'The Big Bang Theory': Three is the magic number

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With the wedding of the century (or at least the week) just around the corner, things were bound to go a little haywire on "The Big Bang Theory." And sure enough, complications began to emerge on Thursday (May 3).

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Everything actually started off just fine for Howard ( Simon Helberg). The nervous flyer got some good news when he learns that his trip to space has (at least momentarily) been canceled. But the problem kicks back in when NASA calls to reschedule his flight for the same weekend he's to marry Bernadette ( Melissa Rauch). While she's ok with changing the wedding date, Howard then needs to secure the approval of her father. And that offers some unexpected results.

For those rooting for Leonard ( Johnny Galecki) and Penny ( Kaley Cuoco), there's some good news and some bad news. The good news is Leonard asks Penny to marry him. The bad news is he asks her during sex. Considering their relationship is in the nascent stages of regenerating, this went over about as well as one might imagine.

And then there's Sheldon ( Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik). Amy, being the genius that she is, realizes the way to advance their relationship is to give Sheldon all of his favorite things. This works out almost too well and now Sheldon faces the conundrum of what to do with these new found...what do people call them..."feelings" he's having. At this rate, they might kiss at some point during the next two seasons. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

On a scale of 1-to-Pi, Thursday's episode was a Tree-growth constant, or a 2.96. We're relieved that producers have returned to offering three well-formed story lines, something they've gotten away from in recent weeks. The jokes were good, although we could always use more Sheldon.

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