The Big Bang Theory

Season 4 Episode 23

The Engagement Reaction

19
Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 12, 2011 on CBS
7.0
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Mrs. Wolowitz ends up in the hospital after Howard tells her he's marrying Bernadette. While there, Leonard stresses over Penny and Priya warming up to one another.

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  • Other Assorted Coccuses

    7.0
    This episode was much, much smoother than the previous one, though I'm definitely not digging Bernadette adopting Howard's mother's voice. It's nice to see Pria and Penny getting something resembling along, though I don't want Pria hanging around much longer. She's just not right with the group. Decent episode, not a lot of laughs.
  • Not bad, but it could've been waaaaaay better.

    5.0
    I appreciate the effort the producers and writers made of doing something different to what they usually did and going out of their comfort zone. The problem is, that can be a recipe for failure and in this case, the episode wasn't up to snuff IMO.



    Let's face it: Sheldon/Jim IS this programme, and especially the way he interacts with Penny/Kaley. When you take away that, and you get a ridiculously Flanderised Sheldon to the point of being annoying (and not *good* annoying), something's very wrong with the episode.



    I did like, however, the way Leonard is treated differently, with the girls talking about his flaws and all, and finally giving a plausible explanation of him being a chick magnet (I mean, come on! he's had the female doctor, the hot blonde, the gorgeous Indian, the hot scientist, the old lady with enviable sex skills - yet he complains about not having luck with the ladies, Alan Harper much?).



    Bernadette - I think the actress who plays her is 'stop-eating hot', but the character is handled the wrong way. I mean, what on earth is she doing with him? Going with another 2 1/2 men parallel - it's like Courtney Thorne-Smith with Jon Cryer... those two sitcoms seem to be obsessed with the idea of a hot successful girl being into a lame pathetic insecure man, yet the reverse never happens as, apparently, a less-than-hot woman could never possibly deserve a hot successful guy.



    And Howard's mum heard but not seen - this stopped being funny three series ago, IMO.moreless
  • Relationships have been part of this show since DAY ONE.

    10
    Only thing I didn't like about this episode was how Bernadette reacted to Howard thinking that it was his fault that his mother fainted due to the engagement news, when it really wasn't. Yeah it wasn't a GREAT episode but I can't believe how blind certain people are when they say relationships are ruining the show and they don't act like nerds anymore. This is SUPPOSED to happen. Why can't the nerd grow up and get a girlfriend? And ever since season 1, relationships have been happening. Granted they didn't last long, but they were still short relationships. That is why the show is called "The Big BANG theory." And there have been LOTS of instances this season where they still do nerdy things together. And take a look at this episode--playing a geeky trading card game. So all you who hate the show now really need to realize that this has been happening since day 1 and the characters are evolving like they're supposed to.moreless
  • BBT hitting the bottom of the barrel.

    4.0
    Apart from the episode on gossips, I can`t think of a single good recent episode of Big Bang theory, that`s how bad the show is doing. The loss of the quality this season has been drastic. It probably has to do maybe with Sheldon not being nearly as funny as he used to be to hold the show by himself but also with the constant wrong decisions the writers are making. Bernadette, Amy , Priya...there are way way too much characters on the show now. Amy is funny at times sure but that angle is played out(is there even an angle they are trying to do here?) and Bernadette is plain unfunny. There was a time where Howard used to be funny, he is plain boring now. Was that scene where he announces his engagement to his mother supposed to be funny? I can`t think of any perspective where it was. As for Raj, I don`t know if he said even a single funny line this season...he has become a cheesy, annoying character. The premise of the show was having a bunch of geeks, each with their distinct characteristic, living next to that hot blond. We don`t have that now...the writers have diverted from the show`s simple (and working) premise by adding uninteresting characters and relations. There is character development, and then there is turning characters into the shadow of what they were. Certainly, they are getting it wrong here. I hope they end the season on a good note even tho it won`t be enough to prevent BBT from being one of the biggest disappointment on tv this season.moreless
  • Still a big fan of TBBT! I don't understand why so many people start to have problems with this show. It's still as funny as in the beginning.

    9.0
    Still a big fan of TBBT! I don't understand why so many people start to have problems with this show. It's still as funny as in the beginning. I understand people saying the emphasis of the show shifting more towards Sheldon and that the show changed. But I like seeing Sheldon no matter what he does and a little change in the show from time to time can't hurt. They're trying out some new things and I find that a good thing. I don't like shows where every episode is an almost exact remake of the previous one. I don't see how anyone could so I don't get all the complaints. This episode was very funny to me. Sheldon's fear of germs pushed to the extreme, perfectly done by Jim Parsons, and Raj with some hilarious lines. The highlight of this episode however has to be Howard losing the battle with the door! Hilarious how he bounces off!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

Phil Abrams

Phil Abrams

Dr. Bernstein

Guest Star

Sharon Omi

Sharon Omi

Nurse in Biohazard Suit

Guest Star

Aarti Mann

Aarti Mann

Priya Koothrappali

Recurring Role

Carol Ann Susi

Carol Ann Susi

Mrs. Wolowitz

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