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The Stockholm Syndrome 

Bernadette and Wolowitz leave their kids for the first time; Penny and Leonard try to keep a secret; Sheldon and Amy stick together; and Koothrappali makes a new friend, as the gang travels together into an uncharted future.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 13 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny Hofstadter
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Kevin Sussman ... Stuart Bloom
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Sarah Michelle Gellar
Brian Posehn ... Bert Kibbler
Thomas Albany Thomas Albany ... King of Sweden
Sailah Nicol Sailah Nicol ... Halley Wolowitz
Nate Ash Nate Ash ... Michael Wolowitz
Ulf Bjorlin Ulf Bjorlin ... Announcer


Sheldon, Amy, Leonard, Penny, Howard, Bernadette, and Raj decide to go away together on a trip. This togetherness may be the last straw for many in the group in dealing with Sheldon's self-centeredness. Meanwhile, Leonard and Penny have to decide when to divulge some big news, which they have not yet told anyone. This trip will mark the first time that Howard and Bernadette have left the kids for an extended period of time, Stuart and Denise who will act as their sitters. It may be more difficult than they imagined to be away from the kids, especially due to the distance. And Raj, in the absence of Cinnamon who is staying with Bert, meets a new friend. Written by Huggo

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The title of the final episode (The Stockholm Syndrome) mirrors the feeling Sheldon had during the whole episodes complaining about his friends (captors) flaws; until he finally accepted and started loving them when he read his final speech. See more »


Nobel acceptance speeches cannot be "off the cuff," as the winners must submit their speeches 24 hours in advance so they can be translated into Swedish. See more »


[series last lines]
Sheldon Cooper: I have a very long and somewhat self-centered speech here. But I'd like to set it aside.
Penny Hofstadter: Yeah!
Howard Wolowitz: Way to go!
Sheldon Cooper: Because this honor doesn't just belong to me. I wouldn't be up here if it weren't for some very important people in my life. Beginning with my mother, father, meemaw, brother, and sister. And my other family, who I'm so happy to have here with us. Is that Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
[Sarah waves from her seat next to Raj]
Sheldon Cooper: I was under a misapprehension that my accomplishments ...
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


History of Everything (Instrumental version)
Written by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
[Instrumental version of series theme song played over the closing credits]
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Adieus Big Bang Family
17 May 2019 | by msvbalaji15See all my reviews

There's no better way to end this series. It was so emotional and amazing. Sheldon's acceptance brought tears in my eyes. Thank you so much for all the people who made this show possible and such a wonderful cast. It's not an easy to carry the show for 12 years. They have done an amazing job. I am going to miss everyone of the gang. The most important part of the show is ending. You need to give a satisfying ending. It's an end of an era. They didn't miss anyone. All the characters had their moments in the finale. Thank you so much The Big Bang Theory team for all the memories and laughter.

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