'The Big Bang Theory': The mommy experiment

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big-bang-theory-0505-cbs.jpgAnd now for our weekly recap of " The Big Bang Theory," the only show on TV that requires us to dust off our high school physics notebook just so we can follow along.

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Sheldon's ( Jim Parsons) mother Mary ( Laurie Metcalf) is in town for the weekend before embarking on a religious cruise. She's a small-town woman with some big opinions, most of which would be considered politically incorrect. But because she says it with such innocence, you can't help but laugh. In fact, she steals most of the good lines from the Emmy-winning Parsons.

The conflict comes in when Mrs. Cooper wants to the see the sights around town, but her son, ever the exciting one, is insistent on going to see a Nobel Prize winner speak.

"I'm going to Hollywood and thanking a wax Ronald Reagan for his service to our country," she says.

So the rest of the crew, Howard ( Simon Helberg), Penny ( Kaley Cuoco), Raj ( Kunal Nayyar) and Leonard ( Johnny Galecki) decided to accompany her. But Mary's religious interests get the better of her, and she takes them on a church tour of Greater Los Angeles. When this culminates in prayer, they are clearly uncomfortable. Scientists have no room for spirituality.

On a scale of 1-to-Pi, this episode deserves a 2. The the jokes were great, but there was hardly a subplot. So it felt like the show just plodded along. You'd think on a show like "The Big Bang Theory," scientists would understand the idea of a catalyst.

Photo/Video credit: CBS