'The Big Bang Theory' season 9 spoilers: Showrunner Steve Molaro talks Bernadette's pregnancy, Naj being single; teases show's 200th episode


“The Big Bang Theory” season 9 does not seem to run out of big surprises as last episode revealed that Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Howard (Simon Helberg) are pregnant, only that Howard does not know it yet.

“I hesitate to get into the details of that but in the following week’s episode, you get to see her tell him right at the beginning of the episode and it turned out beautifully,” showrunner Steve Molaro revealed to The Hollywood Reporter in reference to how Bernadette will deliver the great news to his husband. “He’ll experience many emotions! We really dig into the entire group and everybody’s reactions to it. They’re mostly positive but obviously with some surprise and concern about what this means for the future,” he added.

The couple will be the first duo to enter parenthood in the gang, and a baby coming into the squad may pose some changes in the dynamics of their relationship. However, Molaro also shared that on top of not being able to get drinks with the girls, there will really be only minimal difference that Bernadette’s pregnancy will bring, something that they are planning to play out crossing over to season 10.

Elsewhere in “The Valentino Submergence,” Raj (Kunal Nayyar) finally decided to break up with Emily (Laura Spencer). Unfortunately, he realized right away that he made the wrong decision when Claire was unavailable when he tried reaching out to her.

Given this, will fans be finally seeing a single Raj this season? Molaro does not think so.

“I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Claire or Emily. Raj has never broken up with anybody or been single before or dealt with an ex-girlfriend that he’s broken up with before. It’s all new territory for him and he’s got a group of savvy ladies and friends to try and help guide him through it,” he revealed.

In the last couple of episodes of “The Big Bang Theory,” the story seemed to have panned out a little bit away from Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) who had undergone tremendous development separately and as a couple, making a very well rounded flow in story. Molaro later revealed that in light of the sitcom nearing it 200<sup>th episode, the team has cooked up something great for the fans.

“We’ve found a really fun way that’s very true to the show to bring together a lot of old friends who have been on it in the past. It feels like a celebration within the episode and of the show itself. We weren’t quite sure what we were going to do to make it feel like an event and celebration but we did do a good job of that,” he teased.

“The Big Bang Theory” airs every Thursday, 8 P.M. on CBS.