February 18th, 2011
01:51 PM ET
It's been a big season for relationships on "The Big Bang Theory," and Howard and Bernadette took a big step (though Howard's was more hesitantly) on Thursday night's episode: the two moved in together.
Of course, Howard and his mother issues took precedence over all else. After all, she relies on him every morning: "It's not just the wig, it's pinning her hair up, it's putting on her eyebrows...it's a two person job."
It came to the point where he practically expected Bernadette to cut his meat for him. That didn't fly with Bernadette, and Howard ended up back at Ma's house.
Meanwhile, Raj's sister Priya was ready to make a go of it with Leonard, something that bothered Raj to no end. Sheldon even stuck up for Raj, interpreting the Hindu code of Manu as saying that Raj could "forbid" her from seeing Leonard: "The code also states that if she disobeys, she will be reborn in the womb of a jackal and tormented by diseases. If true, that seems like an awfully large gamble, given that the prize is Leonard."
Everyone assumed that Penny would also be upset by this turn of events, as Sheldon told Priya, "If you're experiencing any tension or awkwardness, it may stem from the fact that Leonard and Penny used to, if I may quote Howard, do the dance with no pants."
Amy Farrah Fowler ran to Penny's aid the moment she heard about it, so she could be "catty" about Priya with her "bestie." But then she met Priya, who recited Shakespeare with Leonard: "I'm regretting my earlier cattiness. She's an absolute delight."
So we're left with Howard and Bernadette back at square one, and Raj at home, "forbidding" Leonard and Priya from taking a vacation together (will Raj ever act on his crush on Bernadette? Hmm.)
Lots of steps to move the plot forward this week, and it's good to see that the season has really taken the focus away from being all-Sheldon, all the time. Still, it was just an okay episode for me.
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