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The Big Bang Theory

  • 2014
  • Season 8
  • 24 episodes
  • Drama
  • Sitcom

Summary

In Season 8, Sheldon's epic railway journey ends in chaos, Amy plays Penny and Bernadette off against each other, and Howard is asked to throw the first pitch at a baseball game.

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Episode 23: The Maternal Combustion

Summary

There is a clash of personalities when Sheldon and Leonard's mothers finally meet, while Howard finally decides to do his fair share of the housework - but not without a little help from his friends. Guest starring Christine Baranski and Laurie Metcalf

Review

The writers never get tired of the bringing together of opposites. And why would they, when it works every time? In the penultimate episode of the series, Sheldon and Leonard’s mothers – one a drawling creationist, the other a purse-lipped psychiatrist. It’s like a summit of superpowers: we know there will be fireworks, the fun is anticipating what will light the touchpaper.

The meeting raises at least two questions: why is Beverly so ghastly to Leonard, and how could Mary possibly have given birth to Sheldon? Those answers may prove elusive, but the story does end with a very surprising hug. Laurie Metcalf is hilarious as Mary; we don’t see nearly enough of her.

There is a sub-plot about Raj, Howard and Stuart being slobby, but that’s a bit like the third bout on a fight night, when most people have gone home.

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Cast

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Leonard HofstadterJohnny Galecki
Sheldon CooperJim Parsons
PennyKaley Cuoco
Howard WolowitzSimon Helberg
Raj KoothrappaliKunal Nayyar
Amy Farrah FowlerMayim Bialik
Bernadette RostenkowskiMelissa Rauch
Mary CooperLaurie Metcalf
Dr Beverly HofstadterChristine Baranski

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