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Season 7

Season 7 of The Big Bang Theory was confirmed on January 12, 2009, alongside Seasons 5 and 6. It started airing on September 26, 2013 on CBS in the United States and Canada, and October 14th, 2013 in Australia. It aired in the UK on October 31, 2013 on E4.

As of September 2013, it has been announced that the series will be renewed for an eighth season. The cast is beginning salary negotiations for future seasons.

Due to contractual obligations, the three main cast members (Parsons, Galecki, and Cuoco) will receive $350,000 per episode in the seventh season, increasing their salaries an additional $50,000 per episode from season 6.

The writers began working on Season 7 in mid-June. The filming of season seven episodes began August 20, 2013. {tvtickets.com}

The season premiere in the US and Canada included two thirty minute episodes back to back both broadcast on September 26, 2013.

As of March 2014, The Big Bang Theory has been renewed for a further three seasons. Taking the total number of seasons, current and future, to ten seasons. This news was celebrated by an Instagram post from Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting of a picture of her and her co-stars Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons (http://instagram.com/p/lcvNPJuWaR/)

Spoilers and initial plot descriptions are being posted below. Many of these have aired in the US, UK and Canada, and some have aired in Australia.

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Old black dog when I'm gone, gone, gone You call me a dog when I'm gone But when I get back with a ten dollar bill It's "Honey, where you been so long?"

Whose gonna shoe your pretty little feet Whose gonna glove your hand Whose gonna kiss your rosy little cheeks Tell me whose gonna be your man

Daddy will shoe my pretty little feet Momma will glove my hand Sister will kiss my rosy little cheeks And I ain't gonna need a gambling man

Old black dog when I'm gone, gone, gone You call me a dog when I'm gone But when I get back with a ten dollar bill It's "Honey, where you been so long?"

