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The Countdown Reflection
The gang watching Howard's launch.
The Big Bang Theory episode
Season 5, Episode 24
May 10, 2012
Guest star(s)
Carol Ann Susi as
Mrs Wolowitz (Voice Only),
Casey Sander as
Mr. Rostenkowski,
Mike Massimino as himself,
Pasha D. Lychnikoff as Dimitri Rezinov,
Amy Tolsky as Joan &
Endre Hules as
Russian Mission Control
(Voice Only)
Episode guide

"The Launch Acceleration"

"The Date Night Variable"
Season guide

Season 4

Season 6

"The Countdown Reflection" is the twenty-fourth and final episode of the fifth season of the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory. This episode first aired on Thursday, May 10, 2012.[1]


Bernadette wants to be get married to Howard before he leaves for Russia, so the gang rushes around to have an impromptu wedding.

Extended PlotEdit

The countdown reflection howard in capsule

Howard and Dimitri in their Soyuz spacecraft sitting on the launchpad.


Bridal party waiting at City Hall.


Decision time at the Cheesecake Factory.


The happy bride and groom.

The Countdown Reflection Howard and Bernadette 4

Bernadette's little star that is going into space.

Sheldon amy hands

Sheldon takes Amy's hand.

Howard and his two fellow astronauts Dimitri Rezinov and Mike Massimino are on the launch pad waiting to go to the International Space Station. Howard tells them that he does not want to go, as the other guys, thinking that he was joking, laugh it off. The gang is gathering in front of the television in Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment, getting ready to tune into Howard's launch. Amy is more fascinated by Sheldon’s recitation of the ingredients of the  can, due to his . Raj is nervous and has been gaining weight from all the stress-eating that he is wearing his "fat pants". Sheldon scares Bernadette by saying that soon Howard will have tons of fuel igniting under his butt so Bernadette asks Raj to give her the Pringles can and starts stress-eating.

Meanwhile, back inside the capsule, Mike Massimino mentions that “Froot Loops” was just married as the last week goes through Howard's mind. In the flashback, Howard gives Bernadette a necklace with a star on it which he plans to take into space with him as a gift that no one else could give to her, since she will have a star that actually have been in space. Bernadette is thrilled and tells him that she wants them married before he takes off in two days. They go to Sheldon and Leonard's apartment and the whole gang is invited to meet them at . Amy is furious about not being able to be the she dreams of at a conventional wedding reception, but does get to wear her bridesmaid dress and her tiara. At City Hall, Amy wonders if seeing couples in love gets Sheldon thinking about it. All it does is make him bring up Leonard’s to Penny while they were having sex. The proposal surprises the others and “thrills” Penny that everybody knows. It is announced that only three more weddings can be performed that day and Howard’s attempt to tell the clerk at City Hall that he has to go into space doesn't work. Amy decides to check out the other couples hoping that one of the last couples needs a maid of honor.

Later, at the Cheesecake Factory, the gang is discussing other wedding possibilities, and Raj suggests that they do it on the roof of the apartment building, as the satellite passes overhead on Sunday morning, before Howard leaves for . As for a minister to conduct the ceremony, Penny tells that anyone can become at sites on the Internet. Sheldon offers to do it in Klingon, which Bernadette objects to. Annoyed, Sheldon asks Howard what he sees in Bernadette.

On morning, Howard gives the guys a copy of The Fantastic Four comic as gifts where and get married. Worth $100, Sheldon gives Howard $10 to cover the difference from his wedding gift of $88 plus his card of $2 so that he will not be indebted to him. Howard’s mother sits off-camera talking through the whole ceremony. Her father brings Bernadette down the aisle as Penny, Amy, Leonard, Sheldon, and Raj perform the ceremony as newly ordained ministers. Raj is so touched by the love Howard and Bernadette share, he can't finish his part. Penny talked about how it did not matter how and where they got married, as long as they had each other. Sheldon hopes that they would be as happy together as he was alone, which did not thrill Amy. He also tries squeezing in some Klingon. Amy thanks Bernadette for letting her be the maid of honor and that she would be happy to do it again if this marriage craps out. Leonard talks about best friends who fell in love with each other because at its core are kindness, patience, and respect, obviously referring to Penny. Howard and Bernadette exchange their brief vows as the camera pulls back from the apartment roof and to a view of the whole planet Earth.

