Who plays amy’s dad on big bang theory?

Amy in The Big Bang Theory (Picture: Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)

The Big Bang Theory have revealed who will be playing Amy’s parents in the season 11 finale, and it’s a pair of inspired choices.

The upcoming finale is set to revolve around Amy and Sheldon’s much anticipated wedding, which will feature Mark Hamill in a mysterious role, but now we know who will be playing the parents of everyone’s favourite neurobiologist.

EW have confirmed Kathy Bates and magician Teller, of Penn & Teller fame, will be playing Amy’s parents in the finale.

Kathy Bates will play Amy’s mum (Picture: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

While her mother has previously appeared in season nine played by Annie O’Donnell via video chat, this will be the first time her father has appeared on the show.

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Other guests set to appear at the wedding including Laurie Metcalf as Sheldon’s mother, Courtney Henggeler as Sheldon’s twin sister, Jerry O’Connell as Sheldon’s brother and Lauren Lapkus as Denise.

Raymond Joseph Teller will play Amy’s Dad (Picture: Adela Loconte/WireImage)

Will Wheaton, Bert and of course, Barry Kripke will also make an appearance. What’s a wedding without Barry?

Actress Mayim Bialik had a pretty adorable freak out after meeting Mark Hamill for the first time, before teasing the pair’s wedding attire online.

Hers and His ????#shamy #wedding @bigbangtheory pic.twitter.com/xSD9clccEO

— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) April 23, 2018

Flash socks at a wedding? The only choice.

You can catch The Big Bang Theory’s season 11 finale on May 11 on CBS and in the UK on E4 soon afterwards.

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Last night’s season finale of The Big Bang Theory brought us the much-anticipated wedding between Sheldon and Amy. In front of their friends, family, and Star Wars actor Mark Hamill (obviously), Sheldon and Amy finally tied the knot.

But between the famous guest stars and those tearjerking vows, there are a few key details you might have missed.

Sheldon’s accessories paid homage to his favorite superhero.

This was one of those blink-and-you-miss it details, but Sheldon’s outfit actually had several elements that honored his favorite superhero, The Flash.

First, there were Flash cufflinks, which are briefly visible when he and Leonard hug:


And as we learned from Mayim Bialik’s tweet, his socks were also Flash-themed.

Hers and His 👠👞👰💒#shamy #wedding @bigbangtheory pic.twitter.com/xSD9clccEO

— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) April 23, 2018


Teller, who played Amy’s dad, actually spoke.

Magician Teller (of Penn and Teller fame) is notoriously a man of very, very few words … in fact, no words at all. But in the episode, after his wife gets in a argument with Penny, Mrs. Fowler turns to her husband and says “Are you going to let her talk to me like that? Say something!”

The famously silent magician says to Penny just two words: “Thank you.”

This isn’t the first time the magician has spoken in public, but it’s still pretty momentous.

The show paid tribute to Stephen Hawking in the sweetest way.

The Big Bang Theory has always loved Stephen Hawking, and the scientist even played a special role in Sheldon and Amy’s relationship. So of course, the finale featured some sweet moments centered around Hawking. There were nods to him as Amy and Sheldon delayed their own wedding momentarily because they’ve made a scientific discovery of “super-asymmetry,” which is reportedly tied to Hawking’s theories about black holes. But the biggest tribute came after the episode:

In this exclusive, unaired clip from last night’s season finale, the happy couple gets one last gift from #StephenHawking. 💕 #BigBangTheory pic.twitter.com/xgpU7G7Wpw

— The Big Bang Theory (@bigbangtheory) May 11, 2018

Sheldon and Amy realize that they’ve received a wedding gift from Stephen Hawking, sent before he died. It turns out to be a pocket watch for Sheldon, engraved with a sweet message.

