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It’s hard to believe, but after 12 seasons the show that helped transform geek culture into pop culture is coming to an end. That’s right, when The Big Bang Theory bows on Monday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, it marks the beginning of the end of an era as Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and the rest of the gang begin their farewells.

The final season promises to be full of classic Big Bang moments and little Easter eggs for long-time fans (we’d put money on at least one more rendition of “Soft Kitty” at some point), but for those of us who have been tuning in since the beginning, we have a few unresolved plot points we’d like to see wrapped up:

What is Penny’s last name?

This one has been driving us bonkers (or is that bazinga?). Even though we know almost everything there is to know about our favourite aspiring actress turned sales rep, we still don’t know her maiden name. Will the final season finally deliver an answer to the mystery? Or will we be forever destined to refer to her as Penny, the girl next door?

Will Raj ever settle down?

At this point all of the guys have settled down and married, which leaves Raj as the odd man out. Considering he was the first of the foursome to have sex on the show (notably during Penny’s Halloween party), it’s almost ironic that he’s now the only one having trouble locking down a lady. Hopefully this is his year though, and he and his dog Cinnamon can finally add a wife to the mix.

Will Bernadette and Howard’s babies be revealed?

They say actors should never work with babies or animals, but c’mon—it’s about time we got to see what Bernadette and Howard’s offspring look like.

Who will get pregnant first?

Speaking of babies, now that Amy and Sheldon are officially married it seems like there’s a bit of a race to see who will procreate first: Leonard or Sheldon. Maybe both will, maybe neither will, but it seems almost inevitable that another baby should be conceived at some point in the season.

Are Leonard’s more successful siblings bound to show up?

Leonard’s more successful siblings have been a running gag for about as long as we can remember, especially whenever his mother comes to town. So isn’t it time we meet these characters already? At this point we’ve met everyone else’s family members, which means Leonard’s have got to be coming up.

Is Sheldon going to make the ultimate scientific breakthrough?

In last season’s finale we saw exactly why Sheldon and Amy make such a great couple: together their minds know no bounds. In fact, it was, in part, thanks to Amy that Sheldon had a huge professional breakthrough in that episode. Now, heading into the final season, we’re curious how that translates and if it fast-tracks Sheldon for one of those big science awards he’s always wanted. Well, that or a Nobel Prize.

Will Howard ever meet his biological father?

We’ve come really close to meeting Howard’s father before, what with his half-brother and then that letter he received from the man (but never read). Will this be the season that finally introduces the guy who left Howard behind? Or will that forever remain a mystery, as Howard himself seems to potentially prefer?

 Can the casting-powers-that be complete the ‘Star Trek’ trifecta?

We’ve had the likes of Star Trek legends George Takei and Leonard Nimoy on the show, which means the only guest star left in order to complete the Trekkie Trifecta is Kirk himself, a.k.a. William Shatner. The Canadian has done a slew of guest-starring roles in other shows, so we’ll cross our fingers that he’ll be game to do this one, too.

Can someone fix that elevator already?

We all know how the elevator broke thanks to the flashback episode of the series and an experiment gone wrong. But after 12 years it’s about time someone fixed the thing, isn’t it? Somehow we feel like that could go down in the finale—hypothetically when Sheldon and/or Leonard finally move out of the building. Now wouldn’t that be a bang of an ending?

All right, enough with the questions already and bring on the final season.

 

The Big Bang Theory returns on Monday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.