The Big Bang Theory "The Re-Entry Minimization" Review: Honeymoon of Horrors... Plus Game Night!

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Oct 19, 2012

The Big Bang Theory S06E04: “The Re-Entry Minimization”

Well, ladies and gentlemen, Howard Wolowitz has finally returned from space and his storyline has already improved. Having blasted off immediately after their wedding, Howard missed out on a proper wedding night with Bernadette who—come hell or high water or flu season—was going to have sex with her husband, dammit.

Except, well, the nighttime sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, and all that plus a healthy dose of Benadryl conspired against Bernadette and her naughty nightie’s intentions. I would say that it sucked to be Howard, but I don’t think he was that disappointed to get out of sucking face with the snot monster.

However, it DID suck to be Howard for a few other reasons.

1. His mom is banging his dentist. I say good for Momma Wolowitz, but I understand Howard’s horror and his determination to find a new dentist. “I need to find a new one now that I know where his hands have been.”

2. Despite Sheldon’s best efforts, Raj’s new BFF, Stu, is here to stay. In fact, he moved in with Raj and they were just heading out for an evening at the Sound of Music singalong when Howard dropped in to say hi and bask in the glory of being an astronaut. He was very obviously hurt by his apparent replacement, especially since the Sound of Music singalong was his and Raj’s “thing.”

3. Team Sheldon/Leonard and Team Amy/Penny were too caught up in their glorious Battle of the Sexes to do any more than scream at Howard to go away when he swung by their building looking for love.

He finally ended up a diner, alone, where a waitress recognized him from TV and offered him free cheesecake... but only if he’d stop talking. Oh well, CHEESECAKE!

So let’s talk about this Battle of the Sexes and how it was amazing and easily the most fun I’ve had watching The Big Bang Theory in a good while. What started out as a simple game of Pictionary exploded when Amy and Penny quickly dominated and Sheldon handled his game-night inferiority as well as Sheldon handles anything. The best part of the Pictionary battle was that Sheldon wasn’t WRONG, per se, he just overthought everything. It happens to the best of us, man. Do you know how many rounds I’ve blown at my absolute favorite sport in the entire world (after hockey and marching band, of course)—bar trivia—by skipping the obvious answer in favor of the technically-correct-but-not-what-the-moderator-was-looking-for answer? It’s kind of sad. But polish vs. Polish and present the noun vs. present the adjective will never get old. Never. Grammar jokes FTW.

After losing at Pictionary, Leonard and Sheldon continued to lose at Where’s Waldo, spinning around in circles and doing long division, and wrestling. Sheldon proposed a game of Physics Fiesta, in which players answer physics questions in remedial Spanish, but Penny quickly put the kibosh on that. In turn, Sheldon rejected all bar games because he felt that Penny had a clear advantage. Amy seemed particularly disappointed by the decision to skip the wet T-shirt contest.

So who do you think won that pie eating contest?


The Stray Observation Addendum


1. One-liner of the night goes to Howard for his description of making out with a snot-infested Bernadette: “Well, that was quick and a little gross... now I know how she feels.” However, Raj wins all of the innuendo cupcakes.

2. Has Howard actually resolved the conflict between Bernadette and his mom and moving out, or has the show just not addressed it yet?

3. What does Howard’s return and Raj’s newfound friendship with Stu mean for their epic bromance? Is there trouble ahead? Probably. Will they get through it? Probably. I just hope that “probably” doesn’t come at the cost of sending Stu back to the comic shop, never to be seen regularly again. I like him.

4. I’d ask for your gross make-out stories, but I’m kind of afraid of what I might get, so let’s just agree that we’ve all been there, alright?

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  • sduvoisin Oct 23, 2012

    1. Why does Raj get the inneundo cupcakes?



    2. I was wondering the same thing. There could be some good comedy to come from this.



    3. Stuwart isn't that interesting right now. They need to up his dialogue and give him some more punch. However I could see him and Raj becoming good friends. Raj & Howard have been on the outs ever since he got a girlfriend. Raj was kinda playing that part for Howard until Bernadette showed up so it will be interesting to see where the writer's take their friendship.



    4. Yeah we have - although not me. Mine have never been gross. When I'm gross I stay home in bed and phelgm doesn't do it for me so I encourage my dates to cancel when they are under the weather.

  • FrillArtist Oct 21, 2012

    Wasn't all that great to me.

  • MirandaLynn Oct 21, 2012

    My "laugh out loud" moment was when Leonard lost to Amy in the "Where's Waldo?" contest.

    SHELDON: How could you NOT find him?

    LEONARD (clearly frustrated): Because HE's HARD TO FIND! If he was easy to find, the books would be called 'THERE'S WALDO!'

  • DavidJackson8 Oct 20, 2012

    Pretty funny episode, probably the best of the season. I'm glad that Howie is out of space now and thought the reactions his family and friends had upon his arrival was kind of cute. His mom shacking up is a bit disturbing though, just because of the volume of the noises she may make during sex. Hehe @ game night. I thought the kissing was a bit odd though -- I figure Penny did it to gloat, but it still felt a little out of character (unless she had a few drinks during the night).