In the present, the lifts off with the two regular astronauts yelling that they love this part as Howard disagrees. Penny comes in late from work to watch with the gang. Nervous Bernadette takes Raj’s hand, Penny takes Leonard’s hand, and a very surprised Amy has her hand taken by Sheldon who wishes Howard well with “Boldly go, Howard Wolowitz.” Howard's scream can be heard as he goes into outer space.


  • The TV Critic: "This was a very disappointing finale. The guys have already been to the and messed around with the Mars rover and nothing came of either. So there was little suspense as to whether Howard would suffer from his trip into space. The wedding was a non-event ruined by the producers’ total lack of ambition."[2]
  • The A.V. Club gave this episode an A-[3]
  • IMDb user reviews


  • Title Reference: The title refers to Howard thinking back on the events leading up to and including his wedding with Bernadette while waiting for his launch to the International Space Station.
  • Chuck Lorre's vanity card.
  • This episode was watched by 13.72 million people with a rating of 4.4 (adults 18-49).[4]
  • This episode aired in Canada on May 10, 2012 with 4.035 million viewers and a weekly ranking of #1.[5]
  • Episode transcript [1]

Costume NotesEdit


Russia Soyuz Space Capsule Infographic

Russia's Manned Soyuz Space Capsule explained (Infographic).

