Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched Thursday’s episode of “The Big Bang Theory,” titled “The Valentino Submergence.”

It’s Valentine’s Day, and the gang is ready to ring in the holiday in style — but their celebrations don’t go exactly according to plan.

Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) have a romantic dinner planned at a restaurant, but the maitre d informs them they have to wait an hour for their table. He resists their attempts at bribery and flirtation, even calling her — gasp — “ma’am.” They’re desperate to prove they’re still young and fun.

Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Howard (Simon Helberg) hope to break in their new hot tub, but discover what they think is a rat flopping around. It turns out to be a rabbit, which they start trying to care for.

Raj (Kunal Nayyar) decides to break up with Emily so he can ask out his new bookstore crush Claire — who just got back together with her boyfriend.

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) stage a live edition of “Fun with Flags” — but their show gets interrupted by a heartbroken Raj (“What’s wrong with me? Why am I so self-destructive?”), not to mention Kripke.

But the biggest Valentine’s surprise came from the Wolowitzes. Howard’s efforts at tending to the rabbit earn him a bite on the finger — sending him into a rabies-fear spiral, and off to the emergency room.

“We’ll find another time to tell him I’m pregnant,” Bernadette confesses to the rabbit.


Rauch’s co-star Kaley Cuoco recently told Variety that Bernadette’s pregnancy is certain to create plenty of interesting hurdles for the Wolowitzes — and the group as a whole. “Her with the baby and everything, I’m sure that’ll come up with some hilarious storylines and some really funny stuff for them,” she said. “So that’ll just throw another, again, funny storyline for everyone to play with. It’s going to be really fun.”

What did you think of this week’s reveal? Sound off below!