In the penultimate episode of season 10 of The Big Bang Theory, change is in the air. The guys are finished with their government gyroscope project, Raj (Kunal Nayyar) has found a new place to live and Amy (Mayim Bialik) has been offered the opportunity to work at Princeton for the summer.
Things shift overnight from celebrating the end of “phase one” of the gyroscope project with friends and champagne (apple juice for Sheldon) to processing the shock of having nowhere else to go when the military confiscates everything the guys have been working on. Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Howard (Simon Helberg) arrive at their lab ready to dive into field tests and refinement and find that every single thing has been removed in the night with no notice. Colonel Williams (Dean Norris) tells them that the military will take it from there, and the guys are all left a little adrift after a year of being completely immersed in this job.
Sheldon takes the project’s abrupt end pretty hard, and his sense of loss is cranked up when Amy tells him she’s been given the opportunity to go to New Jersey for the summer to work from Princeton. After wallowing in his feelings for a while, and playing the blues on his harmonica in the empty apartment downstairs, Sheldon listens to Leonard’s advice and chooses to support Amy in taking the opportunity. He buys her some durable luggage and offers here a rare non-birthday roll in the sheets.
Howard is also having trouble adjusting to losing the project, and he acts out by following Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) everywhere and smothering her with affection. She complains to Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Amy that he’s always like this when he finishes a big project and she sits him down to tell him it has to stop. When she does, though, he reminds her that she’s the same way, and that during one of her equivalent unexpected breaks she signed them up for ballroom dancing and during the next she made them have a baby. She has to agree, so she invites him to “bring it in” for some loving, and all is right in their world.
Raj, who wasn’t a part of the gyroscope project, is making his own change by moving out of Leonard and Penny’s place to live above Bert’s (Brian Posehn) garage. Fingers crossed that that means more of Brian Posehn and April Bowlby from now on!
Tune in next week for the season finale!