  • Mike Massimino made his first guest-appearance, playing himself in person, after first appearing in "The Friendship Contraction" (S5E15) in a video chat.
  • Fourth episode that has a "Previously on the Big Bang Theory" review of past events. it summarizes the previous episode (S523) and it is narrated by Kunal Nayyar.
  • In "The Friendship Contraction" (S5E15), it was stated Expedition 31 crew members would include Commander Tom "Tombo" Johnson, astronaut Mike "Supernova" Novachelic, and payload specialist Howard "Froot Loops" Wolowitz. In "The Launch Acceleration" (S5E23), it was revealed the Soyuz capsule failed the pressurization test, so the mission had been scrubbed. However, NASA really wanted Howard's telescope up on the space station and put him on an earlier launch. In "The Countdown Reflection", the crew includes Howard Wolowitz, Mike Massimino and Dimitri Rezinov. Aboard another spacecraft in the Soyuz fleet, this crew is launched into space, despite a fuel leak.
  • Penny does not appear in the "Preparing to watch Howard's launch on TV" scene with the two women (Bernadette and Amy) and the three men (Raj, Sheldon and Leonard) in the opening Apartment opening scene of episode. She might be busy with her late-afternoon/early-evening Cheesecake Factory waitress duties that time; however, she does make it to watch Howard's launch on TV with the five gang members after her nightshift at the Cheesecake Factory at the ending apartment scene of this episode.
  • A botched pressure test of the real Russian space capsule slated to launch the next crew to the International Space Station forced NASA and its partners to delay the planned liftoff for more than a month. The Soyuz's crew capsule, one of three modules that make up the entire Soyuz TMA-04M vehicle, had been scrapped after an accident during testing caused it to spring a leak in one of its descent module's rocket thruster fuel tanks. (See "Damaged Russian Spaceship Forces Big Launch Delay for Next Station Crew".)
  • Bernadette's mother (Mrs. Rostenkowski) does not come to Howard and Bernadette's Wedding on the roof of the apartment with Mike Rostenkowski (Bernadette's father), Raj, the 'Lenny' pair and the 'Shamy' pair. She was not seen in this episode until her one and only appearance in "The Fish Guts Displacement" (S6E10). After that she had no apperances in other episodes of the entire Big Bang Theory show. Meagen Fay who plays Mrs. Rostenkowski (Bernadette's mother) was not available at the time during this episode.
  • 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 "Behind the Scenes with Real-Life Astronaut on TV's 'Big Bang Theory'".)
  • Just before the opening credits Howard asks: "How much urine do these suits hold?" During the liftoff the astronauts wear the Maximum Absorbency Garment (MAG), an adult-sized diaper with extra absorption material that can hold a maximum of 2 L (2.1 US qt) of urine, blood, and/or feces. The MAG absorbs the liquid and pulls it away from the skin.
  • Leonard asks, "Sheldon, what channel is NASA TV?" Sheldon says, "289, right between the Game Show Network at 288 and the East Coast feed of the Disney Channel on 290." This channel is the NASA Channel on DIRECTV.
  • Mrs. Wolowitz yells, "You know what, I’ll buy you All-Bran in case you get stopped up in outer space." Ironically, Howard stopped up the Wolowitz Zero-Gravity Waste Disposal System on the ISS in "The Classified Materials Turbulence" (S2E22).
  • Howard is afraid he is going to die in space, as seen in this episode and the previous one. Also, in "The Hot Troll Deviation" (S4E4), Howard says, "I took a scuba-diving course over the summer, but it turns out I’m terrified of the ocean." Yet, in "The Russian Rocket Reaction" (S5E5), he reveals, "I want to go to the Moon. I want to go to Mars. I want to take a one-man sub to the lowest depths of the ocean."
  • Despite Howard being denied a security clearance for a new Defense Department laser-equipped surveillance satellite in "The Apology Insufficiency" (S4E7) (due to his culpability in the destruction of government property worth millions of dollars in "The Lizard-Spock Expansion" (S2E8), i.e., crashing the Mars rover), NASA still wanted him on the space station.
  • Howard gives Bernadette a little star piece of jewelry that he will take into space. This act is similar to the preserved snowflake from the Artic expedition which Leonard gave to Penny in "The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation" (S3E1), which Bernadette admired in "The Toast Derivation" (S4E17). It is also similar to the surprise tiara from the jewelry store that Sheldon bought for Amy in "The Shiny Trinket Maneuver" (S5E12)
  • When the scene of Howard and Bernadette's wedding is captured from space, Mrs. Wolowitz can actually be seen, although not her face but certainly, there is a woman dressed in pink donning a pink hat. This time would be the first time in the entire series where Mrs. Wolowitz is seen physically and not just heard.
  • The wedding music is the first movement of Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring) from Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons".
  • Sheldon declares, "And for the record, this is why I hate gift-giving." He had problems with this in "The Peanut Reaction" (S1E16) and "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" (S2E11).
  • Amy says, "I want to wear my maid of honor dress and walk down the aisle with a hundred eyes on me, while a string quartet plays The Way You Look Tonight." She also showed her interest in such feminine matters in "The Isolation Permutation" (S5E2) and "The Shiny Trinket Maneuver"(S512).
  • The painting that Amy gave to Penny in "The Rothman Disintegration" (S5E17) is visible through Penny's apartment door in the scene where Howard talks to Amy and Bernadette before the wedding.
  • In her maid of honor scenes, Amy is wearing the tiara that she received as a make-up gift from Sheldon in "The Shiny Trinket Maneuver" (S5E12).
  • Howard's mother is from New Jersey as is Leonard's.
  • Sheldon hates the Green Lantern film, mentioned previously in "The Shiny Trinket Maneuver" (S5E12).
  • Usually the astronauts' wives accompany them to the launch site to see them off.
  • Whether he was conscious of it or not, Sheldon takes Amy's hand for the first time much to her surprise.
  • During the wedding of Howard and Bernadette, Penny wears her invention, the Penny Blossom which was the focus of "The Work Song Nanocluster" (S2E18).
  • Pringles (plain) ingredients: dried potatoes, vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following: corn oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, and/or sunflower oil), corn flour, wheat starch, malt dextrin, salt, rice flour, and dextrose.
  • Sheldon reads his speech off note cards at the wedding despite the fact that he has an eidetic memory, as mentioned in other episodes, though he may be doing this act for formality reasons like Raj, Penny, Amy and Leonard are doing.
  • Howard finally notices the extreme similarities between Bernadette and his mother, to the point that he snaps at his mother to stop yelling at him during his ceremony and pointing out that Bernadette is the only one who can yell at him from this point forward.
  • Even though Raj passed on his wedding ceremony comments, they never went back to him so we never know what he was going to say to the bridal couple.
  • When Howard suggests getting married in Vegas, Penny adds that she knows lots of people who were married in Vegas, although they're not married to the same people. Ironically, it would later be revealed in Season 7 that Penny had gotten married in Las Vegas to Zack years ago, which they dissolved soon after. Even more ironic, in the Season 8 finale, Leonard and Penny decided to get married in Las Vegas and set out to do so.
  • Sheldon's statement during Howard's launch, "Boldly go, Howard Wolowitz.", is a reference to the famous Star Trek line "Boldly go where no man has gone before."
  • Raj directly addresses Penny to start the tape player at the start of the wedding ceremony. He also directly speaks to Bernadette when marrying them; however, no alcohol is shown on screen. Is this the only time we see him speak to women without drinking prior to the season six finale? Or did he drink something earlier?
  • Small weddings also save a lot of money for television production companies.