“The wedding was a big episode and it seemed like a good chance to pay some tribute to him,” showrunner Steve Holland said to The Hollywood Reporter. “Producer Steve Molaro had this idea that Hawking could have sent a gift before he passed. He had had the idea for the gift and for the inscription and we contacted Professor Hawking’s family to get their blessing. They were very nice and excited for us to do it.”

Missy is separated from her husband.

In the episode, Sheldon’s pregnant twin sister Missy reveals that she’s separated from her husband, as she and Mrs. Cooper are in the car with Raj.

There’s no telling for certain what could happen, but it sounds like writers could be setting up a Missy storyline for Season 12. Maybe Raj will finally have his chance!

Sheldon has finally forgiven his dad.

Throughout the series, Sheldon has only occasionally mentioned his father, and it sounds like it was a somewhat tense relationship. In one episode, he describes his father’s parenting skills as “coasting till the day he died,” which, yikes.

But at the wedding, it seems Sheldon is finally able to forgive his deceased father.

When his mother says “I wish your Dad could see you now,” Sheldon replies, “Me too. I miss him.”

For a relationship as seemingly contentious as the one between Sheldon and his dad, even that short statement is huge.

Leonard and Penny seem to be the only other members of the wedding party.

It struck some viewers as a little odd that Raj, Howard, and Bernadette weren’t included as members of the wedding party. We assume Sheldon and Amy would want the whole gang up there as they said their vows, but apparently not.

Meemaw wasn’t there.

Sheldon’s grandmother has played a big role on both The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon. So it was a little surprising that she wasn’t at the wedding.

Showrunner Steve Holland explained to The Hollywood Reporter why the producers made that decision.

“We had talked about including Meemaw because it seemed like Meemaw would need to be at the wedding, but first of all, we had so many characters so we kind of had to pick and choose who could be at the wedding and who would have something else to do. Also, with Young Sheldon coming on right after and with Annie Potts playing Meemaw on there and creating such a big character, it just felt like it was hard to see the two of them back to back.”

Well, at least there’s an explanation.

Amy’s mom was played by a different actress in Season 4.

Don’t get us wrong, we love seeing Kathy Bates on our screens! But we did realize that Amy’s mom was portrayed by an entirely different actress in season 4, during a scene where Amy and Sheldon are video chatting with her.

Leonard’s mom also wasn’t there.

Okay, in most instances, it wouldn’t be very notable for the mother of the best man to miss the wedding. But previous episodes have shown that Leonard’s mom and Sheldon are actually pretty close, so we were surprised not to see her!

Now that Sheldon and Amy are officially married, we’re excited to see what happens on Season 12 of The Big Bang Theory. There’s no telling exactly when the show will return to CBS, but it’s likely going to be in September 2018.

With the season finale just around the corner, The Big Bang Theory has finally revealed the actors playing Amy’s parents.

Kathy Bates and magician Raymond Teller, from Penn & Teller, are playing Mr. and Mrs. Fowler, the parents of Amy, who is played by Mayim Bialik, as reported by EW.

While Amy’s father has yet to appear on the series, Bates is actually replacing Annie O’Donnell who once briefly appeared as Amy’s mother during a video chat in season nine of the series.

Bates and Teller will make their debut during the May 10 season finale, alongside other previously announced guest stars such as actor Jerry O’Connell, who will be playing Sheldon’s brother Georgie.

While Georgie has been played by 15-year-old Montana Jordan on the Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon, this will be the first time the character has been seen on the original series.

O’Connell is a celebrated actor who has starred in may TV series, such as Sliders, Crossing Jordan, and CBS’ The Defenders.

The first appearances of The Fowlers and Georgie on The Big Bang Theory will coincide with the big wedding of Amy and Sheldon (played by Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons), which will also see Oscar-nominated actress Laurie Metcalf reprise her role as Sheldon’s mother Mary.

Additionally, TV Line reports that Mary will be walking Sheldon down the aisle.

