Big Bang Theory Recap: How I Disappointed Your Mother

Beverly Hofstadter getting upset about missing out on Leonard and Penny’s wedding seemed about as likely as Sheldon Cooper keeping up with the Kardashians.

Be that as it may, the emotionally closed-off psychiatrist held that missing invite against her daughter-in-law upon her return in The Big Bang Theory‘s penultimate Season 9 episode.

As you’ll remember, during her recent visit for Sheldon’s birthday, Leonard’s mother (recurring guest star Christine Baranski) didn’t express any hard feelings about missing out on her son’s big day. Nevertheless, Beverly struggled to move past her frustration while spending an evening with the CBS hit-com’s female trio. Despite this inconsistent behavior, “The Line Substitution Solution” was an otherwise solid outing that also found Stuart giving up any last shred of dignity for what he thought would be an easy buck.

THE IN-LAW KERFUFFLE Insisting that she wanted to spend more time with her mother-in-law, Penny agreed to pick Beverly up at the airport upon her arrival to Pasadena. Matters immediately took an awkward turn, however, when Beverly began inquiring about her son’s sex life. With a second discussion on recent literary faves a no-go, Penny invited Beverly to join her for dinner and drinks back at the apartment with Amy and Bernadette. It was there that it become apparent that she had more respect for the relationships built by Penny’s friends than she had in her own son’s marriage.

Attempts to sway the discussion towards Penny’s successful career in pharmaceutical sales proved hopeless. Enamored by the progress made by #Shamy and Howard and Bernadette (#Howardette? #Hernie?), Beverly was more interested in interviewing them for a book she was writing on high-achieving relationships than she was in interviewing Leonard and Penny. In fact, she openly dismissed the idea of interviewing them at all.

A refusal to show any sort of consideration for her daughter-in-law’s feelings prompted Penny to lash out at her for her lack of respect, giving Beverly the fuel she needed to expel her disdain over not being a part of the wedding. In an effort to bury the hatchet, Penny then offered to have a second wedding in Beverly’s presence before she returns home, which probably explains why Judd Hirsch and Laurie Metcalf are also stopping by for the May 12 season finale (as seen in the photos below).

THE SHELDON ALTERNATIVE | In an effort to try and appease Amy’s desire to go shopping with her boyfriend and his own desire to go see a special Avengers screening, Sheldon hired Stuart to fill in for him while he went to the movies. The plan of course backfired, with Amy refusing to accept Stuart as an alternative to Sheldon and the alleged genius incapable of understanding how he was at fault. The couple sent Stuart back and forth between them like a carrier pigeon to relay messages of frustration and halfhearted sorrow — until Sheldon eventually arrived at Penny’s, where he gave what he believed to be a sincere apology before quickly rushing back out to the theater. His day, however, was deservedly ruined when he returned to the screening and got himself worked up over a harmless line cutter (played by Workaholics‘ Blake Anderson).

What did you think of Thursday’s Big Bang? Were you surprised to see Beverly so upset about missing out on Leonard and Penny’s wedding?

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  1. Sam says:

    This episode was amazing. Maybe the only positive of losing The Good Wife is the possibility of more Christine Baranski on TBBT. The season finale looks incredible – Baranski, Laurie Metcalfe, Judd Hirsch, and of course it’s TBBT.

  2. Stefany says:

    It’s #Bernard… :-) you heard it here first.

  3. EV says:


  4. luke says:

    This episode lasted 18 minutes and 41 seconds. CBS this is getting silly now…

    • Larry says:

      Its been like that for several seasons is it really that big of a deal to lose a couple minutes?

    • Boiler says:

      I have never actually timed it but it seems there are a lot more commercials. Networks need to come up with some type of imaginative way to make money except traditional commercials. When nearly half the tome slot commercials something wrong.

    • DJR says:

      The commercial break between the first and second acts was about 7 minutes. With all the other commercials, I’m surprised there was even 18 minutes and 41 seconds of actual show (i.e., not including the intro and outro).

  5. Nikki says:

    I’m really glad they’re doing a wedding with all their friends and family. I was a bit disappointed with the original one, so I hope this makes up for it and there isn’t any drama!

  6. JonS says:

    I can’t wait for next week’s finale so I can be done with this show for good. I’m not going to tune in for more of this, it’s become painful to watch all these characters stuck in a rut, playing the same jokes over and over and becoming less likeable with every episode. Leonard and Penny still living with Sheldon is ridiculous. They keep bringing up the fact that they’re married but they act nothing like a married couple. They put Sheldon and Amy through all that melodrama earlier this season and instead of trying something new and different with them, they regressed them to a point that’s worse off than they were they started (Sheldon’s still a massive jerk, Amy whines and complains about everything all the time, and he still won’t even touch her despite the fact that they’ve had sex – ew). Raj has become utterly despicable with his dating behavior, when he used to be just a clumsy and needy, but overall well-intentioned, guy. And Howard and Bernadette, who were boring already, now will become even more insufferable with the baby addition. I feel like the show slowly declined in quality in the last couple of seasons, but this year it really has slammed head first into the bottom of the barrel. Chuck Lorre sitcoms at their finest, I guess.

    • DJR says:

      I agree completely. I’ve only watched a few of the episodes this season and haven’t felt like I’ve missed anything. And, as observed above, the amount of time taken up by the commercials is ridiculous (which is why I DVR the episodes that I do watch).

  7. I like that she was upset because it showed that she really has ‘feelings’ instead of being the ‘cold fish’ the way she likes to portray herself.

  8. Kim R says:

    I love this show but I have to say I so wanted Sheldon to shut up in the line at the theater! hahaha I must have been in a mood. :)

  9. al davis says:

    This series has become a shadow of itself. Seasons 1 through 4 was hilarious. It should have been shutdown after season 6.

  10. Legacy99 says:

    Personally i thought it was a pretty weak espiode the women together was the best part. Sheldon’s story was really boring to me. The writer’s wasted a lot of time on sheldon when the program is short as it is

  11. Melly Mel says:

    Leonard + Penny = Lenny; Howard + Bernadette = Bernard! LOL