The big news from the Big Bang Theory camp is, of course, the fact that the show was renewed for the next two years. Fans reacted by giving them the lowest ratings in years. Why? Perhaps since they felt the show was ‘safe’ and they could watch the episode some other time. Even the DVR replays were down. Was it the storyline? Was it that some people don’t like Sheldon and Leonard not living together? Sure, it’s across the hall, but they’re no longer two nerds living together, now they’re two adult nerds living with their girlfriends, and live near each other. It’s a subtle shift, and one I experienced in my own life in the past and again recently, but perhaps that shift was enough to give views a pause.
Whatever the reason, this show is going strong, and the season ended on a huge cliffhanger.
But before the cliffhanger, the show had the return of a character that was, in all honesty, Sheldon’s first, real, girlfriend. Sure, she was a stalker who was obsessed with him, and invaded his life to an unhealthy degree, controlling every aspect, trying to change him. But who hasn’t had that kind of relationship? You have to have the bad, before you can recognize the good. That said, Sheldon didn’t recognize a problem with it, at first. Sure, she didn’t let him play video games when he wanted, but she was keeping him on track scientifically. And worst of all, she used his own words against him, so he had no retort! She pumiced his feet, made food the exact way he wanted, and catered to his quirky whims (when it didn’t distract him from his work). It was only at the end, when she wanted credit in his work that he finally threw her out, and out of his life.
Now, she is back. She has been working at CERN, and has captured Sheldon’s attention. Worse, Amy is gone on her summer research fellowship and isn’t there while this new, attractive woman has captured his time and thoughts. She did tell Penny and Bernadette to watch him, and make sure he was ok – but this wasn’t exactly an issue she expected to have to help with. Getting to the store, going to the dentist, and taking him for a haircut, they expected. The possibility of Sheldon cheating never entered anyone’s mind. Not even Sheldon’s.
But clearly, she has designs on him. Not only was she obsessed with him previously, but now she has had success in her own right, and can bring that to the table as easily as Amy can. Worse, her work is in Sheldon’s field, as opposed to Amy’s field of Neurobiology of which Sheldon is sometimes derisive (I had to change this sentence to avoid a dangling preposition. Thanks, Sheldon!)
So, the group was worried that Ramona would somehow sway Sheldon away from Amy. The end of the episode provides the season’s cliffhanger. Ramona brought lunch to Sheldon’s office, and they profess enjoying spending time together. He asks if she has any romantic designs, and reminds her that he has a girlfriend. She suddenly kisses him, and mid-kiss he stops her and gets a serious look on his face. He excuses him self, and they show him walking off campus, getting into a taxi, heading to the airport, and on a plane. They show him on the plane, getting off the plane, entering Princeton where Amy is spending her time relaxing reading a book. In typical fashion he knocks three times, saying her name. But when she answers it, the biggest surprise in Big Bang Theory history is revealed: Sheldon on his knee, asking her to marry him.
And that’s how it ends. Just Amy’s shocked expression, as Sheldon is on bended knee.