'The Big Bang Theory' Season 7 premiere: Leonard returns, Raj flirts and Penny goes topless

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jim-parsons-the-big-bang-theory-season-7-premiere-cbs.jpgEveryone's favorite nerds are finally back!

Season 7 of "The Big Bang Theory" premiered on Thursday (Sept. 26), and, after a summer separated from the gang, Leonard ( Johnny Galecki) returned home from his expedition at sea. But what changes did he come home to?

Well, the biggest change? Raj ( Kunal Nayyar) if officially talking to women without drinking! After his heartbreaking split with Lucy last season, the writer's chose to move forward with Raj's progress, which is such a relief. Though sitcom characters rarely evolve, this was one that was necessary. Watching him awkwardly flirt was charming, adding a new element to the character. Plus, if his interaction with Regina King's Mrs. Davis didn't exactly spark, there were definitely some embers.

Another change? Penny ( Kaley Cuoco) and Sheldon ( Jim Parsons) bonded even further in Leonard's absence. Though the odd couple pairing of these two has become a hallmark of the series, the scene with the two sharing secrets seemed to be a huge step for the relationship. Plus, it brought us that footage of Penny in "Serial Apeist," a low-budget horror film about a genetically-altered gorilla gone mad that she went topless in. Priceless.

More changes? Howard ( Simon Helberg) is growing boobs. After acting moody and complaining about gaining weight, he realizes (with the help of Melissa Rauch's Bernadette) that the ointment he'd been rubbing on his mom was a really strong estrogen cream. Of course. That scene where he and Raj compared breast size? Dead. Bernadette's reaction? Even deader.

Are you psyched for another season of geeks? What did you think of the Season 7 premiere of "The Big Bang Theory"?

Quotables:

"You think you're so cool because your wife is a person." - Raj, to Howard

"I want you to be happy, too ... but not enough to do anything about it." - Sheldon

"If you like dry, factual statement interspersed with awkward silence, it was bananas." - Raj, about his flirting

"Your husband's weird and his clothes are ridiculous." - Amy ( Mayim Bialik) to Bernadette

"We've all seen your mom. That Butterball turkey was bound to come home to roost." - Raj, to Howard about his weight gain

"Oh, that's a rather earthy cologne. My uncle used to wear that." - Sheldon, to the pot-smoking pizza guy
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