  • shocker713 Oct 20, 2012

    Penny works at the damn Cheesecake Factory, and she never gave Howard free cheesecake...

  • JT_Kirk Oct 20, 2012

    Seriously? Wolowitz turns down sex with a girl for ANY reason? Either that's character growth or the writers are sniffing glue. I'd guess the latter based on the lack of character growth for other characters on this show, yet this episode did a good job saying otherwise. I actually felt bad for him, and impressed at the end that they gave him what he was looking for in a small way, even if it came with a backhanded compliment.

    Sheldon's drawing of "the present" had me in stitches, once he explained it I couldn't not see it, and was impressed that for once they got the actors to do their own whiteboard writing rather than most shows who leave that to a different-handed intern. The games were fun overall and I could have even used one more. It didn't look like either team had an advantage during the pie-eating contest, but where the hell did they get 4 lattice-topped blueberry pies in tins in Pasadena???

    Howard not heading to his mother's house right away felt like a resolution to that plotline, especially since his mother didn't seem to mind.

  • safibwana Oct 20, 2012

    You have a point. Snotty noses are why God invented doggy style.

  • radiumgirl Oct 20, 2012

    Sheldon's drawings were amazing. I loved his take on Polish too.



    While the game night story amused me more than Howard's, I DID appreciate what APPEARS to be character development, especially with his mom. Mostly I'm just glad we're not in space anymore.

  • phonzee101 Oct 24, 2012

    Yeah the game night scenes were fun to watch.

  • JT_Kirk Oct 22, 2012

    I was impressed that Penny was able to prove her point about "polish vs Polish" so well. That drawing of Marie Curie had me in stitches.

  • shocker713 Oct 20, 2012

    I'm not usually one for injecting depressing drama into sitcoms (I got enough of that in 9 seasons of Scrubs to last a lifetime), but I do feel at some point Howard's dad should show back up, if only so Howard can tell him off and prove he and Mrs. W got along fine without him.

  • borgsblueyes Oct 20, 2012

    The best and funniest episode in a long time. Its not often I find myself laughing out loud at TBBT lately. It was great to have a break from Penny and Leonards relationship problems.

  • docspector Oct 20, 2012

    I actually thought that Sheldon was going for the VERB form of "present".



  • Graeccus Oct 20, 2012

    Sheldon's ignorance about the simplest of things makes me love him so much. Also, I'm loving Raj and Stu's friendship.

  • FoxZerro Oct 19, 2012

    Great episode... I unfortunately find it hard to root for Howard because he kind of puts himself into these situations where he will be cast aside by the way that he acts. I have to agree that his best line of the night was regarding the dentist, I hadn't even considered where my dentist's hands may have been and as he said it I'm not sure if I'll even be attending a dental visit ever again... and not just because I don't have dental insurance.



    I'm glad with how they worked Stuart into the group and it makes perfect sense for him to have moved in with Raj, considering that when we last saw him in the episode with Lavar Burton he said he was living in the Comic Book Shop. He is a strong character and its nice to have a male everyman now that we have two female scientists as main cast members its a choice that rounds out the cast and the show very nicely. I also like that in the dynamic between Stuart and Raj, Raj actually has some power, when before with Howard he was always kind of being put down. His friendship with Stuart is definitely healthier and even though I think he knows that Raj is willing to be a friend to Howard. It was very childish of Howard to just leave Raj's apartment when Raj was willing to modify his plans to accomidate Howard being with them that evening. Again Howard is a very chidish character who brings most of his misfortune upon himself.



    Jumping over to the battle of the sexes, the best part was when Penny and Sheldon were wrestling and then after she had pinned him she started kissing him on the face, it was made better by the fact that as Sheldon yelled for Amy's help she joined in on the kissing. It was a great, funny, and realistic scene and I'm glad that it just happened and didn't result in Sheldon stalking off upset that they had kissed him. I liked that he understood it was all in good fun and the night of competition continued.



    BTW I definitely think that Sheldon and Leonard took the pie eating contest. When Sheldon snorted that blueberry down his throat he was in it to win it, plus he and Leonard has both eaten quite a bit more pie at that moment in the contest.



    Finally to answer question numero dos. My money is on the fact that the plotline regarding Howard resolving the conflict between his wife and mother will never have a proper resolve. Like with all Chuck Lorre shows it was brought up for humour in one episode and will henceforth be forgotten. I like to think that the fact that Mrs. Wolowitz likes Bernadette and let her be the only one to pick him up at the airport means that they have resolved it on her own. Plus I think now that Mrs. Wolowitz has someone to "drill her cavities," she will not only accept that Howard is moving out but encourage it, so that she doesn't need to schedule her "fillings" around him.

  • smorbie Oct 24, 2012

    Doesn't Raj have a one bedroom apt.?

  • smorbie Oct 24, 2012

    Doesn't Raj have a one bedroom apt.?

  • shocker713 Oct 20, 2012

    Ewwwww, dental double entendre.

  • radiumgirl Oct 20, 2012

    Snorting the blueberry definitely highlighted Sheldon's commitment to victory. I appreciated his response to the kissing too! I was expecting a tantrum.

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