The Big Bang Theory: Season 5, Episode 6

The Rhinitis Revelation (20 Oct. 2011)

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Sheldon gets upset when his mother comes to visit but refuses to cook for him and attend physics lectures.



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Sheldon's mother, Mary Cooper, stops by for a visit before embarking on a Christian based cruise. Sheldon is excited about her visit if only to have his Mommy do Mommy things for him, like cook and clean. His expectations are even higher as he wants specific foods and wants to do specific things with her. But Mary seems to spend as much of her energies helping Sheldon's friends as she does Sheldon, if not more. She even refuses to hang out with him doing the things he wants to do - specifically go to a lecture given by a Nobel laureate just so that he can debunk his theories publicly - instead doing what she wants to do, such as typical Mary Cooper styled Hollywood sightseeing. Amy provides some insight into what Sheldon is going through, which doesn't make him very happy. But he unwittingly gets what he wants by being "common". Written by Huggo

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The title refers to Sheldon coming down with a runny nose (Rhinitis) after learning that he is no different than the common man. See more »


Sheldon's number of siblings is always being changed to having a twin sister, being an only child, to having 2 siblings. See more »


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Leonard Hofstadter: So, what kind of cruise is this you're going on?
Mary Cooper: It's called The Born-Again Boat-ride. 'Christian Quarterly' gave it their highest rating, five thorny crowns. I do wish you'd come with me, Sheldon.
Sheldon Cooper: Uh, well, Mom, if I did, it would be conclusive proof that your God can work miracles.
Mary Cooper: You're missing out; it's going to be wall-to-wall fun; it's all themed. There's Jonah and the Whale-watching. All you can eat Last Supper buffet. And, my personal favorite, Gunning with God.
Leonard Hofstadter: What's ...
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Sheldon's mom comes to visit in "The Rhinitis Revelation" ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
20 November 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Sheldon's mom Mary has come for a visit and her son is anxious for her to make some fried chicken but since she just arrived from a long flight, Leonard offers to take her to a sushi restaurant instead. This gets Sheldon a little disappointed since she's also not going to make her pecan pie later on. She also won't go to a lecture with him since she's been to enough of those when he was growing up as she wants to see the sights in L.A. Unfortunately for the rest of the gang, those sights are mostly to churches...Won't reveal more but will say Laurie Metcalf is once again quite funny in her politically incorrect way with her comments especially when finding out about Leonard's relationship with an Indian woman thousands of miles away. And Sheldon sure is insecure when it comes to having to share his mom socially with his friends. So on that note, "The Rhinitis Revelation" is another funny ep of "The Big Bang Theory".

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