'The Big Bang Theory' recap: Fools of Engagement

The Big Bang Theory has been hitting a great stride in these final episodes of the season, and last night's episode was the show operating in tip-top shape. Howard finally told his mom he was engaged to Bernadette, while Penny and Priya finally broke the ice between them over Leonard's sexual proclivities — developments that not only advanced major plotlines in big and rather unexpected ways, but they also gave Howard and Penny a spotlight they hadn't seen in months. Simon Helberg and Kaley Cuoco at long last had a chance to show off what they can do best — nebbishy neuroses mixed with go-for-broke pratfalls, and finely honed, light comedic timing, respectively. And there still was time for two terrifically funny subplots: one, Sheldon's panicked germaphobia, sparked first by accidentally drinking from Leonard's water glass, and then brought to a high boil when Howard's mother was rushed to the hospital after her son had told her he was engaged to a Catholic girl. (Turns out it was just a case of food poisoning, and Howard's mom thinks Bernadette is "lovely" and "wonderful," and her son is lucky to have her.) And two, Raj's delightful campaign to torment Sheldon (over his ribald commentary during games of Magic: The Gathering Mystic Warlords from Ka'a, as I have been corrected in the comments) and Leonard (over Priya's budding friendship with Penny). It was all so fun and so funny, with a killer climactic line from Bernadette, that I scarcely noticed Amy Farrah Fowler, my personal season 4 MVP, was MIA. Read More...



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