Episode Guide :: Season 7

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# Episode Title Original Air Date User Rating
701 The Hofstadter Insufficiency September 26, 2013  4.5 
Sheldon and Penny share intimate secrets while Leonard is away at sea, later, Sheldon's feelings are crushed when Leonard returns. Meanwhile, Raj gets consoled about his ex-girlfriend and Wolowitz's relationship with his mother causes an unusual threat to his masculinity.
702 The Deception Verification September 26, 2013  4.4 
Sheldon and Penny share intimate secrets while Leonard is away at sea, later, Sheldon's feelings are crushed when Leonard returns. Meanwhile, Raj gets consoled about his ex-girlfriend and Wolowitz's relationship with his mother causes an unusual threat to his masculinity.
703 The Scavenger Vortex October 3, 2013  4.6 
When the entire gang competes in a scavenger hunt designed by Raj, it brings out the best - and worst - in everyone.
704 The Raiders Minimization October 10, 2013  4.6 
Sheldon seeks revenge after Amy ruins one of his favorite movies. Meanwhile, Leonard discovers a way to get Penny to do anything, and Raj and Stuart create online dating profiles.
705 The Workplace Proximity October 17, 2013  4.0 
Sheldon must decide how much "Amy time" is too much after she takes a job at his university. Meanwhile, Howard finds himself sleeping on Raj's couch after a fight with Bernadette.
706 The Romance Resonance October 24, 2013  4.7 
Sheldon's major scientific breakthrough makes him feel like a fraud. Meanwhile, Howard's romantic gesture to Bernadette causes Penny to step up her game with Leonard.
707 The Proton Displacement November 7, 2013  4.5 
Sheldon feels slighted when Professor Proton seeks advice from Leonard instead of him, and he seeks revenge by befriending a rival science TV host, Bill Nye. Meanwhile, Raj gets jealous when Howard crashes "girls' night".
708 The Itchy Brain Simulation November 14, 2013  3.4 
Leonard tries to keep Sheldon from overreacting when a past mistake comes to light, but Sheldon punishes Leonard by making him walk a mile in his shoes. Meanwhile, Penny confronts Raj's ex-girlfriend, Lucy.
709 The Thanksgiving Decoupling November 21, 2013  4.7 
Sheldon protests when the gang drags him to Mrs. Wolowitz's house for Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Penny and Leonard must deal with a mistake from her past.
710 The Discovery Dissipation December 5, 2013  4.7 
Leonard and Amy help Sheldon cope with the shame he's feeling after his accidental contribution to science is disproved. Meanwhile, Raj must stay with Howard and Bernadette for a week.
711 The Cooper Extraction December 12, 2013  4.5 
While Sheldon is away in Texas, everyone gathers to decorate the apartment Christmas tree, and they each realize how much he has changed their lives.
712 The Hesitation Ramification January 2, 2014  4.4 
When Penny's big acting break on NCIS is a bust, Leonard struggles to help her, which results in Penny asking Leonard a bold relationship question. Meanwhile, Sheldon tries to learn how to be funny and Raj tries to work on his "game" before talking to girls.
713 The Occupation Recalibration January 9, 2014  4.5 
Sheldon tries to relax after he is forced to take a vacation. Meanwhile, Leonard struggles to be supportive of Penny after she quits her job, and Bernadette seeks Stuart's help in replacing one of Howard's comic books.
714 The Convention Conundrum January 30, 2014  4.2 
After the guys can't get Comic-Con tickets, Sheldon tries to hold his own convention and winds up spending a wild night with James Earl Jones. Meanwhile, the girls see if they can act like "grown-ups".
715 The Locomotive Manipulation February 6, 2014  4.7 
Love is in the air when Sheldon and Amy join Howard and Bernadette for a trip to wine country. Meanwhile, Leonard and Penny must rush Raj's dog to the vet.
716 The Table Polarization February 27, 2014  4.3 
Leonard buys a dining room table and it causes Sheldon to reevaluate the changes in his life. Meanwhile, Wolowitz is offered a chance to go back to space and Bernadette struggles with whether or not to encourage him.
717 The Friendship Turbulence March 6, 2014  4.3 
After the insults fly, Bernadette tries to broker the peace between Wolowitz and Sheldon. Meanwhile, Penny is offered an embarrassing movie role and Raj asks Amy to write to a woman on his behalf.
718 The Mommy Observation March 13, 2014  4.4 
When Sheldon visits his Mom in Houston, he is forced to confront a new reality. Meanwhile, Raj's "Murder Mystery" party starts some fights within the gang.
719 The Indecision Amalgamation April 3, 2014  4.4 
While Raj is wracked with guilt when he tries to date two women at once, Penny wrestles with whether to take a role in a cheesy movie and Sheldon is torn trying to choose between two gaming systems.
720 The Relationship Diremption April 10, 2014  4.4 
Sheldon faces a personal crisis after deciding he's wasting his time with string theory. Meanwhile, a double date between Raj, Emily and the Wolowitzes ends in embarrassment for Howard.
721 The Anything Can Happen Recurrence April 24, 2014  4.6 
When Sheldon tries to be spontaneous, it leads to unexpected friction between Penny, Amy and Bernadette. Meanwhile, Raj seeks Howard's help in preparing for a date with Emily.
722 The Proton Transmogrification May 1, 2014  4.9 
Professor Proton helps Sheldon cope with grief, while Leonard turns a relationship milestone into a competition with Penny. Meanwhile, Amy and Bernadette make a "Star Wars Day" gift for the guys.
723 The Gorilla Dissolution May 8, 2014  4.5 
A bad day causes Penny to reevaluate her life choices - including Leonard. Meanwhile, Howard and Bernadette struggle to care for Mrs. Wolowitz, and Raj gets relationship advice from Sheldon.
724 The Status Quo Combustion May 15, 2014  4.5 
Sheldon is forced to confront an uncertain future and considers a major move. Meanwhile, Raj and Emily take it to the next level, and Mrs. Wolowitz's injury is a major headache for Howard and Bernadette.

Season Recap

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.

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