The Big Bang Theory: Season 5, Episode 24

The Countdown Reflection (10 May 2012)

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As Howard prepares for his mission into space, flashbacks show the recent events leading up to his and Bernadette's wedding.

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As Howard is in the Soyuz space capsule awaiting the launch to the International Space Station, his new wife and their friends are at Leonard and Sheldon's apartment watching the launch on the NASA channel. Howard, still scared about dying most specifically now by a botched launch, reminisces about the lead up to what was his and Bernadette's wedding. Bernadette was the one who decided that they should get married before the launch in a small but special ceremony, with only their immediate family and closest friends in attendance. The ceremony was threatened by the fact that their first and at that time only option of a civil ceremony at city hall couldn't happen due to a backlog. But Raj came up with what they all believed was an even better second option on launch day if they could pull it off. The personal issues of each within the wedding party had the potential of overshadowing what should have been Howard and Bernadette's most important day. That important day may also be ... Written by Huggo

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The Russian Soyuz and the Sokol spacesuits that were worn by the astronaut and actors are Hollywood replicas, but true to the show's reputation, they are both surprisingly realistic. See more »

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The badly spoken russian countdown to rocket launch at the end of episode was missing number 6 ("shest") See more »

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Howard Wolowitz: [as the rocket gets ready for lift-off] I changed my mind, I don't wanna do this.
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #389 This may sound silly, but I had to stifle tears when we wrote the last scene of tonight's episode. The same thing happened when we rehearsed it. And then again when it was performed in front of a studio audience. And yet again when we watched the final version in an editing bay. I don't know what it is, but there's something primal, something deeply human being expressed when these characters unconsciously hold hands while watching their friend embark on a monumental journey. Speaking of which, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for watching The Big Bang Theory, for being part of our journey. I hope you've laughed a lot and stifled a little. I hope you're holding someone's hand. See you next year. See more »

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"The Countdown Reflection" was a fine mixture of laughs and tears for "The Big Bang Theory"
25 November 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In last season's finale of "The Big Bang Theory": Howard is in a rocket with his two astronaut-mates shooting the breeze awaiting takeoff. During that, Howard thinks back a few days ago to what happened then: After giving Bernadette a star necklace he then takes back so she'd then wear a "star that actually went to space", Bern then tells Howie she wants the wedding before he leaves. So they all go to City Hall but they're too late so then Raj suggests the Sunday before the launch since some satellite camera would be flying above them during it. And Penny then suggests anyone could be ordained online so that's settled...This was both a funny and touching ep of "The Big Bang Theory" and overall, a fine way to end this season of it. Now, it's on to the first of the following one I'll go to next...


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