The Big Bang Theory: Season 3, Episode 11

The Maternal Congruence (14 Dec. 2009)

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Leonard's mother makes a visit to his dismay and Sheldon's delight.

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It's approaching Christmas, and Leonard's mother is coming for a visit, something Leonard fails to tell Penny. Sheldon surmises it's because Beverly Hofstadter will not approve of Penny as a suitable mate for her son. Leonard has not even yet told Beverly that Penny is his girlfriend. Conversely, when Beverly arrives, Leonard finds out that Sheldon knows more about what's going on in her life than he does. When Leonard does find out news about the senior Hofstadter household, he becomes emotionally distraught as what he deems important news to him was previously withheld. But more importantly, Leonard sees this action as a further demonstration of the poor relationship he has with his family. Meanwhile, Penny believes she has a way for Beverly to be a bit more emotionally expressive. Written by Huggo

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In the beginning of this episode Penny, Leonard and Sheldon are watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). Christine Baranski plays a role in this movie, and in the Big Bang Theory she acts as Leonard's mother. See more »

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Sheldon states that Christmas had been moved from the summer to December. The Feast of the Nativity of Christ, however, was never celebrated in the summer so cannot correctly be said to have been moved. See more »

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Penny: Ah, I always tear up when the Grinch's heart grows three sizes.
Sheldon Cooper: Tears seem appropriate. Enlargement of the heart muscle, or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, is a serious disease which could lead to congestive heart failure.
Leonard Hofstadter: [to Deck the Halls] Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.
Penny: You really didn't like it, Sheldon?
Sheldon Cooper: No, on the contrary. I found the Grinch to be a relatable, engaging character. And I was really with him right up to the point that he succumbed to social convention and returned ...
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For this Christmas episode the Executive Producer's credit is shown in red and green instead of the normal white. See more »

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One Of The Better Episodes
25 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Big Bang Theory is always better when one of the secondary characters such as Leonard''s mother is part of the show. For some reason, recent seasons have not featured Christine Baranski as Leonard's mother, which is a sadly lacking asset.

Leonard's mother is quick to prey on his mental weakness while treating Sheldon as a trusted friend and ally.

She makes short work of Howard and Raj asking about her feeling that they are continuing to hide a homosexual relationship, which neither have the necessary verbal weapons to defuse her verbal taunts.

However, Penny is able to make Leonard's mother more human by dropping by the Cheesecake Factory to get her drunk.

If the Big Bang Theory would use their secondary characters and somehow break up Leonard and Penny, it could return to its strongest seasons before taking a wrong turn and making the show unfunny.


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