The Big Bang Theory

Season 4 Episode 16

The Cohabitation Formulation

13
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 2011 on CBS
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Bernadette tells Howard that it's time to choose between moving in with her or staying with his mother. Leonard discovers Raj's sister Priya is back in town and reconnects with her, and Amy tries to comfort Penny when she finds out.

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  • Not Optional

    7.0
    Sheldon and Amy are really doing a number on Penny (and I still absolutely adore that dynamic), but the thing between Leonard and Pria is already crashing and burning, and I can't believe that Burnadette didn't already know how much of a man child Howard is. A decent episode overall, but more endearing than funny.
  • Nice episode, not great though.

    7.5
    Howard's mum is the new Maris - they've exaggerated her traits so much that it's gonna be nearly impossible to give her a face without falling short for the 'legend' they've created.



    The way Howard thinks of Bernadette as a substitute mother figure is sad and disturbing but, what's even sadder and more disturbing is that there are loads of people like that in real life.



    Sheldon's unique take on social constructs and protocols is funny as always. Funny plot for Raj both 'forbidding it' and having problems with the language. Amy genuinely caring for her 'bestie' and Sheldon knowing more about Indian culture than actual Indian people is a nice continuity trait.



    Then again, I agree with Sheldon: 'that seems like an awfully large gamble given that the prize is Leonard.' I still can't understand why both Leonard and Alan Harper are described as pathetic and lonely, yet we see them with one hot successful woman after (or simultaneously with) another, yet they keep complaining. Priya is indeed 'highly educated, an accomplished professional and comes from the culture that literally wrote the book on neat ways to have sex', so she could do way better than Leonard.



    Accent double-standards are realistic though: if a woman speaks like that it's hot, if a man speaks like that it's cartoon-like. Sad but true.moreless
  • 416

    7.0
    The Amy character has been mostly hit or miss since her premiere in the third season finale, but the Bernadette character has just been terrible since its creation in my eyes. Not funny, and not only not funny, but really annoying as well. She was at the forefront of this episode along with Howard, and together the duo managed to make me forget that this show was actually a comedy at points with how long the gaps between laughs were.



    But as a whole, the storylines in this episode were not that bad. The writing was strong, even if the acting and the execution of the jokes was not. For that, I'd say this was a better than average episode.moreless
  • The Cohabitation Formulation

    7.5
    First off, this episode was a significant improvement upon last weeks. Not straying too far from the comfort zone of any of it's repeating gags, but executing them well and delivering a few genuine laughs that have been lacking recently. The episode focuses around two main stories: Howard trying to move out and proving that he really has developed to the mental age of a 5 year old, and Leonard getting re-involved with Raj's sister much to Penny's dislike. The Howard story line was the least funny of the two, but provided a few moments at which i really felt like i couldn't watch him be such a mommy's boy because it was just too cringey, and so it served it's purpose. Leonard's story line was the much more interesting of the two with some genuine plot advancement, unlike many of the other stand alone episodes of late, which really was nice to see. I assume that Raj' sister will return for more episodes, which is nice as it should give the writers a chance to do a bit more with Raj other than to have him not speak to women and provide one liners in the cafeteria at the university. I really hope the writers take advantage of the story that they have set up here, with Penny clearly still having feelings for Leonard. With at least 3 seasons to go I doubt that there will be any kind of hasty reforming of their relationship, but if Priya sticks around just long enough to mix things up, a new life should be thrown back into this show that has been stagnant of late. Overall this was a much better episode of The Big Bang Theory than I have come to expect on a week to week basis and I hope that it continues to deliver at this level.moreless
  • 416

    7.5
    A step in the right direction especially after the last episode that didn't bring much to the table. We got some foreshadowing on Penny & Leonard's relationship. Even though, I'm so over this couple, it's still nice to see moments where either Penny or Leonard show vulnerability to their feelings toward each other.



    Man, I'm really glad Mayim Bialik left Secret Life for this show, clearly this role is much better suited for her talents, and it's really been showing lately, I've grown to really like Amy, and her interactions with Penny weren't bad at all. Leonard & Priya? I didn't like when she first came around, it's a wonder why they brought her back.



    My complaint about this episode is that Sheldon was acting way out of character, I don't know if anyone noticed, but nothing he did in this episode seemed like something he would do. Also can you say Howard/Bernadette overload? Because we definitely got that here.moreless
Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki

Leonard Hofstadter

Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons

Sheldon Cooper

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

Penny

Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg

Howard Wolowitz

Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar

Rajesh Koothrappali

Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch

Bernadette Rostenkowski

Carol Ann Susi

Carol Ann Susi

Mrs. Wolowitz

Recurring Role

Aarti Mann

Aarti Mann

Priya Koothrappali

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