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Did The Big Bang Theory Set The Stage For Penny And Leonard To Break Up?

Spoilers ahead for the Big Bang Theory Season 12 episode called “The Procreation Calculation.”

The twelfth and final season of The Big Bang Theory is only just getting started, but viewers should start considering how the series is going to end, even if that isn’t set in stone at this point. The show likely won’t start any huge arcs that won’t have time to end before the final credits role, and the events of the latest episode raise the question: will Penny and Leonard break up?

The episode saw Raj seriously considering going ahead with an arranged marriage while Howard and Bernadette tried to pass their wisdom as parents and spouses along to their friends. Penny and Leonard decided to take a test to determine how compatible they are — a bit late, all things considered — which led to the reveal that Leonard wants kids but Penny does not. Once the news started circulating among their friends (and her dad, thanks to Leonard), Penny faced pressure to give in and agree to have kids (although Amy eventually came to terms with never breast-feeding Penny’s baby, and vice versa). She was really very matter-of-fact about not wanting children.

As for Leonard, he had always assumed that they would have kids, and he dropped the bombshell on Penny that he figured they’d have a child within five years. When he thought that Penny was telling him she was pregnant rather than confessing that she doesn’t want to make babies, he was ecstatic. By the end of the episode, he resigned himself to never having children, and the issue ended with classic Big Bang Theory shenanigans as Penny rented the Bat-mobile for him to drive. Still, the gigantic issue of having or not having kids didn’t seem altogether settled between them, and it may take more than a Bat-mobile for Leonard to agree with Penny.

Given how seriously everybody took the issue of Penny vs. Leonard on the issue of having kids, it’s difficult to believe that The Big Bang Theory won’t revisit the issue. It’s also not an issue that can really be solved via compromise. Either they have children or they do not have children. Despite Bernadette’s attempts to convince Penny that motherhood is wonderful, Penny didn’t waver in her determination to live a life without kids of her own. She was happy to be Aunt Penny and love the kids around her — or at least not throw any rocks at them — but she didn’t see any mini Pennys or Leonards in her future.

As for Leonard, his glee at the chance to drive the Bat-mobile could very well be short-lived. After all, it was only a rental, and he may come to the conclusion that driving the Bat-mobile once isn’t the substitute for becoming a father, even though he did acknowledge that the Hofstadter line won’t end with him since he has a bunch of nieces and nephews. If Leonard still wants kids and Penny is still determined not to have them, they may need to break up.

Of course, The Big Bang Theory might not want to end the series’ longest-running romance in heartbreak in its final season, so there’s every chance that Penny and Leonard will end the series in agreement about kids/no kids. We do know that one other couple will almost certainly have kids, and another wedding is in the works, so there’s a lot to go down in the last batch of episodes. We’ll have to wait and see. New episodes of The Big Bang Theory air this fall on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Jake Gyllenhaal Penned A Sweet Tribute To Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds

There are few actors as loved and admired as Ryan Reynolds is at the moment. The man behind the Deadpool mask was pivotal in bringing the hilariously foul-mouthed superhero to the screen not once, but twice. Each of his tweets is either a buzzworthy headline or a beautifully sarcastic quip. If you look up “relationship goals” in the dictionary, you’ll even find a picture of Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively angelically posing next to each other with their two children. But if that’s not enough, read this deeply touching tribute to him, written by none other than Jake Gyllenhaal:

Anyone else have a few tears coming on? His comments come via a letter Variety asked Jake Gyllenhaal to write for its distinguished New Power of New York list. The list of 50 also includes other actors such as Crazy Rich Asians breakout star Awkwafina, young Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet and A Quiet Place stunner John Krasinski amongst musicians, athletes, etc. In the letter, Gyllenhaal talks about how the two met years ago and soon became close friends. He discussed the actor’s history as a frequenter in romantic comedies who never had the chance to “fire all cylinders” until he created his own chance to with Deadpool. In the touching tribute, Gyllenhaal revealed that Reynolds works “tirelessly,” writing all night so he can be a husband and father during the day.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds shared the screen in 2017’s Life, a sci-fi thriller set on the International Space Station. During their press tour, the pair showed off their hilarious chemistry together, especially in this interview, where they just couldn’t keep it together. It’s no surprise to his fans that Reynolds is as talented as Gyllenhaal says he is in the letter, but knowing Reynolds, he’ll likely spin it into some form of off-color joke or over-the-top affair to downplay it.

If rumors that floated over the summer of Jake Gyllenhaal’s casting as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home are true, the actors may get a chance to collaborate under Marvel or at least be a part of the same universe as Disney starts to cash in on the Fox deal. Ryan Reynolds talent and success can be found in this week’s news of Deadpool 2 returning to theaters just seven months after its release. The PG-13 release reportedly has a running title of The Deadpool Before Christmas and will be released on December 21.