While most of the cast has been tight-lipped about the pending nuptuals, Big Bang Theory co-star Kaley Cuoco recently stepped out at a red carpet event and ended up dishing on the big upcoming wedding.

While speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the Paw Works Ties and Tails Gala, Cuoco revealed that Amy and Sheldon’s upcoming wedding “will be very, very strange.” She then added, however, that it will also be “absolutely adorable and charming. Exactly like them.”

“I’m hoping it’s gonna be the season finale. I’ve heard they’ve not written it yet so, but that’s been the same for Big Bang since day one,” she continued, adding that “nothing is planned so anything could happen.

Cuoco also dished on her own upcoming wedding to Karl Cook, telling ET, “There is no info on when it’s happening, but there will be, let’s put it this way… there will be no animals left behind.”


The 32-year-old actress is widely known for her love of animals and plans to have them all at her wedding, for which she later admitted that she doesn’t even have a dress for yet.

While she doesn’t have any finite plans for her wedding as of yet, it is likely safe to assume that Cuoco will be inviting her Big Bang Theory family to join her pets at the ceremony.

hobThe wedding of Howard Wolowitz and Bernadette Rostenkowski took place in the Season 5 finale “The Countdown Reflection” on the rooftop of Leonard, Sheldon and Penny’s apartment building.

The Happy Couple.


Howard and Bernadette were engaged in “The Herb Garden Germination” (S4E20).

False Start

Bernadette tells Howard that she wants to be married to him before he goes into space to the ISS. The whole gang heads down to city hall, but are too late for that day and city hall won’t reopen until after Howard leaves for Russia.


Everyone was not able to have a idea where to have the ceremony. But Leonard, Sheldon, Penny, Raj and Amy were all ordained as ministers and able to perform the ceremony.


The wedding party.

The ceremony eventually took place on the roof of Leonard, Sheldon and Penny’s building.

The only attendees were Howard’s mother Debbie Wolowitz, Bernadette’s father Mike Rostenkowski and Bernadette’s mother Mrs. Rostenkowski (appeared in a brief cameo during the couple’s kiss when applauding and zooming out from the roof happened). Each of Howard and Bernadette’s friends each gave them their own speech. There was one last bit of friction between Leonard and Penny about Leonard’s proposal to Penny during sex which Amy eventually put an end to after Penny started reading out her speech. Sheldon attempted to do his vows in Klingon, but Bernadette stopped him since she didn’t allowed him to do that.

At the end, Howard and Bernadette had their first kiss as a married couple and then the camera cuts to over their heads, then backed out further showing their friends, Mrs. Wolowitz, Mike and Mrs. Rostenkowski clapping and then of the building then all the way to space with a full view of the Earth. Mrs. Wolowitz was also seen for the first time.


  • Mrs. Rostenkowski (Bernadette’s mother) was not seen with an actual appearance at the wedding, but was seen in her white wedding clothes (with her face not seen, as of it being covered with her cream hat) standing next to Mike (Bernadette’s father) when it is captured from space.
  • There are some people who Howard and Bernadette both know or separately know, either family and friends who are absent from the wedding, including:
    • Joey Rostenkowski
    • Bernadette’s unnamed siblings
    • Bernadette’s siblings’s spouses
    • Bernadette’s nephews/nieces
    • Jeanie
    • Leslie Winkle
    • Mary Cooper
    • Stuart Bloom
    • Barry Kripke
    • Zack Johnson
    • Wil Wheaton
    • David
    • Louie
    • Betty
    • Gladys
    • NOTE: Howard’s father Sam Wolowitz is gone and Howard’s half-brother Josh Wolowitz is not yet known by Howard and Bernadette of his existence, so they aren’t there and also Howard’s stepmother. Howard would never have invited Leonard’s mother Beverly Hofstadter as he hates her and it’s unknown why he didn’t invite his other family members and why Bernadette’s siblings and other family didn’t come either.


