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Review: The Big Bang Theory - The Maternal Convergence

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 15th 2009 6:40AM
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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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Usually Dexter wraps everything up from the season in a neat little bow. The season's villain chopped up and dumped in the water, and Dexter going back to his life. A little cliff hanger yes, but nothing like this. No Dexter season has ever ended with something as "shocking" , as you say, as this. The headline could have read "Jennifer Carpenter" discusses the season finale". It didn't have to talk about something so shocking as to cause you to have your therapist on speed dial. When Dexter arrives back home, in my head I was saying "Okay, where is the shocking surprise, did I miss something, oh wait, Rita must be dead." Instead, I would have been thinking "What a great episode, I can't wait for next year... Oh no, not Rita... no, no, no!!!" The headline put something extra into the my viewing experience that didn't need to be there. If I wasn't waiting for the shocking surprise, it would have surprised me, instead I was expecting it. Not every season finale ends with a shocking cliff hanger, but those that do, try to lull you into a false sense of security and then spring it on you. That's what Dexter tried to do, but since I knew a shocking ending was coming, I couldn't play along and I missed out on the shock.

December 17 2009 at 1:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh, come on, people. You sound like a bunch of yes-men. The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis was way, way funnier than this one. Relying on negative, snide "humor" is cheap - and gets old very fast. If Baranski's character said one more thing about someone's penis, I was ready to take this show off my DVR forever. How unimaginative to have nothing funny to say except crude sex jokes and, of course, people of the same sex can't pooosssibly be friends unless they're gay. I told everyone I know to start watching this show after 'Bath Item.' Now I'm embarrassed I did, because apparently the writers have run out of jokes.

The only funny line in this piece of detritus was Sheldon's wish to be in a Star Trek shuttle landing on a planet, etc.

December 16 2009 at 10:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the show was hilarious. Christine Baranski definitely needs to guest on the show more often! The only thing that really stuck out to me as unfunny were the falalalas.

December 15 2009 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I LOVED this episode. I couldn't catch my breath because I was laughing so much. However, I agree about previews ruining funny/shocking parts of shows. I hate hate hate when you see something funny in a commercial, or "on this episode of ...." The worst was that this site, TV Squad, ruined the finale of Dexter with the headline "Jennifer Carpenter says to put your therapist on speed dial for Dexter season finale" The whole time I'm waiting for "shocking suprise" and when it came it wasn't a shock because I knew something horrible was going to happen. I HATE you TV Squad. I feel robbed of one of the best tv show surprises ever. If you tell someone there is a shocking surprise, then it isn't a surprise anymore.

December 15 2009 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to Neal's comment

Is this the second straight episode Raj didn't talk at all?

December 15 2009 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That was geat episode i loved Leonard's Mom asking Leonard why he didn't tell her he was tapping her home girl Penny. and as much as the Kiss was hilarious it would have been much funnier had it not been in the promo for the episode during two and a half men, I i eve meet someone from the promo department at CBS i'm gonna kick them in the shins.

December 15 2009 at 9:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love her. "Yikes." The look on Sheldon's face after the kiss was priceless. Shock, and bewilderment. Perfect that there were no words after it. No wonder Leonard gets along so well with Sheldon; he grew up with that behavior. And i don't think Howard and Raj are gay. When two women are that close, no one says they are gay. Why is it that people automatically say that guys who are good friends are gay? And I'm not stupid. My son is gay. My brother is gay. Some people are JUST FRIENDS.

December 15 2009 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kona Gallagher

I don't think they're gay either. I do, however think that the question would be asked.

December 15 2009 at 9:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim Sparks

you know what I love about this episode? Penny seems relaxed to the weirdness. The boys odd folks are just odd folks.

Yeah. I gotta put a sticker over that.

December 15 2009 at 7:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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