I liked it.
I know people complained about Sheldon being a huge jerk in this one when he has had character development beyond this, but I expected him to be super selfish during what could potentially be the crowning achievement of his career. He just had not yet learned that you can acknowledge others without diminishing your own achievements. I cried like a baby during the speech, especially the Astronaut part.
SMG didn't surprise me because it made sense for Raj, who is a HUGE buffy fan.
Loved the callback to Howard being a perv, "You two have showered together?" and Bernadette calling him out on it.
Loved Amy's speech. Liked her makeover. Glad it was Raj and not Penny that helped her with it, which makes sense given that Penny would probably push showing more skin. I do wish we would have gotten that montage.
The Penny pregnancy didn't bother me as much because it was obvious they had known about it and had been given time to accept it. Also, this was the happiest and most connected Penny and Leonard had been in years on this show. It was nice to see them genuinely happy with each other, not just in being snarky about the others.
Agree that Stewart wasn't incompetent. Kids are kids. If I had a nickel for every time my kids injured themselves when I was right there and didn't see it coming.
I cackled at Kripke's prank call.
I don't watch Young Sheldon, but I did watch the tribute one based on the comments here, and I'm so glad I did. I teared up all over again.
I can't wait for the reunion show in ten years.