The Big Bang Theory (S11E24) ‘The Bow Tie Asymmetry’ [FINALE]

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The wedding of the century is finally upon us! Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) weds Amy Farrah Fowler (Miam Bialik). The Season finale was written by Bill Lorre, Bill Prady, Steve Holland, Eric Kaplan, Tara Hernandez, Steve Molari and Maria Ferrari. It was directed by Mark Cendrowski.

I was so impressed with the guest star list on the show last night. Mark Hamill! (Luke Skywalker himself!), Kathy Bates, (‘Misery’ anyone?), Teller! (Of Penn and Teller fame!), Laurie Metcalfe (Rosanne), we even had Will Wheaton (as himself) and Jerry O’Connell (George Cooper Jr.). Guest stars are aplenty in the season finale.

Sheldon has not been one to express his feelings. For him, it’s been quite awkward. It has taken Sheldon years to adjust to daily norms and all the people in his universe. Then one fateful day, he meets Amy. His life would inevitably change for the better.

Neither the bride nor the groom is the most outwardly expressive, socially or dynamic of people. Since meeting at the end of season 3 and beginning a relationship that slowly evolved into one of the most awkwardly sweet, yet well-liked pairings in prime time, Sheldon and Amy individually, and together as “Shamy”, have emerged together and flourished.

Can you feel the love tonight? Absolutely!

The vows the couple shares reflect it. As they have their ceremony at the Athenaeum at Caltech what they mean to each other.

Amy to Sheldon: “From the first moment in that coffee shop, I knew there was something special between us, even though I did work on a study that disproved love at first sight. Clearly, it was wrong because I felt something that day, and those feelings have only gotten stronger with time. I can’t imagine loving you more than I do right now. But I felt that way yesterday, and the day before yesterday, and the day before that. Sheldon, I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that I’ve never been happier than I am at this moment, marrying you.”

I loved this part. Even Mark Hamill had to take a small break here, as he is genuinely was touched by the expression of love by the bride, whom he doesn’t know. Hamill is replaced Wil Wheaton as the officiant of the “Shamy” nuptials, a payback to Howard, (Simon Helberg) who found his missing dog, Bark Hamill (as named by the “Star Wars” legend’s fans online, of course!). This was indeed a nice touch by the writers.

We go back to the ceremony …

Sheldon to Amy: “Amy … I usually know exactly what to say. But in this moment, I have no words. I guess … I’m overwhelmed by you. In a good way. Not in the elevator-in-the-haunted-mansion way. Even if I can’t tell you now how I feel, I will spend my life showing you how much I love you.”

Hamill and the rest of those in attendance — including Sheldon’s mother (Laurie Metcalf), brother (Jerry O’Connell), and sister Missy (Courtney Henggeler). Amy’s mom (Kathy Bates) and dad (Teller); Stuart and his comic-book-shop employee, Denise; and the sidelined Wheaton — get all verklempt, and “Shamy” is now officially “man and wife”. The vows portion of the celebration had been delayed for nearly an hour, as a comment Amy made earlier about the asymmetry of Sheldon’s bow tie led him to a breakthrough in his string-theory. Now officially wed, together, using lipstick on Amy’s dressing-room mirror, the two works out the idea of “super asymmetry.” Sheldon and Amy can be sparing with praise for their fellow scientists’ work, especially Sheldon. When he stumbles upon this new and exciting direction for his research, it’s because of Amy. She’s the one he goes to for collaboration, and it’s a uniquely “Shamy” way of sealing their bond.

There are a few glaring issues though. An “MIA” Meemaw. She was formally played by June Squibb on “The Big Bang Theory”. On “Young Sheldon” Meemaw is played by Annie Potts. Why is she not at the wedding? I am guessing time constraints. The episode is only 31 minutes. There is only so much they could fit in. Meemaw is just such an integral part of Sheldon’s life. It was nice the writers did decide to have Sheldon hear her on a voicemail, at least. What happened to the “Millennium Falcon Wedding Cake”? You know the one Sheldon’s been talking about forever? Why couldn’t the season finale have been 1 hour instead of just 31 minutes? You know to fit all these details in?

The couples song is “At Last”. Which I love, such an iconic wedding song. They couldn’t have picked a better one. It should have been that at least. Barry Kripke (John Ross Bowie) sang “At Wast”. They should have hired a band instead. Kripke made good on his promise.

The Big Bang Theory (S11E24) ‘The Bow Tie Asymmetry’ Random Musings:

  • Hamill: “By the power invested in me by EvenYouCanPerformWeddings.com, I now pronounce you husband and wife.”
  • Bark Hamill is the name of Mark Hamill’s dog. PERFECTION. I love it!

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