(Howard and Bernadette are in Howard's bedroom.)
Howard: Close your eyes. Put out your hand. I got you something special.
Bernadette: (she is so fed up and angry) Come on, Howard. I'm not falling for that again.
Howard: No, here. (Gives her a small box)
Bernadette: (Opens the box and takes out a necklace) Oh, Howie! A little star. It's beautiful. Put it on me.
Howard: Okay. But I'm gonna have to get it back from you, so that I can take it to the International Space Station. That way, when I come home, you will have a star that was actually, in space.
Bernadette: My God!
Howard: Take that, every guy who's ever bought you anything!
Bernadette: This is the most amazing gift I've ever gotten.
Howard: Really? If you like it that much, close your eyes, and put out your hand.
(They start kissing)
Howard: No! When I eat Froot Loops, the other astronauts make fun of me! (Slams his bedroom door shut)
Bernadette: Howard, I don't want to wait until you get back to get married.
Howard: What?
Bernadette: I want to be married to you before you get in that rocket.
Howard: But I'm leaving in two days.
Bernadette: We'll have a quick little ceremony with just our friends and we'll still have the big reception with everyone when you get back.
Howard: Wow. Okay, let's get married!
(They start to make love.)
(Howard and Bernadette are at Sheldon's and Leonard's apartment, announcing to the gang their plans.)
Bernadette: So anyway, we decided to go down to City Hall this afternoon, get married and have the reception when Howard gets back.
Leonard, Penny and Raj: That's so cool!
Howard: Hey, and we know it's short notice, but we'd love you all to come with us.
Amy: No! No! No! This is not the wedding I wanted!
(Everyone looks at her awkwardly.)
Amy: I want to wear my maid of honor dress and walk down the aisle with a hundred eyes on me while a string quartet plays "The Way You Look Tonight"!
Bernadette: That wasn't gonna be our processional music.
Amy: Well, it was gonna be mine!
Sheldon: Eh, thank you for the invitation, but I have to decline because, it doesn't sound like something I'll enjoy.
Leonard: Come on, Sheldon, it'll be fun.
Sheldon: That's what you said about the Green Lantern movie. You were 114 minutes of wrong.
Bernadette: So, what do you say, Amy?
Amy: Can I wear my maid of honor dress?
Bernadette: Seriously, you're gonna wear that thing to City Hall?
Amy: It's all I have left, you're gonna take that from me too?!

