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The Countdown Reflection 

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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Episode complete credited cast:
Debbie Wolowitz (voice)
Dimitri (as Pasha Lychnikoff)
Mike Massimino (as Mike Massimino NASA Astronaut)
Russian Mission Control (voice)


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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10 May 2012 (USA)  »

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Raj Koothrappali: I know how to make it special.
Howard Wolowitz: I told you we are not re-creating the wedding from 'The Sound of Music'.
Raj Koothrappali: Yes, you made that brutally clear to me. What I was going to suggest is that if you're willing to wait until Sunday morning, the Google satellite will be over Pasadena. You can have your wedding photographed from space.
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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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Right in the Feels
18 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has been one of the better season finales for the Big Bang Theory. It's beautiful how this group of quirky and different characters are able to come together to support the "least intelligent" genius of the bunch.

The side stories for each character is still there, but the focus is on the Howard and Bernadette wedding. Even with his rugged exterior and devil may care attitude, Howard consistently shows us that Bernadette is the woman that captured his heart. I'm wondering if all the hints throughout the season, and especially in this episode, will lead us to Bernadette fully transforming to Howard's mother (if she hasn't already?) Being the first wedding in the TV series, I'd imagine that there would be a lot of imagination since it would've been a wedding planned by geniuses, and golly, they delivered! Of course Rajesh would be the one to come up with such a brilliant premise for a wedding.

Lastly, I come to the last scene of the episode, the real reason that I chose to write a review. All I could say is that I love how everyone's characters show the truthfulness and the purity in their relationships with one another. The Rajesh/Bernadette common love with Howard (I believe these two can be best friends), the Leonard/Penny on-and-off again love affair that you couldn't separate even with chlorine triflouride, and the ShAmy (sheldon/amy) can't really hide it even if you tried Sheldon romance (oh yes, Sheldon does have a heart).

To be brief . . . umm, too late now. This was a finale that didn't leave cliffhangers or any unnecessary junk just to increase ratings. This was simply an episode that provided good story fluidity and movement while developing each character arcs in a beautiful way.

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