Guest Star: Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf is an American actress most widely known for her role as Jackie Harris on the long-running ABC sitcom Roseanne and her role on HBO's Getting On. Metcalf's other TV credits include recurring roles on Desperate Housewives and as Sheldon's mother, Mary Cooper, on The Big Bang Theory.

On the big screen, Metcalf is best known as the voice of Mrs. Davis in the Toy Story film series and as Debbie Salt in Scream 2. Her other film credits include Making Mr. Right, JFK and Mistress.

Metcalf is a three-time Emmy award winner and has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. In 2017, she won a Tony award for her performance in A Doll's House, Part 2.

Laurie Metcalf's real-life daughter, Zoe Perry, will play the role of Mary Cooper in the upcoming The Big Bang Theory spin-off series, Young Sheldon.

Trivia: On Roseanne, Laurie Metcalf worked with Johnny Galecki, who starred as David Healy for seven seasons, and Sara Gilbert, who went on to play Leslie Winkle on The Big Bang Theory. Chuck Lorre, co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, was a writer for a time on Roseanne.

You are viewing a list of Laurie Metcalf's 14 appearances on The Big Bang Theory.

  • The Luminous Fish Effect

    The Luminous Fish Effect
    Season 1, Episode 4 - Aired October 15, 2007

    After Sheldon loses his job at the university, Leonard calls in Sheldon's mother, Mary, to help Sheldon get his job back.

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

  • The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation

    The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation
    Season 3, Episode 1 - Aired September 21, 2009

    After Sheldon is embarrassed by the guys' tinkering with his data, he returns home to Texas to live with his mother, Mary.

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

  • The Zazzy Substitution

    The Zazzy Substitution
    Season 4, Episode 3 - Aired October 7, 2010

    When Sheldon adopts twenty-five cats after breaking up with this 'girl who is a friend', Amy Farrah Fowler, Leonard calls in Sheldon's mother, Mary.

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

  • The Rhinitis Revelation

    The Rhinitis Revelation
    Season 5, Episode 6 - Aired October 20, 2011

    When Sheldon's mother, Mary, comes to town on her way to a religious-themed cruise, he gets upset that she would rather spend time sight-seeing than attending lectures with him.

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

  • The Cooper Extraction

    The Cooper Extraction
    Season 7, Episode 11 - Aired December 12, 2013

    When his twin sister goes into labor over the holiday season, Sheldon travels to Texas to be there for his sister.

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

  • The Mommy Observation

    The Mommy Observation
    Season 7, Episode 18 - Aired March 13, 2014

    When Howard takes Sheldon to Texas, they stop by his Mary's house where Sheldon accidentally sees his mother in an intimate situation.

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

  • The Maternal Combustion

    The Maternal Combustion
    Season 8, Episode 23 - Aired April 30, 2015

    When Sheldon and Leonard's work is set to be honored, their moms visit Pasadena. When they finally meet each other, Mary and Beverly take a dislike to each other.

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

  • The Matrimonial Momentum

    The Matrimonial Momentum
    Season 9, Episode 1 - Aired September 21, 2015

    Reeling from his break-up with Amy, Sheldon calls Mary to ask her to stop praying for Amy. Sheldon offers to send the engagement ring, which belonged to Mary's grandmother, back to her but Mary encourages him to keep hold of it.

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

  • The Convergence Convergence

    The Convergence Convergence
    Season 9, Episode 24 - Aired May 12, 2016

    When Leonard and Penny agree to have a do-over wedding ceremony, Sheldon invites his mother. Mary and Leonard's father, Alfred, bond over their mutual dislike of Beverly.

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

  • The Conjugal Conjecture

    The Conjugal Conjecture
    Season 10, Episode 1 - Aired September 19, 2016

    Mary Cooper is in town for Leonard and Penny's second wedding ceremony, after Sheldon invited her along.

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

  • The Holiday Summation

    The Holiday Summation
    Season 10, Episode 12 - Aired January 5, 2017

    Sheldon and Amy recount the tale of their holiday trip to see Sheldon's mother, Mary, in Texas.

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

  • The Proposal Proposal

    The Proposal Proposal
    Season 11, Episode 1 - Aired September 25, 2017

    Sheldon calls his mother to inform her that he and Amy are now engaged.

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

  • The Solo Oscillation

    The Solo Oscillation
    Season 11, Episode 13 - Aired January 11, 2018

    Mary interrupts Sheldon's 'important work' to tell him she ran into somebody from his past.

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

  • The Bow Tie Asymmetry

    The Bow Tie Asymmetry
    Season 11, Episode 24 - Aired May 10, 2018

    Mary comes to town to attend Sheldon and Amy's wedding.

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

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