423 - The Engagement Reaction
Aired May 12, 2011

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After Howard finally tells his mother he's engaged to Bernadette, she ends up in the hospital. Meanwhile, Leonard is concerned when Penny and Priya bond.

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Guest Stars: Carol Ann Susi as Mrs. Wolowitz, Aarti Mann as Priya, Phil Abrams as Dr. Bernstein, Sharon Omi as Nurse in Biohazard Suit

Writers: Bill Prady (Story), Eric Kaplan (Story), Jim Reynolds (Story), Chuck Lorre (Teleplay), Steven Molaro (Teleplay), Steve Holland (Teleplay)

Director: Howard Murray

Viewers: 10.78 million Households Rating: 6.5/11 Adults 18-49 Rating: 3.4/11

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Episode Notes

  • The title simply refers to Mrs. Wolowitz' reaction to the news of Howard's engagement.

Quotes (16)

Raj: Sheldon, that's my water.
Sheldon: Oh, dear Lord!
Leonard: That's not your water.
Raj: I know.

Priya: Indian parents are very protective of their children.
Howard: Right. Whereas Jewish mothers take a casual la-di-da approach to their sons.

Howard: Hell hound.
Raj: Who let the satanic dogs out?

Sheldon: Oh, what fresh hell is this?
Biosuit Nurse: Wait, you can't leave here, you've been exposed.
Sheldon: (Covering his face with his shirt) No, I haven't. It's all good.

Priya: What happened?
Bernadette: Howard's mother had a heart attack because I have sex with him and she can't.

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As the gang eats at the Cheesecake Factory, Penny asks Bernadette to wait the table as she doesn't want to speak to Priya. Sheldon is concerned when he accidentally drinks from Leonard's cup. When Bernadette comes to take everybody's order, Priya asks if they have started planning their wedding yet and if they have told Howard's mother. Bernadette says they're waiting for the right time, which Howard jokes would be after his mother's funeral.

Back at the apartment, the guys are playing Mystic Warlords of Ka'a with Raj annoyingly commenting on every card. Howard gets a text saying his mother has arrived at the deli to have lunch with Bernadette in a bid to get to know her better. Later, Howard arrives home and looks for his mother. Howard finds Mrs. Wolowitz in the bathroom and asks how dinner went. Mrs. Wolowitz says Bernadette's a lovely girl, so Howard tells her they're engaged. Mrs. Wolowitz doesn't respond and Howard then hears a large thud, so he tries to break the door down.

While Penny and Sheldonchat in the laundy room, Leonard interrupts to say Mrs. Wolowitz has been taken to the hospital. Sheldon is reluctant to go with Leonard and Penny to the hospital, but Penny points out he should try emulating the superheroes whose t-shirts he wears. At the hospital waiting room, Howard explains he carried his mother out of the bathroom, put her in his car and drove like crazy to get her to the emergency room. Bernadette worries that the news of Howard revealing their engagement caused Mrs. Wolowitz's health scare.

Priya and Penny start bonding in the hospital waiting room, causing concern for Leonard who worries that they're talking about the intimate details of their relationships with him. On his way back from the bathroom, Sheldon sees a man coughing. In order to escape the coughing man's germs, Sheldon backs into a room, only to realize it's a biohazard isolation room which he can't leave as he's now been exposed. Back in the waiting room, a doctor arrives to tell Howard that it wasn't a heart attack, and that Mrs. Wolowitz would like to see "the little Catholic girl" first.

Bernadette returns to the waiting room and criticizes Howard for making her feel like she could be responsible for Mrs. Wolowitz's health scare. Bernadette explains it was just food poisoning from the restaurant where they had lunch, and Mrs. Wolowitz just wanted to make sure Bernadette didn't have it too. Later, Leonard, Howard and Raj are wearing hazmat suits as they play Mystic Warlords of Ka'a with Sheldon, who is in quarantine.

Comments (64)

noor Pakistan, 03:52 Mar 17 2012.
priyA is sweet.. no doubt. bt leonard needs to get back together wid penny. they look adorable together.. honestly.
Nitish India, 10:45 Mar 14 2012.
good episode....sheldon rox
oaninor Venezuela, 11:06 Jun 2 2011.
yeah Steph FTW!, I mean, who cares if was using sex as a weapon,?, at least she loves him as he is, dont dump him for listen bullshit from other people (WW or whoever), and dont say that love him minutes before to jump in the bed with any of the guys (she was really clear when she says that Howard has no chance at all with her). I love Priya, Leonard deserves a women like that, and about her wanting changing him, thats at purpose from the writers to make people hate her so when she dump Leonard everybody cheer. how I know this?, simply, she grow up with Raj so, the nerdvana is nothing new or unknown for her. she knows that Leonard is one of the Raj`s best friends and they share his nerdness. she knows Leonard way back and still sleep with him. knowing all those facts, when she accepts Leonard in a serious relationship, she doesn't know the Leonard`s personality?. the fact is, people loves Penny. Priyas was a test and people don`t like her because they love Penny simply and blind so, they must get rid of Priya, and one really effective way is making her so bitchy. if Chuck Lorre get involved in any way with Michael Bay, we will have Transformers 4: the return of the Fox, with less Cybertronians and more hot Chicks, and guess who will be the main hot chick! ;)
citygirl Australia, 09:02 Jun 2 2011.
Priya sux. Leonard needs to get back with Penny. And I agree, Stephanie disappearing with no explanation was poor writing. I would like to see Sheldon fall in lve with Amy..ohhhh.
Manu Germany, 19:42 Jun 1 2011.
@Jennifer: That`s not right. After Leonard tried to dump Stephanie via phone, she`d texted him and - et voilà - he run back to her at an instant (just think of promised coitus - men`s only weak spot *g*)... So far as I know, the true reason had not been entirely revealed. Maybe she`ll come back next season? Her character was not that bad. I miss her somewhat...
Jennifer Canada, 18:46 May 30 2011.
oaninor I must say that: Steph and Leonard Broke up after he was waring a bird on his sweater and she had moved into his apartment without even talking to him first she used sex a a weapon and was a drag on the show. Therefore who care's she was dumped over the phone easy peeze .
BC Chile, 15:23 May 25 2011.
I hate priya...!!!!! i don't want to see her with leonard anymore!!!!
maverick India, 14:06 May 20 2011.
penny is not a slut!!!!things happen!!! she is sad and vulerable..i hate those who judge characters like this!!!!
Kim michael Philippines, 05:46 May 18 2011.
i cant watch the complete season 4 i dont have any dvd or i cant find it in the internet any suggestions ????
oaninor Venezuela, 00:53 May 18 2011.
last comment I try to say take off the extra 70 IQ points. :P btw, I really still want to know what happen with Stephanie :(((

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