The Big Bang Theory

The Status Quo Combustion

Series 7 - Episode 24 The Status Quo Combustion

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Review

Penny and Leonard impart their big news to the group, only for Raj to top it. But the announcement has ramifications that not just contravene Leonard and Sheldon’s room-mate agreement but toss it in the bin and set fire to it. Already smarting from the university’s heavy-handedness, Sheldon is flustered to the point of tears.

His difficulty in accepting change is both cannily written – it mirrors our own in the face of a show that might, itself, be adapting – and sweetly played by Jim Parsons. The moment he says, “I am overwhelmed” is a choker.

Bravely, then, there’s darkness in this series finale, but also solutions, silver linings... and a zero-to-hero smile on the face of the permanently crestfallen Stuart.

Big Bang is back in the autumn. Not a moment too soon.

Summary

In the seventh series finale, Sheldon becomes upset about his career, the destruction of the comic-book store and Leonard and Penny's future living arrangements. Elsewhere, Howard is unable to keep hold of a carer for his mother. Comedy, staring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco.

Cast & Crew

Leonard Hofstadter Johnny Galecki
Sheldon Cooper Jim Parsons
Penny Kaley Cuoco
Howard Wolowitz Simon Helberg
Raj Koothrappali Kunal Nayyar
Amy Farrah Fowler Mayim Bialik
Bernadette Rostenkowski Melissa Rauch
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