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TV Review: THE BIG BANG THEORY: Season 9, Episode 1: The Matrimonial Momentum [CBS]

The Big Bang Theory The Matrimonial Momentum

CBS The Big Bang Theory The Matrimonial Momentum TV Show Review. The Big Bang Theory: Season 9, Episode 1: The Matrimonial Momentum found lead characters Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) at a crossroads, just before the most important moment in their lives. With Leonard’s revelation from last season’s finale that he had been unfaithful to Penny during his excursion to the North Sea, we found the characters dealing with the repercussions. We also had the sad issue of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy Farrah Fowler’s (Mayim Bialik) relationship being placed in limbo, as Amy decided she needed to think about their relationship. Needless to say, the Season 9 premiere was bound to get ugly…but in a good way.

To say that the episode was an emotional rollercoaster seems pretty fitting. The “if they, will they” scenarios were the centerfold of the story.  As much as we love rooting for Leonard and Penny’s relationship to be a healthy one, Penny’s determination to go through with the wedding ultimately seemed like a bad and hasty decision on her part. But what was the alternative? Tell Leonard no, and leave him at the altar in Vegas? It would have broken Leonard’s heart. But one could argue that Leonard might have been understanding about the situation if Penny had decided to postpone the wedding. He WAS responsible for the whole issue after all. In the end, Penny’s dedication and sympathy for Leonard pushed her through with the ceremony, but her suspicions and insecurities are going to play a major factor in the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, Sheldon and Amy’s rapport is the rockiest it has ever been, which is sad considering how much (albeit little in general terms) Sheldon has grown throughout their relationship. As we found out in the finale of last season, Sheldon was even prepared to propose to Amy. Well, it came as no surprise that this storyline, while still a bit depressing, would be the funnier of the two main focuses in the episode. Sheldon’s stalker-esque approach to winning Amy’s love back was hilarious. But in the end, this story too, felt like it dragged a bit on the dramatic level. We felt for Amy, but to see Sheldon’s reaction when Amy officially announced that they were breaking up hurt us. To see someone who had grown so much in terms of attachment and affection suddenly have to face the feelings of rejection and loss was extremely emotional, even for Sheldon. His talk with his mother really was the pinnacle moment of that story.

When all was said and done, we found Sheldon and Leonard back in their apartment, bonding over their mutual relationship problems. Leonard, now a married man, now regretting his drunken mistake more than ever, and Sheldon struggling with the terms of losing the woman he loved. And on the other end, we have Penny who just wants to forget all about this woman who Leonard kissed, but the snowball effect just continues to build as she finds out that Leonard actually still works with the woman. These stories are bound to be the main focus throughout season 9, and hopefully we’ll eventually see Penny get her revenge on this other woman, and maybe…just maybe…we’ll see Sheldon and Amy rekindle their relationship and see Sheldon down on one knee come finale time.

We can’t forget about Raj (Kunal Nayyar), Howard (Simon Hedberg), Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), and Stuart (Kevin Sussman), who in this episode played much more of a supportive, yet hilarious role in the story. Will we see Howard and Bernadette continue to adapt to a world without a Mrs. Wolowitz? Will Raj get back into the dating game? Will Stuart ever STOP being creepy? We’re excited to see what other hilarious stories ensue this season, and can’t wait for a lighter episode to bring us up from this great, but rather depressing episode of The Big Bang Theory.

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