Episode Guide :: Season 7
|#||Episode Title||Original Air Date||User Rating|
|701||The Hofstadter Insufficiency||September 26, 2013||4.5|
|With Leonard away at sea, Sheldon and Penny bond over their intimate secrets. Meanwhile, Raj is consoled as he deals with his break-up from Lucy, and Amy and Bernadette spend time together at a science convention.|
|702||The Deception Verification||September 26, 2013||4.5|
|Sheldon is distraught when Leonard returns from his expedition early but doesn't tell him. Meanwhile, Howard's close relationship with his mother causes his masculinity to be called into question.|
|703||The Scavenger Vortex||October 3, 2013||4.6|
|Raj devises a scavenger hunt for the gang, but the intense competition causes friction among the friends.|
|704||The Raiders Minimization||October 10, 2013||4.6|
|When Amy points out a flaw in the plot of one of Sheldon's favorite movies, he vows revenge by ruining something she likes. Meanwhile, Leonard finds a way to manipulate Penny into doing anything for him, while Raj and Stuart set up online dating profiles.|
|705||The Workplace Proximity||October 17, 2013||4.0|
|Sheldon is afraid he'll be spending too much time with Amy when she takes up a job at his university. Meanwhile, Howard ends up sleeping on Raj's couch after a disagreement with Bernadette.|
|706||The Romance Resonance||October 24, 2013||4.7|
|Sheldon is thrilled when he has a scientific breakthrough, but his excitement quickly turns to dread when he realizes he made a mistake. Meanwhile, Howard surprises Bernadette with a romantic gesture, leading Penny to up her game with Leonard.|
|707||The Proton Displacement||November 7, 2013||4.5|
|When Sheldon's idol, Professor Proton, seeks Leonard's help for a science paper instead of his, Sheldon gets his revenge by befriending rival science icon, Bill Nye. Meanwhile, Raj is jealous when Howard starts crashing girls' night.|
|708||The Itchy Brain Simulation||November 14, 2013||3.3|
|When a past mistake of Leonard's comes to light, he's surprised when Sheldon promises not to make a big deal out of it, instead making Leonard walk a mile in his shoes. Meanwhile, Penny embarrasses Raj when she confronts his ex-girlfriend, Lucy.|
|709||The Thanksgiving Decoupling||November 21, 2013||4.7|
|Sheldon gripes when he is forced to spend Thanksgiving at Mrs. Wolowitz's house. Meanwhile, Penny and Leonard confront a mistake from her past.|
|710||The Discovery Dissipation||December 5, 2013||4.7|
|Sheldon is comforted by Leonard and Amy when his accidental science discovery is disproved. Meanwhile, Raj stays at Howard and Bernadette's apartment for the week.|
|711||The Cooper Extraction||December 12, 2013||4.5|
|When Sheldon flies back to Texas, the gang gather to decorate the apartment Christmas tree, and they come to realize how big a part of their lives he is.|
|712||The Hesitation Ramification||January 2, 2014||4.4|
|After Penny's big acting break on NCIS gets cut, Leonard's attempts to help her lead Penny to make a big relationship decision. Meanwhile, Raj tries to improve his "game" before re-entering the dating world, and Sheldon learns how to be funny.|
|713||The Occupation Recalibration||January 9, 2014||4.5|
|Sheldon struggles to relax when the university forces him to use his vacation time. Meanwhile, Leonard tries to support Penny after she decides to quit her job, and Bernadette needs Stuart's help when she accidentally destroys one of Howard's comic books.|
|714||The Convention Conundrum||January 30, 2014||4.2|
|When the guys miss out on Comic-Con tickets, Sheldon plans to hold his own convention, leading to a memorable night with James Earl Jones. Meanwhile, the girls try to act like "grown-ups".|
|715||The Locomotive Manipulation||February 6, 2014||4.8|
|Amy surprises Sheldon with a romantic weekend that even he can't say no to: a weekend trip to Napa Valley aboard a vintage train. Meanwhile, when Leonard and Penny spend Valentine's day caring for Raj's dog, the special day ends with a journey to the vet.|
|716||The Table Polarization||February 27, 2014||4.3|
|When Leonard buys a new dining room table for the apartment, Sheldon begins to reconsider the changes made in his own life. Meanwhile, Howard's offered the chance to go back to space, but Bernadette doesn't think it's a good idea and doesn't know how to tell Howard.|
|717||The Friendship Turbulence||March 6, 2014||4.4|
|When Howard and Sheldon get into a tiff, Bernadette tries to bring the friends back together. Meanwhile, Penny is offered an embarrassing movie part, while Raj gets Amy to contact a woman on his behalf.|
|718||The Mommy Observation||March 13, 2014||4.4|
|When Sheldon stops by his mom's house in Texas, he must learn to deal with her new romantic status. Meanwhile, Raj throws a Murder Mystery party for the gang.|
|719||The Indecision Amalgamation||April 3, 2014||4.4|
|While Penny struggles to decide whether to take a role in an embarrassing movie, Sheldon is torn over which video game system to buy, and Raj is dating two women at once - but will the guilt be too much for him?|
|720||The Relationship Diremption||April 10, 2014||4.4|
|Sheldon has had enough of string theory after twenty fruitless years in the field. Meanwhile, Howard is embarrassed when Raj and his girlfriend Emily have a double date with him and Bernadette.|
|721||The Anything Can Happen Recurrence||April 24, 2014||4.6|
|In a bid to be spontaneous Sheldon brings back Anything Can Happen Thursday, leading to him spending the evening with Penny after she's angered by Amy and Bernadette. Meanwhile, Raj gets Howard's advice for his upcoming date with Emily.|
|722||The Proton Transmogrification||May 1, 2014||4.9|
|Professor Proton delivers Sheldon a lesson in coping with grief. Meanwhile, a reflective Leonard and Penny get competitive with proposals to change their relationship. Elsewhere, Amy and Bernadette work on a "Star Wars Day" gift for the guys.|
|723||The Gorilla Dissolution||May 8, 2014||4.5|
|A bad day at work causes Penny to reconsider the decisions she's made in her career - and her romantic life. Meanwhile, Howard and Bernadette take care of an injured Mrs. Wolowitz, and Raj gets relationship advice from Sheldon.|
|724||The Status Quo Combustion||May 15, 2014||4.5|
|With his career in flux Sheldon struggles to deal with all the changes in his life, leading him to make a drastic decision. Meanwhile, Raj and Emily's relationship takes a step forward, while an injured Mrs. Wolowitz puts a strain of Howard and Bernadette's life.|
In The Big Bang Theory's seventh season, Sheldon and Amy's relationship takes a step forward, Penny makes big decisions in her professional and person life, Raj tries to prosper in the dating world with his newfound ability to talk to women, and Howard treats Bernadette to a very special surprise for the anniversary of their first date.
