May 13th, 2011
03:43 PM ET
Thursday night's episode of "The Big Bang Theory" seemed to exist mostly to tie up some season-long story arcs, leading into next week's finale.
Howard finally worked up the nerve to tell his mother that he's getting married to Bernadette, sending her right into the hospital ("My family is the history of heart disease," Howard said).
This led once again to Priya being questioned as to why her parents haven't been told about the "short glass of skim milk" she's dating, Leonard.
Priya protested that Indian mothers are very protective, to which Howard shot back, "Whereas Jewish mothers take a casual la-di-da approach to their sons!"
Kudos, by the way, to Kunal Nayyar for subtly portraying Raj's hopeful reaction to Howard and Bernadette having a little trouble. I have a feeling that arc will pay off next week.
Priya and Penny finally bonded, over, to put it the way Penny did, "how Leonard is in the sack." Leonard, meanwhile, wasn't worried.
In the meantime, Sheldon was most entertaining of all (as usual) as he freaked out over germs and then proceeded to walk right into a patient's room at the hospital where the doctors were wearing bio-suits.
But the most memorable part of all is how things started to go in a very creepy place, as Howard himself pointed out when Bernadette proclaimed, "Howard's mother had a heart attack because I have sex with him and she can't!"
Then when it became obvious that Mrs. Wolowitz was starting to rub off on Bernadette, Howard admitted that he found his fiancee's screeching sexy. Ha-ha, and also, ewww.
So this episode wasn't a favorite of mine – though I think the producers deserve credit for figuring out how to have Howard tell his Ma about Bernadette without showing her face – but I have high hopes for next week.
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