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“The Big Bang Theory”: A Look Back at the Gang’s Many Marriage Proposals

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There’s going to be another marriage proposal on “The Big Bang Theory!” But who’s going to pop the question this time?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Steve Molaro revealed that the end of season seven is going to feature plenty of marriage talk.

“In the last three episodes there is a lot of proposal discussion,” he said. “Within all the characters, there will be at least one more proposal and there is also some discussion of potential living arrangements, but I’m going to be vague about the rest.”

Leonard (Johnny Galecki) proposed to Penny (Kaley Cuoco) twice and she’s popped the question once. Maybe she’ll even the score with a proposal that’s a little more romantic than her last drunken, desperate attempt to tie Leonard down. Then again, this is the same girl who gave Leonard a half-eaten box of gas station chocolates for Valentine’s Day.

It’s also possible the proposal will come from Raj (Kunal Nayyar). Things have been going pretty good with Emily (Laura Spencer) even though “Clogzilla” was a little freaked out by her love of macabre movies full of death and dismemberment. Perhaps Raj should propose to her with a ring on a severed finger while wearing a Leatherface mask.

It’s hard to picture Sheldon (Jim Parsons) ever proposing to Amy (Mayim Bialik). On the flip side, it’s not hard to imagine Amy coming up with the perfect way to ask Sheldon to be the Hans Solo to her Princess Leia. She would definitely incorporate a toy train into her proposal, and its precious cargo would be a ring featuring the “Star Trek” Starfleet insignia. And of course she’ll have to ask Sheldon to marry her in Klingon.

While we wait to see who gets down on one knee this time, let’s take a look back at all the marriage proposals on “The Big Bang Theory.”

“The Vengeance Formulation”

Leonard’s been hung up on Penny for a very long time, but Howard (Simon Helberg) was actually the first member of the geek squad to propose to a blonde Cheescake Factory waitress. Howie wasn’t even sure that he wanted to keep seeing Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) because the dingleberry thought that he should hold out for someone hotter, but a bathtub conversation with imaginary Katee Sackhoff made him realize just how laughable his high standards were. Luckily, Bernie turned down his hasty proposal at the Cheesecake Factory, and Howie had to work to win her back with “The Sweet Bernadette Song.” Here’s a sample of the romantic lyrics: “Bernadette / I am so sorry for trying to propose to you / Bernadette / You found it creepy but that’s just the kind of thing I do.”

“The Herb Garden Germination”

Bernadette was the one thinking about ditching Howie in this episode – or at least that’s what the gang believed. Raj was thrilled because he thought that he’d get a shot with Penny’s pal, but Bernadette shocked everyone when she accepted Howie’s proposal in front of the group. Using his uncanny logic, Sheldon decided that Bernadette must have changed her mind because of a rumor that Amy started about Sheldon’s “sexual prowess.” He determined that this juicy bit of unbelievable gossip renewed Bernie’s faith in love.

“The Launch Acceleration”

Leonard’s first proposal to Penny came during a night of passionate sex that was preceded by foreplay involving sulfur hexafluoride gas. Leonard proposed mid-coitus, and Penny was not impressed. Leonard tried to take his creepy proposal back while wearing nothing but Penny’s pink ruffly robe, but he just ended up going home without an answer or his dignity. Penny later said no, but she didn’t dump him because of his overzealous act of affection.

“The Tangible Affection Proof”

Leonard tried his luck again during a Valentine’s Day dinner, but the self-described “romance ninja” only tried to get down on one knee because Kaley saw her ex at the restaurant they were eating at. To make matters worse, the d-bag was proposing to the girl that he cheated on her with. Unfortunately, the romance ninja didn’t move fast enough – Penny told Leonard to get up before his knee even hit the floor. Leonard later decided that commitment-phobe Penny should be the one to propose, and he demanded the whole shebang: the flowers, the knees, the declaration of love. But no Jumbotron.

“The Hesitation Ramification”

Unfortunately, Penny decided to take Leonard up on his offer while she was holding a wine glass, not a beautiful bouquet. Her “big break” had been cut from the “show with all the letters” (“NCIS”), and poor Penny was devastated that her acting career was going nowhere. After ranting about being such a mess that an old pair of underwear fell out of her pant leg at Starbucks, Penny decided to pop the question. But her spur-of-the-moment proposal didn’t sweep Leonard off his feet – it blew up with a big bang when all he could respond with was an “Uhmmm.” The “perfect joke” that Sheldon formulated couldn’t even lighten the mood after that non-response.

Luckily, Penny and Leonard didn’t end things after his horrific hesitation, and I have a feeling that the upcoming proposal involves this perpetually-troubled twosome. Will Penny propose to Leonard while wearing her very hairy “Serial Ape-ist 2: Monkey See, Monkey Kill” costume, and how would Sheldon react to the possibility of Leonard and Penny moving in together? Do you think he would ever forgive his friends for forcing such a big life change on him?

Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS

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Treva Bowdoin is a freelance writer who loves crazy comedies and creepy shows like "The Walking Dead" and "American Horror Story".

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