(At City Hall, Sheldon and Amy have joined everyone else for Howard and Bernadette's wedding. While Sheldon is feeling bored, Amy is enjoying herself, smiling while wearing her maid of honor dress and her tiara.)
Penny: Amy, you look great.
Amy: I know.
(Raj comes back with a beer wrapped up in paper.)
Leonard: Where did you get a beer?
Raj: From that happy young couple over there with all the tattoos. Beautiful story: they're in rival drug gangs, and they're getting married. Shhh: no one can know.
Amy: (To Sheldon) Look at all these people in love. Kinda gets ya thinking doesn't it?
Sheldon: It does indeed. (To Leonard) Leonard. Is it awkward being here with Penny given that you recently proposed to her?
Howard: (To Leonard) You proposed to Penny?
Leonard: I don't wanna talk about it.
Raj: (To Penny) Where did he pop the question, what did you say?!
Leonard: She said no, can we drop it now?
Penny: It wasn't a real proposal.
Bernadette: Why wasn't it a real proposal?
Sheldon: (To Bernadette) He asked her during coitus.
(Raj looks shocked.)
Howard: Did you get down on one knee or were you already there?
Bernadette: Howard, don't talk like that on your wedding day.
Howard: Sorry, Bern...your ma Bernadette!
Penny: (To Leonard) Good move telling Sheldon.
Leonard: Wha...I can't propose, I can't talk to my friends, is there anything else I'm not allowed to do?
Amy: All right, that's enough. Today is not about you two. Today is about Howard and Bernadette, and Me.
(City Hall clerk comes out into the hallway.)
Minister: Folks, could I have your attention, it's 5 o'clock, we're gonna be able to take 3 more couples, the rest of you will have to come back on Monday!
(All the couples begin leave, while the gang feels devastated.)
Bernadette: Oh no.
Howard: I've got this. (Walks up to minister) Excuse me, but is there any way you could squeeze us in? See, I'm an astronaut and, I'm leaving for Russia on Sunday so I can take a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station.
Minister: Yeah. Me too, I'll see you there.
(Howard feels confused about the fact that she doesn't believe him.)
Bernadette: I can't believe we're not gonna get married.
Amy: (To Bernadette) Excuse me, I'm just gonna go see if the couple at the front of the line needs a maid of honor.
(Amy dashes up to the front of the line, while Bernadette is left alone on the bench.)

(The gang is at the Cheesecake Factory bar, after Howard's and Bernadette's unsuccessful attempt to get married at City Hall.)
Howard: You know we could always drive to Vegas and get married.
Bernadette: I don't know, isn't that kind of tacky?
Penny: Hey I know tons of people who got married in Vegas.
Bernadette: Are any of them still married?
Penny: Yeah! I mean, not to the same people, but...
Bernadette: There's gotta be some place special we can do it.
Sheldon: Leonard. Where did you envision marrying Penny?
Leonard: Will you shut up!
Raj: Well, I know how to make it special.
Howard: I told you we are not recreating the wedding from '.
Raj: Yes, you made that brutally clear to me. What I was going to suggest was is if you are willing to wait until Sunday morning, the Google satellite will be right over Pasadena you could have your wedding photographed from space.
(Everyone awes at the idea.)
Leonard: That's so cool.
Howard: Oh, way to go, Raj.
Raj: I keep telling you, if I wasn't an astrophysicist, I would have been a party planner. (Leonard smiles in approval) It was always a coin flip.
Howard: Okay, so we know we're gonna do it Sunday morning, now we need to find a good place for the satellite to see us.
Leonard: How about our roof?
Bernadette: Oh, I love that.
Howard: That's great.
Amy: My gosh. I can't believe my maid of honor dress is gonna be on !
Howard: So we have the where and the when, but we still need to figure out who's gonna do the ceremony.
Penny: Well, that's easy, anyone can go online and get ordained as a minister I know a piercing parlor where for a hundred bucks, they'll marry you and stick a wedding ring through any body part you want.
Bernadette: All right, well, who's it gonna be?
Sheldon: I'll do it, provided I can perform the ceremony in Klingon.
Bernadette: No.
Sheldon: (To Howard) What do you see in her?