The Big Bang Theory Season 12, Episode 3 Recap: Penny Tells Leonard She Doesn’t Want Kids

We’re only three episodes in The Big Bang Theory‘s final season, but already major bombshells are dropping. (Consider that your warning: Huge spoilers ahead!)

In tonight’s episode, “The Procreation Calculation,” the first big news happens when Raj gets engaged to Anu after knowing her all of five minutes. Yes, this was an arranged meeting by Raj’s father in hopes of it leading to marriage—but I didn’t expect Anu to propose so soon. Then again, Raj did sweetly tell her he’s a hopeless romantic who wants a great story to tell his future kids one day. And they’re both over-the-moon happy. Plus, now we have 21 episodes left to see how this will play out and whether or not this will lead to marriage.

The Procreation Calculation

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The other big—and perhaps even more moving—reveal of the episode? Penny doesn’t want to have kids.

Now, if you’ve been following The Big Bang Theory closely (or paying attention to executive producer Steve Holland’s interviews), then it shouldn’t have come as a total surprise that kids weren’t in the cards for Penny and Leonard. After two seasons of pregnancy stories for Bernadette and Howard (and two never-seen babies), Holland has made it clear that he doesn’t want to repeat what’s already been done. Last season he told Glamour that “while it’s always a discussion…we’ve now done two seasons of pregnancy stories. I can’t say exactly what season 12 holds, but I’m not super excited to tell another pregnancy story right now.”

Of course, when you have four characters—Sheldon, Amy, Leonard, Penny—in their 30s, married, and successful…the topic of starting a family is going to come up. “At some point, these characters have to be real people and have things going on in their lives,” Holland said at the time. The question is, how and when do you decide to give the fans want, while also staying true to the characters?

In tonight’s episode, Penny stayed true to herself. While she’s proven to be a great “Aunt Penny” to Bernadette and Howard’s kids, she’s never talked openly about a strong desire to have kids of her own. And even Kaley Cuoco wasn’t on board with Penny becoming a mother. At Paleyfest this year, she told the audience that she didn’t want the Hofstadters to start a family.

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While the decision may have been right for Penny—and the show as a whole—it was still heartbreaking for Leonard, who thought he’d be a dad one day. He’s disappointed, but by the episode’s end he reckons that he has other amazing things in his life he never thought he’d get, including his hilarious, smart, and beautiful wife.

One could make the case that Leonard and Penny should have talked openly about having kids before they got married. (And maybe they did—after 250-plus episodes, I can’t keep track.) But guess what? Life happens, and viewpoints change. Penny may have thought there’d come a time when she would want to be a mother. She’s still entitled to change her mind. And even if Leonard wanted to be a dad, it’s not up to Penny to give him that if she doesn’t feel it’s right for her.

The show tackled the discussion beautifully and honestly—and with its signature humor. Case in point: When Penny’s friends Bernadette and Amy lashed out for their own selfish reasons rather than thinking about whether or not this was the right decision for their friend. “My kids were going to be friends with your kids!” Amy screamed. “We were going to be barf buddies [during pregnancy]!” Bernadette didn’t back off, either. “It’s not crazy [not to want to have kids],” she said. “It’s just wrong.”

I know I’d be great,” Penny countered. “I just don’t want to be one. Not everyone needs to have kids to be fulfilled.” Penny didn’t go into details about why she didn’t want kids, but she doesn’t have to. If it’s none of Amy’s business, as Penny told her, then it’s certainly not ours. The decision to raise a child is an extremely personal one, and women shouldn’t be made to feel less than if they decide it’s not what they want.

Later in the episode, Penny and Leonard have a heart-to-heart and admit that as long as they have each other, they’ll be OK. However, the writers left the door open for a much larger discussion by bringing in Keith Carradine (Penny’s dad) for a brief cameo to express his disappointment that he won’t be a grandfather. What will be interesting to watch, should the show go that direction, is how Penny responds to outside pressure not just from her friends but her family. To that I say, continue to do what’s right for you, Penny. You’ve more than proven that.

Steam Begins To Define ‘Straight-Up Trolling’ By Banning Over 170 Games

Steam’s new guidelines when it comes to what they will and will not make available on their storefront are a bit vague, but thanks to the recent removal of nearly 200 games, we’re starting to get a clearer picture. These games all fall under the umbrella of what Steam calls “straight-up trolling,” meaning the company’s determined their purpose was little more than to get a rise out of folks.

With more developers taking advantage of Steam’s loose policies when it comes to games publishing in recent years, the company decided to go the opposite direction of what was expected and basically opened the floodgates. Instead of creating a thorough “decency policy,” we’ll call it, and sticking to it, it instead decided to let just about anything onto the platform, with a notable exception for games that were deemed to be “straight-up trolling.” That particular term was eventually clarified and, thanks to the removal of 179 games in recent days, we finally have an example of their new standards in practice.

