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The Big Bang Theory Review: "The Maternal Congruence"

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We were huge fans of Christine Baranski as Leonard's mom during her introduction during "The Maternal Capacitance."  Now that Baranski reprised his role this episode, she had some high expectations (at least from us) to meet.

The show certainly set things up for some great opportunities with her.  Beverly and Sheldon have kept in contact and she's been sharing all of her news, including her divorce with him, and none with her son.  Meanwhile, Leonard has still not told his mother about Penny.

Penny and Beverly Drink

The best scene with Beverly was during the initial ride home from the airport, with Sheldon coming off even more smug than usual with Beverly to egg him on.  The next best interactions, were definitely between Penny and Beverly, who ended up alone after a depressed Leonard went to bed.

Overall, the episode, "The Maternal Congruence," had plenty of laughs, but it certainly could not compete with her original appearance.  It did not help that CBS over-hyped the kiss between Sheldon and Beverly, to the point of spoiling what could have been a great surprise.  Instead, it was nothing. 

We also are starting to have issues with Raj's refusing to talk in front of women.  The joke has been over-used, and at this point, we've had to suffer through two episodes of not hearing a single line of dialogue from the guy.  We need a solution for him.

Raj rant over.  Now it's time for The Big Bang Theory quotes from the episode:

Penny: I always tear up when the Grinch's heart grows three sizes.
Sheldon: Tears seem appropriate. Enlargement of the heart muscle, or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, is a serious disease which can lead to congestive heart failure. | permalink
Sheldon: It's a bust of Sir Isaac Newton.
Penny: Oh sure, sure. Very Christmasy.
Sheldon: Well, excuse me, it's much more Christmasy than anything you put on the tree.
Leonard: Here we go...
Sheldon: December 25th, 1642. Julian calendar. Sir Issac Newton is born. Jesus, however, was actually born in the summer. His birthday was moved to coincide with the traditional pagan holiday that celebrates the winter solstice with lit fires and slaughtered guts, which frankly sounds like more fun than twelve hours of Church with my mother, followed by fruit cake. | permalink
Leonard: When we watch Frosty the Snowman, he roots for the sun.
Sheldon: Excuse me, but the sun is essential for all life on earth. Frosty is merely a bit of frozen, supernatural ephemera in a stolen hat. A crime, by the way, for which he is never brought to account. | permalink
Beverly: So, Howard, have you and Rajesh finally summoned the courage to express your latent homosexual feelings towards one another? | permalink

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Lol! I was looking for what the disease was called when the Grinch's heart grows 3 sizes. We have to do a report on the Grinch and a punnet square in science


Darn right it is. Jk. I hope that's what it means anyway. I was talking to my cousin about it and she, as Beverly would say, has "had a similar observation."


Really good point there.


I think she got drunk to show that she and Sheldon are not the same. They appear the same, but she is married with kids; he is not. When she gets drunk, she acts horny, when he is drunk, he sings. So they are not the same-he is asexual (or at least would need a homo novus to mate with) and she is not.


She just got so...stupid. When drunk, you do not get horny. You do what you want to do while sober and don't have the guts to. Mrs. Hofstadter is not an animalistic person, and that's what she acted like. Give this ep a 3 out of 10.


She was waaaaaaaaaaay to...not like Sheldon, and what I liked about her was she was like Sheldon. At least we know that when said character is drunk, he sings from Fiddler on the Roof and doesn't get all horny. And that whole deal with know, the whole "yikes" thing? Why would she care? She just seemed too evolved for that, like Shelly, and it was just out of character.


Totally disappointed with Mrs. Hoffstander. Way out of character, and just...ugh.


I agree that kiss was waaay played up. I for one was worrying about it since I don't want Sheldon to be with anyone, but I may have laughed if the first time I saw it was in the ep: I knew nothing would happen and it would have been a surprise. And I hated how sexual they made Beverly when she was drunk-really? They kind of ruined her character for me, a little bit. But I'm glad that she and Penny are "homegirls" now! And I loved when she told Leonard to take good care of Penny.