‘The Big Bang Theory’ season 9, episode 23 review: Beverly arrives; Sheldon’s apology; Stuart for hire

Penny -For those of you who are fans of Christine Baranski, there was quite a bit to like on Thursday night’s new episode of “The Big Bang Theory.” Leonard’s mother Beverly arrived at the start of the story courtesy of Penny picking her up at the airport, and from there, she did almost everything that she could to ensure that the two had a better relationship.

As it turns out, though, this was almost impossible, and for a good reason that we really didn’t see coming. It turned out that she was disappointed that she did not get invited to Leonard and Penny’s wedding; not only that, but she also didn’t even know about the live-stream. This was a different side of Beverly, but a human one. We did know that she cared for him on some level, but this was the rare opportunity to see it as the two ladies tried to work to reconcile things. In the, we consider this a baby step.

Speaking of which, Sheldon tried to take one tonight by admitting that he was wrong to Amy in picking a movie lineup over spending time with her … only to take about a billion step back by invoking Rosa Parks’ name to keep someone from cutting the line and hurting someone sitting at the back. That’ll probably be controversial, no? At least the buildup to it was memorable and cringe-worthy in a way we envision the character being.

Probably the best part of this episode was the runner about Stuart doing odd jobs for various people for cash. For example, Sheldon hired him in order to go shopping with Amy (which was the origin for the two’s fight), and then he later hired him to keep his seat in line at the movie theater so that he could say “sorry” to her in a way that only Sheldon could.

While not every joke landed and we’re not sure we needed Rosa Parks included here, we’ll still say that in between character development and humor, this was one of the stronger half-hours in some time. Grade: B+.

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