(It is Howard and Bernadette's wedding day, and the guys are getting ready.)
Howard: Hey, guys, before I forget, I got you a little groomsmen present (reaches into a bag).
Raj: Oh, thanks, man.
Leonard: Oh, you didn't have to do that.
(Howard gives them their gifts.)
Howard: Fantastic Four annual no. 3 from 1965 in mint-condition. The one where Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Girl get married.
Leonard: Oh, wow.
Sheldon: Oh, dear. I was afraid of this.
Howard: What?
Sheldon: While a thoughtful gift, this comic book in this condition is worth at least a hundred dollars.
Howard: Yeah, so?
Sheldon: I bought you and Bernadette a gravy boat worth eighty-eight dollars. Which places me in your debt and, I can't be in your debt because someday you might ask me to help you move. Or, to kill a man.
Leonard: I'll doubt he'll ask you to kill a man.
Sheldon: Well, what if it's his only way out? I can't risk it. (To Howard) Here is twelve dollars. Nowhere even a I bought a card, give me two dollars. (To Leonard) Eh, for the record this is why I hate gift giving.

(Howard goes over to Penny's apartment and knocks.)
Amy: Who is it?
Howard: It's the groom.
(Amy partly opens the door.)
Amy: You can't come in. Bad luck to see the bride.
Howard: OK, I'LL SEE YA LATER, MA...UH...LOVELY BRIDE TO BE! (Howard leaves) I really gotta watch that.

(Everyone is preparing for the wedding up on the roof of the apartment block.)
Leonard: Come on, Raj, we're ready to start.
Raj: We're ready, when I say we're ready. Da Da Da, Oh (fixes Howard's bow tie) Okay, now we're ready.
Raj: Penny.
(Penny starts the music as Mr. Rostenkowski gives Bernadette away.)
Mr. Rostenkowski: Your new mother-in-law's a piece of work.
Bernadette: Not now, Dad.
Mr. Rostenkowski: She's got a bigger mustache than me. (To Howard) Here you go.
Bernadette: Here you go? What am I? A football?
(Bernadette takes Howard as her father shakes Howard's hand and leaves.)
Mr. Rostenkowski: (cries) Like that guy could catch a football!
Raj: Howard and Bernadette, the five of us stand before you as your friends and newly ordained ministers.
Mrs. Wolowitz: LOUDER!
Raj: Please, guys. When I look at the two of you starting your lives together it to sob) it fills my hear...(starts sobbing)...ok, I'm gonna need a minute.
Penny: Okay, I'll, I'll go. Howard and Bernadette. I know you two planned on getting married in a big fancy wedding, but when you’re in love in doesn’t matter where or how these things happen. It just matters that you have each other.
Leonard: Hmm.
Penny: Problem?
Leonard: No.
Sheldon: I think the Reverend Hofstadter is making an ironic connection between your statement about love and your rejection of his proposal in the bedroom.
Penny: (To Leonard) Oh, grow up!
Leonard: I didn’t say it.
Amy: That’s enough from the both of you!
Penny: Well, he started it!
Amy: Well, I’m ending it! Bernadette, I want to thank you for allowing me to be your maid of honor. I also wanted you to know that I will be happy to do it again if this marriage craps out.
(Everyone leans over and stares at Amy.)
Leonard: Thank you, Amy. Very touching. Howard and Bernadette. You are lucky enough to be best friends who love each other and that’s the strongest kind of love because at its core, it has kindness, patience and respect. Qualities that are hard to find in people these days.
Sheldon: (to Penny) Would you like some aloe vera? You just got burned. Alright, my turn. Howard. Bernadette. (Starts speaking in Klingon)
Bernadette: (Shouts to Sheldon angrily) Sheldon! I told you no Klingon!
Sheldon: Fine, I’ll do it in English, but it loses something. The need to find another human being to share one’s life with, has always puzzled me. Maybe because I am so interesting all by myself. With that being said, may you find as much happiness with each other as I find on my own. (This comment gets Amy a little upset.) The Klingon would have made you cry.
Raj: I believe you two have prepared vows.
Bernadette: Howard Joel Wolowitz, like you this is going to be short and sweet. I love you with all my heart and soul and promise to be with you forever.
(Puts the wedding ring on Howard's finger.)
Howard: Bernadette Maryann Rostenkowski.
Mrs. Wolowitz: SPEAK UP!
Howard: HEY, FROM NOW ON SHE'S THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN YELL AT ME! (To Bernadette) Until I met you I couldn’t imagine spending my life with just one person. And now I can’t imagine spending one day of it without you.
(Howard puts the ring on Bernadette's finger.)
Ministers: By the power invested in us by the state of California.
Sheldon: ...and the Klingon High Council...
(Bernadette glares at Sheldon.)
Ministers: ..we now pronounce you husband and wife!
(Bernadette and Howard passionately kiss, as the view soon zooms out of their wedding, out of Pasadena until a view of the whole planet Earth can be seen.)

