The Big Bang Theory

The Procreation Calculation

Series 12 - Episode 3 The Procreation Calculation



This episode – almost like an entire series compressed into 20 minutes – is the best in some time. Not the funniest, necessarily, but the most engaging. When the end wasn’t in sight the show floundered. But knowing this is the last series has sharpened the writers’ appetites, and accelerated the action. It’s the raison d’être the show needed.

Raj gets ready to meet his potential bride Anu (Rati Gupta), Stuart takes his new date home, and Penny’s flippant remark on the subject of children (“If I saw one I wouldn’t throw a rock at it”) leads to some heartfelt discussions with Leonard. So instead of just making gags about grown-up concerns, the gang and their chat are now evolving more realistically.

Perhaps the best moment – proof that wit can be wordless – comes when Howard and Bernie realise silently and simultaneously how sad their lives have become. The pay-off is a beauty, too.


Howard and Bernadette's life becomes complicated when Stuart starts bringing his new girlfriend home. Penny and Leonard talk about starting a family, and Raj further explores the possibility of an arranged marriage.

Cast & Crew

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