10 Most Unexpected Things To Happen In The Big Bang Theory
Through its incredibly long run and all its ups and downs, The Big Bang Theory gave its fans some unexpected twists that had everyone reeling.
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CBS’s The Big Bang Theory ran for 12 long years, giving the audience a perfect blend of geek style and situational humor. The show garnered a strong, dedicated fanbase over its long run and became one of the more popular sitcoms from the last few years in its focus on four nerdy friends and their life that revolved around science, work and relationships.
The show was a revelation of nerd culture and even got its very own spinoff, Young Sheldon – a perfect accompaniment to TBBT’s backstory and a way for the fans to reminisce about the series again. While The Big Bang Theory has given fans some of the most heartwarming quotes and memorable scenes for rewatch sessions, the series didn’t fail in delivering some of the most unexpected plot twists throughout its run.
The Innumerable Cameos By Celebrities
While The Big Bang Theory has had its fair share of characters that only made one appearance, the cameos by household names left the audience in shock.
The characters are very much the definition of nerds, so to see not just renowned actors but even scientists, CEOs, and many more sharing the limelight with the cast was a pleasant surprise for fans. The appearance of legends like Stan Lee, Bill Gates, Mark Hamill, and even Stephen Hawking was unanticipated and the audience pretty much had the same reaction as Howard did on his first encounter with Mark Hamil in the episode, “The Bow Tie Asymmetry.”
The Surprising “Sleepover”
While the characters had their charisma, Raj’s nature of being unable to speak with women led to many funny situations early on the show. Yet the ending of season 4 definitely ended with a bang!
The sticky situation of Raj and Penny walking out of Leonard’s room together left not just Leonard and Sheldon in stitches, but the audience, as well. Unlike some cross-dating moments in other sitcoms, the twist ending was completely unexpected. In addition to the twist, the series left the audience gasping for answers, as they had to wait for the next season.
Melissa Rauch brought Bernadette to life on the small screen as a small but fierce woman. Her character, when first introduced, was seen to be ambitious and timid, but the later parts see her as a much more mature and independent woman.
Bernadette, as one of the smartest characters on The Big Bang Theory, lands the perfect job, completes her Ph.D., and gets her “perfect” man. Her pregnancy reveals, though, over the seasons, were unanticipated and made the entire situation heartwarming and hilarious, although, the introduction of the second pregnancy was to cover Melissa’s actual pregnancy.
When Sheldon Pulled Out A Ring Box
The Big Bang Theory introduced the world to the brilliant yet narcissistic and annoying man, Sheldon Cooper, a character with many things that aged rather poorly. His character growth over the series was remarkable, but his relationships with others were unflattering, so many fans couldn’t imagine that he would end up with a woman in his life, thanks to Howard and Raj’s brilliant setup.
His relation with Amy was slow and steady, and they experienced their fair share of ups and downs. The shocking moment of their breakup was a tear-jerker, but it was when Sheldon pulled out the engagement ring box right afterward that was the most emotional and one of Sheldon’s saddest moments.
When Howard Was Chosen To Go To Space
Unlike his fellow Ph.D. friends, Howard was often teased and made fun of being the only one who didn’t have a doctorate. But when NASA decided to send him as a payload specialist, it was a breakthrough in his professional career.
It was evident that he was a brilliant engineer, but becoming an astronaut was not expected by viewers. The events that happen before he sets off also add to the spin. From his wedding to Bernadette to bonding with her father, there were many surprises with Howard’s character.
Penny’s Unexpected Pregnancy
A 12-year run is bound to see some unplanned and unforeseen moments. The sitcom gave the audience breakups, new romances, emotional goodbyes, and unexpected pregnancies. However, season 12 saw some of the biggest reveals and unexpected moments that helped give the show a wholesome and fitting goodbye.
The easy-going next-door neighbor, Penny, became a fan-favorite character and one of the main leads who eventually became the wife of Leonard Hofstadter. Her character grows from a sweet, slightly immature personality to a mature and independent woman. But the massive character growth was seen in her unexpected pregnancy at the show’s end. The series hinted at Penny not wanting kids or not liking to be around them, so the pregnancy reveal was a major plot twist for fans.
The Death Of Howard’s Mother
Mrs. Wolowitz was a popular character on the show, despite never being revealed. Voiced by Carol Ann Susi, Deborah Wolowitz’s relationship with Howard on The Big Bang Theory was one of the funniest and most lovable on the show.
However, due to the sudden passing of Carol Ann Susi, the character also passed away. The death of a beloved character left the audience emotional and is still painful for many. The scene where Howard receives the news while surrounded by his friends is sentimental and heartbreaking.
The Elevator Being Fixed
Since the show’s outset, certain things remained constant. But the sitcom pulled the rabbit out of the hat in the last season, giving the fans the perfect finale. In the episode “The Change Constant,” the unaccepting Sheldon is shocked by the changes around him while having a conversation with Leonard in the hallway. To add to his dismay, the viewers finally get a glimpse of Penny riding the elevator.
After 16 years, the show seemed to provide closure to the fans by finally fixing the elevator. The elevator originally broke in an accident where Sheldon saved Leonard’s life and it marked a significant part in them becoming best friends. The fixing of the elevator was a final nod to the complete show run and their friendship.
Raj’s Ability To Speak With Women
The shy one among the peer group of friends provided much-needed comic relief and cultural diversity. Raj was initially shown as unable to speak to women, and could only do so when he was drunk.
It took six long seasons for him to move past this and this newfound confidence gave him his first long-term relationship with Emily Sweeney. The emotional talk with Penny led him to discover his ability to speak with women and fans found it funny how both situations where Raj first figures out his ability to talk with women was with Penny!
Sheldon’s Unexpected Heartwarming Speech
After 279 episodes, The Big Bang Theory wrapped up the show with a brilliant and perfect finale that gave a complete circle to the series run. It saw Sheldon and Amy receiving the Nobel prize, and considering Sheldon’s character was annoying, narcissistic, and a bit selfish, it was heartwarming to hear his final speech.
It showed him being grateful and apologizing to his friends while acknowledging their tolerance for him, something the audience couldn’t imagine him doing, previously. The end was an unexpected perfect end for the series and the characters.