Cast Edit

Main article: List of The Big Bang Theory characters
  • Leonard Hofstadter Ph.D., portrayed by Johnny Galecki, is an experimental physicist with an IQ of 173 who received his Ph.D when he was 24 years old. He shares an apartment with colleague and friend, Sheldon Cooper. He and Penny dated at one point during the series, but they have since broken up. He dated Raj's sister, Priya for half of the fourth season, and a short period of the fifth season. He and Penny got back together in "The Beta Test Initiation", although the relationship will be treated like a Beta Test, where bug reports will be presented when necessary. As their relationship becomes more stable, he has proposes to Penny on multiple occasions. After she accidentally tells him that she loves him in "The 43 Peculiarity", he asks her to propose to him when she is ready in "The Tangible Affection Proof." (21/21)
  • Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D., portrayed by Jim Parsons, is a theoretical physicist. Originally from Galveston, Texas, he was a child prodigy, starting college at the age of 11, right after completing the fifth grade, and received his first Ph.D. at 16. He has an IQ of 187 and an adherence to routine; a lack of understanding of irony, sarcasm, and humor; and a complete lack of humility or basic empathy. He is currently dating Amy Farrah Fowler and considers her to be his "girlfriend" as outlined in his Relationship Agreement with her. During seasons 6 and 7, Sheldon gradually moves into a more comfortable relationship with Amy without any true romantic intimacy. He admits to being very fond of her and that someday they might be intimate in "The Cooper/Kripke Inversion" and "The Love Spell Potential". (21/21)
  • Penny, portrayed by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (previously Kaley Cuoco, officially credited as this name since "The Convention Conundrum", S7E14, due to her marriage to Ryan Sweeting), is the attractive, blonde neighbor who lives across the hall from Sheldon and Leonard. Penny is from Omaha, Nebraska. She has aspirations to a career in show business, and has been to casting calls and auditions but has not been successful thus far. To pay the bills, she works as a waitress at The Cheesecake Factory. Her last name has never been revealed. She and Leonard dated throughout most of Season 3, but they have since broken up. In "The Beta Test Initiation", she and Leonard got back together, although this time around, they are taking their relationship slowly, and treating it like a Beta Test and present each other bug reports when necessary until Leonard asks her to marry him. In seasons 6 and 7, Penny explores her feelings for Leonard and finally tells him that she loves him in "The 43 Peculiarity". After multiple marriage proposals from Leonard, she agrees to propose to him when she was ready in "The Tangible Affection Proof". (21/21)
  • Howard Wolowitz, M.Eng., portrayed by Simon Helberg, works as an aerospace engineer. He is Jewish, and lives with his mother. Unlike Sheldon, Leonard, and Raj, Howard lacks a Ph.D. He defends this by pointing out that he has a master's degree in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the apparatus he designs are actually built and launched into space, unlike the purely abstract work of his friends. He provides outrageous pick-up lines and fancies himself a ladies' man with suitably unimpressed reactions from Penny. Though he finds that he has limited success with other women at first, he begins dating Bernadette in season 3, but they break up; they get back together in the Season 4 episode "The Hot Troll Deviation", become engaged in the episode "The Herb Garden Germination", and married on the final episode of season 5, "The Countdown Reflection". After spending weeks at the International Space Station, Howard returns, moves out of his mother's house and with the help of his wife starts to grow up. (21/21)
  • Rajesh Koothrappali, Ph.D., portrayed by Kunal Nayyar, originally comes from New Delhi, India. He is an astrophysicist. Known commonly as "Raj", he works alongside Sheldon exploring the string theory implications of gamma rays from dark matter annihilation. He is very shy around women and is physically unable to talk to them unless he drinks alcohol. However, he has much better luck with women as opposed to his overly confident best friend Howard. His sister, Priya, dated Leonard. During season 6, he is seeing a woman, Lucy, who has more psychological problems than him. After she dumps him, he finds that he can finally talk to women. (21/21)
  • Bernadette Rostenkowski Wolowitz, Ph.D., portrayed by Melissa Rauch, is a former waitress and co-worker of Penny paying her way through graduate school microbiology studies. Bernadette is introduced to Howard by Penny. At first she and Howard did not get along, as they appeared to have nothing in common. When they found out that they both have overbearing mothers, they feel a connection. She was upgraded to main cast status in the episode "The Hot Troll Deviation", in which she and Howard revisit their previously unsuccessful relationship. They got engaged in Season 4's "The Herb Garden Germination" and married on the final episode of season 5, "The Countdown Reflection". Since earning her doctorate, Bernadette is now finally a microbiologist, and earns more than her husband, Howard. After getting Howard to move out of his mother's house into her apartment, she continues to push him to grow up. (21/21)
  • Amy Farrah Fowler, Ph.D., portrayed by Mayim Bialik, is a woman Raj and Howard met on an online dating site using a faux account for Sheldon. She is essentially the female duplicate of Sheldon and she and Sheldon become friends although, as Sheldon claims, she is a girl and is his friend, but she is not his girlfriend. However, since "The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition", she is officially Sheldon's girlfriend. She and Sheldon continue to explore relationship intimacy without any romantic intimacy. Amy is a neurobiologist and is more inclined to explore human relationships than Sheldon partly due to Penny's friendship. Amy is from Glendale. (21/21)

EpisodesEdit

Episode (Series) Episode (Season) Title Original Air Date Directed By Description
136 1

The Hofstadter Insufficiency

September 26, 2013

Mark Cendrowski

Sheldon and Penny bond at home over missing Leonard, while Amy and Bernadette bond while at a biology conference. Raj tries to meet women since he can now talk to them, while Leonard is having such a great time on the North Sea that he doesn't appear to be missing Penny.

137 2

The Deception Verification

September 26, 2013 Mark Cendrowski Leonard returns early to spend time with Penny making Sheldon mad at him. Howard has some side effects from treating his mother with an estrogen rub down.
138 3

The Scavenger Vortex

October 3, 2013 Mark Cendrowski The gang goes on a scavenger hunt organized by Raj. Things get a little competitive.
139 4

The Raiders Minimization

October 10, 2013 Mark Cendrowski Beverly Hofstadter writes a psychology book about Leonard which Penny buys and reads. Sheldon wants to ruin something for Amy after she ruined the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie for him. Raj and Stuart try online dating.
140 5

The Workplace Proximity

October 17, 2013 Mark Cendrowski Amy starts working at Caltech which causes friction with Sheldon after Howard mentions that he wouldn't want to work with Bernadette. Sheldon leaks his comments to Bernadette causing a big fight for the Wolowitzes.
141 6

The Romance Resonance

October 24, 2013 Mark Cendrowski Sheldon makes an amazing discovery only to shoot himself down when he finds that he was in error. After Howard writes a song for Bernadette, Penny mulls over making a romantic gesture for Leonard.
142 7

