The Big Bang Theory: Season 4, Episode 23

The Engagement Reaction (12 May 2011)

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Howard believes that his mom suffered a heart attack because he told her that he's marrying Bernadette, Sheldon freaks out over germs, and Penny and Priya bond.

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Howard and Bernadette have started planning their wedding, but they have failed either to tell Bernadette's parents or Mrs. Wolowitz that they are even engaged. To ingratiate Bernadette to Mrs. Wolowitz, Howard thinks that the two primary women in his life need to have some quality alone time at a deli lunch. After the fact, Bernadette believes the lunch went well, and that her future mother-in-law actually likes her. So Howard, in a moment of bravery - while Mrs. Wolowitz is behind a locked bathroom door doing nature's business - tells his mother about being engaged to Bernadette. Immediately after the announcement, Howard hears a thud on the bathroom floor. Howard believes his mother has had a heart attack over the news. After getting her to the hospital, Howard has to decide if he will tell Bernadette that Mrs. Wolowitz's hospitalization is due to her. Meanwhile, Penny and Priya come to a somewhat new understanding in their non-relationship all based on their common knowledge of ... Written by Huggo

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The word 'putz', as used by Bernadette, is Yiddish slang for 'penis'. See more »

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During dinner at the Cheeesecake Factory, while Howard is talking a woman in a blue jacket and brown pants walks by behind him twice going in the same direction. See more »

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Leonard Hofstadter: What did your mother say when you told her you were getting married?
Bernadette Rostenkowski: He hasn't told her yet; he's waiting for the right time.
Howard Wolowitz: Yeah, I was thinking of weaving it into her eulogy.
Priya Koothrappali: Howard, you've got to tell your mother!
Howard Wolowitz: [about Leonard] Hey, have you told your parents you're dating this short glass of skim milk yet?
Priya Koothrappali: Uh, that's different. First of all, we're not engaged. And second, Indian parents are very protective of their children.
Howard Wolowitz: Right, right. Whereas Jewish mothers take a casual la-di-da ...
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Plenty of surprises abound in "The Engagement Reaction" ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
16 November 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In a nutshell about this last season ep of "The Big Bang Theory": Howard tells his mother about his engagement to Bernadette. She faints. Her son takes her to the hospital. Everyone else is there, including Sheldon despite his fear of germs that could kill him, and Penny who now considers Howard a friend despite his once trying to French-kiss her. And it's Priya-remember the one who told Leonard to stay away from Penny-she's telling this to so it seems everything's fine socially. Well, except for Bernadette who gets unnerved by what's told to her and Sheldon who gets something he was afraid of...Another hilarious episode of "The Big Bang Theory" that gets it on all cylinders especially concerning Sheldon and Howard along with great assist from Bernadette. I really don't feel like revealing anything else so on that note, "The Engagement Reaction" is highly recommended.


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