Leonard, when are you leaving to pick your mother up from the airport?
Uh, well, let's see, her plane gets in at : , figure half hour to get her luggage, so... never.
Isn't that usually when you go to the gym?
Are you really not gonna pick up your mother?
No-- it's fine, she likes to take a cab or a shuttle.
That way she can meet people.
Well, that's kind of nice.
Yeah, she always says that a stranger is just a person whose emotional weak point you haven't found yet.
Your mom is the best.
Oh, maybe I should pick her up.
You don't drive.
That's what makes you and me a great team.
Go get your keys.
You can't pick her up.
It'll make me look like a bad son.
I imagine that's one of the things we'll talk about on the ride.
That and Amy's recent reluctance to use turn signals.
We were in a parking garage.
Come on, she gave birth to you.
Fine, I'll pick her up.
Good, I'll go with you.
- I call back seat.
- Oh, I don't want to be the only one who doesn't go.
I'll just sit here afraid that you're all talking about me.
We're not gonna talk about you.
Well, that's my other fear.
This is crazy. I can pick her up by myself.
So it's just you?
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How was your flight?
There were some parents with a baby.
A lot of crying.
Well, babies do that.
No, it was the parents.
It seems they couldn't handle some constructive criticism.
Hey, on a completely unrelated note, um,
you know, if you'd rather stay at a hotel,
we wouldn't be offended.
Actually, I've been looking forward to staying with you.
Really? It's just, normally, you stay at a hotel.
Would you like me to stay at a hotel?
No, no, no.
I-I invited you to stay with us.
And I accepted, so everyone is happy.
I'm happy, you're happy...
How come we never eat in the dining room?
Oh, that's for company.
What am I?
Apparently, a guy who wants to have his feelings hurt.
When does Anu come back from London?
But it's been good, you know?
Really given me a chance to focus on myself.
How's that going?
I didn't like what I saw, got in my car, drove over here.
- Hey, guys.
- Hey. - Hey.
I'm sorry, I didn't know you had company.
It's all right, neither did they.
Is Stuart home?
No, he's at work.
The last juice.
I'm gonna add it to the list.
That's whose handwriting
I've noticed she's been over here a lot lately.
You know how you noticed that?
Because you're over here a lot lately.
She has slept over every night this week.
Uh, no, no, she wasn't here Wednesday night.
Yes, she was. You didn't notice because you were in the hot tub in the backyard eating Oreos.
That reminds me.
A photon entanglement team.
Yeah, I-I'm actually the colead.
Yeah, if you like photons and how they get entangled, he's your co-guy.
I would enjoy seeing your lab.
Oh. Yeah, sure.
Uh, if you want, you can come tomorrow.
I look forward to it.
Well, I think I'm going to turn in.
Good night, Penny.
Good night, dear.
- Good night.
- Night, Beverly.
Wow, she's being really nice.
Yeah, clearly, one of us is dying.
Come on, her.
Or you accomplished something great, and she's genuinely proud.
Yeah, all right, you've had enough.
- Oh, it's so good to see your face.
H-How's the concierge conference?
You guys just get theater tickets for each other all day long?
It's going great, and the company put me in a nice place in Notting Hill.
Notting Hill? Like the movie?
Uh, "I'm just a boy standing in front of a girl saying..."
you better bring me home a T-shirt.
I can't wait for you to come home.
Actually, that's one of the reasons I called.
They offered me a management position.
T-That's your dream.
It's here in London.
And they want me to start right away.
What does that mean for us?
Well, how committed are you to staying in California?
This is where my work is, this is where my friends are.
But are you happy?
Not for years.
What's your point?
All right, I got to head out to my drawing class.
Fruit or naked dudes?
Actually, it doesn't matter, I'm jealous of both.
- I'll see you tonight?
So she's coming over again, huh?
Yeah, we're gonna do a movie night.
It's my house. Don't you think you should ask me?
You're right, I'm sorry.
Howard, would you like to come to movie night?
Doesn't she have her own place?
Why don't you guys hang out there?
Oh, she has a roommate, and he's kind of creepy.
