524 - The Countdown Reflection
Aired May 10, 2012

The Countdown Reflection

When Howard and Bernadette decide they want to get married before his space launch, the gang rushes to arrange an impromptu wedding.

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Guest Stars: Carol Ann Susi as Mrs. Wolowitz, Casey Sander as Mr. Rostenkowski, Mike Massimino as Himself, Pasha Lychnikoff as Dimitri

Writers: Bill Prady (Story), Eric Kaplan (Story), Steve Holland (Story), Chuck Lorre (Teleplay), Steven Molaro (Teleplay), Jim Reynolds (Teleplay)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 13.3 million Households Rating: 9.13/16 Adults 18-49 Rating: 4.2/15

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Episode Notes

  • The title refers to Howard reflecting on the lead-up to his space mission.

Quotes (33)

Amy: Bernadette, I want to thank you for allowing me to be your maid of honor. I also want you to know that I will be happy to do it again if this marriage craps out.

Sheldon: Would you like some aloe vera? 'cause you just got burned.

Amy: Stop it! Today is not about you, it's about Howard and Bernadette, and me!

Mrs. Wolowitz: What kind of breakfast do you think they're going to give you in Russia?
Howard: They invented blintzes. I'll be fine.
Mrs. Wolowitz: They invented the lightbulb in New Jersey. It doesn't mean they hand them out to you when you go.

Sheldon: The need to find another human being to share one's life with has always puzzled me. Maybe because I'm so interesting all by myself. With that being said, may you find as much happiness with each other as I find on my own.

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Fifth Season Finale Ratings May 11, 2012

The fifth season finale of The Big Bang Theory ranked first in its time period and was the night's #1 program in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.  Full story

CBS Announces Fifth Season Finale April 24, 2012

CBS has announced the fifth season finale of The Big Bang Theory will air Thursday, May 10, 2012. Casey Sander (Grace Under Fire) reprises his role as Mr. Rostenkowski, Bernadette's father, in the episode. NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino also makes another cameo appearance in the episode.  Full story


Howard and the other astronauts are in the space capsule getting ready to launch. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang have gathered in Sheldon and Leonard's apartment to watch Howard lift off. Back in the space capsule, Howard begins to tell the guys about how he married Bernadette just before the launch.

Howard gives Bernadette a necklace with a star on it, promising to take it to space with him so, when he returns, she will have a star that was actually in space. Bernadette tells Howard she does not want to wait until he's back to get married, so they should have a small ceremony with friends before he goes and have the big reception when he gets back. Later, Howard and Bernadette tell the rest of the gang of their plans to get married quickly. As maid of honor, Amy is disappointed at the change in their wedding plans.

The gang arrives at City Hall, Amy wearing her maid of honor dress, to see Howard and Bernadette get married. Sheldon makes things awkward for Leonard when he reveals how he proposed to Penny in bed. The registrar appears and tells them they only have time to marry three more couples today and the rest will have to come back on Monday. Howard tries to play the astronaut card but the registrar does not believe him. At the Cheesecake Factory, Howard suggests they drive to Vegas and get married, but Bernadette thinks it's tacky. Raj suggests they make it romantic by waiting until Sunday when the Google satellite will be over Pasadena, so Leonard thinks they should have the wedding on the roof of the apartment. Howard realizes they still need a minister, but Penny points out that anybody can go online and get ordained now.

In the apartment, the guys are getting ready for the wedding. Howard hands Leonard, Raj and Howard a groomsman present, a Fantastic Four comic. Later, the gang is on the roof ready for Howard and Bernadette's wedding. The five friends have all been ordained and will perform the ceremony. The guys each say a few words before Howard and Bernadette say their own vows. The guys pronounce Howard and Bernadette husband and wife.

In the president day, Howard is nervous as the space capsule gets ready to launch. The gang watches on in the apartment,. Penny admits a small part of her thought Howard was lying all this time. As the rocket launches, Bernadette grabs Raj's hand, Penny takes Leonard's hand, and Amy is surprised as Sheldon holds her hand.

Comments (257)

Silvia Italy, 10:31 Sep 19 2013.
Love the show it's addictive. I'm in a similar situation to that of Leonard with Penny, I'm ready for more and he's not but we still enjoy each other's company and sometimes end up in bed.
jose gusmao Brazil, 18:41 Feb 2 2013.
I'm fan club member in Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil. I love TBBT and all persons. Regards and great sucess all time
Fredrik Sweden, 08:34 Jan 10 2013.
Just seen the episode. My english is poor (from sweden) but I hope you anderstand. Sheldon must have made an error in giving back 12 dollars..? Or am I thinking wrong? Should he not have payed 6 dollars back to Howard? If he pay 12 dollars he has payed a total of 100 dollars, while Howard has payed a total of 100 -12 = 88 dollars.. So now Howard is in debt instead. /Fredrik
alicia Australia, 22:24 Nov 30 2012.
I became addicted to the show!!!Sheldon rocks :)
Sideshow Bob Germany, 06:33 Nov 29 2012.
We all know the others didn't want him to, but you wouldn't have needed a Fortune Teller to 'predict' that Sheldon would switch to Klingon anyway at some point :-)
Live long and prosper Australia, 00:29 Nov 16 2012.
Sheldon Rules !!!!!! Annoying and lovable all at the same time. Keep the Seasons coming ..............
tom United Kingdom, 07:48 Nov 7 2012.
leonords comments r great at the wedding
poo United Kingdom, 13:06 Oct 26 2012.
John Ireland, 16:34 Oct 24 2012.
Seen every episode like a thrillion times love it!
Ian Scott United Kingdom, 04:01 Oct 17 2012.
Just love this show and all the characters great fun.The relationship between Wolowitz and his mum is great especially as you never see his mum. Plus penny is hot... nice bum.... (butt if you are American)

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