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Bernadette and Howard Wed on “The Big Bang Theory”

It finally happened! One of the nerds on The Big Bang Theory finally tied the knot on last night’s episode. After a failed city hall wedding, Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) exchanged their vows during a shotgun ceremony the morning before the groom departed for the International Space Station. Here are our three favorite details:

  • The wedding was on the roof of Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment building where the group always hangs out — there’s nothing like an at-home wedding.
  • Everyone became ordained online — Amy, Penny, Sheldon, Leonard and Raj all gave the couple away! Our favorite line from the ceremony came from maid of honor, 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.”
  • The ceremony was photographed from space as the Google satellite passed over Pasadena.

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Season finales these days usually have to have an event of some kind in them. Whether it’s a death, a birth, or some other life-altering moment television has gotten into the habit of using these events for premieres, sweeps week stunts, and season finales. Fortunately, no one died on this season finale as Howard and Bernadette instead finally made their trip down the aisle, or rooftop in this instance, tying the knot and becoming the first in the BBT gang to make that leap.

Despite the fact that things went off without too major of an issue, there was still the very slightest sense of the unknown involved in whether or not Howard would stay on the rocket he’s been preparing to inhabit most of the season. Having the rocket launch and Howard getting married in the same episode was a nice way to wrap up one of the outstanding story threads of this season. The nature of their nuptials was a sweet and intimate affair that saw the duo saying ‘˜I do’on the rooftop of Sheldon, Leonard, and Penny’s apartment building in full view of the Google Earth satellite when they couldn’t get through the line at city hall in time for a last-minute marriage before Howard’s recently rescheduled launch. All of their friends together officiated the ceremony after they passed the online course and that stood out as a memorable moment for this TV wedding.

By keeping the other couples (and Raj) involved in the ceremony itself it gave all the characters moments that were outside of the wedding story, but that reflected on where they were at in their own lives. There’s still plenty of tension in the air with Penny and Leonard following last week’s botched proposal attempt to her while they were in bed together. I understand getting swept up in the moment of being around your best friend when they’re about to make such a life-changing step, but it makes the normally fairly sensible Leonard come off looking like How I Met Your Mother‘s Ted Mosby in his quick claim to affection and commitment even when he and Penny have barely been back together this season. She’s clearly not ready for that sort of thing anyway and he needs to just drop it. But I’ve never bought them as a couple that could make it that far, unless it was in a very sitcom-y way of constant eye-rolling and that trusty trope of the ‘˜hot wife’and the ‘˜average/dorky’guy. With how childish they were acting toward one another during Bernadette and Howard’s big day it wouldn’t be a surprise if they were headed to that kind of conclusion someday if the show continues to insist on them being together.

As for Sheldon and Amy, their continued dance of will-they, won’t- they, what-are-they-really continued as throughout the wedding itself Sheldon continued to be Sheldon all the way especially when he attempted to perform his part of the ceremony in Klingon. He definitely had the best speech of the ensemble as it was well-stated, the tone of it was so very ‘˜him’, and most of all it was expected to tilt on the side of self-centered–it’s Sheldon Cooper and we expect him to take such a moment to talk about how awesome he is instead of really paying proper tribute to the couple. When Penny and Leonard did it, it just came off as more uncomfortable than funny.

But where the show seemed to really lay it on the line for the remaining couples was during the gathering to watch Howard’s televised launch. Everyone tightly grasped the hand of the person sitting next to them as Bernadette held Raj’s hand for mutual support, Penny and Leonard got caught up in the emotion of the moment much like Leonard did during the lead-up to the wedding, and Sheldon without provocation gripped Amy’s hand as they watched Howard blast off into the stars. He could easily argue later on that he was just adhering to the social convention of the moment, but I want to hope that the show was saying something significant about where they’re going to let Sheldon go next season in terms of his character development. He’s already come so very far in these past five seasons from the person we met in the pilot. If they can make such emotional and personal growth work for someone like reformed pervy wannabe ladies man Howard Wolowitz then there may be a chance that Amy Farrah Fowler can wear that tiara she favors so much down the aisle herself one day. In the distant future though, let’s be real it’s going to take some time.

