I just had the pleasure of watching a taping of the BBT (2/26/0. The taping started at 7pm but they ask that you arrive at least an hour early. At 5:30, I checked in at the parking structure of Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank. After about half an hour of waiting in the parking structure and getting checked in and handstamped we were escorted onto the studio properties. After a security check, we walked to Studio 25, many movies have been filmed on this soundstage including: Casablanca, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman and Robin and now the Big Bang Theory!
We were seated on the sound stage and introduced to our comedian/entertainer for the night, I can't remember his name so I'll call him Bob. His job was to keep us in good spirits, give away free stuff, tell us when to laugh and when to be quiet, make us dance, embarass the audience, and perform hokey magic tricks. Around 6:30, he asked who in the audience actually watched the show, I was saddened that there were only a handful of us but I think there were some converts by the end of the night. They showed us an episode of the show, "The Luminous Fish Effect", to introduce the characters and show to those unfamiliar with it. After we watched the episode, Bob introduced us to Executive Producer, Bill Prady, and then Chuck Lorre. Chuck came out and greeted us and sincerely thanked us for watching the show, he said if it wasn't for the support of the fans they would have not come back after the strike or been renewed for next year. He also thanked everyone for joining them for their first taping back after the strike.
Then Bob introduced the enthusiastic cast, in this order: Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, and Johnny Galecki. Everyone seemed really excited to be back and Johnny Galecki was even clapping with us and said yay when they started taping About halfway through the episode Johnny Galecki came to say hello to the audience. Johnny's 93 year old aunt from Chicago was in the audience, Bob the Comedian was teasing her shortly before he knew she was Johnny's aunt.
We saw the taping for the episode, "The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization". Here is the spoiler warning so please do not read any further if you don't want to know any details of the episode.
Leonard finds an envelope in the trash and asks Sheldon what it is. Sheldon tells him that it is nothing of importance but Leonard reads it anyways and finds out that he and Sheldon have been invited to a physics conference to discuss a paper and theory that they co-authored. Sheldon has no interest in speaking to a room full of people that are not equal to his intelligence but Leonard argues that he is planning to go because he also authored the paper. Leonard and Sheldon then argued over whose idea started the creation of the paper and who deserves more credit. The guys get angry and stop speaking to one another.
Penny goes to help Leonard pick out an outfit to wear to the physics conference and she hears about the argument and tries help Leonard and Sheldon reconcile. Her plan blows up in her face and actually makes matters worse. Meanwhile, Leonard is trying to make up with Sheldon by begging him to present the theory with him but Sheldon is being his stubborn self.
At the conference, Leonard is nervous but Penny, Raj, and Wolowitz help him through it. The scene after Leonard gives his presentation is the best scene in the episode so I wont give it away.
Thank you for reading my long report! Feel free to ask questions