A good episode overall but it's nowhere near as good as what we've been getting as of late. But I think it's a good think to take time to focus on other characters like Howard. I guess it's good not to get a Sheldon overload. My favorite scene of the episode was definitely between Leonard & Penny in the laundry room, finally we get somewhat development in their relationship.
As for the laughs, Sheldon brought most of them of course. But I actually found myself laughing at Howard's voice messages even though it was over used by the end. Leonard getting a girlfriend is just what he needed and it was nice development, also Leslie wasn't in the episode so that was a huge plus. A predictable ending though, and things stayed the same by the end, this episode is good for a few laughs, but really nothing more.