A-And that's coming from me.
It just feels like Denise is basically living with us.
You know, maybe you can spend half the time at her place.
Hey, when I moved in, you and Bernadette said it was okay if I brought girls over.
Oh. We were making fun of you.
And this is a high-pulse laser with a BBO crystal.
It's pretty cool.
It emits photons in discrete bursts.
Huh. Very impressive.
But what, dear?
Oh, I don't know.
It's just, usually there's a "but" followed by something that makes me feel bad.
Ah, Beverly, there you are.
Sheldon, how nice to see you.
Leonard was just showing me his new lab.
Oh, yes, experimental physics, the carpentry of the science world. Well...
I'm here to rescue you from the boredom.
Not necessary. This is really quite interesting.
Oh. Well, if you want to see something really interesting, I could show you my work, which is being talked about for a Nobel Prize.
Oh, well, I'd love to see it later, but right now, I'm spending time with my son.
Ha! I knew there was a "but"-- wait, what?
You sure I didn't need to see Paddington ?
He's a bear, he talks, no one knows why.
You're all caught up.
May I join you?
Oh. Hey, Mitch, I didn't see you there.
Really? I've been standing here the whole time.
Well, sure. Yeah, join us.
(music playing softly over TV)
Movie's up there.
I've seen it.
So she's staying in London?
What does that mean for your relationship?
I can see why she would say that, but why do you?
Well, we got into this because we both wanted to get married, and honestly, we've been dragging our feet, and I think this is the push that we need.
Wait, so you're gonna ask her to marry you?
We like each other, plus, we both want to start a family.
Hey, I can work from anywhere, I'm an astronomer.
They have stars in London, and I'm not just talking about Dame Judi Dench.
No one thought you were.
I thought he was.
So you're really gonna move halfway across the world?
If she says yes, and if that's what she wants to do, then yeah.
Yeah, I know.
I'm flying out tomorrow.
I'm gonna surprise her with a ring.
You already have a ring?
Well, it's the same one as before.
I thought you gave it to her the first time you got engaged?
I did, but I took it back.
So, you're an Indian giver?
What? If he's gonna move to England,
I need to get all these out now.
Here you go.
Light cream, no sugar.
That's perfect, thank you.
Beverly, I have to say, it's so nice seeing the two of you get along.
Oh, I've always gotten along with Leonard.
Of all of my children, he's the most docile.
She wrote that in a birthday card once.
I keep it in my nightstand.
Still, it made him so happy showing you around his lab yesterday.
Would you say that that made him, uh, much happier than usual, somewhat happier than usual or as happy as usual?
Hmm, multiple choice.
Um, I'm-a go with D: "that's a weird question."
It made me really happy.
We haven't always had the easiest relationship.
But, well, looking back,
I guess you were just trying to push me to be the best version of myself.
So you would say that my parenting strategies, although difficult at times, directly contributed to your current success?
Well, I may have had a little something to do with it.
I mean, how often do you wear your superhero underwear now?
- Only Fridays and my birthday.
- Yeah, that was all me.
That was me.
Yeah, that's a fair point.
I hadn't considered your influence.
Perhaps tomorrow I could observe the two of you together?
What is going on?
I'm just visiting with my son and doing research for my book on how various parenting strategies affected my children as adults.
This has all been work to you?
Hanging out with me and coming to my lab, I...
I thought we were enjoying each other's company, but it was just research.
I was enjoying it; you know I love research.
I can't believe this.
- What? You seem angry.
- Of course I'm angry!
Well, so would you say that you're somewhat angry, very angry or extremely angry?
I can see it in your face, dear.
I'm looking over my text correspondence with Beverly and I don't see anything that would have given her offense.
I spell everything out.
Including "laugh out loud" and "what's the fracas?"
I'm sure she's not mad at you.
Well, then why would she rather spend the day with Leonard?
Because he's her son?
Amy, I just feel like we're going in circles.
No knock? What's the fracas?
I am so stupid.
I-I actually thought my mom was genuinely proud of me.
It turns out, she's just using me as research for her new book.
Oh, what a relief.
I thought Beverly was mad at me.