This season has meant some big changes for some of our favorite characters and it’s going to be interesting to see where they’re at when the show returns this fall. There are some lingering practical questions for Howard and Bernadette such as where they will wind up living, for example, that have been left to be answered in season six. Plus, now that one couple has wed it might also be in the cards for another pairing to get a little more serious by then, but only time will tell what The Big Bang Theory has in store for its future.

Larry Fowler is the father of Amy Farrah Fowler and husband of Mrs. Fowler. He is also the father-in-law of Sheldon.

Series Overview

Larry was not seen on the show from the time his daughter made her first appearance in the Season 3 finale “The Lunar Excitation” (S3E23), up until her wedding with Sheldon in “The Bow Tie Asymmetry”. He was briefly mentioned for the first time by Amy in the Season 10 episode “The Emotion Detection Automation” (S10E14), but no information about him was said.

In “The Proposal Proposal”, Amy wants to know if Sheldon asked her dad about the marriage proposal, and Sheldon says he did, “after” asking Stephen Hawking.

He was mentioned again in “The Geology Methodology” when Amy mentioned a dinner with her parents.

He made his first appearance in Season 11 finale “The Bow Tie Asymmetry” (S11E24). It appeared that he and his wife have a loveless marriage. She constantly answered for him leaving him silent. Mr. Fowler escorted his daughter Amy down the aisle during the wedding ceremony. When his wife is about to take Amy away during the delay of the ceremony, Penny has her sit back down telling Amy’s mother that Sheldon loves Amy and he won’t hurt her. Mrs. Fowler asks if her husband has something to say and he tells Penny, “Thank you.”.

In “The Conjugal Configuration”, Larry is hiding out in Sheldon and Amy’s apartment. Mrs. Fowler comes over demanding that her husband return. He decided to take a break from their marriage. Later his wife comes over to talk things over with Penny and decides that she is a good person and they should become friends. Penny marches over to 4B and demands that Larry go home.

In “The Consummation Deviation”, Sheldon first tries to bond with Larry Fowler who is more interested in Howard’s magic tricks.


  • Brother or Brother-in-law: Unnamed
  • Nephew: Unnamed
  • Wife: Mrs. Fowler
  • Daughter: Amy Farrah Fowler
  • Son-In-Law: Sheldon Cooper
  • Larry is similar to Alfred Hofstadter. They have both been in loveless marriages with the mothers of their children; however, unlike Larry, Alfred finally got to divorce his wife.
  • His silent moment in his first appearance is also similar to Teller’s performance in his magic act, “Penn and Teller”.
    • Interestingly enough, Teller seems to speak more when playing Larry.
  • He is one of five fathers of every main character who has physically appeared on the show: the others being Raj’s father V. M. Koothrappali, Penny’s father Wyatt, Bernadette’s father Mike Rostenkowski and Leonard’s father Alfred Hofstadter (Sheldon’s father is dead, Howard’s left him at 11, Stuart’s is only mentioned, Leslie’s hasn’t been seen or mentioned and Emily’s is only mentioned and possibly dead).
  • He wears Axe body spray.

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Cast Biographies

  • Johnny Galecki
  • Jim Parsons
  • Kaley Cuoco
  • Simon Helberg
  • Kunal Nayyar
  • Mayim Bialik
  • Melissa Rauch
  • Kevin Sussman

Cast History

Since its premiere in 2007, The Big Bang Theory has starred Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter, Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, Kaley Cuoco as Penny, Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz and Kunal Nayyar as Raj Koothrappali.

Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, who first appeared in Season 3 as Bernadette Rostenkowski and Amy Farrah Fowler, respectively, were promoted to series regulars during The Big Bang Theory’s fourth season and remain members of the cast to this day.

