I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Why they would air a new episode of The Big Bang Theory against the release of any superhero or Star Wars movie is beyond me. Obviously I had to go see Avengers: Infinity War before I could watch tonight’s episode, and they’re just lucky that I wanted to see Amy’s wedding dress enough to make this my chaser to bearded Chrises in space. 

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There are only two more episodes of Big Bang Theory left this season, and the finale will include the big ShAmy wedding. With the wedding only two weeks out, Amy (Mayim Bialik) is thinking about wedding dresses. (That’s totally how it works in real life, too.)

After perusing some bride magazines, she heads to a dress shop with matron of honor Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and bridesmaid(?) Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). While the blondes day drink champagne and snack on finger sandwiches, Amy tries on dress after gorgeous dress, luxuriating in being beautiful and receiving praise from her two best friends. 

We see her model a couple of lovely gowns, one of which is strapless and surprisingly modern, before she whispers “this is the one” from the dressing room and surfaces wearing a monstrosity that evokes a Civil War-era dress that has been devoured by lace curtains. In Amy’s Little House on the Prairie fantasies, she would probably wed in a dress like this. 

Both Penny and Bernadette think the dress is awful, and Penny leads the charge in deciding that they should tell Amy– after Amy has apparently bought the dress off the rack and brought it right home. (Again, totally how wedding dress shopping works.) Unsurprisingly, getting this news makes Amy extremely sad. 

She and Penny talk it out, and Penny realizes that she doesn’t need to like the dress if Amy does. They’re different people with different tastes, and the wedding is all about Amy. 

Although the friendship is saved, Amy is still on the fence about the dress. She’s trying it on in her living room, in front of a free-standing full-length mirror, when Sheldon (Jim Parsons) comes home unexpectedly. 

“WOW! You look beautiful!” He exclaims when he sees her. (Which actually is how these wedding dress moments should go.)

“Really?” Amy asks hopefully, “Because I was going to return it.”

“Why would you return it?” Sheldon asks. “You look like a pile of swans.” (Which is now my favorite compliment.)

“I’m so glad you like it,” Amy says, laughter in her voice and tears in her eyes, “because it’s going to be my wedding dress.”

“I can’t wait to marry you,” Sheldon says, before he kisses her on the cheek and gives her the headline version of his news that he’s banned from casinos in Las Vegas. 

 

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While Amy was choosing the dress of her dreams, Sheldon was trying to make a different dream come true. 

Hanging with the guys one evening, Sheldon was lamenting the lack of funding for science. Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and Howard (Simon Helberg) point out that for theoretical physicists, they don’t actually need much beyond a white board and an office, but Leonard (Johnny Galecki) posits a way Sheldon could test his theories– by creating a microscopic black hole. All Sheldon will need is a laser array and some gold, and it should only cost $500 Million to get started!

Sheldon tries asking the university for money, but the price tag is too high. He sells his most valuable comics to Stuart (Kevin Sussman) and starts a Kickstarter, but he’s only able to raise $65,000. Raj casually suggests going to Vegas to win the rest, and Sheldon takes him seriously. When he goes, he’s extremely frank with the pit boss about what he’s up to, which leads to the ban. 

Who cares about all that, though? ShAmy are getting married, and he told her she looks like a pile of swans!

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Leona Laurie