The Proton Displacement

November 7, 2013 Mark Cendrowski After Professor Proton asks Leonard to read a paper of his, Sheldon is jealous and brings in Bill Nye, the Science Guy. Raj and the girls have a jewelry making party.
143 8

The Itchy Brain Simulation

November 14, 2013 Mark Cendrowski Penny finally meets Lucy and gets mad at her for breaking up with Raj. Raj has closure and meets with Lucy who is now seeing someone else. Leonard has a fight with Sheldon and has to wear an itchy red sweater after he makes a "major" indiscretion. 
144 9

The Thanksgiving Decoupling

November 21, 2013 Mark Cendrowski

Sheldon protests when the gang drags him to Mrs. Wolowitz's house for Thanksgiving. Penny has to deal the fact that she is married to Zack

145 10

The Discovery Dissipation

December 5, 2013 Mark Cendrowski Wil Wheaton helps Sheldon deal with his new found celebrity status, while Leonard's work completely disproves Sheldon's discovery. Raj gets in trouble by giving the other guys romantic advice.
146 11

The Cooper Extraction

December 12, 2013 Mark Cendrowski While Sheldon is off in Texas when his sister's baby is due, Amy gets them thinking about their lives if they never met Sheldon. 
147 12

The Hesitation Ramification

January 2, 2014 Mark Cendrowski Penny loses her big acting chance and then asks Leonard an important question. Raj and Stuart try to improve their banter with women.
148 13

The Occupation Recalibration

January 9, 2014 Mark Cendrowski After reconsidering her career choices, Penny quits her waitress job to concentrate on acting. Amy finds herself with a date that is not with Sheldon. Bernadette accidentally destroys one of Howard's comics. 
149 14

The Convention Conundrum

January 30, 2014 Mark Cendrowski After the guys can't get tickets to Comic Con, he tries to set up his own convention and approaches Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) to be a panelist. The girls go to a hotel for tea and talk about maturity. 
150 15

The Locomotive Manipulation

February 6, 2014 Mark Cendrowski For Valentine's Day Amy takes Sheldon on a romantic weekend to Napa Valley onboard a vintage train. Leonard and Penny watch Cinnamon for Raj and end up taking her to the vet.
151 16

The Table Polarization

February 27, 2014 Gay Linvill Sheldon is unhappy when Penny wants to get a dining room table for his apartment to end eating meals around the low coffee table. Howard decides that he wants to return to space. When it is pointed out that Amy had changed him, Sheldon decides to break up with her.
152 17 The Friendship Turbulence March 6, 2014 Mark Cendrowski Bernadette tries to decrease the amount of friction in Howard and Sheldon's friendship. Penny's car breaks down and she is afraid she will have to return to The Cheesecake Factory.
153 18

The Mommy Observation

March 13, 2014 Mark Cendrowski

While Raj is having a murder mystery party in Pasadena, Howard and Sheldon get their tour of NASA in Houston and then drop in unexpectantly at Sheldon's mother who was not expecting company.

154 19

The Indecision Amalgamation

April 3, 2014 Anthony Rich Penny gets an offer to be in the sequel to Serial Apist and can't decide whether to take the job. Sheldon is being indecisive on which new video game system to buy driving Amy crazy. Raj actually finds himself with two girls to date after he runs into Amy's friend Emily and gets a note from Lucy.
155 20

The Relationship Diremption

April 10, 2014 Mark Cendrowski Sheldon is depressed over his lack of progress in his twenty years of work on string theory. Howard and Bernadette go out with Raj and Emily and Emily remembers an earlier embarrassing experience with Howard.
156 21

The Anything Can Happen Thursday Recurrence

April 24, 2014 Mark Cendrowski On Anything Can Happen Thursday, the couples are split up into different groups after Amy and Bernadette lie about having dinner together. Raj and Howard watch a horror movie that Emily wants to see.
157 22

The Proton Transmogrification

May 1, 2014 Mark Cendrowski Sheldon and Leonard deal with the death of Professor Proton, while the guys are getting ready for Star Wars Day. At the funeral, Leonard and Penny discuss their attempts at proposing to each other.
158 23

The Gorilla Dissolution

May 8, 2014 Peter Chakos Penny gets fired from her movie and takes a serious look at her life. Raj sees Emily on a date with another man at the movies. Howard and Bernadette have to take care of his mother after she breaks her leg.
159 24

The Status Quo Combustion

May 15, 2014 Peter Chakos Sheldon get upset about his career, the destruction of the comic book store and Penny and Leonard's future living arrangements. Howard and Bernadette can't keep a care giver for Mrs. Wolowitz.

