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'The Big Bang Theory' finale closes with a big dose of heart


The central plot, teased out over multiple episodes, culminated in Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) winning the Nobel Prize in physics, offering the gang a chance to go on a trip to commemorate their triumphant moment.


As it turned out, though, the episode (rather sweetly credited to a dozen writers, including co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady) served as a conduit to showcase the way in which the show itself has changed — adding key female characters, marrying off the guys and graduating to more grown-up problems and issues, without giving up their passion for things like comic books and "Star Wars" movies.


The graduation to adulthood saw the characters take another major step in the finale, as Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) learned that they were pregnant — joining Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) in the parents club — a revelation the self-absorbed Sheldon treated with complete indifference.


Still, Sheldon's closing tribute to his friends reflected how, in his unorthodox manner, he obviously cherished them, in the same way he overcame his selfishness to enter into a relationship with Amy that nobody could have possibly envisioned when the series began.


The show did indulge in one bit of guest casting, tossing in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" Sarah Michelle Gellar, and worked in a few of the supporting players.


Lorre's vanity card closed with two simple words, "The End," and the final shot showed the seven stars sitting around on a couch, as viewers have seen them do so often before.






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