Hawking. You taught me a great deal.” Looking over the legends, Leonard comments, “Galileo, Kepler, Sir Isaac Newton, Faraday, Rutherford, Einstein, Schrödinger, Dirac, and wow… Richard Feynman! You all taught me so much. I couldn’t have done it without you.” Stephen Hawking says, “You’re in good company.” Leonard looks back over his shoulder at his family and friends just as the nurse wheels Penny out carrying their baby in her arms in a blue swaddling blanket. Leonard smiles, “Yeah, I know.” Leonard looks back at him, “I’ve always known.” Leonard walks back over to everyone. He bends over and kisses Penny on her head. Smiling, Penny asks, “Shall we meet Baby Hofstadter for the first time?” Everyone shouts, “Yeah!” Howard passes out cigars. Leonard says, “Okay everyone, meet… Young Sheldon!” Leonard unveils the swaddling blanket. Everyone looks down and then suddenly gasps in shock. Looking up at them is a baby… with Sheldon Cooper’s head. They lean in to get a closer look. The baby Sheldon looks up at them and says, “Bazinga!”
Well, there it is. It was a lot of fun writing, but I had to because it was driving me crazy. The parts in my dream were Leonard’s lab explosion, a visit from Doc Brown, Leonard as a ghost, the physics legends, and the babies with the heads of the cast. That’s what woke me up laughing. Baby Raj and Baby Howard being weird with Bernadette’s crabby voice and Sheldon’s “Bazinga!” ending. I know it’s primarily about Leonard. There’s not a lot of speaking parts for the rest of the cast, though their dramatic acting is showcased. The story uses actual direct quotes for all the lines spoken by the characters from the film and shows Back to the Future, Quantum Leap, and Star Trek: TNG. Professor Hawking would be created with CGI. Researching the actual science was tough, but the science in the show (except for super asymmetry) is pretty spot on.
Anyways, I’d love to hear what you all thought of it. Cheers!