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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Title reference: Mrs. Wolowitz fainted right after Howard told her that he is getting married to Bernadette. 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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Howard Wolowitz: Bernadette and my mother are having a get-to-know-you lunch at the Old Town Deli.
Raj Koothrappali: Oh, that sounds lovely.
Howard Wolowitz: Hope so. Course, if history is any indication my mother will swallow her whole and spit out her bones like an owl.
Leonard Hofstadter: Have you met Bernadette's parents?
Howard Wolowitz: You mean Adolph and Eva? Not yet, one goose-step at a time.
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What doesn't kill us makes us bitter. I used to believe that to be both funny and true. Years later I learned that pain could also be the touchstone for personal growth, which of course points back to the original saying, "what doesn't kill us makes us better." Not funny, but perhaps closer to the truth. Or at least the truth I choose to believe in these days. So, having recently experienced a bit of pain, am I better? Well, let's review: I think I'm fairly immune to name-calling now. I'm not sure I could have made that claim a few months ago. I've also come to see that the things I used to think were big deals, are not. Problems appear to be relative. If you have a big one, it makes all the others seem almost charming in comparison. And finally, when your life takes a path you could never have foreseen, it's humbling. In a good way. It's kind of like a friendly reminder from the universe that while you may think you have the starring role in the movie of your life, you're actually just a bit player trying to grab a quesadilla off the craft services table when no one's looking.

So, to sum up: I now have a thicker skin, I'm less likely to sweat the small stuff, and, perhaps most importantly, I have a renewed sense of humility. All in all, better. That being said, I still try to stay reasonably bitter in order to maintain my eligibility in the Writers Guild of America. See more »

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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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