416 - The Cohabitation Formulation
Aired February 17, 2011

The Cohabitation Formulation

Raj's sister, Priya, is town again and starts up her relationship with Leonard again. Seeing Leonard with another woman causes Penny to rethink her feelings. When Bernadette asks Howard to move in with him, Howard is forced to choose between her and his mother.

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Guest Stars: Carol Ann Susi as Mrs. Wolowitz, Aarti Mann as Priya

Writers: Chuck Lorre (Story), Lee Aronsohn (Story), Dave Goetsch (Story), Bill Prady (Teleplay), Steven Molaro (Teleplay), Jim Reynolds (Teleplay)

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Viewers: 12.41 million Households Rating: 7.4/12 Adults 18-49 Rating: 3.7/11

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Episode Notes

  • The title refers to Howard and Bernadette deciding to live together.

Quotes (18)

Mrs. Wolowitz: Who's there? Are you a sex criminal?
Howard: Sex criminals don't have key, ma!
Mrs. Wolowitz: Where were you so late?
Howard: I was out with Bernadette
Mrs. Wolowitz: I know what that means, I watch Dr. Phil. I hope to God you used a condom.
Howard: I am not having this conversation with you, ma.
Mrs. Wolowitz: God forbid you get one of them fancy sex diseases.
Howard: Nobody has a disease!
Mrs. Wolowitz:I hope not. I share a toilet with you. Is that what you want, to give your mother herpes?

Amy: So, you feeling better?
Penny: Not really.
Amy: Sheldon, you have a guest who's upset.
Sheldon: I'll make tea.
Penny: Sweetie, it's OK. I don't want tea.
Sheldon: It's not optional.

Amy: Thanks to you, I just made a rhesus monkey cry like a disgraced televangelist.

Sheldon: Priya, if you're experiencing any tension or awkwardness, it may stem from the fact that Leonard and Penny used to, if I might quote Howard, "Do the dance with no pants".

Raj: You heard me, I forbidded it.
Priya: Forbidded it?
Raj: Forbayded it?

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Recap

Howard is about to leave Bernadette when she asks him to stay. Howard explains how he needs to help his mother in the morning, but Bernadette says it makes her feel cheap when he leaves right after they make love. Bernadette asks whether Howard has ever considered them living together, but he's only thought about them taking his mother's house after she dies. When Howard returns home, his mother accuses him of being a sex criminal and then of having a "fancy" sex disease, leading him to crash at Leonard's for the night.

When Sheldon asks why Howard didn't stay at Raj's, he reveals that Priya is back in town, leading Leonard to go over. Leonard turns up at Raj's apartment, but he tries to forbid Leonard and Priya from seeing each other. Later, at the Cheesecake Factory, Leonard and Priya announce they are now a couple. When Howard offers to spend two nights with Bernadette when his mother goes to Palm Springs, Bernadette wants more of a commitment - he should choose between her and his mother.

When Amy finds out Priya is dating Leonard, she goes to Penny's apartment to comfort her. Penny says she's fine with it, but Amy thinks it's necessary for them to talk about Priya, "that man-stealing bitch". Over at Bernadette's apartment, she answers the door to find Howard, with a lot of luggage, who tells her he chooses her. Raj, Amy and Priya are having pizza for dinner with Leonard and Sheldon in their apartment when Penny stops by. When Priya and Leonard bond over Shakespeare, Penny starts to feel jealous.

Howard and Bernadette living together isn't working out as he expects her wait on him hand and foot, like his mother. When Bernadette grows tired of serving him, she sends him home to his mother. When Amy checks in on Penny, she still insists she's fine with Leonard and Priya, but soon starts sobbing.

Comments (82)

Henrique Brazil, 18:10 Jan 22 2013.
Muito Bom esse Episodeo adoooro essa serie vocês estão de parabéns...
jl@sf.us United States, 19:35 Jun 16 2012.
There's no "nod" to LGBT culture. Howard's certainly straight, as is Raz. How come Penny never "gets the girl"? How come there's no transgender characters, excluding Louis (who's only been seen once)?
Daniel Australia, 04:47 Apr 11 2011.
Please leave Sheldon Asexual. It's part of his character. I didn't like him with Amy
Jowdsky Philippines, 10:37 Mar 26 2011.
I want Penny for Leonard.
Steve Kenya, 02:19 Mar 6 2011.
I would highly appreciate if the writers came up with Sheldon having intercourse at least for once and maybe impregnating someone.Atleast the show would have a twist
Emily United States, 17:29 Feb 24 2011.
Great episode except for Amy. Her character has always seemed a little forced and now with Penny - it is even more so. Her last trip back to Penny's apartment A SECOND TIME seemed like pure filler. Enough already. Time for her to go.
Ty United States, 16:36 Feb 24 2011.
good, im glad im not the only one wondering where the funny episodes are this season
Ali United Kingdom, 09:43 Feb 23 2011.
I think it was the best of season 4 so far.
maddy Netherlands, 20:37 Feb 22 2011.
I love the show and I love sheldon's girlfriend. I liked the priya/penny twist. It was original.
sub India, 09:09 Feb 22 2011.
Guys, I actually liked this episode, given that the last couple of episodes were just disheartening. Wolowitz is great in this episode and as always, Sheldon stole the show.

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