Thank you, Leonard.
That is a weight off my shoulders.
If you like her so much you can have her, 'cause I-I'm done.
Catch the two of you later.
Well, it's an emotionally complex issue.
I don't have time to explain it right now.
Okay, but that excuse is running out of steam.
Well, Raj is probably on his way to the airport.
Guess he's finally getting his big romantic movie moment.
With a woman who doesn't care about big romantic movie moments.
Well, he'll have the rest of his life to explain them to her.
You can't really think this is a good idea.
Of course I don't.
What am I supposed to do?
Go stop him. Get your best friend back.
- You're my best friend.
- We don't have time for this!
You know, Leonard was really upset.
Shouldn't you go talk to him?
And send the message that he can get what he wants by throwing a tantrum?
I don't think so.
Beverly, put down your phone and go apologize to your son.
Oh, so now you're not talking to me?
When you're finished with your tantrum, I'd be glad to.
Just let me know when you're done.
Oh, my God.
When am I gonna stop trying to win her approval?
E-Every time I'm around her, I-I turn into this needy little eight-year-old boy.
You sound like that now and she's not even here.
If I could respond more compassionately than Sheldon... and thank you for making it so easy.
The need for a mother's approval is baked into our biology.
I know that, it's just... after all these years, you'd think I would have learned.
Hmm. It's too bad you didn't.
Oh, yeah. My neck's a little stiff.
Maybe because my boyfriend made me sleep in a comic book store last night.
Bet your neck would hurt if you slept in any store.
Except maybe a mattress store.
I-I'm sorry, but I couldn't sleep at your place.
Mitch was really freaking me out.
He was freaking me out, too, but there has to be a better solution.
Tonight we'll go back to my place.
With my health being what it is, I try to live one day at a time.
I don't want to blame you, but if you'd moved in with me when I asked you to, we wouldn't be in this situation.
It's my fault.
When I had the chance, I was scared and... now that I want to, you're stuck with Mitch.
So you do want to move in with me?
More than Galactus wants to devour worlds.
Well, that's great 'cause I want to move in with you more than the Thing wants to clobber.
More than Hulk wants to smash?
More than Batman wants to ignore the due process of law.
We are so weird.
WOLOWITZ: Raj! Stop!
What are you doing here?
Look... if you're getting on that plane because you love Anu and you...
can't stand the thought of spending another day without her... then go.
If not... then stay here with...the people who love you.
But what if this is my last chance at marriage and family?
I promise you it's not.
Believe me, somewhere out there is a woman who loves cooking shows and sweater vests and... all the other dumb things you love.
You really think so?
And I don't think she's... waiting for you in England.
When you propose to someone in Notting Hill... it should be to someone who knows what that movie is.
Are you saying... you're just a boy... standing in front of another boy... saying you don't want him to leave?
I love you, buddy.
I love you, too.
No, no, that's not what's happening here.
How'd you get past security?
I had to buy a ticket.
You owe me , bucks.
Penny, can I have a moment alone
- with my...?
- Yep, bye.
Have you calmed down?
No, I'm not calm.
You really hurt me.
- That wasn't my intention.
- It doesn't matter what you intended.
What matters is the way you made me feel.
Actually, the way y-you've always made me feel.
I see, so... you're here to tell me all the ways
- that I failed you as a mother.
And get comfortable, 'cause i-it's a long list.
Is it happening soon?
You know what?
It doesn't matter.
Doesn't matter, you're never gonna change.
If I want you to accept me for me, then I guess I'm gonna have to accept you for you.
I forgive you.
- I didn't ask you to forgive me.
- Too bad.
I forgive you anyway.
And I forgive myself for taking so long to do it.
Oh, my God, that feels so good.
I must admit, it... it does feel good.
You forgiving me.
It means a lot.
Look, I was... scared to move in, but that was a mistake because she is amazing and I really want to live with her.
So...think you'd be willing to find another place?
Do you love her?
Oh, we haven't really said that yet.
Yeah, I do.
Don't say it to me, say it to her.
I love you.
I love you, too.
Now both of you say it to me.