|The Cohabitation Formulation|
Season 4, Episode 16
February 17, 2011
"The Benefactor Factor"
"The Toast Derivation"
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While Howard and Bernadette are recovering from their amorous bedroom activities, she asks Howard if he wanted to move in with her. He always ran home to help with his mother’s morning regiment leaving her feeling a bit cheap. Bernadette wants him all to herself. Howard does run home and gets into an argument with his mother accusing him of getting a sexual disease. She knows because she watches Dr. Phil. Howard leaves angry and ends up bunking at Leonard’s place. In the morning Sheldon wants Leonard to offer the upset Howard a hot beverage because he is upset. Then Sheldon asks why he didn't go to Raj’s, he finds out that Priya is back Leonard then leaves to visit her while Sheldon go to make Howard some tea and let him narcissistically ramble on about whatever is troubling him.
Leonard arrives and Raj forbids him from talking to Priya. They ignores him and disappear into his bedroom with Raj still forbidding it. Finally he ends up calling them both and telling Priya to have Leonard check his voice mail.
Leonard and Priya walk into the Cheesecake Factory and announce that they are going to start seeing each other. Raj begs Penny to tell Priya all of Leonard’s love making problems. Howard offers to spend two nights with Bernadette since his mother is going to Palm Springs, California. Bernadette wants a commitment from Howard and to choose between his mother and her.
Amy rushes over to Penny's place when Sheldon told her Leonard was dating Priya. She wanted to console Penny and help pick up the pieces of her broken heart that Penny said wasn't necessary. Amy still wanted to be strong for me and talk about Priya, that man-stealing bitch. Amy pointed out Penny's former boyfriend replaced her with a mate more suitable than she was. What? Priya was highly educated and came from the land that invented neat ways to have sex. Penny is a community-college dropout whose people wrote the book on tipping cows.
At Bernadette's, she answers her door and finds Howard has brought over a ton of luggage since he moved out of his mother's place. He tells her that he chooses her and that he left his mother an email. Then he wants to know what’s for dinner. Since she didn't have a lot in the apartment, Howard was going to send her to the store.
Leonard, Sheldon, Raj, Amy, and Priya are having pizza in apartment 4A as Penny swoops in to nibble on a few pieces. Amy invites her 'bestie' to sit next to her on the chair. Priya talks about being an international lawyer. Penny talks about her nonexistent acting career while Priya mentions she took an acting class at Cambridge University. Priya and Leonard then end up quoting a few lines from “The Taming of the Shrew” to Amy’s delight and Penny’s jealousy.
Howard and Bernadette's living arrangement doesn't seem to be working out. Howard asks for a snack, and tells her about his hypoallergenic laundry needs and that she needs to take him to the dentist. Wait a minute. Bernadette is not going to take the place of Howard's mother so Howard heads back home.
Amy again checks in on Penny. Now she describes Priya as a "smart, beautiful woman with the smoldering sexuality of a crouched Bengal tiger." Penny still says that she is fine, but now breaks into tears. Amy gave her a hug and whipped out the electrodes to record on her brain activity.
Another day, Penny went to over to Apartment 4A when she smelled Chinese food. First she is happy that Priya and Leonard weren't there. Sheldon is still eating with three of them since Amy is on video conference. Amy asked if Penny was feeling better. Also Amy was able to use Penny's brainwave patterns to make a rhesus monkey cry like a disgraced televangelist. And Amy also sent Sheldon for the tea, since Penny was still upset. She didn't want any, but Sheldon told her that it wasn't optional.
- The TV Critic: "It's episodes like this which keep me hoping the show can improve and get better. The attempts at characterization were small but solid. This wasn't the funniest episode you will see, nor was the Howard stuff adequately addressed but it was still encouraging." 
- The A.V. Club gave this episode a B.
- IMDb user reviews
- Title Reference: The title refers to Howard and Bernadette living together (Cohabitation).
- Chuck Lorre's vanity card.
- This episode was watched by 12.41 million people with a rating of 3.7 (adults 18-49).
- This episode aired in Canada on February 17, 2011 with 3.462 million viewers and a weekly ranking of #1.
- In the United Kingdom, this episode aired on July 21, 2011 with 1.403 million total viewers and a weekly ranking of #4.
- Episode transcript 
Costume NotesEditSheldon wears his Green Lantern athletic jersey t-shirt and the "Are You Grid Equipped?" t-shirt from Thinker Collection.
- First appearance of Bernadette's apartment.
- Howard doesn't actually move out of his mother's house until "The Habitation Configuration" (S6E7).
- This is the first time Sheldon insists on bringing an upset guest a hot beverage.
- Second of five episodes to have a "Previously on The Big Bang Theory" review of past events. It summarizes "The Irish Pub Formulation" and is spoken by Johnny Galecki.
