Big Bang Theory Recap: Howard and Bernadette Are [Spoiler]!

It’s official (and somewhat unexpected): Howard and Bernadette are having a baby — even if Howard doesn’t know it yet.

Thursday’s Valentine’s Day episode of The Big Bang Theory revealed that the longtime couple will soon be first-time parents. Meanwhile, Sheldon’s live edition (!) of Fun With Flags turned into his own personal nightmare, Leonard and Penny’s night on the town took an unexpected route and Raj broke up with Emily to explore a (non-existent) future with Claire.

In “The Valentino Submergence,” Howard and Bernadette purchase a romantic hot tub for two. Unfortunately, their plans to take a dip (or in Howard’s case, a skinny dip) in the jacuzzi are disrupted when Howard discovers what he believes to be a large rodent flopping around in the water.

Soon enough, the creature’s revealed to be a rabbit, which the couple attempt to nurse back to health before it ultimately bites Howard’s finger, provoking an immediate sense of panic in the birthday-suited man-child and a decision to visit the ER. As Howard exits, Bernadette mutters to herself that it might not be the best time to tell her husband that she’s pregnant. (No offense, Bernie, but you don’t need to be a microbiologist to know that!)

Raj and Claire might have had a vibe last week, but there’s no denying it meant more to him than it did to her. In fact, it meant so much to Raj that he goes as far as breaking up with Emily to explore a future with the aspiring screenwriter. Little does he know that Claire just got back together with her boyfriend, and she’s not about to give that up for someone she just met. A later attempt to get Emily back proves unsuccessful on his part — and rightfully so.

Afterwards, during a live broadcast of the newly renamed Dr. Sheldon Cooper and Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler Present Dr. Sheldon Cooper’s Fun With Flags, Raj and Barry Kripke phone their friends to discuss their singledom, turning the educational podcast into a call-in show for love-life advice. Needless to say, Sheldon isn’t amused.

Unlike the rest of their friends, Leonard and Penny try to have a more typical Valentine’s Day, but the fancy restaurant they made reservations at can’t seat them for at least an hour. Attempts to bribe (and flirt with) the maitre d’ fail miserably, prompting the husband and wife to find the nearest In-N-Out drive-thru and plan for a more spontaneous evening. Whether or not it was the right choice to hijack Fun With Flags while skimpily dressed as Cupid is up for question.

Have at it, folks: Are you excited for a Wolowitz baby? And how are you expecting Howard to react when he eventually finds out that Bernadette is pregnant? Hit the comments with your thoughts (and/or concerns).

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