‘The Big Bang Theory’ Recap and Reaction: “The Birthday Synchronicity”

The latest episode of The Big Bang Theory, “The Birthday Synchronicity,” was, in a word, magical. It was a big night for everyone all around, as Amy celebrates her birthday with Sheldon while Howard and Bernadette have their first child.

Happy Birthday Indeed

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year again for Shamy shippers. With this episode happening on Amy’s birthday, she and Sheldon once again get to have their “annual coitus.” Unfortunately, they get interrupted repeatedly by Bernadette going into labor. But after the delivery and a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they finally get down to the “hankius pankius,” as Sheldon puts it.

As a Shamy shipper, this episode is a dream come true. Besides the coitus itself, it provides some really cute moments and shows how much Sheldon has grown. Once a hater of gift-giving, he willingly goes out of his way to get Amy an MRI of his brain with a region of it lit up to show he was thinking of her. Then, throughout the rest of the day, he is usually the one to suggest heating things up again. He’s openly flirtatious and he’s incredibly thoughtful – two things that would’ve been unthinkable just a few seasons ago.

Family Growth

If Sheldon and Amy getting frisky wasn’t enough, “The Birthday Synchronicity” also stands out with a special delivery. Picking up from where the previous episode left off, Bernadette goes through labor in this episode and gives birth to a healthy baby girl named Halley. Raj unfortunately spoils the surprise of the baby’s gender while filming a home video. But despite this, Howard makes him the baby’s godfather.

While most sitcoms draw out a childbirth sequence, The Big Bang Theory took a different, and rather welcome, approach by showing very little of the labor. In addition, Halley’s name being inspired by Halley’s Comet is an awesome nod to the scientific backbone of the show. In the end, her birth, like her parents, was short and sweet, and altogether perfectly executed.

With the events of “The Birthday Synchronicity” now passed, that brings the show to a very important question: what’s next? Baby Halley has been born, and now that Sheldon seems more willing, perhaps Shamy coitus will be more frequent. Since this is possibly the last season, the show-runners will have to be strategic with which events they write in. Could Leonard and Penny be the next to get pregnant? Or, more likely, will Sheldon and Amy finally get engaged?

We have thirteen episodes to find out.

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