Leonard's mom goes polyamorous on Big Bang Theory
|Scene from last Thursday's episode. Sheldon eyes his Nobel competitor.|
Posts Jason Snowden, "We are definitely entering Stage 3 Polyamory [what's that] when Leonard on The Big Bang Theory just casually throws out that his mom is now polyamorous."
The Big Bang Theory is America's most popular TV comedy, averaging 18 to 20 million viewers a week for the last seven seasons. This season is its last, and it's building to a crescendo with just two episodes to go. The third-from-last episode aired Thursday (May 2). In the bit of dialog below, Leonard and Penny are discussing whether to expose plagiarism by Sheldon's rival for the Nobel Prize. Sheldon thinks doing this would be fighting dirty.
Leonard: ...Can’t believe it. Sheldon loves telling on people when they break the rules.
Penny: Yeah, well, maybe, he’s changed.
Leonard: He hasn’t changed. Last week when the vending machine gave me two bags of chips, he called my mom.
Penny: Well, that didn’t ruin your life.
Leonard: Well, it ruined my day. And I had to talk to my mom, who by the way is polyamorous now. So that’s fun to think about.
Backstory: Leonard has had a fraught relationship since infancy with his cold, over-intellectual, hyper-critical mother Beverly, an acclaimed neuroscientist. She discovered her sexuality very late in life in previous episodes, much to Leonard's mortified squick-out.
Some 20 million viewers are expected to understand mom's latest escalation with no explanation of the word.
Thanks to Jason for the tip.