The names of the banned games will likely give you a pretty good idea of what we’re talking about. The folks over at PC Gamer have cherry-picked a handful of the titles, including Boobs Battleground, Dad’s Co-Worker, X-Ray Hospital, Boobs Puzzle and MILF. Also axed were 32 games in the Achievement Hunter series and a handful of games that have the word “hentai” in the title. Those Achievement Hunter games were designed, as the name implies, to let players pad their virtual trophy shelves and their icons even sported letters that players could use to spell out various phrases in their profiles. You can imagine how creative folks got with that.

As noted above, Steam has these game’s under the straight-up trolling category, which was further described as something “simply trying to rile people up with something we call ‘a game-shaped object.'” The Steam blog further explained that these are crudely-made pieces of software that are “technically” games, but games that nearly all reasonable individuals would argue are not good. Examples of troll games were those that try to scam folks into giving up their private information, earn money through schemes or let developers use Steam keys in questionable manners. And then there are those that “are just trying to incite and sow discord.”

So, obviously, you wouldn’t expect to find a Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed game under that umbrella, but you probably wouldn’t be surprised to find a game like Putin, Boob and Trump or Make Border Great Again.

Many argue that Steam is still being too loose with their efforts and causing even more problems for themselves, while the company holds that it doesn’t feel it should be able to judge what should and should not be considered a “game,” except in those cases where they feel a game is “trolling,” apparently. We’ll have to wait and see where things go from here.

Roseanne Spinoff The Conners Cast A New Love Interest For Darlene

Love is in the air on The Conners! Although the show has not even premiered yet as the follow-up to the ill-fated Roseanne, a new love interest has already been cast for Darlene, and sitcom fans may recognize him. Justin Long, who played a memorable love interest on New Girl, is on board to romance Darlene, and hilarity is bound to ensue.

Not too many details are currently available about Justin Long’s character, but his name will be Neil and he won’t be a one-off guest star. He’s on board in a recurring capacity, according to TVLine, so maybe the relationship will go well for Darlene! She could probably use a fun new dynamic in her life considering what happened to her mother, the new responsibilities that will probably fall on her shoulders following Roseanne’s death, and the complications that will come with the return of David.

Yes, Johnny Galecki will reprise his role as Darlene’s former flame and the father of her children in the upcoming first season of The Conners. He was back as David in the first and now only season of Roseanne, and that season was kind of a bummer all around for the Healy family. The revival revealed that Mark had passed away and David turned out to not be the greatest dad to his and Darlene’s kids. Any fans who were hoping for a rekindled romance for David and Darlene may want to resign themselves to the duo remaining separate, at least for now. Darlene isn’t the only one with a love interest.

David’s girlfriend Blue will appear on The Conners, to be played by Juliette Lewis of Secrets and Lies. As of now, Lewis and Johnny Galecki are only slated to appear in one episode, which also points toward no rekindled romance between David and Darlene, even if Darlene still had some lingering feelings for him after his Roseanne appearance. Maybe Neil will be exactly what Darlene needs! She may need the occasional break from her family.

Darlene isn’t the only Conners regular who is getting a new love interest. Love will be in the air for Jackie as well, which may be yet another sign that the show intends to explore new relationships for her character. Steve Zahn will play Jackie’s new guy, and she’ll come to regret asking Dan to “vet him” in the Halloween episode. Something tells me Darlene won’t be asking Dan to vet Neil!

We’ll have to wait and see. Although The Conners is keeping the same cast from Roseanne (aside from Roseanne Barr, of course), there are bound to be significant differences between the shows, and not just due to the recasting of a certain character. Find out what the Conners will look like without Roseanne when the show premieres in the fall lineup on Tuesday, October 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Why Fortnite Removed A Popular Item

If you’re only jumping into Fortnite here in Season 6 and have no idea what the Bouncer is, it’s an item that players could place on the ground similar to a trap, only it served the purpose of launching players into the air. Sure, you could use the item in clever ways to dispatch your foes but, nine times out of 10, players used it for the intended purpose of making traversal a bit more easy. If you wanted to get up high without relying on building, a Bouncer could do the trick. If used from a decent altitude, it could even be used to reinitiate your glider, allowing players to cover some serious distance or get the heck out of harm’s way.

The Walking Dead: Our World Will Launch Exclusive Missions After Each New Episode Of The Show

The point-and-click Telltale Games‘ endeavors to capture the spirit, drama and thrills of Skybound and AMC’s The Walking Dead may have come to an end for now, but it doesn’t mean that video games surrounding the property have come to a halt. In fact, more games are still being made and released based around The Walking Dead. The latest venture to capture the post-apocalyptic zombie tale is The Walking Dead: Our World, which will work as a tie-in game to the Season 9 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead, with interactive missions based on what happened in the episode.

