On the 10th season premiere of The Big Bang Theory, tension in Apartment 4A hit an all-time high in the lead-up to Leonard and Penny’s vow renewal ceremony as everyone assumed Alfred (Judd Hirsch) and Mary (Laurie Metcalf) went all the way during their post-rehearsal dinner rendezvous. The arrival of Penny’s family (played by Big Bang newbies Katey Sagal and Jack McBrayer and returning guest star Keith Carradine) only compounded the drama. Let’s recap:
THE COPULATION CONUNDRUM | Though Beverly (Christine Baranski) was initially adamant about not attending the nups, Leonard and Penny convinced her to stay despite how awkward it’d be for her to see Alfred with Mary together. As always, it was Sheldon who made things uncomfortable when he asked Alfred point-blank if he had defiled his mother. While Alfred insisted that their evening never got that far, he and Mary announced their intent to keep seeing each other. This, of course, caused even more discomfort, with Sheldon at one point running to the nearest whiteboard to figure out who could and could not stand to be in the same room together. Amy, thankfully, cut the escalating tension with her insurmountable enthusiasm for the wedding.
As if the family squabbling hadn’t already convinced Penny that she and Leonard were right to elope the first time, Alfred and Beverly nearly wrecked the ceremony with more of their petty side-banter. Alfred ultimately attempted to be the bigger man, though, pointing out that his marriage to Beverly resulted in Leonard. Sheldon, meanwhile, took it upon himself to approach the altar and give his own unconventional vows, declaring Leonard to be like a brother to him “even before the recent threat of our parents fornicating like wrinkly old rabbits.”
THE WHITE TRASH AGITATION | While Penny was delighted to have her family attend the ceremony, the same couldn’t be said for her mother. Sagal’s Susan spent most of the premiere nervous about what Leonard’s highly educated parents would think of her “white trash” family, especially with Penny’s brother Randall (McBrayer) recently out of prison after years of manufacturing crystal meth. Not helping matters was Penny’s alcohol-addled pops Wyatt (Carradine), who was happy to make jokes about his dysfunctional clan. Mom later realized she had nothing to worry about, especially since Sheldon was far more peculiar than any of her Nebraskan kin.
THE GOVERNMENTAL INTERFERENCE | An army colonel (Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris) showed up at Howard’s doorstep in search of (presumably) the inventor of the sought-after quantum gyroscope. Raj, fearing the worst, lied and said Howard wasn’t home. Later, the colonel and Howard connected by phone and agreed to meet in the coming days.
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