Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Countdown Reflection Recap
I'm going to start with the end of the episode, because that's the scene that got the most build up before the episode aired. Steve Molaro (one of the executive producers) said he couldn't watch it without tearing up. Melissa Rauch said they had to keep fixing her makeup between takes because of her tears. And many early reviews said it was one of the most touching moments they'd seen recently on TV.
So I had high expectations. And I was a little disappointed.
Maybe I was expecting something more shocking, more overt, more of a cliffhanger. When they just held hands, a small part of me thought, "That was it?" And while I still think it was built up a tad too much, with rewatches and discussion I've come to appreciate the ending much more.
Bernadette reaches for Raj's hand after they both declare their love for Howard. Between Raj's once crush on Bernadette, and his and Howard's ongoing bromance, and Raj generally being plain lonely this season... It was a nice moment to see them bond over their concern for Howard.
Then Penny reaches for Leonard's hand, after they spent much of the episode still caught up in the aftermath of his proposal. (And for the record, I think their process of moving past it would have been smoother had Sheldon not constantly brought it up.) A friend of mine had wanted a "this is it" moment that would clarify they were out of the beta test and officially together, and we agreed that this was it. The moment just reinforces what we saw the previous week - they still have issues, but this time Penny is willing to stay and work through them, rather than run from them.
And finally, the moment I saw the most excitement over online, Sheldon reaches for Amy's hand. Right after he'd declared Howard should "boldly go," Sheldon took a giant leap forward himself by initiating physical contact.
Backing up for a quick look at the rest of the episode, I was surprised that they confirmed so early on that the wedding does happen ("Actually, Fruit Loops just got married. To a girl."), given how the writers had tried to tease it as a will-they-won't-they. But without that added uncertainty, it was fun to watch the gang work together to give them a wedding. The return of the tiara made me smile (as did Amy's painting to Penny - did you see it?), and I completely adored how they all got ordained.
My favorite episodes are always the group ones, where everyone gets involved, so in that regard this was another winner to end the season with. And now the long wait begins for September!
(But P.S. - did we really need a whole minute and sixteen seconds recapping last week's episode? It wasn't that complicated, or necessary. That's a whole minute we could have had of new material.)