The game will sport exclusive missions where players will be rewarded with characters from the television show for completion the missions. The mobile game will include what’s being described as “single-encounter” missions, along with larger group-based runs that are known as “Infestations” where there will be a series of individual missions strung together where you’ll need to complete anywhere between three to five missions in order to unlock more valuable items and prizes.

The game is very much like a Walking Dead version of Pokemon Go. Yes, the same game pocket-monster catching game from Niantic Labs. It utilizes AR-style visuals for the combat and a similar Google Maps-inspired overworld.

You’ll travel around the real world, using various characters from the television show, using the likenesses from AMC’s horror-drama while fighting off zombies and attempting to recruit more characters to grow your stable of heroes and survivors.

Much like Pokemon Go, the game supports both solo runs and group events where you can team up with your friends and take down hordes of walkers or clear out nests.

The game is about attempting to clear out the zombies from around the world, using group efforts and solo ingenuity to travel around your neighborhood (or the city at large) and gather items, defeat walkers, and continue to make a name for yourself.

You’ll be able to recruit many of the popular characters from the TV show in The Walking Dead: Our World, including Daryl, Michonne, Rick, Abraham and Eugene, to name a few. The whole hook for the game, though, is that there will be scavenge missions, rescue missions, or recruitment missions all updated and turned into events based around each weekly episode of Season 9 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. So there’s incentive to both watch the show and play the game at the same time.

So when can you play The Walking Dead: Our World? Well, the game is actually available right now. Developer Next Game released it in partnership with AMC for Android-powered devices on the Google Play storefront and on the iTunes App Store for iOS devices. However, the special tie-in between Season 9 and the game won’t begin until Season 9 premieres. So you’ll likely want to get the game now and start leveling up your characters and recruiting some heroes for your efforts before the new season gets underway.

Twin Peaks Is Getting A VR Experience

Virtual reality hasn’t really picked up in the casual space. Not only that, but it seems to have been dwindling in the hardcore space, according to some sales data. Even still, just because VR has ran into another hiccup with trying to appeal to the mainstream audience over the course of the last 30 years, it doesn’t mean that developers aren’t going to try to win people over with some experimental new projects tapping into unlikely brands. One of the brands being tapped to indulge our senses beyond the television screen and the computer monitors is Showtime’s Twin Peaks. Collider Games has teamed up with the cable outlet to work on a Twin Peaks VR experience that will change the way you’ve viewed David Lynch’s strangely fascinating tale.

Over on Collider, the site announced that it had teamed up with Showtime and the original creator of Twin Peaks, David Lynch, to create the brand new Twin Peaks VR experience. The game will be previewed for the very first time at the Festival of Disruption set to take place in Los Angeles, California between October 13 and October 14 at the theater in the Ace Hotel.

The upcoming game will be based around the latest cable television run of the show from the 2017 iteration of Twin Peaks: The Return, along with a few moments and locations that you’ll be able to experience from the original television series that aired on ABC back in 1990.

There’s no mention if Fire Walk With Me content will make it into the game, but they do mention that there will be “lines” and “sounds” directly from the show itself that will appear as gamers travel through Glastonbury Grove and other iconic locations from the series such as the Red Room.

The first-person adventure will put players in the role of FBI agent Dale Cooper. I’m not entirely sure about the plot, but it explains that the special agent attempts to make his way back into a life he left behind. I’m sure fans of the series will be more familiar with that description than outsiders.

There isn’t much in the way of gameplay details. We do know that Twin Peaks VR will be made available for the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. I suspect that the game will likely be similar to other first-person VR adventure/mystery titles, where you can move around and pick up objects, and then examine them or survey the area for clues, similar to popular PlayStation VR titles like Robinson: The Journey or Batman Arkham VR.

I’m sure there will be additional footage that emerges from the event when it takes place next week during the weekend. Hopefully a trailer will also appear for the game so we can see what it looks like in action. Also, I’m a little shocked that the game won’t be available for the PlayStation VR right now, but perhaps if it captures a decent audience, we might see Sony attempt to get Twin Peaks VR on the PlayStation VR at some point.

Ulta’s Gorgeous Hair Event: Best Hair Products On Sale

This year is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record, which is something no one’s hair can be too happy about. Luckily after weeks of intense humidity and heat, fall is finally here, and our hair can catch a break. Regardless, it could probably also use a bit of TLC, and Ulta Beauty has just the sale going on for that now. Ulta’s Gorgeous Hair Event lasts until Saturday, October 20, and offers different hair products from some of our favorite brands up to 50 percent off every day. If you’re in need of a new straightener, blow dryer, styling wand or curler, look no further—there are tons of great tools on sale for half the price. There are also plenty of hard-working styling products available, too, for all hair textures and types. Basically, you’re going to want it all. But since you can’t buy everything, see below for the absolute best hair deals for each day.