Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started, wait
The earth began to cool, the autotrophs began to drool
Neanderthals developed tools
We built a wall (we built the pyramids)
Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries
That all started with the big bang! Hey!

—theme song to “The Big Bang Theory” by Barenaked Ladies

Technically, I’ve never watched an episode of The Big Bang Theory, but my brother likes it and I enjoyed from PMVs set to this theme. Anyway, Maud has been too busy to spend time with Pinkie because she has a boyfriend now. His name is Sheldon Mudbriar who is a proverbial “stick in the mud” just like his cutie mark in the way he speaks. Pinkie for the life of here cannot see what Maud sees in him. Maud likes rocks and Mudbriar likes sticks and speaking in a precise form—technically.

Things do get a bit tactless when it is revealed that Maud only enjoys Pinkie’s surprise parties because she was protected her feelings. Pinkie has an internal crisis that drives her to the rock farm and Limestone actually proves useful with a metaphor to get Pinkie to understand (eventually) what Maud sees in Mudbriar. Eventually, they have a surprise party with Maud viewing from a distance as she preferred just a small party with Mudbriar and Pinkie.

Technically, this wasn’t the best episode involving Maud (that was “Maud Pie”). There were some funny moments, especially with the dialogue. However, that sometimes led to tactlessness on the part both Maud and Mudbriar. At least the former should know about Pinkie’s sensitivities. I’m also not sure the “opposite day” visions around the head accomplished anything, either.

It’s not a terrible episode, technically, but I don’t believe it will be in the top half of Season Eight’s favorites.

GRADE: B-

StatManDan

  • Raffaele Lanza

    Yeah, it was a big step backward from the premiere. I still liked it enough regardless, but it wasn’t one of Confalone’s best eps to date (it’s not his worst one, that honor still belongs to his debut episode). Frankly while it wasn’t terrible, considering how things went in S7 I’m quite discouraged by this one (to say, the only episode of that season I found inferior was Not Asking for Trouble, and then there is Daring Done which was at the same levels, all the other ones were at the very least an 8/10 for me). I’m starting to think that at the end of the day the S8 won’t match against the S4, 5 and 7 like we hoped (I’m saying this mostly because this particoular episode and another “certain episode” you will see in let’s say, six weeks. Who saw the leaked eps knows what I’m talking about). Hopefully the second half will be better. I just hope that as final season the S9 will recieve a better handling.

  • Graem

    I liked it. The moment when Maud and Mudbriar had that couple talk about the sticks and rocks felt surprisingly real and genuine. Listen carefully to Ingrid’s voice and feel it.
    More Limestone content is good but I’m not sure I like the whole direction they’re taking her. I guess I don’t have enough data on that yet. I guess I relate with acerbic traditionalist characters struggling against the tide, like her.

    Probably wouldn’t rewatch it though, aside from that one couple talk bit I mentioned earlier. That was special.

  • Brian Punch

    YES