Kevin Sussman, who appeared frequently as Stuart Bloom during Seasons 2 – 5, was promoted to a semi-regular cast member during the show’s sixth, eighth and ninth seasons. Laura Spencer, who plays Raj’s girlfriend Emily Sweeney, was promoted to a semi-regular during the ninth season.

Sara Gilbert, who had a recurring role as Leslie Winkle in Season 1, joined the cast for the second season. Sara Gilbert made her first appearance since the show’s third season in the 200th episode, “The Celebration Experimentation”.

Recurring Guest Stars

Carol Ann Susi was the voice of Mrs. Wolowitz in numerous episodes from 2007 until 2014 when she passed away following a short illness. The character of Mrs. Wolowitz was subsequently written out of the show.

John Ross Bowie has appeared as Barry Kripke, an annoying colleague of the guys, in nineteen episodes since its second season.

Wil Wheaton has appeared in sixteen episodes as a fictionalized version of himself since the third season. His character was initially antagonistic to Sheldon, who considered him one of his mortal enemies, but the pair have since become friends.

Aarti Mann had a recurring role as Priya, Raj’s sister who had a relationship with Leonard, during the show’s fourth and fifth season.

Laurie Metcalf, who previously starred on the TV show Roseanne alongside Johnny Galecki, has appeared in eleven episodes as Sheldon’s mother, Mary Cooper. Her real-life daughter, Zoe Perry, is set to play the part of Mary Cooper in the upcoming The Big Bang Theory spin-off series, Young Sheldon.

Christine Baranski, who previously worked with The Big Bang Theory co-creator Chuck Lorre on his show Cybill, has appeared in eleven episodes as Leonard’s detached mother, Dr. Beverly Hofstadter.

Brian George and Alice Amter have appeared as Raj’s parents in a number of episodes since the first season. In Season 8, Raj’s dad visited Pasadena and was seen “in person” on the show for the first time.

Brian Thomas Smith has appeared in eight episodes as Penny’s former boyfriend and one-time husband, Zack, from the third season.

Dean Norris has guest starred in five episodes of The Big Bang Theory’s tenth season as Colonel Williams, who is overseeing the guys’ military guidance system project.

Casey Sander has played Bernadette’s father, Mike Rostenkowski, in six episodes of The Big Bang Theory, starting in Season 5.

Brian Posehn has appeared in eleven episodes since the sixth season as Bert, a geologist at the university.

Judd Hirsch has guest starred in two episodes of The Big Bang Theory as Leonard’s father, Alfred.

Keith Carradine has appeared in three episode as Penny’s father, Wyatt, first in Season 4. Katey Sagal, who played the on-screen mother of Kaley Cuoco’s character in the 2002-2005 sitcom 8 Simple Rules, has appeared as Penny’s mother in one episode of The Big Bang Theory. Jack McBrayer has appeared in one episode of The Big Bang Theory as Penny’s brother, Randall.

Kathy Bates has appeared in two episodes since Season 11 as Mrs. Fowler, Amy’s mother. The magician Teller has also appeared in three episodes as Amy’s father, Larry Fowler.

This page has been updated to episode 1203. The Procreation Calculation

Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) finally gets his revenge on Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), without even intentionally doing it, in the latest The Big Bang Theory episode. In general, Sheldon isn’t really known for treating anyone else well. He tends to look down on his colleagues, bully his friends, and even his own wife. In short, he can make hanging out with him very difficult. But he has never treated anyone worse than he has Howard.

Sheldon’s bullying of Howard has gone on for years. While he already operates on the notion that he is intellectually superior to everyone else in his life, he loves doubling down on that when it comes to Howard – the only one of the boys without a PhD. While he may not have risen to the same academic level of some of his peers, in terms of actual accomplishments he’s really the only one that has a solid resume, having worked at the international space station. Sure, he’s earning less than Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), but at this point, he’s also the sole member of the group who has a good work and life balance.


