The feeling on stage that settled the comedy on the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank was very similar to that of the last day of school. Emotions flowed as the cast and crew completed 279 TV episodes together.
It hit some like a big bang.
For the performers who posted on the latest taping on Instagram, where the embargoes that prevent the present reporters from spreading too many details of the night or something about the episode's content, the mood was clear : This end of an era has hit them all hard.
"Thank you for your words, thank you for your encouragement, thank you for stopping the night in and for the evening," Kunal Nayyar wrote. "Thanks for the stories you told about this show, thanks for the not so nice times, thanks for lifting us when we were down."
Nayyar, Johnny Galecki and Melissa Rauch celebrated their birthdays on the last day of shooting.
Galecki and Nayyar have a birthday and Rauch's is in June. She explained on Instagram that her was celebrated on the last day of shooting, as they will not be together for the actual birthday.
Rauch appeared in the third season. Not much later, she teamed with Mayim Bialik's Amy Farrah Fowler to star in, including Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Simon Helberg. They formed an equally strong ensemble as they appear in television comedies.
On Tuesday, the actors filmed the second installment of what will be a one-hour farewell episode. It will air on May 1