(Back in present-day Russia, the Rocket starts ignition.)
Mike: That's ignition. I LOVE THIS PART!
Dimitri: ME TOO!
(Back in Pasadena, the guys are watching the launch.)
Bernadette: Oh, my God, it's happening.
(Penny arrives just in time from work.)
Penny: Did I miss it?
Leonard: No, come on in, hurry.
(Penny sits down, as countdown starts.)
Bernadette: I love that man.
Raj: Me too.
(Bernadette holds Raj's hand.)
Penny: I can't believe it. This whole time a small part of me thought he was lying.
(Penny holds Leonard's hand.)
Leonard: This is it.
Sheldon: Boldly go, Howard Wolowitz.
(Sheldon holds Amy's hand, much to her surprise.)
(Everyone is holding hands as the countdown finishes and the rocket blasts off into space.)
Howard: OY VEY!

Sheldon: Remarkable. In just under a half hour, 200 metric tons of fuel will ignite in a controlled explosion right beneath Howard’s keister. And all from a country whose entire contribution to the global economy, has been Tetris and mail-order brides.


The Big Bang Theory Episode 500:23

The Big Bang Theory Episode 5.24 Season Finale- The Countdown Reflection

The Countdown Reflection promo


  • Dimitri Rezinov and Mike Massimino laugh at Howard.
  • Script page for the episode.
  • NASA astronaut Howard Wolowitz.
  • Launch moved up? What the frack?
  • Howard puts the necklace around Bernadette's neck.
  • You'll have a star that was really in space!
  • Howard and Bernadette decide to get married before his launch.
  • Invitation to join them at City Hall for a wedding.
  • Waiting at City Hall.
  • Sheldon is not happy when Bernadette disagrees on having him perform her wedding in Klingon.
  • Sheldon and Amy.
  • Decisions at the Cheesecake Factory. Where to wed?
  • Leonard and Penny at The Cheesecake Factory with their friends.
  • Gift given to groom's men.
  • Raj rolls out the white carpet for the wedding ceremony.
  • Behind the scenes of Raj and the gang.
  • Mr Rostenkowski prepares to give Bernadette over to Howard at the altar.
  • Reverend Sheldon delivering his comments - May you be as happy together as I am alone.
  • Reverend Amy delivering her comments.
  • Reaction to Amy's comments.
  • The happy couple!!!!!!!!!!
  • Overhead of the wedding party.
  • Lenard's neighborhood from Google Earth at the time of the wedding.
  • Boldly go, Howard Wolowitz.
  • Behind the scenes:Simon Helberg, Pasha Lychnikoff, Mike Massimino (@Astro_Mike).
  • Watching Howard launched. Everyone hold hands!
  • Howard and fellow astronauts being launched.
  • Soyuz capsule set.
  • Behind the scenes of the episode.
  • The clapperboard used in the episode.
  • Behind the scenes: Panel Discussion.
  • Behind the scenes: Soyuz Capsule Revealed.
  • Behind the scenes: Soyuz Capsule.
  • Happy couple!
  • The wedding party.
  • Unconsciously Sheldon takes Amy's hand.
  • What are you doing Sheldon?
  • Sheldon surprises Amy.
  • Chuck Lorre Productions, #389.


  1. The Big Bang Theory - The Countdown Reflection (TV Episode 2012) - IMDb
  2. The TV Critic's Review
  3. The Big Bang Theory: “The Countdown Reflection” - TV Club - The A.V. Club
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