Nothing but great episodes left as season seven plays out, so enjoy. This week, the guys look forward to Star Wars Day, ie all the films back-to-back. Sheldon is in his element while scheduling the event: “I have a window built in after Phantom Menace for complaining.”
But Leonard pops his balloon – and ours – with the news that Professor Proton has died. This, remember, was the TV presenter who inspired Sheldon to pursue a career in science and, as played (Emmy-winningly) by the venerable Bob Newhart, his every appearance has been a triumph.
It’s another classy turn from the stammering stand-up, even if it is – possibly – his final one on Big Bang. Special effects courtesy of Lucasfilm. No, really.
On the menu in this edition: Leslie Ash, ex-EastEnders actor Alex Ferns, former Made in Chelsea socialite Millie Mackintosh, veteran choreographer Wayne Sleep and Tania Bryer (we weren’t sure, either: presenter and former weatherwoman).
Their first task is to assemble a pizza on pre-made dough. “Less is more,” says Gregg, surely for the first time ever. “Do we have to use it all?” asks Wayne Sleep, eyeing up a bunch of asparagus suspiciously. Leslie Ash ignores the answer – “No!” – and piles on everything but the kitchen sink.
Those who only succeed in serving up “big lumps of dough” are then sent to a Hispanic restaurant, while the others must master tandoori chicken and Indian pancakes – most of which end up in the bin. “This is going to be fun, I can see that!” roars the head chef while his staff titter. Unfortunately, “fun” isn’t the word used across town when one contestant sets fire to the grill…
Well, it’s been quite a series, what with the murder of Will coming out of nowhere. So surely its final episode will be a nice, quiet affair? Maybe everyone at competing law companies Florrick Agos and Lockhart Gardner has a glass of wine and decides that they’ll all just try to get along…
Pah, of course not. It’s the season finale so a cliff has to loom on the horizon and someone has to hang from it. By the end the futures of two major characters dangle in the air. Talk of a merger between the two companies grows louder – Alicia is in favour, her partner Cary Agos isn’t. Meanwhile, Diane’s position at the firm she founded looks shaky – that little rat Louis Canning wants her out.