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Recap / The Big Bang Theory S 3 E 11 The Maternal Congruence

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Leonard's mother Beverly comes for a visit, and she makes everyone (save Sheldon) miserable.

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  • The Bully: Beverly makes a habit of killing other people's self-esteem.
  • Christmas Episode: The episode is set at Christmas. It begins with Penny and Leonard decorating Leonard's Christmas tree and Sheldon criticising them and throwing shade at Christmas in general.
  • Commonality Connection: Sheldon gets along with Beverly just fine as they're both cold, arrogant scientists with a passion for maintaining a belief they are intellectually far superior to others.
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  • The Dog Bites Back: Leonard gets back at Howard who made fun of him about his mother's visiting by pointing out he still lives with his mother.
  • Kick Them While They're Down: Howard joins in on bullying Leonard for the fun of it as his mother arrives.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Leonard and Beverly have absolutely nothing in common other than that they both wear glasses.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Howard and Raj by Beverly.
  • Too Much Information: Beverly keeps announcing "I have to urinate" as she assumes anybody wants to know of it.
  • The Un Favourite: Beverly considers Leonard the least successful or accomplished of her children. Sheldon mocks Leonard for this.

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