Praise the comedy gods for Mary Cooper. While last week's episode was a bit on the dull side (with the only bright spots being the too-few moments with Wil Wheaton and Brent Spiner), this episode was pretty fabulous thanks to a wonderful visit from Sheldon's mom. Laurie Metcalf just killed it singing Soft Kitty and giving everyone the what for. Here's why she was so great:
She Was Totally Racist
The comments she made would get us fired for repeating them. Suffice it to say that many of her "colloquialisms" were targeted at mixed-raced dating, the Indian culture and Jewish people... to name a few. She's an equal opportunity offender.
She Had Amazing Vacation Plans
Mary stopped in for a few days with Sheldon before heading out on a born-again boat cruise. Features of the trip include Jonah and the Whale Watching, All You Can Eat Last Supper Buffet and Gunning With God (where you confess your sins on a clay pigeon and then shoot the hell out of the thing). Can't imagine why Shelly didn't want to go.
She Took Everyone to Church
Yes, she actually took everyone to church (except Sheldon). And then made them pray... and even "helped" them when she thought they were praying for the wrong things. She thinks Raj needs to learn to talk and Penny needs to be less of a whore. She was right on target. It's that kind of blunt advice that these people could use a few more doses of.
She Didn't Pretend Her Child Was Perfect
She joked about taking Shelly to a specialist for his brand of crazy when he was a kid, she didn't kowtow to all of her plans to make him pecan pie and fried chicken and she asked God for strength to deal with him when he's being his insufferable spoiled self. And yet, the minute he came down with the sniffles, she turned into super mom and busted out the VapoRub and the "Soft Kitty" tune he loves so much.
She Made Everyone Else Funnier
Leonard's facial expressions at the aforementioned racist comments were great, and so was Leonard trying vainly to explain the Sheldon/Amy relationship. Shelly felt the need to exchange barbs with his mom. Penny tried to justify buying a too-revealing shirt (that it's paid for itself in free drinks isn't going to fly). Raj broke down in tears about his sad love life. Mary's mere presence improved those around her, and for that we're grateful. Come back soon, Mrs. Cooper.
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