The Big Bang Theory

Season 5 Episode 24

The Countdown Reflection

25
Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 10, 2012 on CBS
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  • HOWARD'S BIG FAT GEEK WEDDING

    The Big Bang Theory Blasts Off In Its Season 5 Finale

    I love a season finale that manages to bring an entire cast together, and “The Countdown Reflection” did so in a sweet, lovely way.

  • Episode Summary

    As Howard awaits blast-off, he recounts how the gang threw together a last-minute wedding for him and Bernadette.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • If someone would've told me 5 seasons ago ...

      9.5
      ...that Howard was going to be the first one to tie the knot, I sure would have thought that was a joke. Now, the joke is on me because that's exactly what happened. In a episode that was nothing but sweet, Howard boldly goes where no man has gone before. And then into outer space after he & Bernadette make vows that truly mean something, for she truly makes him a better man and he truly embraces her as the only woman who can yell at him from now on. Also, Sheldon holds Amy's hand, in public. And she wears the tiara he gave to her, also in public. Our little nerds are finally growing up.moreless
    • As a new fan of The Big Bang Theory - I just watched all 5 seasons - great finale!

      9.5
      I've watched the entire run of Big Bang Theory over the past few weeks and it is a great show! It's not always funny - although it often is - I feel over the last 2 seasons it's evolved into more of a dramady. Which isn't necessarily bad - but it's definitely lost something from when it was just the guys and Penny. Which isn't to say I don't love Amy Farrah Fowler and Beradette cause I do - I just feel they should be in fewer episodes. For next season I'd love for them to go back and focus on the guys and Penny for most of the season with the other girls showing up in maybe a forth of the eps. But who cares what I want, it's still a great show. The final shot of the couples holding hands while watching Howard go to space was fantastic. Even though I wish some things about the show were different, it's still a great show, very funny, intelligent, well written, with some excellent actors. Chuck's vanity cards are fun too. Can't wait for season 6 and beyond!moreless
    • This is becoming 90210

      1.5
      The last season in general, and the last several episodes of the last season in particular have been a snoozefest for me. Seems to me the show has moved too much towards their (the 4 guys) relationships, away from their 'nerdism' which was what made me love the series. It almost feels like 90210 now. Hope they change that in season 6, go back to the basics
    • Season 5 finale

      8.5
      As Howard awaits blast-off, he recounts how the gang threw together a last-minute wedding for him and Bernadette. I thought that this was a great Season 5 finale of "The Big Bang Theory". Although, I did find the episode to be pretty slow and just plain kinda boring at times (which is what lowered my score) plus Bernadette continues to annoy the living nightmare out of me. I enjoyed how the episode keeps flashing back and forward to Howard thinking about the things in his life before the rocket launches. I didn't really laugh much here also just mainly in the final act of the episode which was leading up the wedding. I found the wedding scene to be kinda ruined because they try to throw in a bunch of humor in your face here and there but Sheldon was absolutely hilarious here and it was just funny. The very end of the episode with everyone holding hands as they see Howard launch up into space on television was sweet though. Wonder how Season 6 will play out but we're gonna have to wait til' Fall 2012. Overall, a great Season 5 finale of "The Big Bang Theory". 8.5/10moreless
    • Finale

      8.5
      Bernadette looked so gorgeous! I loved her dress (female POV). Loved the exchange between Leonard and Penny. Oh, and isn`t it funny to think back abt how much of a dweeb Howard used to be in the first season? Great episode, overall and can't wait for the next season!!
    Johnny Galecki

    Johnny Galecki

    Leonard Hofstadter

    Jim Parsons

    Jim Parsons

    Sheldon Cooper

    Kaley Cuoco

    Kaley Cuoco

    Penny

    Simon Helberg

    Simon Helberg

    Howard Wolowitz

    Kunal Nayyar

    Kunal Nayyar

    Rajesh Koothrappali

    Melissa Rauch

    Melissa Rauch

    Bernadette Rostenkowski

    Carol Ann Susi

    Carol Ann Susi

    Mrs. Wolowitz

    Recurring Role

    Casey Sander

    Casey Sander

    Mr. Mike Rostenkowski

    Recurring Role

    Pasha Lychnikoff

    Pasha Lychnikoff

    Dimitri Rezinov

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Music: Movement 1 (Allegro) of Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring) from Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

      • In the previous episode, it was announced that the launch was being moved up to a Friday, two days before the couple were being married on the following Sunday. In this episode the launch was on a different day (Sunday), and they decided they could get married that morning.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Howard: (shouts) Ma, you wanna move your chair over here so you can see?
        Mrs. Wolowitz: (shouts) I'm fine where I am! I don't wanna fall off the roof!
        Howard: (quieter) You'll fall through the roof before you fall off it.

      • Howard: There's fuel leaking and we're still gonna go?!
        Mike Massimino: Don't lose your Froot Loops, Froot Loops.
        Dimitri: This happens a lot. Nine times out of ten, no problem.
        Howard: What happens on the tenth time?
        Dimitri: Problem.

      • Sheldon: 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.

      • Amy: No, no, no, this is not the wedding I wanted! 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 procession music.
        Amy: Well, it was gonna be mine!

    • NOTES (3)

      • This is the second season finale where one or more characters leave town. The first one was the season two finale where all the guys go to the north pole.

      • International Airdates: Czech Republic: July 26, 2012 on Prima COOL; Turkey: January 29, 2013 on CNBC-e; Finland: November 27, 2013 on Sub

      • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #389, where he details some of this thought on the final scene.

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