Review: The Big Bang Theory - The Maternal Convergence
by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 15th 2009 6:40AM
(S03E11) Christine Baranski is back! I loved this episode, but it was way too short. It was so fast-paced, that it seemed like it was over before it even got started. They really picked up where they left off the last time she guest-starred. In that episode; they established how she and Sheldon were basically the same person and hinted at a Mrs. Robinson-type relationship. In this episode, they totally went there.
Sure, she was drunk and didn't really mean it, but when she pulled Sheldon in and kissed him, my jaw dropped. It's been a while since we've seen her, and they spent the first half of this episode establishing basically that Sheldon had replaced Leonard in his mother's life. He's sending her get-well flowers, he knows about Leonard's dog dying, he's giving Beverly notes on her papers; so when she kissed him, it was jarring -- like she was kissing her own son.
Otherwise, I loved how they managed to get her and Penny in the same room together -- drinking, no less. The entire scene was golden. From Beverly telling Penny about being responsible for her own orgasm, to wanting the bus boy to ravish her in the alley while she ate cheesecake, Baranski was hilarious. It was also nice how she came around and approved of Penny (in her own weird way) at the end.
However, none of it compares to Howard and Raj's brief appearance in the episode, during which Beverly voices what everyone has been thinking at least all season: those guys are totally gay for each other. It was a short scene, but it was fantastic. Those dudes are totally in love with each other. It's about time someone tried to get them to admit it.
Some of my favorite lines from this episode:
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."
"So, Howard, have you and Rajesh finally summoned the courage to express your latent homosexual feelings towards one another?" - Beverly
"Excuse me Leonard, I am the one who is getting a divorce; Mitzi is the one who is dead; why are you the one making a fuss?" - Beverly
Beverly: "Your Check Engine light is on."
Penny: "Yeah, I gotta put a sticker over that."
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