11:00 pm EDT, October 27, 2012

‘The Big Bang Theory’ brings the laughs and the ratings on Halloween

Between costume drama and sexy scientists, Thursday night’s highly anticipated Halloween episode of The Big Bang Theory was (you guessed it) a scream.

The Big Bang Theory came in as the number one most-watched program of Thursday night, the Futon Critic reports. “The Holographic Excitation” was watched by 15.82 million viewers, 900,000 more than last week’s episode.

But The Big Bang Theory wasn’t just about hilarious horror this week. “The Holographic Excitation” used Halloween preparations to explore the growing relationships of most of its main cast, with surprisingly thoughtful results.

In “The Holographic Excitation,” Wolowitz took every opportunity (and then some) to remind his friends of his astronautical accomplishment, succeeding mostly in irritating everyone from Sheldon to Bernadette. Howard resisted Bernadette’s attempts to confront him with her annoyance, but Howard’s eventual confession of his reasons for harping on his atmospheric adventures provided a touching moment for the blue-painted newlyweds.

The pressures of Halloween also created tension in Sheldon and Amy’s relationship. To Amy’s (understandable) surprise, Sheldon agreed with her desire to wear coordinating costumes, but they could not settle on a mutually-approved pop-culture pair. The result was, shall we say, unconventional… but at least Amy seemed content.

Meanwhile, Penny found herself unusually attracted to Leonard’s scientist side, finding his quiet musings on the nature of the universe and skills with magnets irresistibly appealing. Suffice to say that Leonard and Penny were, for once, the happiest couple of the episode!

And as for Raj, his bromance with the romantically-challenged Stuart continued in his efforts to set up the perfectly-punny Halloween party in Stuart’s comic book store. (Here’s hoping we see more of Raj in the near future!)

The Big Bang Theory is back next week (Nov. 1) with “The Extract Obliteration,” to which previous guest star Stephen Hawking will lend his voice.

Sheldon’s relationship with Stephen Hawking is threatened over a game of “Words with Friends,” and Penny secretly enrolls in a class at the local college.

The Big Bang Theory airs on CBS at 8 p.m.

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