The Big Bang Theory

Season 3 Episode 11

The Maternal Congruence

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 14, 2009 on CBS
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A Christmas visit from his mother has Leonard discovering she's kept a lot of news from him that she shares with Sheldon and worrying if she'll approve of his romance with Penny.

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  • Warm Feeling

    9.5
    I loved this episode. Leonard's mother changes the whole dynamic in an amazing way and this episode was just another testament to that fact. I loved that she and Penny ended up getting along so well, what kind of drunk she was and just generally everything she did in the episode. Sheldon didn't carry the episode and yet still played a huge role in it. It was a great episode. Sidenote, Penny's red pants and roses looked amazing on her and I don't typically pay attention to what people are wearing.moreless
  • 311

    8.0
    Great Big Bang tonight, last year's Christmas special was better, but I liked that Leonard's mom came back. She was hilarious in her first appearance, and I'm glad the writers were able to bring her back, especially know that Leonard & Penny are dating. Penny getting Leonard's mom drunk was absolutely hysterical. She reminded me of Sheldon in every sense, and that kiss at the end really was unexpected.



    We rarely ever see Sheldon interact with a woman, so it was nice seeing it here again for the second time. The Howard & Raj stuff, I don't like how much this show focuses on the bromance now this season. It was used again here when Beverly thought that they were gay but that's just my opinion.



    Overall, a great Christmas episode for Big Bang Theory.moreless
  • Christmas episode.

    8.2
    A surprisingly enjoyable installment of The Big Bang Theory tonight, that featured Christine Baranski reprising her role as Leonard's mother Beverly. Baranski has recently been doing an excellent job as Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife, and while I did not enjoy her first appearance on Bang, I found her to be very funny tonight. The dialogue with Sheldon was great as it was enjoyable to see him connect with a female, for the first time since Season 1. I also found Penny to be tolerable tonight, and I loved the return of the "Check Engine Light" bit on this show. I don't want to see episodes like this every week, but I very much enjoyed tonight's Big Bang Theory.moreless
  • Leonard's Mother comes for a holiday visit and the sparks fly. Leonard finds out that Sheldon and his Mother correspond regularly. Not only that, his parents are separating, his dog is dead, and nobody has bothered to tell him anything!moreless

    10
    I especially enjoyed the dinner with Leonard's Mother getting digs in on Howard about his "latent" homosexual urges. Then when he tries to prove Bernadette exists everyone including Leonard does not come to his aide.



    The scene with Penny and Leonard's Mother was great as well. Penny is actually pretty smart bringing things into perspective and it is actually touching when Leonard's Mom tells him to take care of her because of her "poor prospects for a job" at the end.



    One of the more touching moments was when Sheldon in his own warped way admitted to Leonard that they were a surrogate family. That's a lot of sentiment to come from Sheldon if you really think about it. It shows he does have compassion somewhere deep down. The kiss with Leonard's Mother was funny as well.



    Overall a very well written, acted, and produced episode of The Big Bang Theory. Monday nights at 9/8C certainly are turning into the finest hour of television ever with Two and a Half Men/The Big Bang Theory and with the recent improvement of Accidentally on Purpose the two hour CBS comedy block is really sizzling. Now if they can figure out how to get Rules of Engagement a slot as well they'll be all set! Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Leonard's Mother comes for a holiday visit and the sparks fly. Leonard finds out that Sheldon and his Mother correspond regularly. Not only that, his parents are separating, his dog is dead, and nobody has bothered to tell him anything!moreless

    9.5
    A smartly written and acted episode of The Big Bang Theory.



    I especially enjoyed the dinner with Leonard's Mother getting digs in on Howard about his "latent" homosexual urges. Then when he tries to prove Bernadette exists everyone including Leonard does not come to his aide.



    The scene with Penny and Leonard's Mother was great as well. Penny is actually pretty smart bringing things into perspective and it is actually touching when Leonard's Mom tells him to take care of her because of her "poor prospects for a job" at the end.



    One of the more touching moments was when Sheldon in his own warped way admitted to Leonard that they were a surrogate family. That's a lot of sentiment to come from Sheldon if you really think about it. It shows he does have compassion somewhere deep down. The kiss with Leonard's Mother was funny as well.



    Overall a very well written, acted, and produced episode of The Big Bang Theory. Monday nights at 9/8C certainly are turning into the finest hour of television ever with Two and a Half Men/The Big Bang Theory and with the recent improvement of Accidentally on Purpose the two hour CBS comedy block is really sizzling. Now if they can figure out how to get Rules of Engagement a slot as well they'll be all set! Thanks for reading...moreless

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Beverly: Your "Check Engine" light is on.
      Penny: Yeah, I gotta put a sticker over that.

    • Penny: Sheldon, what about you, did you have a Christmas tree?
      Sheldon: Oh, yes. We had a tree, we had a manger, we had an inflatable Santa Claus and plastic reindeer on the front lawn. And to make things even more jolly, there were so many blinking lights on the house, they induced neighborhood-wide seizures.

    • Sheldon: I found the Grinch to be a relatable and engaging character, and I was really with him right up the point that he succumbed to social convention and returned the presents and saved Christmas. What a buzzkill that was.

    • Leonard: When we watch Frosty the Snowman, he roots for the sun.
      Sheldon: Excuse me, but the sun is essential for all life on Earth. Frosty is merely a bit of frozen supernatural ephemera and a stolen hat—a crime, by the way, for which he is never brought to account.

    • Sheldon: I made tea.
      Leonard: I don't want tea.
      Sheldon: I didn't make tea for you; this is my tea.
      Leonard: Then why are you telling me?
      Sheldon: It's a conversation starter.
      Leonard: That's a lousy conversation starter.
      Sheldon: Oh, is it? We're conversing. Checkmate.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode's end titles has Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #272.

    • The Italian episode title is "La coerenza materna", meaning "The Maternal Coherence". The French title is "La Congruence maternelle". The German title is "Mädels an der Bar", meaning "Girls at the Bar".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: February 9, 2010 on Warner Channel; Australia: March 15, 2010 on Channel 9; United Kingdom: May 6, 2010 on E4; Finland: November 29, 2010 on Sub; Turkey: December 13, 2010 on CNBC-e; Czech Republic: December 20, 2010 on Prima COOL; Slovakia: October 31, 2011 on Markiza

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