Child Halley Rostenkowski-Wolowitz made her first look of 2017—and although Massive Bang Principle viewers did not get a glimpse of the new child, they certain heard her, due to that Mrs. Wolowitz-sized cry. It might have been enjoyable to see little Halley, however there’s loads of time for that sooner or later. For now, the main target was rightfully on her mama—Bernadette—and the difficulties that include residing, elevating, and simply being with a new child.
Sitcoms have by no means shied away from showcasing the trials and tribulations of bringing residence child. From Murphy Brown to Pals, we have seen our justifiable share of recent mothers battle to adapt to a brand new schedule and new life. However one thing extra actual is occurring this season on The Massive Bang Principle. Not solely have we seen the plain hurdles—false labor pains, sleepless nights, a crying child—however the writers have responsibly showcased the psychological and emotional adjustments a mom experiences, too. (And kudos to the costume designers and/or producers who determined Bernadette ought to nonetheless have a little bit of a child bump and put on unfastened clothes since she gave beginning. Sustain the realism, please!)
Earlier than Halley was even born, Bernadette revealed that she wasn’t enthusiastic about her child. When have we ever seen a girl on TV—particularly one who’s in a wholesome relationship and has a profitable job and supportive buddies—admit these sorts of fears? It is taboo, proper? Like, how dare she have something to complain about? We have seen it play out with single mothers or these struggling to make ends meet on films and TV exhibits earlier than, but it surely’s way more uncommon to see somebody who supposedly “has all of it” (a time period that must be stopped, by the way in which) admit she’s having a troublesome time. But, that is not how actual life works in any respect. Irrespective of the place a girl is in her life, that does not imply she’s resistant to any of the fears that include new motherhood. Bernadette did not care about nursery colours or themed child showers; she apprehensive that she would not get to work on a analysis undertaking due to her being pregnant. And, maybe scariest of all, she apprehensive she’d by no means really feel comfortable about having a toddler.
“What’s fallacious with me?” she requested within the October third episode, titled “The Dependence Transcendence.” “I am ready to really feel excited, but it surely’s not occurring. What if it by no means occurs?”
As viewers discovered in tonight’s episode, Bernadette’s fears took on a unique form—as in, why does my youngster hate me? Neglect about being excited over a child. In Bernadette’s case, she simply wished to really feel like her child really wasn’t repulsed by her.
Instructed in flashbacks (as government producer Steve Molaro previewed final month), Bernadette and Howard introduced child Halley residence—together with nannies Doubtfire and Poppins (ahem, Raj and Stuart). When Sheldon—in actual time—asks Bernadette how motherhood goes, she replies, “It has been fantastic, Sheldon. Thanks for asking.” After all, viewers did not want a flashback to be taught that Bernadette was in all probability mendacity. Certain, the expertise of being a mother could also be fantastic, however there’s nothing fantastic concerning the sleep deprivation, the fixed crying, and the fluctuating hormones that change sooner than Kim Kardashian West’s social media accounts.
As we quickly discovered, the primary month with the newborn was no stroll via the park. “What have we achieved?” Bernie exclaimed. With unbrushed hair the scale of Texas and drool-stained sweats, Bernadette could not cease crying. “Everybody’s a greater mother than me! How can she hate me? I make her meals in my chest! It is like consuming a frozen yogurt machine!” Even whereas Howard tried to consolation his distraught spouse, he realized even he wasn’t resistant to all of the fixed crying. Ultimately, he misplaced it himself. Whereas the entire thing made for nice comedy (“Possibly your child is only a jerk?” Raj questioned), it was rightfully in keeping with every little thing Bernadette had been apprehensive about all through her whole being pregnant.
Because the present flashed ahead to actual time, Sheldon provided this piece of knowledge: “It says right here that as much as 80% of recent moms expertise child blues…the perfect factor to do is reassure them they’re doing job.” Whereas Bernadette appreciated Sheldon’s details and figures and admitted to feeling higher now, it is apparent she’s solely scratched the floor on this new journey. Even with the crying, it is a journey that The Massive Bang Principle has made us to see play out.
The Massive Bang Principle airs Thursdays at eight P.M. ET on CBS.