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‘Big Bang Theory’ engagement: Leonard and Penny spark emotional Twitter reaction

The “Big Bang Theory” engagement of Penny and Leonard during Thursday night’s surprising and amazing episode has unleashed an outpouring of emotional comments on Twitter. “Oh my! I almost can't handle @BigBang_CBS! This episode is so amazing!,” wrote one male viewer. “OH MY!! I did not see that coming tonight! Great episode,” wrote another female viewer. As reported by Hollywood Life on May 9, when the show first began on Thursday night, no one saw it coming. “Leonard popped the question in the May 8 episode in a sweet, yet unexpected moment,” wrote Hollywood Life, and you can watch the intense three-minute engagement seen in the above video.

Actress Kaley Cuoco accepts the Favorite Comedic TV Actress award for 'The Big Bang Theory' onstage at The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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Thursday night’s “Big Bang Theory” began on a comedic note with Penny (Kaley Cuoco) being partially dressed as a gorilla locked in a cage. While she desperately tries to give her best acting performance during the filming of her scene, it is quite evident that the movie about a go-go dancer turning into a gorilla is doomed, and that the director cares very little.

Leonard (Johnny Galecki), who is there during the filming of the gorilla scene, witnesses Penny getting fired as an actress. Wil Wheaton, who also performs during the gorilla scene, quits after Penny gets fired. However, as it becomes clear during the following bar scene with Penny, Leonard, and Wil, he has always other acting gigs waiting for him.

Once back at her apartment, Penny tells Leonard that after having been fired from her big acting gig, she needed to change something. “I need to start making some smart decisions,” Penny says. “With your career?” Leonard asks. “With my life,” Penny responds.

For the writers of “The Big Bang Theory” the conversation could have gone either way. Penny could have broken up with Leonard, or Penny could pursue the theme of getting married again. Unlike other shows during which Penny or Leonard brought up the theme of getting married, this time the conversation takes an unexpected twist as Penny says, “I don’t know. We could get married.”

Leonard, afraid that Penny wants to marry him because she has nothing else left, gets an unexpected and surprising response by Penny when she says that “getting fired from that movie was the best thing that could have happened to me. I finally realized I don’t need to be famous or have some big career to be happy!” When Leonard asks, “what do you need?” Penny says, “You, you stupid pop tart.”

Leonard, who responds with “oh, then I guess I am in,” excellently acts the part of an “anti-climactic” marriage proposal – until he unexpectedly opens his wallet and pulls out a ring. The only three-minute excellently written apartment scene (shown in the above video), begins with Penny saying “Oh my God, what a day,” and ends with Penny’s “Oh my God, yes.”

As reported by the Latin Post, since its premiere in September of 2007, “The Big Bang Theory" has climbed to being one of the top ranked TV comedy shows with an average of 19.79 million viewers. For many of those viewers, Thursday night’s episode was an emotional highlight in the Penny and Leonard relationship. “This is so cool! 7 yrs in the making,” writes one Twitter fan. Will the two get married during the May 15 season finale? “The Big Bang Theory” has been renewed for three more seasons and seeing Penny as a married woman on screen might be an interesting story line, especially since in real life she just got married (on Dec. 31, 2013) to tennis professional Ryan Sweeting.

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