It's the huge day for Bernadette and also Howard in the latest season 11 episode of The big Bang Theory...

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By Caroline Preece | in march 5, 2018 | | comments count:0
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This review consists of spoilers.

11.16 The Neonatal Nomenclature

It feel like 5 years because Bernadette became pregnant with the second Wolowitz generate on The large Bang Theory (though it’s more than likely only been two), but the due day has finally arrived.


We all know that the storyline and also Bernadette’s function in the season to be dependent ~ above Melissa Rauch’s real-life pregnancy, yet wow, exactly how it’s dragged. Having a main character ~ above bed remainder is never fun, and also I carry out wonder whether the show could have been far better off simply having Bernie go on a work trip or stay with she (eventually dying) father rather of composing the pregnancy right into the season.


As it was, several episodes this year have been dragged down by the circumstances, and The Neonatal Nomenclature feels both anticlimactic and also by-the-numbers. We’ve been through all this prior to with Howard and Bernadette, and also all the writers could come up with to to fill the episode was a sort-of argument about the an option of name. That twenty-minutes the nothing.

There’s some funny to be had actually from seeing each member of the group go come the house in revolve and shot to entertain the mother-to-be. Penny’s an initial with some yoga poses expected to induce labour, and also Raj wants to shot acupuncture prior to he records a glimpse of Bernie’s puffy feet. Leonard, as is Leonard’s way, means that there’s part deep-seeded insecurity behind the missed early date, and also Sheldon brings over the world most facility board game.

Trouble starts when Amy lets slip to Howard that Bernadette has already chosen the surname Michael, after she father. Howard, learning nothing of this, storms over and also demands to have a to speak in the process. The rest of the episode sees the corridor throw the end potential name while preventing Sheldon’s video game at all costs.


Most the the names are taken through old university boyfriends, so the takes a little longer than expected. In the finish they settle on Neil Michael, but because of the reality that Bernie needed 4 stitches (this, and also the prolonged talk of rubber plugs, is sufficient to placed anyone off their lunch), she’s virtually certainly walking to gain her way.

A nice tiny sequence come come the end of the episode is the two staying couples – Sheldon and also Amy, Leonard and also Penny – realising the they’ve both to be thinking around having their very own kids. Though it’s contempt unbelievable the four human being approaching fourty (or ns guess mid-thirties for the girls) wouldn’t have actually even disputed this, the promises amazing things for the show’s future.

A pair of chuckles here and there, as well – Bernadette acquisition offence in ~ Penny’s ridiculously flat stomach on display as they occupational out, and also the delayed humour the seeing she waddle after Howard right into the kitchen during their argument. Rauch does some lovely work throughout an episode fully carried by her.


So currently we have a brand-new baby, and hopefully some storylines about Howard’s insecurity together a father to a boy. I only wish we might have checked out a different pair tackle this certain life hurdle, together Penny and Leonard specifically have to be handed scraps due to the fact that they obtained married.


Hell, the writers could just pair Raj up with a woman who already has kids, yet then the would need some multi-episode continuity beyond Raj’s new hairstyle. The main thing is the the baby is here, and we have the right to have Bernadette back as a character.

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Read Caroline’s review of the ahead episode, The Novelisation Correlation, here.