- Reintroduction of Priya after being absent for 9 episodes. She was first introduced in "The Irish Pub Formulation" (S4E6).
- Howard and Mrs. Wolowitz agree that all of the CSI series have their merits.
- Priya states to Raj that if you eat beef, you will have to live with cows for three months and drink their urine, but he disbelieves this portion of the Hindu code. Although rejecting her statement, a couple episodes later in "The Wildebeest Implementation", Raj tells Sheldon that he is taking medication that has a beta-blocker with an extract from cow's urine.
- Sheldon describes Howard as his tertiary friend, with Leonard being Howard's secondary and Raj being Howards primary friend.
- Howard's mother wears a wig and wears fake eyebrows and he has to help.
- First time Sheldon is seen wearing a pair of jeans.
- Leonard's sister is 38 and married.
- Penny has a heightened sense of smell, especially when it comes to pizza and Chinese food, similar to Sheldon's "Vulcan hearing" ("The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation").
- (Howard comes home from Bernadette's place. He puts his keys in the door, when he hears his mother shouting.)
- Mrs. Wolowitz: WHO'S THERE?! ARE YOU A SEX CRIMINAL?!
- Howard: Sex criminals don't have KEYS, MA!
- (Howard goes inside.)
- Mrs. Wolowitz: WHERE WERE YOU SO LATE?!
- Howard: I WAS OUT WITH BERNADETTE!
- Mrs. Wolowitz: I KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS, I WATCH DR. PHIL, AND HOPE TO GOD YOU USED A CONDOM!
- Howard: I'M NOT HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH YOU, MA!
- "Mrs. Wolowitz: GOD FORBID YOU GET ONE OF THOSE ""NEW FANCY"" SEX DISEASES!'
- Howard: NOBODY HAS A DISEASE!
- Mrs. Wolowitz: I HOPE NOT: I SHARE A TOILET WITH YOU, IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT, TO GIVE YOUR MOTHER HERPES?!
- Howard: THAT'S IT, I DON'T HAVE TO TAKE THIS..... (Howard storms out of the house and is about to leave.) AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR EYEBROWS IN THE MORNING!
- (Howard starts going, until he checks his pocket and he realizes he forgot something. He goes back inside to get it and his mother starts shouting again.)
- Mrs. Wolowitz: WHO'S THERE?! ARE YOU A SEX CRIMINAL?!
- Howard: Still leaving, I just forgot my CLARITIN!
- (It is revealed that Bernadette has kicked Howard out of her place and he has come back home to his mother's place with all of his luggage. He is putting his key in the door when his mother starts ranting again.)
- Mrs. Wolowitz: WHO'S THERE?! IS THAT A SEX CRIMINAL?!
- Howard: Nobody wants to do that TO YOU, MA!
- (Howard goes inside.)
- Mrs. Wolowitz: WHERE WERE YOU?!
- Howard: DIDN'T YOU READ MY EMAIL?!
- Mrs. Wolowitz: YOU KNOW, I CAN'T TURN ON THAT FERKAKTA COMPUTER. I LEFT YOU SOME BRISKET ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER!
- Howard: THANK YOU!
- Mrs. Wolowitz: REMEMBER TO FLOSS AFTER. WE HAVE THE DENTIST IN THE MORNING!
- Howard: We wait for my mom’s heart to explode from all the salt she eats. Then we just stick her in the ground, flip her mattress and move into the big bedroom.
- Raj: It’s completely inappropriate for a single woman to entertain a man in private. If you insist on talking, you must do it on the couch! All right, you may talk in the bedroom, but I want this door to remain open! All right, just this once you may close the door. But keep in mind I’ll be right out here monitoring the situation! (Dials phone) Oh, damn it. Leonard, when you get this message; call me. (Dials again) Priya, this is your brother. When you get this, tell Leonard to check his voice mail.
- Amy: It seems like the appropriate thing to do when one’s best friend finds herself replaced by a smart, beautiful woman.
- with the smoldering sexuality of a crouched Bengal tiger.
- Penny: I already told you, I’m okay with it. I mean, if anything, I’m quite pleased (starting to blub) that Leonard has found someone (starting to cry) that makes him so happy.
- Amy: It's okay; it’s okay.
- Penny: Thank you.
- Amy: Now, let’s get these electrodes attached and see what’s going on in that pretty little noggin of yours.
- ↑ The Big Bang Theory - The Cohabitation Formulation (TV Episode 2011) - IMDb
- ↑ The TV Critic's Review
- ↑ The Big Bang Theory: "The Cohabitation Formulation" - TV Club - The A.V. Club
- ↑ Thursday Final Ratings: 'American Idol' Adjusted Up; 'Parks & Recreation,' 'Private Practice' Adjusted Down - Zap2it
- ↑ Top Programs – Total Canada (English) February 14 – February 20, 2011 - BBM Canada
- ↑ BARB via Wikipedia