The Big Bang Theory

Season 2 Episode 15

The Maternal Capacitance

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 09, 2009 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A visit from Leonard's mother ends up bringing him and Penny closer.

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  • One of the best episodes of the series!

    This was a classic! There isn't a single wasted line, and all the scenes are hysterical - while also being clever and occasionally disturbing (in a good way). Christine Baranski deserved an Emmy for this guest spot, and her psycho analysis of Raj and Howard is awesome. Not to be missed.
  • Yes, Mother

    I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this episode. It didn't rely on Sheldon because there was a female Sheldon running around. Penny and Leonard almost bonded, except for Leonard's inability to keep his mouth shut. I got excited for a moment thinking this would finally be when Raj had his muteness beaten out of him, but was obviously disappointed. I really didn't care of Leonard's mother; she was more a cringe factor than anything else. A decent episode, I guess.moreless
  • Leonard's mother visits.

    Having Two and a Half Men air before this will certainly help the ratings, but it also exposed how much better the show is than Chuck Lorre's newer series.

    Christine Baranski did an excellent job as Leonard's mother, and her exchanges were great, but everything else about this episode just felt, sort of there. There was no need to have the "two friends, let's pretend their gay subplot with Kuthrapali and Wolowitz. We clearly know they are not, and such a generic concept is beneath this show.

    I did laugh a lot though, so I cannot discount that, but not the best half hour of the year by a long shot.moreless
  • 215

    Probably the best by far. Maybe I'm being a little biased and a little too generous with my rating but this would definitely have to be one of the funniest, most eventful half our of television I have seen. Other sitcoms should watch TBBT and take notes, seriously, this is what a good sitcom should be.

    Not only was it absolutely hilarious with Leonard's mother and Sheldon interacting but it was also surprisingly eventful. We haven't got a Penny/Leonard hinting since the beginning of the season. Mostly we've been getting Sheldon-based episodes which isn't necassarily a bad thing when it comes to comedy but it looks like this show mastered both the continuity and comedy tonight.

    Penny & Leonard almost having sex was big, not to mention the events leading up to this occurence was hysterical. Knowing this show, the almost hook up wont change much, but it was still great to see. Perfect TBBT tonight, best by far.moreless
  • American comedy at it's best!

    The Big Bang Theory is one of my favourite shows on telly at the moment. It's so original and funny! All five of the main cast work so well together and have amazing chemistry with each other and guest star Christine Baranski fitted in superb and was extremely believable as Leonard's mother.

    This episode was hilarious from the beginning with Sheldon, Raj and Howard playing on Guitar Hero (I think) and continued throughout. Sheldon and Leonard's mother made a absolutely hilarious couple - so alike and had amazing chemistry together as actors and characters. Also I loved seeing Penny and Leonard drawing closer together especially when Leonard explained his 'hugging machine'. Although I'm glad they didn't go all the way as it is defiantly too soon for Leonard and Penny to become a committed couple.

    I haven't got much to say because I can barely control myself with laughter as I keep thinking of Sheldon and Leonard's mother singing on the karaoke.

    Overall a truly amazing episode that I could watch over and over!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Sheldon: What are the odds that two individuals as unique as ourselves would be connected by someone as comparatively workaday as your son?
      Beverly: Is that a rhetorical point, or would you like to do the math?
      Sheldon: I'd like to do the math.

    • Sheldon: I've always hated how my right frontal lobe looks in pictures.
      Beverly: Common complaint among men—nothing's ever big enough. Except when they get a tumor—then you don't hear the end of it.

    • Penny: What was Leonard like when he was little?
      Beverly: Oh, I think you mean young. He's always been little.

    • Penny: Wait, wait, [Beverly] is not going to come here looking for you, is she?
      Leonard: Relax, she took Sheldon into a hospital to get a brain scan.
      Penny: Oh, my God, what happened?
      Leonard: Nothing. Mother likes looking at brains, and Sheldon likes getting his brain scanned.

    • Leonard: Howard lives with his mother, and Raj can't speak to women unless he's drunk. Go!
      Beverly: Oh, that's fascinating. Selective mutism is quite rare. On the other hand, an adult Jewish male living with his mother is so common, it borders on sociological cliché.
      Howard: It's just temporary. I pay rent.
      Leonard: He lives in the same room where his bassinet was.
      Beverly: You know, both selective mutism and an inability to separate from one's mother can stem from a pathological fear of women. It might explain why the two of you have created an ersatz homosexual marriage to satisfy your need for intimacy.
      Howard: Say what?

    • Beverly: Your uncle Floyd died.
      Leonard: Oh, my god, what happened?
      Beverly: His heart stopped beating.

    • (Penny complains while the gang plays Rock Band)
      Howard: Penny, come on, we're just finding our sound.
      Penny: You found it. It's the sound of a cat being run over by a lawn mower

    • Penny: You must be Leonard's mother.
      Beverly: I don't know if I must be, but yes.

    • Sheldon: I would very much like to read about your sex life.
      Beverly: Well, it's all on-line.

    • Sheldon: In bladder-voiding—as in real estate—it's location, location, location.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Raj says Leonard is, "like the Jar-Jar Binks of the Hofstadter family," referring to a character first introduced in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.