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[S4E21] Mother's Day UPDATED

They handled their informant well enough, especially when the gangs came after him and his mother. And it's a testament of a mother's love that she chose to go into WITSEC with her son after all of that.

[S4E21] Mother's Day

A visit from Leonard's mother, Dr. Beverly Hofstadter (Christine Baranski), delights Sheldon and horrifies Leonard. Penny is upset because Leonard didn't mention his mother's visit to her, but that is nothing compared to when Leonard learns that Sheldon knows more about his own mother than Leonard does: Leonard learns about his parents' pending divorce, his mother's surgery, and his dog Mitzy's death all after Sheldon has known.

Lilly and the squad take on their oldest case yet, when they're asked to look into the case of a young woman who was killed in her parents' home in 1919. They discover she'd become involved in the suffragettes' movement, campaigning for votes for women, which put her at odds with the rest of her family. Meanwhile, Lilly finds out that her mother's latest marriage has failed and she's resumed drinking.

Present Day - One morning, a student named Emma Stone drops by at the homicide team's office looking for Det. Rush. Emma shakes her hand when she finally meets her, saying that her professor, Janice Warner, told them that Det. Rush was the only female homicide detective in the whole East Philly, much to Det. Vera's surprise (and slight dismay). However, Rush corrects that she's not the only female homicide detective now; Miller approaches them and Rush also introduces her to Emma. Emma wants Rush to solve the murder case of her great-great-aunt Frances, having brought some of the archived files of the Stone family from her deceased Grandmother Stone. The detectives are overwhelmed about the Stone family's inheritance, but Emma reveals that all of those things were gone. However, she found a special letter inside a locket and gives to Rush. The letter is addressed to Phil, an unknown guy, and the detectives believe that something was going on between Phil and Frances because the letter mentions that no one must find out their secret, or else they will be in big trouble. Rush at first has doubts on solving this old case since no solid evidence was presented and there's no other connections to prove it, especially the probable suspects were also long gone (as Vera stated) and might possibly lead to the case remaining unsolved. But Emma is determined to know what was really happened in the past since before her Granny Stone died, it haunted the woman. Emma is doing this for her grandmother's sake to finally help her move on. Rush accepts the job and tells her team that they'll be solving their oldest yet. Vera mentions it's a record-breaker case since the crime took place 88 years ago. Miller asks Rush, "What are they waiting for?" Rush replies, "Let's break the ice then."

Back to Present - Lilly notices that the maid's name is listed as Phillippa Abruzzi, AKA Phil. That's who Frances' letter was addressed to. There was clearly a big secret that Frances and Phil were keeping. Lilly gets a call at that moment, and tells Stillman she needs to leave. She goes to jail, where her mother is being held. She's drunk, and tells Lilly to go away, not wanting her to see Ellen like that. Lilly says that it's not the first time. Ellen says her husband left her 5 months ago. Lilly gets a squad car to drop Ellen off, saying she'll come by later. Ellen walks off with the officer, saying "don't bother." Back at the station, Jeffries and Miller talk to Audrey Abruzzi, Phillippa's daughter, who's happy to be going out somewhere. They ask her about her mother's relationship with the family, especially Frances. Audrey reveals that they were like sisters, and Frances taught her mother to read, something uncommon for women at the time. The detectives ask if it's possible that they could've been lovers, but Audrey denies that they were. When Miller mentions the note, Audrey says they did share a secret, but it wasn't sexual.

The next morning, Lwaxana and Odo are playing a game of hide and seek. Odo takes on the shape of an object in the room, and Lwaxana tries to guess what or where he is. Their fun is cut short when Odo is informed by one of his deputies that Jeyal, Lwaxana's husband, has arrived on the station. Odo has Jeyal brought to his security office where he informs him that Lwaxana has no intentions of giving up her child to him. Odo then reveals a loophole in Tavnian law which states the male child is the property of the mother's husband and not the child's father. When Lwaxana has her baby, Jeyal will no longer be her husband because Odo plans to marry Lwaxana in a legal Tavnian ceremony. This will end her marriage to Jeyal and allow her to keep the baby. Odo and Lwaxana will remain married for a few months to satisfy Tavnian law and then get an annulment. The only problem is that Odo will have to convince Jeyal that he really wants to marry Lwaxana for the marriage to be valid. 041b061a72

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