LOS ANGELES (AP) — Listening to actor Simon Helberg talk about "The Big Bang Theory," you'd think his show was actually a nerdy nighttime soap. The actor, who plays aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz on the CBS sitcom, dropped a few hints about what to expect from Thursday night's season finale.
"This time, the adventure is for Leonard," Helberg revealed, referring to the experimental physicist played by Johnny Galecki. "Howard finds Stephen Hawking's crew is sending out an expedition to the North Sea, and he gets Leonard a job, going on a boat for four months."
But there's no easy scientific equation that can tell Leonard how to choose between the expedition and his street-smart girlfriend Penny, played by Kaley Cuoco.
"The obstacle is Penny and Leonard have never been better," Helberg continued. "So, is he really going to leave her for four months?"
And Penny isn't the only one who doesn't want to see Leonard go. His roommate, the perennially neurotic theoretical physicist Sheldon, played by Jim Parsons, doesn't want to be left alone.
There's also trouble for romance-challenged astrophysicist Raj, played by Kunal Nayyar, and his new love interest Lucy, played by Kate Micucci. Raj wants more from the relationship than Lucy may be able to give — a major leap considering she has a habit of crawling out of restaurant bathroom windows on their dates.
To add to the nerd drama, there are science jealousies at play, too.