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Warning: This story contains spoilers about Monday’s Season 11 premiere of The Big Bang Theory, “The Proposal Proposal.”
Eight seasons after being forcibly signed up for online dating and a year and a half after losing their virginity, Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) are engaged — although the bride-to-be would really like her fiancé to stop leading with the part about kissing another woman.
As you may recall from May’s Season 10 finale, a kiss from a former grad student (Riki Lindhome) made Sheldon realize Amy was the only girl for him. So he headed off to Princeton University, where Amy was starting a fellowship, to pop the question — after scoring the blessing of Dr. Stephen Hawking, who told him to “make like Saturn and put a ring on it.”
As Sheldon shared the news with his friends, viewers learned Season 11’s other big development: Howard’s wife Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) is pregnant with their second child. And this time, she’s even more freaked out.
“She’s so happy, I think she’s crying,” Howard reported, unaware that Bernie was holding a positive pregnancy test on the other side of the bathroom door. (He was plenty freaked out, too, when she told him later in the episode.)
The most surprising moment of all?
Amy confronting her rival for Sheldon’s affection … with a hug and gratitude.
The best lines
“Lord, thank you. Even though you can do anything, that was mighty impressive.” — Sheldon’s mom Mary Cooper (Laurie Meltcalf) uttering a prayer upon hearing the big news
“I came here to propose. If you said no, I wouldn’t want to sit around looking at your stupid face. Mind you, your face is only stupid in the ‘no’ version of the story.” — Sheldon, explaining to Amy why he booked his flight back to California for the same day
“Screw them and their happiness. What do you have for someone who’s bitter and alone?” — Raj (Kunal Nayyar), changing his approach after he came to the comic store to buy an engagement present. Stuart, gesturing around the store: “Literally, everything?”
“It’s like having Optimus Prime over for dinner and not asking him to turn into a…