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It's Christmas and Leonard's mother, Dr. Beverly Hofstadter (Christine Baranski) visits a horrified Leonard and a delighted Sheldon. Penny is upset because Leonard didn't tell her about his mother's visit nor his mother about their relationship. This problem gets secondary when Leonard learns that Sheldon has been in touch with his mother. Leonard is told about his parents' pending divorce, his mother's surgery, and the death of his dog all after Sheldon had known for weeks. Beverly questions Howard and Raj about what she views as their ersatz homosexual relationship (alluding to her last visit in The Maternal Capacitance). Penny and Beverly go out drinking, become "Home girl" buddies and when they get back to the apartment, a somewhat inebriated Beverly gives Sheldon a deep, long kiss, but by the end...


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