The Big Bang Theory Review: Bert and Ernie Break Up

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When is a spoiler no longer a spoiler? Because all of the Harry Potter books have been published for years and the movies have all been released, I'd say that it's outside that time frame. Though, if you know your friend is reading them for the first time, you don't SPOIL it for them! Oh, Sheldon!

"The Spoiler Alert Segmentation" took the never-ending debate about spoilers and put it front and center. It was okay for The Big Bang Theory to mention the Harry Potter deaths because they aren't spoilers any more. However, The Walking Dead one is a little more iffy, especially since the comedy is shown worldwide and I'm guessing that the zombie drama hasn't been released everywhere. Bad show!

Leonard & Sheldon's Fight

Regardless, it was an appropriate theme for The Big Bang Theory. But, it was difficult to imagine that Leonard hadn't already read Harry Potter or that he doesn't watch The Walking Dead live on Sunday nights. And even more incredulous was out of all the things Sheldon has done, it was a spoiler and a few soy milk jokes that pushed Leonard over the edge. If the jokes are funny, though, it doesn't discount the enjoyment of the series.

It's pleasant to see that Leonard and Penny have become comfortable with their relationship, such that he didn't even consider it being an issue for him to live with her. Of course, it was a spontaneous decision, but they are moving forward. And even though Penny wasn't sure she wanted Leonard there, she considered it. At previous points in their relationship, she would have yelled at him and unceremoniously thrown him back across the hall. 

Instead, she casually attempted to get Leonard to realize he couldn't leave Sheldon:

Penny: But, you two make such a cute couple. Like Bert and Ernie. You guys even teach me stuff about words and numbers. | permalink

After Sheldon's revelation last Thursday about his relationship with Amy, he was pushed too fast. It's rare that Sheldon is at a loss for words, but he said "Umm..." quite a bit to Amy. 

Amy: Here I am?
Sheldon: Wait. Here who is where? | permalink

When she got his detailed meal correct, it looked like a perfect roommate pairing. Too bad Amy over played it with the phone message, which brought Sheldon back to reality. The new roommate arrangements weren't meant to be, but they did provide for an episode of laughs.

While Leonard and Sheldon were dealing with their new roommates, Raj was dealing with a new one of his own, Mrs. Wolowitz! He was a good friend to Howard and what did it get him? A controlling wannabe mother and the role of a replacement son. Poor guy! At least, he got good food, silk pajamas and someone to wash his clothes for him. The bath, however? That was a bit too much.

Howard was in Vegas and we finally got to SEE his mother. It was only a brief moment, but she was there. On screen. For real. Not just a dot on a picture from a satellite or an annoying voice from the other room. We saw her walk across the kitchen and her hands as she prevented Raj from escaping through the window. Is it possible that we'll see her in her entirety this season? Are you disappointed that she was revealed at all? Or was it about time?

Despite the odd set-up for the episode, it had plenty of hilarious lines and moments. It made me laugh and not cringe, so that's a good sign since it's usually been one or the other for The Big Bang Theory season 6.

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OMG Sue Ann ! Thank you for remembering December Bride. As for Mrs. Columbo, at least she dumped Peter Falk and got to be a Starfleet officer.

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GeneralRapunzel is right. It was the final straw which broke Leonard's back, not the small incident itself. I ended a four-year relationship because my guy slammed the door of my (new) car nearly hard enough to break it, after having been asked not to do so. Cavalierly. It wasn't the slamming of the door. It was all the other small aggravations of the past four years, adding up to one-too-many, suddenly. Poor Leonard. Sheldon would drive me crazy, too. @ Greg V., I remember December Bride. Always loved that show. Pete and Gladys, not so much. Mrs. Columbo did not work, for the same reasons. I thought this was a brilliant episode, and after Sheldon having been humiliated by Kripke's brilliant plan last week, having him reduced to "ummmm-ing" at Amy was wondrous! Humanizing baby steps ...


Sheldon and Amy have kissed at least once, initiated by a drunken Amy. BTW, who'd have guessed that Amy would have a waterbed !?!


"The whole Leonard and Penny thing needs to be put to rest. You can only go so long with commitment issues etc." The same could be said for the Sheldon and Amy thing. I was glad Amy got all up in Sheldon's grill about it. Two years of "dating" and nary a KISS between them? If that ain't lack of commitment, I don't know what is.


The Raj moments with Howard's mother were hilarious. I thought Amy and Sheldon were funny too. The whole Leonard and Penny thing needs to be put to rest. You can only go so long with commitment issues etc.


I agree with the person who said we can see Walowitz's mother on the last show and then it should be either someone really famous should be a old version of Bernadette, leaving us with the last message that he married his mother, that would be hilarious and creepy but mostly hilarious.


Considering the fact that The Walking Dead is a COMIC BOOK, I think it was a nice addition to the show. The fault was that the writers should have had Leonard already know about all that's happened with The Walking Dead since he, characteristically, would have read the comics. The episode, as a whole, was hilarious as always expected with Big Bang


re: Mrs. Wolowitz (the elder) finally revealed, sort of. Many shows have had characters that were never revealed. If you're old enough to remember, we never saw neighbor Pete Porter's, (Harry Morgan's), wife, Gladys, on December Bride. Not till they got their own show and she was played by Cara Williams. Anyway, I'm satisfied with never seeing Howard's mom till the very last episode of the series. We should have been getting little teaser glimpses long ago. At least since the second or third seasons. I'm surprised that she hasn't been revealed at ComiCon, as she's done the cast intros there.


Okay film geeks, was that the 'Wilhelm Scream' when Mrs. W. dragged Raj back through the window ? I think it was.


i get how he might not have read or seen harry potter...i havent either, but i must know most of the spoilers by now. i am surprised at supposed comic book readers not having read at least the first few of the walking dead comics. lorri has been dead in those for a long time.

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