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Despite all this, Sheldon likes to mock Howard every single chance he gets. The inciting incident from season 7 didn’t really start intentionally. Back in season 7’s ‘The Thanksgiving Decoupling’, Bernadette’s father, Mike (Casey Sander), spent Thanksgiving with the gang at Mrs. Wolowitz’s house. Having never been able to connect with each other, Howard made the conscious effort to bond with his father. Considering Howard grew up without a dad, he isn’t really that knowledgeable about the usual activities and things a father and a son usually bonds over. No wonder his plans quickly went south after he struggled understanding football – something Mike is very fond of.


To make matters worse, Sheldon (who had been giving Howard a difficult time throughout the whole episode) easily connected with Mike, having grown up with a dad who’s also a football coach. It was pure coincidence, but it didn’t help that Sheldon and even Mike proceeded to make fun not only of Howard, but also his mom. Bernie and Amy (Mayim Bialik) eventually stepped in to chastise the drunken pair, forcing them to apologize for their inappropriate behavior.

The incident has since then been forgotten and was chalked up as just another one of Sheldon and Howard’s numerous clashes. It was, however, revived in this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, titled ‘The Consummation Deviation’, when it was Sheldon’s turn to smooch up to his new father-in-law, Larry Fowler (Teller). Sheldon planned to butter Larry up first before trying to charmAmy’s mom, Mrs. Fowler (Kathy Bates), who’s much scarier. But as expected, Sheldon (who’s ignorant of social cues) didn’t realize the Fowler patriarch was miserable the whole time he was with him until the two stumbled upon Howard in the comic book store. There, Howard easily won Larry over with a single magic trick – obviously also a meta-joke, considering Teller’s magician roots.


Throughout the whole episode, Larry continued to hound Howard to teach him of his ways, genuinely wanting to learn how he does it, to Sheldon’s annoyance. Just a few episodes ago, in ‘The Imitation Perturbation’, Sheldon mocked Howard’s magic tricks and said that no one is ever interested in them – words that have now come back to bite him. In the end, Sheldon just opted to go to his mother-in-law in an attempt to bond with her instead. There, his plans were more fruitful as he and Mrs. Fowler quickly settled into a relaxed relationship. But with Amy now seemingly planning to spend more time with his parents moving forward, it’ll be interesting to see if Sheldon and Larry will ever get to bond with each other.


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Christine Baranski will be in The Big Bang Theory finale! (Picture: CBS)

She’s back! Christine Baranski will be reprising her role as Leonard’s mother in The Big Bang Theory finale.

The 66-year-old heroine is a firm fan favourite as Beverly Hofstadter, Leonard’s unbearably picky mother who we still can’t believe didn’t spawn Sheldon, to be honest.

In fact, she would have been back sooner if The Good Fight didn’t get in the way.

‘There were many episodes where I couldn’t show up in L.A. because of The Good Fight so I’ve actually Skyped episodes from my producer’s office in Brooklyn,’ Christine told Entertainment Tonight Canada.

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‘I just sit on a box and they set up a computer and it’s great because that relationship between Beverly and Leonard’s mother, they would have a Skype relationship. I’ve Skyped about five episodes and I feel like that’s my future if I want to age as an actress.’

So you can blame Leonard’s distant relationship with Bev on The Good Fight!

As for Johnny, the cast are coming to terms with the announcement that The Big Bang Theory will end on May 16.

The 43-year-old has starred as Leonard for 13 years, so waving goodbye to the sitcom and its cast is ‘very surreal’, he explained on Instagram.

Breaking the news to his 2.7 million followers, he wrote: ‘273 episodes filmed. 26 days left on the Big Bang stage. ‘6 episodes to be filmed. 66 days until the 1 hour finale airs. All VERY surreal. Much ❤️ to all the fans.’

At least we’ll be one step closer to finding out whether a baby for Amy and Sheldon is in the pipeline?

