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Q: Why do you think they cast you as “the mom” all the time?
KS: Because Hollywood doesn’t know what else to do with most women my age [laughs]. No, I think it’s my maternal nature. I think I’ve had it since I was a kid. I’m the person that people end up telling everything to. I’ll meet people and before I know it, we’re having conversations where they’re sharing intimate details. I don’t know why.

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Cuoco is happy that fans will meet Penny’s family, and  "ecstatic" that Sagal will again play her mom, echoing their relationship on ABC’s 8 Simple Rules. The pair became especially close after the sudden death of series star John Ritter.

“We went through a traumatic life change together. She was unbelievable,” Cuoco says. “When they named her, I almost thought it was too wild of an idea. It ended up being perfect.”

Watch the 8 Simple Rules reunion episode of The Big Bang Theory this upcoming Monday, Sept 19.

“Okay readers, today we’re having a little pop quiz, it’s multiple choice, so sharpen your number 2 pencils and put your thinking caps on. Ready? Here’s a quote: "Dad, you’re an idiot.” Now, contestants, this was said to me because of which of the following transgressions? A: Coming to the breakfast table wearing pajamas and black socks? B: Asking my oldest daughter if that guy I saw her talking to yesterday at school was her boyfriend? C: Referring to rapper Fiddy Cent as “Fifty Cents”? or D: Entering the room? Okay, pencils down. Actually it was a trick question. The answer is all of the above. Now do you know how many times I called my father an idiot? Zero. Why? Because I feared him. Back then we didn’t share our deep personal feelings, our deepest conversations usually revolved around the tigers bull pen. But my kids, I can’t get them to shut up! There’s not a feeling that my kids are afraid to express over and over and over. And my wife reassures me this is a good thing over and over and over, and she’s always right. So do I wish that my kids feared me? Well my house would be quieter, and I’d spend a lot less time in the bathroom, but no. Because I know that whenever they insult me whether it’s a “You’re an idiot,” “You’re a geek,” or an “I hate you,” an “I love you” isn’t far behind. And it’s the knowledge that my wife and kids love me that makes it safe for me to wear pajamas and black socks to the breakfast table.“


I cry every single time. 

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the greatest scene in the history of television 

8 Simple Rules: The rules
  1. Use your hands on my daughter and you’ll lose them after.
  2. You make her cry, I make you cry.
  3. Safe sex is a myth. Anything you try will be hazardous to your health.
  4. Bring her home late, there’s no next date.
  5. If you pull into my driveway and honk, you better be dropping off a package because you’re sure not picking anything up (Alternative rule #5: Only delivery men honk. Dates ring the doorbell. Once.)
  6. No complaining while you’re waiting for her. If you’re bored, change my oil.
  7. If your pants hang off your hips, I’ll gladly secure them with my staple gun.
  8. Dates must be in crowded public places. You want romance? Read a book.