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

    Season 1, Episode 4 - The Luminous Fish Effect
    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

    Season 3, Episode 1 - The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation
    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

    Season 4, Episode 3 - The Zazzy Substitution
    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

    Season 5, Episode 6 - The Rhinitis Revelation
    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

    Season 7, Episode 11 - The Cooper Extraction
    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

    Season 7, Episode 18 - The Mommy Observation
    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

    Season 8, Episode 23 - The Maternal Combustion
    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

    Season 9, Episode 1 - The Matrimonial Momentum
    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

    Season 9, Episode 24 - The Convergence Convergence
    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

    Season 10, Episode 1 - The Conjugal Conjecture
    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

    Season 10, Episode 12 - The Holiday Summation
    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

    Season 11, Episode 1 - The Proposal Proposal
    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

    Season 11, Episode 13 - The Solo Oscillation
    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

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

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

    Appeared as Mary Cooper

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