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Ever since Sheldon and Amy moved in together on The Big Bang Theory, fans have been wondering what Sheldon's super religious mom, Mary, would think of the cohabitation. Well, on tonight's first new episode after the holidays, we finally found out. And, surprisingly, Mary is taking Shamy living in sin rather well.
In "The Holiday Summation," we learn what all the couples did during the holidays, and Sheldon and Amy took a trip to Texas to visit his mother. As they're driving to her house, Amy convinces Sheldon to tell his mom that they've been living together, which, really, makes a lot of sense. They've been sharing Penny's apartment for months without telling her, so it was about time to let that particular bit of relationship news fly. When they sit down to a dinner of sloppy joes and french fries with Mary, Sheldon finally spills the news, and, to his great shock, she's basically fine with them, as Sheldon put it, "living in sin like a couple of New Yorkers."
I know what you're thinking. How, exactly, is it possible that the always very religious Mary Cooper doesn't mind her son shacking up with his girlfriend? Well, Sheldon wondered the same thing out loud, and that's when Mary mentioned Sheldon's "special circumstances." When he demands to know what she means, she replies with:
Shelly, how do I put this. By your third birthday you had memorized over 1,000 different kinds of trains, and I never imagined a woman gettin' aboard any of 'em.
That's right, guys. Mary knows that her dear son Sheldon is kinda weird. Mary went on to explain that she didn't think Sheldon would be alone for his entire life, but only because she figured that "at the end, there'd be nurses." This, of course, causes Sheldon to throw a tantrum. He's annoyed that he's the smartest of his siblings, and yet he's the one that Mary was worried about, so he goes to sulk in his room, coming out only when he's put underwear on his head and swim fins on his feet to really show off how eccentric he must be.
When you think about it, Mary's reaction really isn't that surprising. She's been exposed to Sheldon's...interesting tendencies for decades now, and I don't doubt that she tried to get young Sheldon to act more like her other kids in many ways, and obviously realized pretty early in his life that he was simply a different kind of kid and would be just as original when he hit adulthood. It must have been scary for someone as traditional as Mary to realize she had a bit of an oddball on her hands; I can see the woman doing a lot of worrying about what type of life he would have, especially since so much of his behavior had to have been an unknown quantity for her. So, of course Mary is just glad he's finally close enough to a woman to be comfortable living with her. It's got to be a huge weight off of her mind.
We'll be able to see if Mary decides to do any interfering in Sheldon and Amy's lives when The Big Bang Theory continues Thursdays on CBS.