'The Big Bang Theory' premiere: Chaos followed by order
It was expected Leonard ( Johnny Galecki) would be disappointed that his friend and his former girlfriend, whom he clearly still has feelings for, hooked up. But the added surprise came from Howard ( Simon Helberg) who felt betrayed because, for some delusional reason, he thought he stood a chance with Penny ( Kaley Cuoco) too. To add another layer of confusion, it's revealed that Raj ( Kunal Nayyar) once wrote less-than-subtle love poems to Harold's fiancee Bernadette ( Melissa Rauch).
So the group is now living the chaos theory. But how will they react?
Starving for love, Raj looks to make a go of it with Penny, but she quickly heads off his advances.
"I was really drunk and made a huge mistake last night," she says. She then gives him the "let's be friends" line that he's certainly heard many times before.
Order is ultimately restored thanks to a paintball game Sheldon ( Jim Parsons) masterminds. It is during this game that the boys realize, consciously or not, that they all need each other.
And so the 'big bang' ultimately turned out to be not such a collision after all.