GalleryEdit

  • Pre-season press conference.
  • Pre-season press conference.
  • Start of a new season.
  • Script.
  • Amy and Sheldon.
  • Opening their dating profiles.
  • Bernadette doesn't believe Howard.
  • Penny sympathsizing with Leonard.
  • Penny reading Beverly's new book about Leonard.
  • Amy closing Sheldon's mouth.
  • Raj is a smoking jacket.
  • Penny figures out the clue.
  • Savenger hunt at the comic book store.
  • Amy and Howard working together.
  • Sheldon realizes he made a mistake.
  • Raj helping Penny with romancing Leonard.
  • Do you have any single grandmothers?
  • Nye vs. Proton.
  • Kissing Penny.
  • Viewing pictures from his trip.
  • Thurs Slide.
  • Fantasy Penny seducing Sheldon.
  • Leonard's Christmas present.
  • Penny at Christmastime.
  • Penny proposing to Leonard.
  • Watching Penny on "NCIS".
  • Penny's car finally dies.
  • Sheldon finally kisses Amy.
  • A good night kiss.
  • Penny seeking acting advice from Wil Wheaton.
  • Raj is now dating Emily.
  • Tired Amy leaning on Sheldon.

SpoilersEdit

  • This season will feature a further 24 episodes, adding the total amount of episodes for the entire series up to 159. (Season trend)
  • Raj will be able to talk to women this season, but will not be very good at it. (Season trend)
  • Amy will continue to push Sheldon toward a physical relationship. The writers stated in a recent interview: "It's always a possibility for them to eventually have sex." (Season trend)
  • Even though Penny and Sheldon will become closer in this season, Amy will not get jealous. She does not see Penny as a threat though she is jealous of her friendship with Sheldon. (Season trend)
  • The writers still haven't decided which of the guys will get tenure at work, but we shall find out. (Season trend)
  • There will be NO Howard/Bernadette baby this season. (Season trend)
  • Leonard will start out the season still on Stephen Hawking's expedition ("on the boat"), but will return quickly after the season starts. (aired, S7E01)
  • Penny will miss Leonard much more than he misses her. (aired, S7E01)
  • Bernadette and Amy will take a trip together without Penny in the first episode. (aired, S7E01)
  • Penny and Sheldon will become closer during Leonard's absence, but the relationship will stay strictly brother/sister. The writers say Penny is a "motherly figure" to Sheldon. (aired, S7E01)
  • Leonard enjoys his time on the boat and is taking his separation from Penny well. (aired, S7E01)
  • Regina King will make another guest appearance in the first episode as Mrs. Davis. (aired, S7E01)
  • Amy and Howard will spend time together for the first time. (aired, S7E03)
  • Leonard's mother will to return in the fourth episode via a Skype call. (aired, S7E04)
  • Sheldon will tell some of Amy's colleagues that they have a good relationship and that he spanked her. (aired, S7E05)
  • Albert Einstein makes a guest appearance in one of Sheldon's dreams. (Filmed for S7E06, but cut when aired)
  • Sheldon will have a big break through in his work that lifts him to another level and he has to deal with it, which he's not comfortable with. It's not exactly what he had been hoping for. (aired, S7E06 and S7E10)
  • Bob Newhart will return as Professor Proton in two more episodes. (one have been aired in S7E07; another filmed) Professor Proton and Leonard and Bill Nye the Science Guy and Sheldon will team up and face off against each other. (aired, S7E07)
  • Penny is going to set Raj up with one of her friends, Lizzie. (aired, S7E08)
  • Per a writers' room photo, there will be a holiday episode listed as "Happy Thanksgiving, Hard". (aired, S7E09)
  • Penny finds out that she is married. (aired, S7E09)
  • Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones from the Star Wars franchise will make a guest appearance together. (aired, S7E14)
  • The Valentine's Day episode will take place on a train. (aired, S7E15)
  • There will be a Shamy kiss. (aired, S7E15)
  • Mary Cooper is returning when Sheldon visits her. (aired, S7E18)
  • Professor Proton is going to pass away. (TBC)
  • Raj's parents may come to visit Pasadena.
  • Leonard and Sheldon's mothers will meet each other through skype. (Season 6 rumor that may occur in Season 7).
  • Leonard and Penny's engagement.

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