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BURBANK, Calif. – Twelve years gets a child from first grade to high school graduation, and the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” is keenly aware of that parallel as TV’s top comedy approaches its finish line May 16 – during commencement season – after 12 seasons and 279 episodes.

“It puts the span of time into perspective, but that span as adults is very different, because you share weddings, divorces, births and deaths. You share a whole lot together, good and bad,” says Johnny Galecki, whose character, physicist Leonard Hofstadter, pursues a big career opportunity on Thursday’s episode of the CBS comedy (8 EDT/PDT).

A poster on a backstage wall includes pictures of new arrivals (36 cast and crew babies, along with star Kaley Cuoco’s horse, Zane) from the show’s run, and the actors share remembrances of Carol Ann Susi (the voice of Mrs. Wolowitz), who died in 2014.

In the spirit of a high-school yearbook, USA TODAY asked the seven principal cast members – Galecki, Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch – about their “Big Bang” favorites.

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Favorite supporting player

Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler), picks Kevin Sussman, who plays sad-sack comic book store owner Stuart: “He’s part of our family. I learn a lot from him as an actor. He does a lot with a little and he has an understated way of handling things that otherwise could be too much.”

Parsons (Sheldon Cooper) chooses Laurie Metcalf and Christine Baranski, who play the mothers of Sheldon and Leonard: “I see them as actor’s actors. All the years that I watched them (before ‘Big Bang’), I would identify with them as performers, as a fellow craftsman in the field. To meet them and realize that was true was overjoying. Working with them was as rewarding and interesting as I always thought it would be.”

Most welcome guest star

Helberg (Howard Wolowitz) selects renowned physicist Stephen Hawking: “That’s a moment where I was looking at him and I just couldn’t process that he was here. It’s those moments that do tend to be larger than life.”

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Rauch’s (Bernadette Rostenkowski) favorite is Bob Newhart, a choice seconded by Parsons.

“I’ve been such a big stand-up comedy fan my whole life,” she says. “I had a Bob Newhart record album as a kid that was my father’s (and) I did stand-up before I came to (‘Big Bang’). I had a wonderful conversation with him about stand-up and the live audience aspect and our love for it. I will cherish that conversation always.”

Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali) picks Mark Hamill and Kal Penn: “I remember being an Indian actor in grad school while watching Kal. He was making ‘Harold and Kumar’ and did ‘The Namesake’ at the time. He was the only (actor of Indian descent) at the time who was doing it in a big way and he gave me a lot of hope. Now, to call him a friend and to work with him is a dream.”

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Top episode or storyline

Helberg’s favorite is his role as Howard the astronaut, in Seasons 5 and 6. Going “to space was a unique storyline in a sitcom. We are probably the only show that could legitimately send someone to space and people won’t think twice. Some of the technical stuff required moving in such a way that people would buy into me floating around in space. … I just was hoping I’d come back alive. And I did. Barely.”

Bialik fondly recalls the night Sheldon and Amy lost their virginity, in Season 9: “It was really special for how veiled it was. We took something so monumental for Sheldon and this relationship and did not have it be a vulgar episode or really even a highly comedic episode. That was really special for me.”

Trophies for the taking

Helberg’s cherished possession is a Nintendo belt buckle he wore in the series’ 2007 premiere, “because I have a vivid memory of that.”

Nayyar’s pick is a replica dagger from “Lord of the Rings” carried by Frodo.

“It’s on the wall of the boys’ apartment,” he said. “I’d like to take that.”

Cuoco covets the Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em robots poster on the door behind the couch in the apartment Leonard and Penny share: “It involves a very significant story between me and (executive producer) Steve Molaro, so I’ll be taking that. Steve and I have always had a sweet relationship and it’s something we both love so much. It’s always in my (sight) line from where I sit in the living room set, so I’m glad I’m going to put it in my own living room, (where) I’ll see it forever.”