I gave this one a 9 rating as I found it quite humorous without going too far over the top as some episodes do. Another funny thing is my MIL, who is 88 and unfamiliar with what goes on with TV shows these days, watched it with us. I was a bit afraid I'd be embarrassed with some of the things that happen on BBT but this one was rather sedate in those respects which was good under these circumstances. Now as for the episode, I enjoyed the Sheldon and Penny conundrum when their significant others wanted to move in. Sheldon was particularly funny in the situation. Um, um, um was all he could muster! And then the Raj and Mrs. Wolowitz story line was even funnier, at least to me. Anyway, a good episode that was fun without going way over the top as some do.
The series has inadvertently hit the wall this season with the writers trying to cope with their own lack of experience in relationships, take for example the totally unbelievable Howard/Bernadette marriage, or Leonard being unable to stand up to Penny. "But it's a situational comedy" is not going to cut it this time, it's time for a serious refresh.
The positives in this episode: is Howard's Mom actually Kathy Bates from Misery? It very much seems like so when Raj goes over to check on her one afternoon - and he never leaves!
The first Big Bang Theory episode I didn't bother watching to the end.. and the last one I'll watch unless it 'happens to be the only thing on'. 0% funny, 100% crass. Did the creative and original writers leave? I could just about recite the script a line ahead of the actors. I felt embarrassed for them having to play out the scenes on occasion.
Lame fat joke followed by lame h0m0phobic implication followed by lame nerd joke followed by lame medical or potty joke. (You're kidding, won't let someone type h*mo)
I say - end the show now, while the memories are still fond ones, and give Penny a spin off.
Penny clearly loves Leonard and she has taken interest in what he likes, read/ watched Harry Potter, and has made Star Trek and Stars Wars references in past episodes. Yet she seems too uptight when taking the next step (moving in) with Leonard. Its about time Amy yelled at Sheldon, I wonder if he evolves (past his man child behaviour?)
You finally get to see a small (LARGE) glimpse of Mrs Wolowitz. She has some hilarious lines, and the kidnapping of Raj = priceless. As Howard said ''we'll see him at his Bar mitzvah'' lol
The nerd fanbase will absolutely hate this episode, as it concentrates totally on relationship/friendship issues.
Although, as a previous reviewer noted, Leonard shouldn't be unduly surprised at Sheldon's idiocy where spoilers are concerned, I loved his OTT response. It's just a pity he didn't simply smack Sheldon in the mouth. He certainly deserves it and it might just waken him up.
I also loved it when Amy exploded at Sheldon. Again, long overdue and she might very well be correct, that she is the best girlfriend he will ever get.
Penny's reaction to Leonard just "assuming" he would move in was funny as Hell, almost as good when Amy suggested moving in herself.
Raj being effectively "kidnapped" by Howards mother was brilliant TV and Mrs. Wolowitz "sailing" past the door was inspired, giving us just a glimpse and no more of the hugeness of the Matriarch.
To be honest, the bitching and whining that will ensue from this episode NOT being "nerdcentric" will probably entertain just as much as the program itself.
Bring on the nerds!!!
A quick aside for the writers; three uses of the word "Bastard" in two episodes ain't funny!, it's a cheap shot. Swearing for the sake of sensationalism does NOT, good comedy make.