The Big Bang Theory Review: "The Herb Garden Germination"

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When The Big Bang Theory started, it was a story of four geek friends and their cute waitress neighbor, Penny. In "The Herb Garden Germination" we saw, for the first time, a new social circle fully formed, including Amy, Bernadette and even Priya.

Up until this point, the newcomers existed more as outsiders because they maintained separate, individual relationships.

The use of gossip to show the interconnectedness of the group ended up being quite funny. At first, I was worried that the Howard-Bernadette gossip was going to end up resolving in the overdone manner of someone mentioning it at the wrong time.

Howard and Bernadette

But, Howard never heard the gossip. The episode and gossip theme worked for me when the story instead lead to the experiment by Amy and Sheldon. That created some funny moments, especially when Leonard was using the gossip to try and get Sheldon to tell him what happened with Amy without specifically mentioning the gossip.

And, Amy being on skype listening - perfect.

The humor on this show usually is tied into the characters love of technology, science fiction and other geekery. I appreciated this episode, because it revolved around a common issue - gossip, yet it was handled in a manner unique to this specific social circle.

One complaint I have about the show is the lack of continuity between episodes. Last week, Leonard and Priya weren't getting along all that well, but this week everything seemed fine. In some ways, they seemed better than fine.

When they were in the bathroom together, I saw them as a couple and for the first time liked them together. I never thought I would, regardless I still think Leonard and Penny will end up back together.

It was nice to see Penny around Leonard without them being concerned about Priya. When the two of them were taking the long walk up the stairs, I actually forgot that they weren't dating anymore. As different as they are, they just mesh perfectly.

The only part I didn't find funny was the opening scene with Sheldon and Amy.

It went on too long. By the end, I thought I was watching two robots spout boring scientific jibberjabber to each other. While I do enjoy this pairing, too much of it is not a good thing.

I'm not sure what to make of Howard and Bernadette's engagement. After their failed trial run living together, it seemed a bit odd that Howard would propose and that she would accept. I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out, as I foresee some very funny moments.

And, perhaps we will even meet Howard's mother.

Some Big Bang Theory quotes from last night:

Howard: Her freakishly small hands make anything look big. That's one of the reasons I love her. | permalink
Raj's poem: Oh, Bernadette, please play my clarinet. | permalink
Priya: And for years, everyone in my family was convinced that he was the clarinet enthusiast. | permalink
Sheldon: Everyone was set a-twitter. Although oddly, no one tweeted. | permalink
Penny: All right, try thinking about this -- Sheldon and Amy had sex.
Raj: Shut your ass. | permalink
Amy: The meme has reached full penetration.
Sheldon: Pun intended?
Amy: No. Happy accident. | permalink
Amy: I should let you know that she asked for details about our dalliance.
Sheldon: Interesting. So it went beyond the mere fact of coitus to a "blow by blow" as it were.
Amy: Pun intended?
Sheldon: I'm sorry. What pun? | permalink


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I think that Bernadette will eventually speak the truth and the wedding will be off! Raj will be her new bf which will totally turn the tables. As for penny and leonard..definitely. but priya has to go...i dont really like her, she's too normal for the show haha


i didn't get the pun lines. could anyone please tell me what they were saying?? thank you


This episode is quite perfect!! in my opinion, the opening scene was ok, it was actually quite funny!! :DD and sheldon being a jerk isn't really a surprise to us. He knows he is smart, and he is entitled to his opinion, even if it would make him look like any super ego jerk plus the smart out-of-this world comeback. XD i'll stop defending the opening now. LOL. but anyways, i love how the TBBT handled the "gossip" into an experiment, only Shamy can do that!! XDD and i'm quite excited on what will happen with howard and bernaddete, are the writers going with the marriage, and make them grow up? or are they going back and rewind howard as a single 100 pound jewish who lives with his mom~~, plus a happy raj. but personally, it would be nice to see them in a whole different light.. XD in any ways, TBBT is growing, and we love it!! and i agree with your new circle of friends! :D


My only (and consistent) complaint is Sheldon intentionally being a jerk in the opening. Note to the writers: Sheldon is only funny when he is 'accidentally' being a jerk. Otherwise he just comes off as a colossal Ass-hat.


Howard's a "fixer-upper" which women seem to love. Bernadette's stronger than anyone first supposed. And, back in OUR world, I think Howard's gone as far as he can as the ineffectual horndog. This will make his character have to evolve a little...and the dynamic of the group will have to evolve as there are components added that aren't transitory. The boys have to grow up. I'd like to see one where our four heroes actually come out being the heroes or the ones who did the right thing. So far, all they do is lose, and have someone else either save the day or get the upper hand. It's sort of Cheers if all the characters were Diane. Still, a good episode. Everyone got something...And, I can't believe I'm saying it, but Amy was actually GOOD in this ep.


One of the best yet. Sheldon and Amy need more scenes like last episode and their counterfactual game. Loved the "Pun?" lines and "You're a Vixen"/Amy's smile. No scenes were flat.


Oh, and also Amy's smile after Sheldon said "You're a vixen" was just too cute.


This was a damn-near perfect episode. It highlighted all characters, they brought back Raj's parents. I liked Priya in this episode as well. The cold opening was great (I didn't understand why the recorded laughs didn't start at the beginning when the guy announced "it is possible there could be several universes" :D). It was a regular theme, gossip, approached in a Shamy type of way :) the continuity of them intending to have kids earlier in the season, and also Raj being into Bernadette. One thing I didn't understand was Bernadette accepting Howard's proposal, but I think if they would've gone the other way, the episode wouldn't have been as funny as it was. Well done, TBBT. I was worried about you for a while there, but you came back with a winner.


I'm really confused with Howard and Bernadette's relationship. Does she really want to be with him, or is she just not brave enough to break up with him?


That episode was perfect! I mean we even see all the characters (minus Howard and Bernadette but they are important for the story even without sceen time)!

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The Big Bang Theory Season 4 Episode 20 Quotes

Amy: The meme has reached full penetration.
Sheldon: Pun intended?
Amy: No. Happy accident.

Amy: I should let you know that she asked for details about our dalliance.
Sheldon: Interesting. So it went beyond the mere fact of coitus to a "blow by blow" as it were.
Amy: Pun intended?
Sheldon: I'm sorry. What pun?