Romantic relationships have formed the core of Season 6 of "The Big Bang Theory" thus far. In "The Habitation Configuration," the latest episode, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Howard (Simon Helberg) must come to grips with their individual relationship responsibilities.
Now reconciled with Wil Wheaton, Sheldon invites the former "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star to be a guest on his "Fun with Flags" web series. The two men get along fine on camera, but Amy (Mayim Bialik) keeps directing Wil to act less wooden. The actor subsequently calls Amy a pain, but Sheldon neglects to defend his girlfriend.
Leonard (Johnny Galecki) later tells his roommate that Amy is mad at him, but Sheldon doesn't believe it until he has a video chat with her. He tries to win back her affections with a box set of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" DVD's, but this doesn't go quite as planned.
Stopping by the Cheesecake Factory, Sheldon gets advice and some liquid courage from Penny (Kaley Cuoco). Sucking down two Long Island iced teas in record time, the theoretical physicist goes to Wil's house to defend Amy's honor. Wheaton apologizes, and Sheldon promptly throws up in the shrubbery outside the house.
Meanwhile, newlywed Howard is having problems of a different sort. Upon his return to Earth, Howard promised Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) that he would fully move into her apartment. Unable to cut the apron strings, Howard still keeps clothes, computers, and collectibles at his mother's house. His mom even continues to wash his underwear.
Realizing that he needs to move out, Howard has Leonard and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) help box and move his stuff. Howard takes the time to reminisce about his life in that room, including the story of how he experienced anaphylactic shock for the first time while eating peanut M&Ms on Halloween.
Surrounded by boxes at the apartment, Howard talks with Bernadette about his childhood. One poignant story about Howard's magic tricks and his mother's loneliness prompts his wife to relent. Grabbing boxes of his stuff, the newlyweds head out to spend the night in Howard's old room.
The episode continues to delve deeper in Howard's childhood and offers insights into his relationship with his mother. Wife Bernadette shows how much she loves her husband by accepting the seemingly unbreakable bond between mother and son. Whether this will make or break their marriage remains to be seen.
"The Habitation Configuration" shows how Sheldon is growing up, if only in little baby steps here and there. Alcohol always brings out the dormant parts of Sheldon's personality. In this episode, his Texas manhood bubbles to the surface after a few glasses of the "best tea" he ever had.
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