Big Bang fans are in for a treat! A series of sneak-peek videos for The Big Bang Theory season 9 episode 12, The Sales Call Sublimation, reveals that Penny (Kaley Cuoco) persuades her new husband Leonard (Johnny Galecki) to see therapist Dr. Gallow, played by Jane Kaczmarek (formerly seen on Malcom in The Middle). Surprisingly, he is pretty happy to work out some of his issues. To see it unfold, you can catch the episode streaming live later tonight on CBS All Access.
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Regular viewers of the show know very well of Leonard’s one major issue throughout the series—it is no secret that Leonard has some serious concerns with his mom! Since the show’s first season, fans have seen the scientist conflict in his relationship with his stone cold, deadpan mother, Dr. Beverly Hofstadter (Christine Baranski).
As far as this current season goes, Leonard goes to see the psychologist so that Penny can follow-up and complete her sales call on the clueless shrink. But the couple’s devious intentions lead to some unexpected surprises. Leonard shows up at the office somewhat uninvolved, but as the therapist confesses how she knows his mother contrasts traditional parenting philosophies, he becomes way too eager to open up about his familial resentments. The episode will reveal how the full session goes and whether or not it helps Leonard to finally sort out his issues with his mom.
Meanwhile, the show’s most likeable character and Leonard’s roommate, Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) has a lot going on in The Big Bang Theory season 9 episode 12—after all, he has just lost his virginity! Yes, you read that right. Episode 11, The Opening Night Excitation, saw Sheldon and his girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) having sex for the first time. The episode showed how the opening of latest Star Wars movie fell on the same day as Amy’s birthday and how Sheldon makes a decision to bail on watching the premiere with his friends to spend time with his girlfriend. The two make out in the living room and the next thing we see is them lying in bed after doing the deed. Sheldon fans will get to see his characteristic reactions about this in episode 12. Be sure to watch it live on CBS on January 7 at CBS All Access!
Meanwhile, the show recently broke records with their ratings for episode 11. According to Variety, the episode received a total of 7.18 million viewers in time-shifted viewing (people who watched it after its scheduled airing). On December 17 when episode 11 actually aired, it received an average of 17.25 million viewers, bringing total viewership to a whopping 24.43 million.
It’ll be interesting to see if The Big Bang Theory season 9 episode 12 can hit that number again, not to mention the rest of the episodes in this season. To keep up with its successful run, the creators of the show have said that they have planned something different—season 9’s second half will put more of Penny, Leonard, Raj (Kunal Nayyar), Howard (Simon Helberg), and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) in the spotlight.
The hit CBS show has kicked the New Year off very well with the cast and creators winning big at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards, bagging Favorite TV Show and Favorite Network TV Comedy Series for the current season. Actor Jim Parsons won for Favorite Comedic TV Actor as well.
The Big Bang Theory season 9 episode 12 airs on CBS tonight (January 7) at 8 p.m. EST. You can also watch it live through the CBS web site.