October 21st, 2011
04:10 PM ET
I'm gonna level with you. As great as Laurie Metcalf is in pretty much every role she's ever played, the episodes where she guest stars as Sheldon's mom are not my favorites.
It kind of seems like there's not much left in the well to go back to with her, unfortunately (though I think there's still a lot more that could be done with Christine Baranski as Leonard's mom).
Don't get me wrong, the episode had its share of great one-liners ("There's a lot of harm in trying something new. That's why we test out drugs and cosmetics on bunny rabbits"), and I enjoyed her playing off Leonard and taking all of the characters to church.
But at the same time, it seemed like more of the same with her character. Seeing her sing "Soft Kitty" to Sheldon also seemed very "been there, done that" (and yes, I know she sang it before Penny, but Penny singing "Soft Kitty" is one of the top five moments in the show's history).
I hate to say it, but this was the weakest episode of what's been a pretty good season so far. Next week looks to have something of a Halloween theme, though, so I will definitely look forward to that.
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