I'm glad Howard's back, but I doubt Howard's glad that Howard's back. His wife has a bad cold, Sheldon and Leonard are competing against their respective ladies in various things, his mother is sleeping with his dentist and Raj and Stewart are best buds and, to quote Raj, they "fill each other's holes now" ...... yeah.
Sheldon and Leonard are looking more like the nerd kings in this episode, which is how it was meant to be no matter how much character development you throw in.
Writing this on the night of the new episode's airing, I did not grimace at the idea of a new episode, instead I look forward to it. 8.5