The Big Bang Theory hit the midway mark of its sixth season last week with “The Egg Salad Equivalency,” so we’re taking stock of the gang and where they are in their gloriously geeky relationships.

Leonard & Penny

Considering their turbulent past, The Big Bang Theory‘s most enduring on-again-off-again flame has been relatively stable in season 6. (That is to say, they haven’t broken up!) The main problems the two have is potential romantic interlopers, though Penny’s lukewarm feelings about their present and future have presented issues as well.

In spite of her hesitancy early in the season, Penny isn’t beyond feeling a bit possessive of her nerdy boyfriend. Enter Alex, Sheldon’s attractive and unsubtle assistant, of whom Penny made her jealousy quite clear. Until making her feelings neon-level clear in “The Egg Salad Equivalency,” Leonard was oblivious to the fact that Alex actually was romantically interested in him. Though Leonard wasn’t interested in Alex, he was (perhaps excessively) flattered by her attention, which in turn upset Penny, though after a (sort of) cello-accompanied apology, Penny softened and later confessed to Leonard that she often felt insecure about her lack of scientific smarts, as Leonard experienced insecurity about his looks.

Dr. Hofstadter hasn’t just been a bystander in the drama-causing department, however. Leonard was supportive of Penny’s decision to began taking college courses again, but in all the wrong ways, leading to disappointment between them. He also developed his own prickly patch of jealousy over Penny’s interactions with cute British classmate Cole, which Penny found both irritating and insulting.

But ultimately, it was that jealousy which ended up facilitating a high point in the couple’s relationship so far. As Penny reassured Leonard that he had nothing to worry about, she blurted out the words which she had previously been determined not to say. “You know I love you!” she said, as though it were the most natural thing in the world, and though the pair decided to downplay the moment, it was a touching – and reassuring – moment both for Leonard and fans who have been supporting the couple throughout the show.

Sheldon & Amy

Like Leonard and Penny, Sheldon and Amy have been taking baby steps down Romance Road in season 6. In the season premiere, the couple celebrated their second anniversary (has it been that long already?) but disaster nearly struck when their contractually-stipulated dinner date was interrupted by Raj – at Sheldon’s invitation. Thankfully, some last minute words-from-the-heart (and Spiderman) saved the day for Sheldon and Amy.

Amy’s devotion to their relationship (and keeping Sheldon devoted) has been a theme in season 6. According to Amy, she and Sheldon will be married in four years (which we think is optimistic, but go for it, Fowler) and perhaps as part of her game plan, Amy continued to advance their couplehood wherever possible. Halloween proved to be a middling success in this case, as she and Sheldon were semi-coordinated as as Raggedy Anne and “Raggedy C3P0” – it’s no Blossom and Joey, but at least she got the wig on him.

Amy also attempted to nudge Sheldon into more consistently boyfriend-like behavior, dropping hints (…sure, let’s call them “hints”) that he should side with her over his Fun-With-Flags friends. It took a little intervention from Penny (and Long Island), but Sheldon ultimately complied – albeit with a certain amount of bemusement.

But perhaps the biggest step in Sheldon and Amy’s relationship was Amy’s almost shocking success at wheedling some sexual satisfaction out of Sheldon. Sure, she had to get the flu to do it (and then milk that virus for all it was worth) but in her bizarre, almost creepy way, Amy managed to get some physical attention from her famously fussy boyfriend. Can true love be far behind?

Howard & Bernadette

As the newlyweds of The Big Bang Theory, the Wolowitzes might have expected a little romance and private time at the beginning of their marriage. But (this being The Big Bang Theory) things went just a little bit differently for the unlikely lovebirds, and wedded bliss has not been quite so easy to come by – though it has been hilarious.

Season 6 began with Howard rocketing to outer space – about as far away from his new wife as possible. (Which is impressive even for Howard, we think.) Skype kept the two in touch, though communications began to break down as Howard’s time in the stratosphere wore on, especially as it became clear that Astronaut Wolowitz had told his mother that he and Bernadette would live in her house, while promising Bernadette that he would move out into her place like a real, grown-up husband.

The Ma Wolowitz situation came to a head upon Howard’s (somewhat lackluster) return, when Bernadette insisted that Howard move into her apartment. He complied after dragging his heels a bit…only to have Bernadette turn around and move him right back in with his mother after indulging in a touch of nostalgia.

Bernadette’s parents also presented a hurdle for the newlyweds. Bernie tried to facilitate a little familial bonding between Howard and his taciturn father-in-law, which both men powerfully resisted. Happily (though ironically), the two did find common ground over the prospect of a forced fishing trip, which turned into a much more pleasant weekend spent shooting craps.

Raj

Oh, Raj. What is there to say? The Big Bang Theory‘s lovelorn fifth wheel hasn’t had much luck with the ladies this season, we’re afraid. On the bright side, Howard’s atmospheric adventures left Raj with an opening for a new ‘bro,’ which turned out to be filled quite happily with comic book store owner Stuart. Even with Howard’s return, Raj and Stuart have continued to enjoy borderline-romantic outings, throwing Halloween parties, and spending comfortable evenings together. (Congratulations?)

But Raj hasn’t given up the hunt for Ms. Right, though he remains frozen-tongued around women unless saturated with alcohol. Penny, Amy, and Bernadette’s attempts to set him up at a bar failed due to Raj’s bizarre standards…though he may have walked away from the evening nursing a crush on Amy. Raj has also recently confessed to laying the groundwork for eventually seducing Alex, but given her preference for Leonard and his selective mutism, we’re not yet convinced that this is a perfect match.

But hey, Raj, surprise us, buddy. We know you’ve got it in you!

What do you think is in store for our favorite couples?

A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

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A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

Dakota Johnson continues to bring a fun vibe to Ana Steele, playing the awkward lines with self awareness better than Kristen Stewart ever did as Bella in Twilight. “Have dinner with me,” Christian begs. “Okay fine, I will have dinner with you, because I’m… hungry,” Ana replies. The line could come off corny if executed poorly, but Dakota has a strong hold on playing this character for fun.

Tickets for Fifty Shades Darker are now on sale. Check out a new poster for the movie below:

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The Fifty Shades Darker synopsis reads, “When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.”

The movie hits theaters this Valentine’s Day. It stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote, Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden, and is directed by James Foley.

It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

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It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an excellent coming of age/coming out LGBT YA novel which we’ve raved about here on Hypable before. Nick Robinson is definitely an actor we can picture in the role, so we can’t wait to see him play the adorable character.

The film is being produced by Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment, who’s responsible for The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers.

What do think of Nick Robinson as Simon?

If you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend that you do. The book was first published last year:

After you read it, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Becky Albertalli. Simon was her first novel!

Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

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Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

The Unfortunate Events trailer also presents new looks at colorful characters including Uncle Monty (Aasif Mandvi, below), Aunt Josephine (Alfre Woodard, below), and Justice Strauss (Joan Cusack).

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A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres all eight episodes of its first season on January 13, 2017.

“Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.”

Another trailer was released two weeks ago — you can watch it here.

Is ‘Unfortunate Events’ looking as good as you hoped?

Harris previously confirmed that each book will be adapted into two episodes of the show. The first season of ASOUE covers the first four books, so presumably season 2 will roughly cover another four books. There are a total of 13 books in Lemony Snicket’s series.