Sheldon and Amy's relationship sees a number of advances. When Sheldon is away visiting his pregnant sister, Leonard reveals to Amy that Sheldon made her his screensaver. For Valentine's Day, Amy arranges a romantic weekend trip to Napa Valley, traveling on a Vintage Train. When Sheldon spends the train journey with a fellow train enthuiast, an angry Amy confronts him about his behavior. Sheldon gets Amy to admit she was manipulating in pursuit of romance, so Sheldon sarcastically gives her the romance she wanted. He drinks wine, stares into her eyes and then kisses her. Though he intended the kiss to be short and sarcastic, Sheldon lingers and seems like he may be enjoying it.
After Sheldon spends their date night obsessing about which games console to buy, Amy asks if he's forgetting something. Sheldon kisses Amy again, suggesting this may now be a routine part of their contractually-mandated date nights. When Sheldon spends Anything Can Happen Thursday with Penny, she takes him to see a psychic. With Sheldon struggling with career changes, the psychic tells him all his issues personally and professionally will be solved if he commits completely to Amy.
During Leonard's four month absence, Penny becomes concerned Leonard's having too much fun away from her. When Leonard sneaks home early just to be with Penny, her fears are allayed. After learning of Howard's romantic gesture for Bernadette, Penny struggles to find a way to romance Leonard. When Penny's idea of giving Leonard a first-edition book fails, she becomes upset that she can't be romantic towards him and shows Leonard all the romantic things he's done for her, tokens of which she's saved. Leonard is touched by the mementos of their relationship and think it's romantic that she's kept so much. Leonard and Penny's relationship survives a big surprise when Penny reveals in a Vegas wedding she thought was fake.
When Penny's part is cut from an episode of NCIS, she becomes disheartened with her life and career. She proposes to Leonard while drunk, but Leonard hesitates to answer. Leonard fears their relationship is over, but Penny reassures him he made the right decision. Penny decides to quite her job at the Cheesecake Factory to focus on her acting career. When Penny is fired from a low-budget movie, she is determined to start making better decisions in her life. Penny tells Leonard that they could married and that this is the kind of smart decision she wants to make. Although Leonard thinks Penny's only saying this because of her career problem, she tells him that getting fired made her reconsider what's really important. The pair agree to get married, so Leonard grabs an engagement ring he's had in his wallet for years, gets down on one knee and formally proposes to Penny, a proposal she accepts.
With his newfound ability to speak to woman, Raj tries to move forward in his love life and find a stable relationship. After inappropriately hitting on the Mrs. Davis, the university's human resources director, at a university social event, and an unsuccessful attempt at online dating, Raj's initial forays into the dating world do not go well. When Penny meets Raj's ex-girlfriend, Lucy, she tells her to call Raj to apologize for the way things ended. Raj meets Lucy and thinks there's a possibility they'll get back together, though Lucy reveals she's now in a relationship. Leonard and Penny's failure to look after Raj's dog, Cinnamon, leads to a visit to a vet, named Yvette, who gives Raj her phone number.
Raj seeks Amy's help in responding to Emily, a woman who contacted him through an online dating site. Emily is turned off by this, thinking Raj is too passive, but finds she has a lot in common with Amy and decides to meet when. Raj interrupts Emily having coffee with Amy, putting Emily off further. The opportunity to date two women at once, in the form of Emily and Lucy, causes consternation for Raj, although he ultimately decides to date just Emily. Raj and Emily's relationship progresses, even in spite of an embarrassing encounter she'd previously had with Howard, and the pair soon take things to the next level.
The Big Bang Theory's seventh season started with an hour-long premiere on September 26, 2013 and contained twenty-four episodes which aired between September 2013 and May 15, 2014. During the seventh season, The Big Bang Theory continued its dominance as the number #1 sitcom on U.S. TV. The show rose to become the top-rated scripted program on U.S. television, overtaking CBS drama NCIS. The second episode of the season, The Deception Verification, is the most-watched episode of The Big Bang Theory ever with 20.44 million viewers. During the season, CBS renewed The Big Bang Theory for another three seasons, taking it through to its tenth season in 2016/17. Before production on the eighth season of the show began, the five original cast members all signed new contracts to return to the show for the next three years.